Star Wars: Ahsoka

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Trailer for the new Stars Wars TV series: Ashoka:

I appreciate this is a character with a huge amount of backstory from the cartoons, but I've never seen them and am only vaguely familiar with her from Mandalorian. At least the trailer looks interesting. :)
 
Looking at that trailer, wonder how they are going to get the people who didn't watch Rebels up to speed.
 
I've only just watched the trailer, but i'm quite impressed. I hope they play it serious. More Andor, less Obi-Wan.

The design aesthetic looks superb, the music pretty epic and I hope it continues to play like that through the series.

I want to see what Thrawn looks like. :)

Always good to see Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma.

I haven't seen Rebels cartoons either, so i'm expecting to be unsure of a few things or being subjected to a series of info dumps.
 
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£250 per piece. They also have other characters, for lesser price. Note also that this has nothing to do with the current Disney struggles. It was set to come out months ago.
 
With the strikes over, work is back up and running in a galaxy far, far away. First up, Star Wars: Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni has been promoted to a much bigger creative role. Second, he and his team are finally able to speak about all the huge revelations at the end of the latest Star Wars Disney+ show.

One of the biggest reveals in Ahsoka was that the Star Wars galaxy was just that. One galaxy. To find Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger, Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren had to travel to a whole other galaxy and Filoni reveals that his new galaxy will play a role in his future Star Wars stories, including that movie he’ll be working on.

I’m setting up what it seems to be a larger conflict with the Imperial remnant,Filoni told Vanity Fair. “That conflict can’t just mirror what we’ve seen before. It has to take on a different shape. It can’t just be the Empire versus what looks like the Rebellion, or even the Republic. It has to be visually different.”
Once in that galaxy, several of his new characters set off on unique journeys too. One in particular, Baylan Skoll, teased some connections with the Mortis Gods. You have to be careful with that,” Filoni said about bringing in some of the franchise’s deepest canon mythology. “I know it’s a very specific group of people that would even know what those statues are, but I thought it was an exciting image, and it does give you the shape of what Baylan is after.”

Whether or not we’ll find out exactly what that is is unclear. Actor Ray Stevenson, who played Baylan, passed away earlier this year and Filoni admits while that might change his plans, he’s just happy people loved the actor as the character. “Obviously, there’s a story there,” Filoni said. “We’re in a wait and see pattern at this point. But I’m glad the conversation is about Ray and how great he was … I used to have little mini debates with him and say, ‘Ray, you’re the villain here.’ And he’d be like, ‘I don’t think so.’ I was like, ‘I know you don’t think so, but you are. I love that you’re playing it like you’re not.’ Which is exactly the way Baylan thinks.”

Filoni teased a bit about how Baylan thinks in the same Vanity Fair article. “He’s tried to take these teachings that he learned as a young person and create his own way of being,” Filoni said. “And he’s looked at the cycle of things and said, ‘Enough with this. If I have this power, I should wield it. I should be the one making decisions, which a lot of people with power decide that’s the way to go. He’s also very certain that what he’s doing now is the right thing.”
 
Thanks for posting ctg. I'm sceptical as i really wanted to love Ahsoka. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't good. I look forward to see what Filoni can do.
 
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Thanks for posting ctg. I'm sceptical as i really wanted to love Ahsoka. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't good. I look forward to see what Filoni can do.
He's the geek, and he's now in charge. What he cannot do is to be everything. He cannot be the showrunner, director and producer at the same time and still do writing duties. What he can do is to be the leader that puts in the guidelines and observe where the product is heading. Be the overseer - for lack of better term.

At the moment, they are trying to save the SW, while MCU is definitely sinking. Just like their stock value, with having back to back flops. Not talking all the other monumental ef ups they have managed to commit in recent years. The fandom has definitely spoken with their feet and wallets.

We'll see where it's going, but Ashoka is going to have a second season, and we are going to have more Baylan. That's pretty certain.
 
I did enjoy it, but it wasn't good.
We'll see where it's going, but Ashoka is going to have a second season, and we are going to have more Baylan. That's pretty certain.
I also enjoyed it. I think that on reflection, my biggest problems were the lack of closure, and that it seemed to lack exposition at the end. Both those will not really matter if there is a second series.
I’m setting up what it seems to be a larger conflict with the Imperial remnant,Filoni told Vanity Fair. “That conflict can’t just mirror what we’ve seen before. It has to take on a different shape. It can’t just be the Empire versus what looks like the Rebellion, or even the Republic. It has to be visually different.”
I agree that we cannot have an endless remaking of the same story again. You see that in other franchises i.e. Terminator and it becomes boring. However, I do have a problem with this...
One of the biggest reveals in Ahsoka was that the Star Wars galaxy was just that. One galaxy. To find Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger, Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren had to travel to a whole other galaxy and Filoni reveals that his new galaxy will play a role in his future Star Wars stories, including that movie he’ll be working on.
The problem is that it won't be Star Wars, in the same way that Star Trek: Discovery wasn't Star Trek. Star Wars was the about the Skywalker family and it's intertwining with the rise and fall of the Empire and the end of the Jedi. It created a 'Universe' in which you could tell many stories, just like Star Trek created a similar 'Universe'. If you want to tell other stories outside of those universes then go ahead, but don't call them Star Wars or Star Trek just because you wish to cash in on the name. You will only disappoint fans who are quite rightly expecting to see what you have written on the tin.
 
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The problem is that it won't be Star Wars, in the same way that Star Trek: Discovery wasn't Star Trek. Star Wars was the about the Skywalker family and it's intertwining with the rise and fall of the Empire and the end of the Jedi. It created a 'Universe' in which you could tell many stories, just like Star Trek created a similar 'Universe'. If you want to tell other stories outside of those universes then go ahead, but don't call them Star Wars or Star Trek just because you wish to cash in on the name. You will only disappoint fans who are quite rightly expecting to see what you have written on the tin.
Dave Star Wars isn't just the SkyWalker saga. It's a lot of things, and they are moving forward the concepts instead of becoming endlessly stagnated with the idea of the Emperor's Imperium. Borg's in the Star Trek is the point they have to get over and Paramount is still kind of stagnated, but they've evolved the shows so that they fit the agenda.

SW problem, especially in the live side is that it has been raped by JJ's First Order business and it ef's up the whole thing, because it's an endless cycle of Palpatine. With Andor, we saw another side in the SW stories. Much darker and mature side that didn't involve Force side of the business.

The thing is that for a while the Force side of things were moved by the animated shows and the live action never really caught up with it. But because we have the First Order business and Rey becoming an uber jedi. I don't even know how to classify her, the problem however is that the Force is changing and they've a blank canvas on putting down milestones, which later on shapes the way of things.

There are a lot of stuff that are magical, and for the larger audience to get on with agenda they have no choice but to build upon things. And that means using the both galaxies. The fact is that SW can do the intergalactic travel with their technology and at the same time, if they want to keep the Force related stuff, they have to expand and explain it. Clarify to the larger audience instead of making things just for the geeks. Or become stagnated to the way of endlessly repeating the same story.
 
Dave Star Wars isn't just the SkyWalker saga. It's a lot of things, and they are moving forward the concepts instead of becoming endlessly stagnated with the idea of the Emperor's Imperium. Borg's in the Star Trek is the point they have to get over and Paramount is still kind of stagnated, but they've evolved the shows so that they fit the agenda...
We probably will never agree. The dumbing down of Borg in Star Trek is something I can get over, eventually. Spock having a brother he never spoke of, and then a sister that neither of them ever spoke of, who disappeared forever into the future whilst saving the Galaxy, on a ship that no one at all ever speaks of, well, that is a problem.

Zombie Storm Troopers in Star Wars. They are a problem.
 
Zombie Storm Troopers in Star Wars. They are a problem.
Oh, I agree. Totally. I would have gone a far darker and gorier road and done things differently. I'm not just sure I could write a truly tactical genius, it's just I could have done things differently. Like for example, instead of the zombie troopers, I'd have invoked the NightSisters powers and summoned green ghosts from those bodies and used them to harm and scare the trio.

Also, I'd have started Ezra as a tortured and chained prisoner in NightSister Temple. But he'd have never been broken. Instead, he'd have driven Thrawn mad with stubborn refusal. Showing his resilience in Force through other ways.
 
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“[Thrawn’s] foil throughout Rebels was Hera,” Filoni told Empire. “Pitting the two generals against one another is something that I find interesting.” Filoni also mentioned another character he’d like to see with Thrawn. “We set up Captain Pellaeon in The Mandalorian, and that’s a character that goes with Thrawn, so I’d love to see the two of them together,” he said.

Here’s some good news for you Star Wars fans out there. Filoni saying that he finds the Hera and Thrawn dynamic “interesting” and that he’s hoping to see Pellaeon and Thrawn together is as good as an admission. He is, after all, not just the showrunner, writer, producer, and sometimes director of the show, he’s now the Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm. If he thinks something is interesting or he’d like to see it happen, he’s literally the person who can do that.

Plus, just from a story standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. Assuming Ahsoka season two does happen, Hera and Ezra battling Thrawn and Pellaeon in a main galaxy along with our well-known heroes, while Ahsoka, Sabine, Shin Hati, and Baylan Skoll are off doing weird Force sh*t so far away there’s no possible way they can come back and join that fight, is a clean way to separate the two. Then, maybe, they come together at the end of the season or in a movie—but each set of characters gets to explore their stories independently.
 
I saw last night that the second season has been cancelled. Oh Star Wars, where art thou?
 
Star Wars fans know that we haven't seen the last of Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka Tano, as Dave Filoni is developing a movie that will tie into the events of Star Wars: Ahsoka, but as far as getting another season of the TV series on Disney+, Dawson claims that there haven't been any actual talks of such a small-screen return. Dawson and many other members of the cast and crew have expressed their enthusiasm for a Season 2, but knowing that talks haven't happened since Season 1 was released will come as a disappointment to fans. It's possible, though, that last year's writers' and actors' strikes are what impeded such conversations.

When asked by the Dagobah Dispatch podcast about there being talks with her collaborators about a Season 2, Dawson confessed, "No. We're supposed to be having a dinner soon, of the whole cast, which will be really nice because I haven't seen everyone. I was very jealous seeing everyone at some of their cons recently, which I wasn't able to be at."

While the writers' and actors' strikes have been resolved, these resolutions came late in the year, with the holiday season also impacting various talks between filmmakers and studios about future projects. Now that we've entered the new year, it's possible that studios and filmmakers will resume conversations about Ahsoka's future.

There are currently a lot of unknowns about the future of the galaxy far, far away, despite a number of concrete projects having been announced. We do know that another season of Star Wars: Andor is on the way, though it doesn't have a release date, and this year will also see the debut of the all-new series Star Wars: The Acolyte and Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. While The Acolyte will mark the first live-action foray into the era of The High Republic, Skeleton Crew will be unfolding during the same time as Ahsoka, The Mandalorian, and Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett.
 
Appears to be getting a second season .

Any thoughts on the one ? :)
 
So not cancelled...
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Buried in Tuesday’s news of an upcoming Star Wars movie starring the Mandalorian and Grogu was an update that’s arguably even more exciting. Dave Filoni is hard at work developing a second season of Ahsoka, something that hadn’t yet been made official in the wake of season one.

This confirms we’re actually going to see what happens now that Ezra Bridger is reunited with Hera Syndulla, and Grand Admiral Thrawn is back in the proper Star Wars galaxy—and what the heck is going to happen in that other galaxy that now has four Force users in it, all searching for answers.

To hammer this news home, official Star Wars social media accounts posted a very intriguing sketch by Filoni himself with the phrase “The Story Continues.”
 

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