Monday, October 31, 2022

Tales of the Jedi

Set during the era of the prequel trilogy, Tales of the Jedi offers six animated shorts delving into the pasts of fan-favorite Star Wars characters. The anthology centers around two characters in particular with three episodes each dealing with Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Count Dooku (Corey Burton) during the times when both were members of the Jedi Order.

Ahsoka Tano

The three episodes centered around Ahsoka offer a look at the village, family, and customs Ahsoka was born into in "Life and Death," the grind of Anakin's (Matt Lanter) training in "Practice Makes Perfect," and a glimpse at Ahsoka's life set after the events of The Revenge of the Sith in "Resolve." "Practice Makes Perfect" is likely to appeal the most for fans of The Clone Wars, centering on the relationship between Padawan and Jedi Knight while the others offer glimpses at other points of Ahsoka's life leading towards the character's upcoming live-action series.

Count Dooku

The most notable of the three episodes featuring Dooku is "Justice" in which we see a Dooku's Padawan Qui-Gon Jinn (Micheál Richardson) temper the anger already boiling inside his master long before he was turned to the Dark Side. "Choices" continues this thread with Dooku looking into the death of a Jedi on a diplomatic mission, and "The Sith Lord" gives us the final attempt at redemption for Dooku whose connection to Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) is discovered by Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard).

Although there's not one stand-out episode in the anthology series, and given their short length there's not time to delve deeper into the emotions and decision making of either Ahsoka or Dooku, there's plenty here for fans of the characters filling in fan-friendly gaps in both of their timelines. In all but Ahsoka's first episode, there are plenty of returning characters including Anakin, the clones (including Rex), Yaddle, Sidious, Bail Organa (Phil LaMarr), and Mace Windu (TC Carson). One last point as it relates to the toxicity of Star Wars fandom, I am curious how those who labeled Rey as a "Mary Jane" for the ease in which she connected to the Force will view what happens with a baby Ahsoka in "Life and Death."

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