My hot take — you don't need to to be a hardcore Star Wars animated series fan to love this show.
I have dabbled in The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, but by and large they're not for me. Not through any fault of theirs, though, just that I have a hard time getting invested in any animated show post-Simpsons. I'm also part of the older generations that weren't young and impressionable when they were released.
Now that the first season of Ahsoka is out and finished, there are many who say that it was merely a live-action, fifth Rebels season — to which I say, okay! For die-hard Rebels fan, you will 120% be rewarded for your loyalty and patience with one million Easter eggs, inside jokes, and character reunions.
But for those of us who have merely dabbled in Rebels — or gasp! seen none of it — Ahsoka is still a great show worth watching. I have assembled in support of my argument the top 5 reasons I think everyone can enjoy it. Let's dive in.
1. Ahsoka Tano is an incredibly interesting — and downright cool — character
2. Baylan and Shin show us something new
3. THRAWN IS HEEEEREEEE
It's almost a shame Thrawn made his first official canon appearance in Rebels — a lot of folks may have missed it! But seeing him in the flesh halfway through the first season of Ahsoka is positively divine. I could write a whole 'nother post about the spell this blue-skinned man has cast over the Star Wars universe for the past 30 years, but suffice it to say that he's just the living embodiment of efficient and effective leadership.
That may sound boring at first take, but it's exciting to see him in action doing what he does best: strategizing and planning. He's no Imperial stooge that was a nepo-baby at an academy. No, he's a brilliant leader who has overcome a lot of discrimination in This Emperor's Navy. You want to root for Thrawn because he doesn't seem like a bad guy — he seems like a guy who knows exactly what he's doing, and why.
5. A different view of Anakin
Bonus things to love
- You can never have too much Mon Mothma, and there's some good scenes with her trying to talk sense into a very intransigent New Republic senator.
- A C3PO cameo that will warm your heart
- Space whales are an objectively awesome plot device
- The peaky blinder snail inhabitants of Peridea that help our good guys
POSTED BY: Haley Zapal, NoaF contributor and lawyer-turned-copywriter living in Atlanta, Georgia. A co-host of Hugo Award-winning podcast Hugo, Girl!, she posts on Instagram as @cestlahaley. She loves nautical fiction, Vidalia onions, and growing corn and giving them pun names like Anacorn Skywalker.