Friday, March 6, 2015

Opinion: Where have you been, Ahsoka Tano?

By: Tom Bradshaw

We are now over three days in, having known officially the identity of the secretive mastermind in season one of Star Wars: Rebels-our beloved former Padawan from The Clone Wars-Ashoka Tano! Since the very first mention of Fulcrum, we, the fan community, have been abuzz, forming speculations, creating our own rumors, and overall stirring up a huge ruckus-all in the hopes that the former apprentice of Anakin Skywalker would make some kind of appearance, provide some sort of fanfare-to all of us who were not satisfied with her departure at the conclusion of season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (As if anyone was satisfied! We love our Snips!) After months of endless rumors, what was asked for-has finally been received! Throughout this article, we will examine some food for thought-of the current standing of our beloved Togruta Apprentice from The Clone Wars!

1. Where did she go after season 5?
At the conclusion of season 5 of TCW, Ashoka placed her lightsabers on the mantle, and walked away from the Jedi Order-after becoming dissatisfied with the Order, feeling betrayed and disgusted by the lack of trust they had placed in her. Where did she first go when she departed the Jedi? Where was she when Order 66 went down? We want to know where she’s been, in this big galaxy of dire need!

2. What is her status as a practitioner of the Force?
By leaving the Jedi, Ashoka left behind the most mainstream (and possibly efficient) opportunity at her disposal to continue to be educated and formally trained in the ways of the force. Unlike Kanan, she was not displaced by the execution of Order 66, but willfully walked away from the current path and administration of the Jedi Order, prior to the galaxy-transforming event. It can be clearly seen when she is climbing down the ladder, making her appearance in Rebels (pictured below), that she continues to carry two lightsabers. What has she been doing in relation to being a force practitioner? Does she identify as an rogue Jedi? Does she rarely use these sabers (as Kanan did, prior to the series premiere)? Or perhaps little snips, in her growing-has found other means to continue to study the ways of the force and has continually matured in her training, now being the equivalent of even a Jedi Master?

3. What is the scope of her involvement with The Rebellion?
At the beginning of the scene where Snips makes her comeback, we learn from a hologram transmission of Senator Bail Organa that there is a Rebellion, and that the crew of The Ghost are only one cell of said Rebellion-to the surprise of the crew itself, barring Hera, who was in conversation with Ahsoka via Fulcrum. Is she merely one body who has been supervising The Ghost from afar? Does she hold a much more administrative role? And how big is The Rebellion in this current form? And how did she get involved with The Rebellion?

4. Does she know that Anakin is Darth Vader?
This may seem silly at first thought, but the fact that Anakin Skywalker is the man behind the suit and mask of Darth Vader-is not common knowledge throughout the galaxy. Does Ahsoka realize that her former master is this monster that destroyed all those she knew and loved in her former life as a Jedi Padawan? Have they met-or even sensed each other, since her departure from the order? Will there be a major confrontation between the two in this series?

5.  And where will she go…?
As with the entire crew of The Ghost, it is clear that these are not characters that are featured in the Original Trilogy: Where will she go, Episode V being only a short five years away? Surely, they could just be off running a mission somewhere not covered by the trilogy, but that is of course-wishful thinking.

Whatever the future holds…wherever you have been…and wherever you will go-Welcome back, Ahsoka Tano!

This article is an opinion piece and represents the views of the writer, and not the entire Star Wars Underworld organization.

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