The logo for Star Wars Rebels has been revealed!
The logo for Star Wars Rebels has been revealed!
It has been announced here on StarWars.com that the Season Five DVD and Blu-ray will be released this fall! And it will come with great bonus features like never-before aired ‘Director’s Cut’ versions of TWO episodes! Along with cast and crew interviews, deleted and alternate scenes, and more!
Not only will the final season be out for your viewing pleasure, but they will be releasing a boxed set of seasons 1-5! This will definitely be something to keep an eye on, perhaps as an early holiday gift for those special people? …or yourself 😉
PS: I realize we haven’t posted in a while, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of Clone Wars stuff going on, so that’s our excuse. When SW Rebels begins next year, I’ll probably cover the show on here, since Ahsoka may be in some episodes.
Well, we now have the official word on the fate of Star Wars: the Clone Wars direct from StarWars.com.
They’ve decided to take Lucasfilm Animation is another direction, they state in a news release you can find here. Apparently, the team is now focusing on developing a new series, which shows a time never before shown in a movie or on TV.
As a result, The Clone Wars will be “winding down”. Episodes that are currently in production will perhaps be released as a bonus feature on the Season 5 DVD, or maybe put out at a later date. For now though, all we know is that The Clone Wars Season 6 will NOT air on television. (I figured this would happen. There just isn’t a place for TCW on Disney channel, and with the new movies being developed, and a thrilling season 5 finale to end TCW TV series, they think its time.)
Also, the comedy show Star Wars: Detours is on standby with a postponed release date.
There is a clip were TCW director Dave Filoni talks about the future of the show, and what’s to come, which you can watch here. For now, all we can do is keep the good memories of the past five seasons, and hope for new episodes to somehow be released in the future, whether online or by DVD.
Tell us what you think about all this in the comments section below.
(And by the way, does Ahsoka’s new situation require us to change our name? I mean, Ahsoka isn’t a Jedi anymore. Should we change our name to something other then the JediAhsoka blog? If yes, comment on what you think our new name should be!)
Ashley Eikstein, the voice of Ahsoka, has a post on the Star Wars blog at starwars.com. In it, she shares emails that she and producer Dave Filoni exchanged about the final Ahsoka arc. Of note in her post, is that she says she got emotional when she realized it would be her last time recording with Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker. Does this mean that Ahsoka will never see her former master again? Only time will tell. For now, read the conversation between Ashley and Dave below!
Ashley: Wow, she really is changing a lot. I knew this was coming but I think the change is hitting me now and I’m realizing it’s really moving forward and in a different direction, not just for one episode and then going back. It’s great! The story is fantastic and I am honored to be a part of it. I want to talk to you more about this next week. Why does she walk away again, versus go back?
Dave: Ahsoka walks away because she is conflicted. She is not mad at Anakin, she knows doing this will hurt him, but she hopes he understands. She is frustrated with the Jedi Council, there is a feeling of betrayal. Much of this has to do with Anakin’s training and attachment rubbing off on her. She also leaves because while she believes Barriss was wrong, she cannot deny that there is truth to what Barriss was saying, especially in light of her own recent experiences. She needs perspective.
Ashley: I mean going back would be the easy thing but not the right thing… Walking away is the right thing to do right?
Dave: There is no real right or wrong. She makes a choice. This choice “feels” right. She is not ready to go back. It is easy to go back, it is easy to accept the gratitude of the council. But this does not “feel” genuine to her. Her path has changed, at least for now.
Ashley: Did she see that things would never be the same?
Dave: I think during a crisis we are never sure what is going to happen. Uncertainty causes fear. Change causes fear. But we do not need to be afraid of change. Change is the way of everything, nothing stays the same. It is the essence of growing up. We think our parents have always been our parents, we do not realize they are flawed, that they were kids, that they grow old. Ahsoka in a way is dealing with all that. The flaws in the Council, the flaws in herself. Trying to prove herself is an effort to keep things the same, not just self preservation, but preservation of the life she had and knows. Preservation of her comfort zone.
Ashley: Does Ahsoka always do the right thing at all costs?
Dave: No one is ever really sure what the right thing is. She follows her heart, in a way this defies some Jedi teachings. It is what Anakin and Qui-Gon do. She is governed by her heart, not logic or her mind. She is not entirely selfless, but that is not entirely bad. Doing the right thing at all costs is an absolute, and only a sith deals in absolutes. One would say follow the Chancellor or the Republic at all costs, but is this the right thing to do? It seems like it, but it can also be a blindness.
Ashley: Is that just her moral compass and who she is?
Dave: Her moral compass is guided by her heart and instinct. She cares, takes things personally, at least more personally than a normal Jedi. Thus she can get hurt, as we see she is hurt by what the Council decides. In some ways she is not mature enough to appreciate the peril the Council is in, and the greater decisions that do not involve her, which are transpiring all around her. She at this point, only sees what is happening to her, and feeling the sorrow, frustration, and anger that comes along with it. People want to flock, they want to be a part of something, an order, follow a crowd, but often the greatest movements forward in history are caused by people that walked differently, and acted out of line with what was “popular” of what seemed “right” or even “ethical.” Ahsoka must now decide what is right to her, what is ethical, and what her greater role is in all of this.
Ashley: Is that how she’ll always be?
Dave: Like anyone Ahsoka evolves. As Luke does in the films.
Ashley: At this point, what’s the overall message you are trying to convey with her choices?
Dave: That we have choices, and that sometimes we must not always make the easy choice. That often the right choice can be hard, and against your friends. It does not mean they are bad people, or that you do not relate to them anymore, but you have to make choices that are right for you.
Well, there you have it. I think these really help clear up they ‘why’ question for Ahsoka leaving the order. Tell me your comments below!
There’s so many things I could say about this episode, that I don’t really know where to start. Accordingly, this article may be a tad unorganized, but please bear with me. First, a summary of the things that occurred in the episode:
The Jedi council, deciding what to do about Padawan Tano, is interpreted by a call from Admiral Tarken. He tells them that it would seem unfair for the Jedi to hold a trial against another Jedi. You must expel her from the order, so the senate can put her on trial, he says.
The council is not strong enough to refuse this breach of tradition, despite a plea from Obi-Wan.
Anakin and Ahsoka, who have been waiting in a holding cell, are summoned to the chamber of judgment, where the masters ask her a few questions. They have decided to turn her over to the Senate, and despite Anakin’s almost physical disagreement, Ahsoka is stripped of her title, rights, and her hair-decorating string of beads. She is but a former padawan now.
Anakin asks Padme to defend Ahsoka to the senators, and leaves to get to the bottom of the conspiracy against her. He confronts Ventress, telling her he knows she’s behind it all. “Leave me alone!” Ventress says, indicating she wants no part anymore in the Jedi, the Sith, or their squabbles. Ventress has become, in my humble opinion, one of the best, most complicated, characters in the show. Her change from a Jedi, to an assassin, to a Sith, to a bounty hunter, shows how much she’s searching for where she belongs. I think she’s finally discovered that she doesn’t need to be this ultra-tough, emotionless typical evil villain. She’s starting to get comfortable in her own skin. For a few moments, as Anakin was choking her, I thought maybe her time was up. (She’s a character who isn’t in the original movies.) But Anakin controlled his anger just in time, and she fades away as he leaps to the ground, to appear in another season, hopefully.
Anakin confronts Barriss, who plays innocent at first, but then ignites Ventress’ sabers as he ignites her’s. Barriss tells him she thinks they fit her; it’s obvious she’s gone heavily to the dark side. She could never have fought so effectively against Anakin without harnessing the power of the dark side. It’s interesting to see how they’ve portrayed her fall. Let it be known, if you aren’t aware of the fact already, that up until this point, Barriss was thought to have lived as a Jedi until Order 66. (She was shown dying in the purge in a web comic.) This has caused some fans to cry in outrage; about the Clone Wars once again tampering with the official canon. However, I’m firmly on the side that is okay with it. Look, The Clone Wars version is the canon now, and as Ashley Eikstein says, all the story ideas come from George himself. Therefore, all true SW fans should be able to accept that Barriss fell from the Jedi order, altering what we knew of her fate up till this point. Besides, this was the only way of allowing Ahsoka to choose to leave the order; seeing her closest friend betray both her and the republic was huge in forcing her to question the council.
Anyway, once Ahsoka is cleared, the council members hold a private meeting for her, in which they welcome her bak into the order.
“They’re asking you back, Ahsoka,” Anakin says, holding out her hair beads, “I’m asking you back.” (This episode showed so much of the emotional bond between Ahsoka and Anakin.) She doesn’t answer, her face full of emotion. Then, she takes his hand, and closes it around the beads. Anakin’s face betrays his astonishment; I don’t think he really knew how much this ordeal had affected her until that moment.
“I’m sorry, master, but I’m not coming back,” Ashley Eikstein says, in perhaps the most moving line of dialogue in the Clone Wars to date. He, and the rest of the council, watch her go, stunned.
Anakin runs after her, calling for her to stop. Eventually, she does. They have a short conversation, in which she tells him there are some things she needs to sort out. Away from him, and the council.
“I understand,” he says. “More than you realize, I understand wanting to leave the order.”
“I know,” she says. Now, you could take that to mean she knows how he struggled with the councils policies, but I think it’s more then that cage already knows that, and so does most everyone else. What Ahsoka is saying in those two little words, is that she knows about Padme.
(Three interesting tidbits from the bonus episode content posted on StarWars.com:
1. Dave Filoni said in the featurette, that he has always been in the “Ahsoka lives” camp, and George Lucas has always been in the “Ahsoka dies” camp. It’s cool to know their different perspectives.
2. They deliberately showed Anakin holding green and blue lightsabers in the arc trailer, to throw us off the track. In the actual episode, he holds two blue sabers; his and Barriss’.
3. This is the first episode where Tim Curry voices Chancellor Palpatine. That’s right, the Tim Curry who narrates the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Love him! He’s great for Palpatine.)
The Clone Wars began with Ahsoka’s arrival; in this episode, she leaves
It was like a reunion for us, of sorts. Padme was there, defending Ahsoka to the senate. That was a lovely addition; Padme and Ahsoka have been around each other a lot. (Because of Anakin’s little, uh, marriage. And Ahsoka might know about this: keep reading for more on this.) The two have developed a sisterly type bond, so it was appropriate to see them together here. Also, this is the only episode with Padme this season! I’m just glad we get some reassurance she’s still alive!
The younglings were another fantastic touch. Ahsoka was the Jedi who lead them to find their lightsaber crystals, so it was fitting they appeared here, in what may be her final episode.
This actually was a remarkable, amazing, totally fitting ending to this part of Ahsoka’s life. Yes, it might have been more dramatic and brought us closer to the events of Episode 3 if she had died, but that’s not what it should be about, and Filoni and Lucas know that. It’s about Ahsoka, and her journey through life. In the end, it finished with what some might call a happy ending. No one died, her name was cleared, and the real, cannon-conflicting, perpetrator was caught. But that’s the beauty of it; it wasn’t any uncontrollable events that shaped Ahsoka’s fate…it was her. Nothing prevented things from going back to the way they were, (minus Barriss, of course), except Ahsoka herself. After years of training and fighting at her master’s side, she waked away from everything she’d ever known before. Why? Because she knew, as we know, that most of what Barriss said about the Jedi was true. They are essentially being run by a Sith Lord, they are too caught-up in the Clone Wars, and they aren’t doing everything they can to end the war. Ahsoka saw members of the order she had served practically her whole life expel her in the blink of an eye. A few times, it even seemed like Anakin was entertaining the idea that there was some truth to the allegations against her. Ahsoka had a front seat to the whole story; the Jedi who were war-mongerers, the innocents killed needlessly, her friend who betrayed both the Jedi, and herself, and maybe she even knew more about Anakin’s private life then we think.
“I understand,” he told her, looking away.
Her simple, telling response: “I know.” Then she walked off into the sunlight, down the temple stairs, and into a new life. In that way, she’s a better Jedi then Anakin, Windu, or even Obi-Wan…she recognized the problems inside the order, and, though it hurt like hell, tore herself away from the people she had come to care about.
Will we ever get to know more about her next steps? Time will tell, but Dave Filoni has said they have already written Season Six. In a way, I wouldn’t mind if we never saw her again, though. We could imagine anything happening to her once she’d vanished from Anakin’s view down the stairs. And, in my opinion, from the way they portrayed that scene, we may not ever see her again, at least not in TCW…that’s a ‘goodbye’ shot if I’ve ever seen one.
But, there are many theories about what happens next for her, like these below:
•She teams up with Ventress. I must say this possibility is the most likely, I think. Ventress and her have discovered they have a lot in common. Once Ventress learns Ahsoka has left the order, she’ll go looking for her. Since Ahsoka knows nothing about normal life in the big city, Ventress will take her on as a partner. Just think of how cool they’d be together.
•She and Lux finally get together. I know it a long shot, especially since Ashley Eikstein has said in yesterday’s twitter chat that she believes there is only “friendship” destined for Lux and Ahsoka, but hey, we Luxsoka fans can hope. And besides, it’s not like Ahsoka was really close to anyone else. Lux questions the Jedi too, he just started doing it earlier then she did.
•She becomes a hermit. Just like Obi-Wan once he goes into hiding. Togruta’s are solitary creatures, and it’s true that Ahsoka is a bit of a loner.
•She lives in the Coruscant underworld. Maybe she just stays below the temple her whole life, wanting to be near her past.
Now, we come to the question that’s been facing us since Disney bought Star Wars…will there be a Season 6 of the Clone Wars? Here are the facts:
•Dave Filoni and the rest of TCW crew are already close to finishing the making of the new season.
•Disney has not announced anything about TCW yet, and they have a history of canceling TV Shows of franchises they acquire. It make sense that they’d want to focus more on the new films, and thus would decide to pull the plug on TCW.
•In all the interviews with actors and crew from the show, they’ve said it’s still in the air. They either don’t know, or aren’t telling.
Conclusion: I’d say the chances of a new season right now are 50/50. Sure, they made some additional episodes, but it’s up to Disney to air them. And this season finale was a great series finale too. Yes, there are many loose ends right now, but if the series ended on Ahsoka’s departure, I would be alright with that.
Don’t get me wrong, I want another season like anyone else should. And if we all pitch in, we can help Disney decide to air new episodes.
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Whatever is to come, we should face it bravely, like Ahsoka would do.
May the Force be with you, Ahsoka Tano…
(DISCUSS THESE THOUGHTS AND SHARE YOUR OWN IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!)
Dave Filoni, the supervising director of the Clone Wars, has given an exclusive interview to Blastr.com! In the interview, he reveals a few thoughts on the finale of Season 5, which airs tomorrow in the US, and shares a never-before-seen clip of the episode.
Read our breakdown of the interview, and watch the new clip, below!
(Our comments will be in parenthesis.)
“It’s definitely the most dramatic arc we’ve ever done involving Ahsoka,” said Filoni in the interview. “There’s definitely consequences for her actions. Fans won’t be disappointed.”
(I’m glad that he said this; that means things won’t just go back to normal. Sure, it’s sad to see Ahsoka leave her old life behind, but is has to happen to move the series forward.)
“We were challenged to do something creative and dramatic this season with the Darth Maul and Ahsoka arcs. Characters are dying off, real things are going down, and [you can see] connections to the Star Wars films,” said Filoni.
“I’ve always said this is a race to the finish.”
Framed for multiple murders, Ahsoka has been on the run and hunted by her own Master over the last three weeks. She was finally captured by the Jedi at the end of last week’s episode. With little evidence to support her innocence, the future looks bleak for Ahsoka.
Filoni, who personally directed the finale, admitted this upcoming episode is one of his favorites of the whole arc because of “how it comes together and seeing Ahsoka make a strong choice for herself and why she makes it.”
(First of all, WOW! That’s cool that he personally directed this final episode. And it’s one of his, and Ashley Eikstein’s, the voice of Ahsoka, favorites! Also, this makes me think Ahsoka might voluntarily leave the Jedi order. He does say she makes a strong choice. It will really have to give us more on why she makes it, though, because right now I just can’t see Ahsoka choosing to leave when she could stay. She was only on the run to prove her innocence, so once that’s been done, I assume she would want to go back to being a Jedi.)
“I’m looking forward to seeing fan reaction to the finale since it’s so different from what’s been done before,” Filoni said.
(It’s ‘so different from what’s been done before’…Hmmm.)
Episodes are created without an order in mind for the series, but when Filoni finally got all the stories together, he said it “seemed so obvious” that this Ahsoka arc should end season five. He compared it to the moment when he realized Darth Maul’s arc should be saved for the end of season four and Chewbacca should appear at the end of season three. Filoni said he tries to “pave a season with something dramatic [which goes] into something lighter and fun, ending with something very memorable.”
From Filoni’s comments, it sounds like the finale will definitely be memorable. So have we seen the end of Ahsoka? Speculation about what happens to Anakin’s padawan has ranged over the years from whether she will be killed off in the animated series, bringing Anakin closer to the dark side, or whether she just dies off screen when Order 66 is enacted in Revenge of the Sith.
Filoni said what ultimately happens to Ahsoka at the end of the finale will be a “dramatic change” and “definitely poses interesting questions” about the future of these characters.
(These comments make it clear she won’t die. As much as an interesting story arc that would make, it would be too dark for a cartoon show airing on Cartoon Network. But, she will face a huge change. Thus, I believe she will either be expelled from the Jedi, or choose to leave the order willingly.
Tell me what you think about all this in the comments below!
You can read the original article, and watch the exclusive clip, by heading over to the Blastr website here.
The first official preview clip for the Season 5 finale “The Wrong Jedi” has been posted, and to make watching it easier, it’s embedded below! 🙂
Thoughts: The clip shows Ahsoka going before the Jedi council. They appear to think she’s suspect, and Mace Windu especially questions her innocence. Anakin appears outraged, yelling at the council that they’ve already made their decision, and that the trial is just a formality. In ways, this arc has been just as tough on Anakin as on his padawan.
Watch the Official Preview for The Wrong Jedi below, and then let me know what you think by commenting!
**ATTENTION: STOP READING NOW IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHO THE TREACHEROUS JEDI REALLY IS! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!**
Well, we posted yesterday some evidence that Barriss Offee, seemingly Ahsoka’s best friend, is the Jedi setting her up. Now, we have video proof. It’s short trailer for the arc published on youtube. The shot confirming the theory is at the 25 second mark, and it shows Anakin in a lightsaber duel with Barriss herself. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUPqpMUDjhY
Also, Director Dave Filini said in the featurette for episode 19 that he thinks people might have a hard time accepting who the traitor really is.
Now, this might not be 100% proof that she’s the mastermind, maybe she had another reason we don’t know about, or maybe she was forced too, we can’t know for sure until the episode comes out on Saturday. But this video, along with the previous post, makes me 99% sure Barriss is behind the whole scheme. Of course this seems to conflict with the official canon, in which Barriss never shows any sign of turning to the dark side, but wasn’t it the same deal with Darth Maul returning? They have to add some surprises to the show.
Tell us your thoughts on this by commenting below!
If you’ve seen the newest episode of The Clone Wars, “To Catch A Jedi”, then you must know what the title of this story is about. If you haven’t seen the episode, and don’t want it to be spoiled, turn back now. You’ve been warned.
From the moment Barriss entered into this story arc, in episode 18, “Sabotage”, I knew something big was afoot. Barriss is a character I really like, she’s strong, brave, and a very intelligent Jedi. And from the moment Letta said a Jedi taught her how to make the nanodroids, there’s been a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Remember when Barriss asked Ahsoka, “Do you ever wonder if it’s right to ignore your emotions?”
Obviously, Barriss is conflicted about the ways of the Jedi. She has always struck me as a sort of ‘peacekeeper’. Now I know all the Jedi are supposedly keepers of the peace, but when you compare Barriss to, say, Anakin, or even Ahsoka, Barriss is much more mild-mannered. I’ve always wondered what she thought of the war. Now, I might have my answer.
There is much speculation going on as to whether Barriss is the Jedi who committed the bombing, and the one who framed Ahsoka. Some evidence that supports this theory:
•Barriss seems to act suspicious throught this story arc. She asks Ahsoka about Jedi policy, doesn’t make much eye contact, and generally seems like she’s conflicted about something.
•Barriss was the one Ahsoka contacted after going on the run, and Barriss promised to do some “digging” to see what clues she could find for Ahsoka’s behalf. I’ve been wondering about this a lot. Barriss is friends with Ahsoka, likely her best friend, but why is she so readily helping her? Barriss seems like too much of a rule-follower to risk helping a rogue Jedi with a bounty on her head. She must know Ahsoka isn’t responsible, and is trying to set her up by telling her to go to an abandoned factory.
•The person who is attacking Ahsoka in the factory must have known she was going there. Only Barriss knew that fact.
•The attacker is Barriss’ height, and is certainly a young female from the look of her. Also, she knows Ahsoka’s fighting style very well, enough to be defeating her in battle. (This brings up a whole other point; is Barriss a stronger warrior then Ahsoka, since she pretty much whooped her butt? I hate to think this, so I’ll assume Ahsoka’s just out of her game, distracted by so many things going on in her life to fight at top speed.)
•It isn’t Ventress, so who else could it be? It wouldn’t make sense for the villain to be someone we haven’t seen yet, would it? This arc is sort of like a crime drama, where the actual perpetrator must be shown during the course of events.
Of course, there are some reasons why it can’t be Barriss, namely:
1. Barriss would never do anything like this. She hasn’t shown any signs of rebellion before now. She and Ahsoka are close friends.
2. In the official SW history, Barriss is still a Jedi after the Clone Wars. (She gets killed during Order 66.) If she is the temple bomber, and gets found out, there’s no way the Jedi would let her stay, which means this next episode may contradict the movies themselves.
So, there’s my two-cents worth. The next, and last, episode this season, is about Ahsoka’s trial at the court, and Anakin’s search for the truth behind the set-up. Will he find out if Barriss is behind it? Only time will tell.
Comment below and tell me your thoughts! 🙂
If you haven’t heard yet, a new trailer for the four final “epic” episodes from The Clone Wars Season 5 has been posted online. (link at bottom of story)
I was excited, but expected it to be a normal little preview. Then, I read the summary of the clip:
The story of Ahsoka Tano takes an unexpected, shocking turn in the epic four-part conclusion to Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five.
My jaw dropped, my pulse quickened. Then, I watched it. Let me tell you this, if you are a fan of Ahsoka, or even the Clone Wars in general, you will feel emotional during this trailer. In one regard, I’m happy that Ahsoka’s story is getting some episodes, and I want to know how her ending turns out. But on the other hand…what will this mean for her?
In the first few moments, the trailer flashes back to when we does met Ahsoka, all the way back in season one. Then, it lets us know that the Clone Wars is moving very close to ending. The Chancellor has been taking control of the war away from the Jedi, and public trust has fled from the temple. Also, there is a dark force within the Jedi Temple itself. The Jedi council assigns Anakin and Ahsoka to handle it.
Then, the trailer shows us some brief clips of future episodes: Ahsoka talking with her old friend Bariss, spying on some clones, and fighting with a strange masked intruder. (Who is…Ventress!)
Then, Mace Windu says Anakin is too attached to his padawan to do what “needs to be done”.
At the last second, it shows Anakin holding Ahsoka’s green lightsaber, and someone saying “Some Jedi will disappoint us.”
I can’t believe it…but it seems like Ahsoka’s story, her FATE, is finally going to be explained. (You can watch the clip here, by the way.)
I can only conclude two possible endings…
Either Ahsoka, by some horrendous discovery, is turned to the dark side…
Or she is killed by Ventress.
And, since I cannot imagine Ahsoka turning from the path of good, I must only think it can be the second.
Well, this has been hard to write, but I’ve done it! So tell me what you think in the comments below!!
The plot line for the final four episodes is known! Read ahead only if wanting to be spoiled.
Ahsoka is implicated in a killing, and is arrested. She escapes into the underworld with Ventress, and in the final episode, Anakin, still believing her innocence, goes searching for the truth.