Ahsoka Lives!

Well, it’s official! Ahsoka Tano, everyone’s favorite padawan (right?), has returned to assist the crew of the Ghost. Summoned by Chopper and appearing for a few brief moments at the end of the Star Wars Rebels season finale, the character Fulcrum was revealed to be none other than Snips herself, two green (whoops, looks like they’ve changed to blue ones) lightsabers and all.

Notice how her lightsabers are more curved now, like a samurai’s, according to Disney.

She’s got two blue blades, now.

While she looks a lot different, we’ve got to remember that a lot of time has passed. She’s in her early thirties now! Her new design in the style of Rebels will take me a little getting used to, but underneath she’s the same Snips we know and love 😀

Ahsoka's evolution through the years

Ahsoka’s evolution through the years

sigh, it seems like only yesterday she was training at the temple, playing with R2, hanging out with her B.F.F. Barriss Offee- wait, nevermind that last one.

In a USA Today article, Filoni and crew say that she’ll definitely play a bigger part in Season 2 of Rebels, although she certainly won’t have a bunk on the Ghost anytime soon. TCW was her show; I’m just glad she’s getting the chance to return in Rebels.

And with Darth Vader coming into the picture in the final seconds of the episode, the wait for Season 2 just got a lot less bearable. (I like the chances for a Vader/Ahsoka reunion in the season premiere, personally.)

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Deleted Scene: Ahsoka’s speaks her mind to the Jedi counsel before leaving

USA Today has published a clip which appears on the bonus features of the new Clone Wars DVD that came out today. In this new clip, we see an unfinished scene. The Jedi counsel members are outside with Ahsoka and Anakin in this scene. It basically progresses the same as the final version which aired, except Ahsoka says coldly, “They never should have told me to leave.”

I know that when the final aired, I felt like she didn’t express enough anger with the counsel, so the fact that she lets out some steam in this scene makes me happy. Watch it for yourself below, and then comment and tell me what you think!

 

If no video is above, you can watch the video at http://www.usatoday.com/videos/life/tv/2013/10/14/2982435/

 

The Clone Wars in Two Pictures

The Clone Wars in Two Pictures

Here’s something that might bring a tear to your eye…

These two screenshots sum up what the Clone Wars TV show was meant to do: introduce Ahsoka, make us care about her, and then send her off into an unknown future. Hopefully, we’ll be getting new stuff featuring her soon, either in SW Rebels, or in TCW bonus content (If the bonus content ever gets released *sigh*. I’m getting impatient!)

Why Ahsoka Left The Order

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!

New Interview with Ashley Eikstein, voice of Ahsoka!!

Here’s an awesome interview with Ashley that just came out. The interview is conducted by GeekMania. Awesome interview, Ashley even reveals some details about Ahsoka in the new season!

Mania: What can we expect from this season of The Clone Wars?
 
Ashley: This season is actually called “Battle Lines.” It takes you right into the heart of the battle. For Ahsoka, the battles become more intense. This season the battles become epic; visually they are stunning. Ahsoka has grown up a lot. We’re going to continue on from season 3 where we’re going to see tremendous growth in her character. She is less of the padawan, less of the side kick, and more one of the gang. She’ll also get to go out on her own more this season.
 

 
Mania: You’ve been with the Star Wars universe for three years now. How does it feel to be the new first lady of Star Wars?
 
Ashley: (humbly laughs) that’s an honor. Thanks for putting it that way. I don’t look at it as the first lady of Star Wars. I look at it as I get to be another strong female character for Star Wars. The one thing I think is so amazing about The Clone Wars is that there are so many kick-butt female characters. You have Ahsoka, but you have Ventress and she is such a strong female character. We had the Night Sisters last year: Shaak Tii and Aayla Secura. There are just so many. For Ahsoka, it is just such an honor to be the first female Jedi that has been really focused on as a lead. I’m very proud of that because I think she is such a positive character and a positive role model for young girls. I’m honored to have just a small part in introducing young girls to the franchise.  
 

 
Mania: In the beginning, Ahsoka didn’t really have support of the older fan boys.
 
Ashley: (laughs) No, not at all.
 
Mania: For you, what was the moment you saw it turn around?
 

 
Ashley: I noticed it more in season 2 where Ahsoka got a couple episodes where she was on her own more and given more responsibility. You saw less of the snippy sidekick. I think what people didn’t like in the beginning was she lived up to her nickname, Snips. She was very snippy with her quips and comments. She was there on the sidelines. She didn’t really take charge on the show because she was a young padawan. In season 2, she got more responsibility. In season 3, got a ton and she just grew up. I did several interviews in the beginning and I asked fans to just be patient with her; to enjoy the arc of her character because I knew the direction she was going in. I knew she was going in the direction the fans would like. It was a progression. It’s no fun to watch a character that’s perfect all the time. You want to watch them grow and that’s what we’re seeing with Ahsoka. I want to thank the fans for being patient.
 
Mania: Ahsoka is on a dark path. As an actor, how do you prepare yourself and your character for something you have no control over?
 

 
Ashley: The tricky part for us is we actually don’t get the scripts until we walk into the studio. I just did an episode and hadn’t read it yet. Literally, you are off and reading it for the first time as you are performing it. The reason we can do that is because we have been doing our characters for 6 years. We can just jump right in and that’s what is expected of us. I have an attitude I go into the studio with. She [Ahsoka] is much older. I try to lower my voice and (laughs) I try and stay in a more grown up mental mind frame. I just try and keep her in this darker place.
 
Mania: If you could decide Ahsoka’s fate, what would it be; as a fan or as the character?
 

 
Ashley: (laughs) The thing is we have amazing writers on the show and an amazing director in Dave Filoni. They just do a phenomenal job. I think some of the writing last season and some of it coming up, like the “Mortis Trilogy”, was amazing. That is something that is definitely not my forte, the writing. So I don’t even try to begin to script my demise. I don’t think I would do what was right for the Star Wars franchise because they have built our show into the six movies and now our stories are critical to understanding the movies. Of course, I am attached to the character and the thought of anything bad happening to her makes me upset. I trust the writers, I trust Dave Filoni and I know they will do the right thing for the overall Star Wars story.
 
Mania: How many action figures do you have so far?
 
Ashley: I actually have a Star Wars closet and have about 50 in there.
 
Mania: What has been your favorite episode of the show so far?
 

 
Ashley: I have to go back to the “Mortis Trilogy”. I think that was unbelievable. The performances in that, not mine, James Arnold Taylor and Matt Lanter were so phenomenal in that episode. On top of that the animation was stunning and, again, the writing.
 

 
Mania: I see that you are wearing a Her Universe tank top under your blazer (see picture above). I have to ask, are you wearing the full outfit?
 
Ashley: (big laugh) No, I am not wearing the entire outfit. The nice thing about that set is that you can wear it separately or when you are at home when you are in your pjs. I have the outfit for both reasons, but today it is all business.
 
Mania: What’s your Geek confession? It can be anything from: I’ve never seen Star Wars to I hate the Lord of the Rings.
 

 
Ashley: My Geek Confession is that… (laughs) I used to read the New Kids on the Block comic book. I was so obsessed with New Kids on the Block. I’m just getting into comics now. I have to be honest I am not as well schooled in comics, but those were the only comic books I read as a kid. That’s my Geek Confession.
 
The Clone Wars Season 4 is on Friday nights on the Cartoon Network. Season 3 of Star Wars the Clone Wars arrives on DVD and Blu-ray October 18th. Need to catch up on Season 4? Check out the episodes on Star Wars.com.