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!

Dave Filoni Season Finale Interview

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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 Wrong Jedi” Official Episode Preview

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!

The Jedi Traitor Is… (SPOILER ALERT)

**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!

The End Of Ahsoka?

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As I write this post, I have mixed feelings. First, let me tell you why I have these feelings.

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?

*SPOILERS*
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.)

CONCLUSION
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!!

****UPDATED INFO*****
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.

AHHH!

Corporal Wack?

What have you guys thought of the season so far? I know that I’ve loved it, but I haven’t posted any episode reviews yet this season. (Sorry, I have a busy real-life. I wish I could sit by the computer all day and blog about SW.)

What with the Young Jedi arc, and now the arc featuring Wack and his group of droids, we’ve been getting away from the main Clone Wars characters for a while. I like this, but just bring Ahsoka back into this season soon!

Let me know your thoughts!

Brand-New Clone Wars Premiere Clip!

It’s been awhile since we’ve last posted, but we now bring you good news! Lucasfilm Ltd. and Cartoon Network have released a new clip from Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and you can watch it here!
Now remember: The Season Five premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is this Saturday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. So please tune in. The more people watching, the better ratings. And we want TCW to not disappoint in its new time slot.
Anyway, the story picks up where we left off from the epic Season Four finale, Season Five begins with “Revival.” Darth Maul and Savage Opress are reunited and brimming with rage. They bring terror across the galaxy, invading other worlds and forcibly recruiting Hondo and his pirates into their army. Brave Jedi confront the brothers in an effort to stop them and must fight for their lives while vying to save the Republic.
WATCH IT:

Season 5 Summary: The shadow of the dark side falls upon Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five as the series moves closer to the grim events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The big-screen action, unforgettable characters, and rousing adventure of the Star Wars Saga continue, as Jedi heroes face a galaxy of foes. With unparalleled visuals, sound, action and adventure, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the cinematic saga with the equivalent of a short animated Star Wars movie each week. Season Five is filled with explosive action, exotic worlds, intriguing characters and shocking turns as several major players face their destinies as the galaxy plunges into darkness.
(Pretty cool season summary, isn’t it? Can’t wait to see “shocking turns” of several “major” characters!)

Final Clone Wars Season 5 New Trailer!

A new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 was released this weekend from the Star Wars Celebration VI, which is in Orlando, FL! This new trailer, the longest so far released, (and rumored to be the final one before the new season starts) is a good 3 minutes long, and includes much more of the footage in the new season then previous trailers. Director Dave Filoni said this:

“The first season 5 trailer we released back in June was about the most limited version possible of what you could see, It didn’t have any of the good stuff in it, because there’s so little that we could show that wasn’t going to give our secrets away. So for this new trailer I said to our editor Kevin Yost, ‘I’m giving you all of the footage, and the only thing you can’t show or talk about is this one thing. But everything else, put it in, and I’ll tell you if you went too far.’ Except for one thing, everything was fair game.”

After watching this new trailer, it’s clear that everything WAS fair game. We see Maul, asking the Death Watch to join him, Darth Sidious shocking someone with force-lightning, and Ahsoka being in peril several times!

“These are the most thought-provoking episodes we’ve done, for sure,”-Dave Filoni

The new season is set to debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday Sept. 29 in its new 9:30 a.m. timeslot. (What do you think about this time change? I guess it’ll make for more viewers!)

And will there be stuff in it for us obsessed, er, I mean, LOYAL fans? “Yes,” Filoni says, “Season 5, more than any other we’ve produced, is geared to the loyal viewer.”