Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi got here to Disney Plus on Wednesday, giving us six CGI animated shorts within the type of The Clone Wars. Half of the tales are dedicated to legendary Jedi Ahsoka Tano (years earlier than her alliance with The Mandalorian), whereas the others deal with future Sith Lord Dooku throughout his time as a Jedi.
They’re written by Clone Wars government producer Dave Filoni, who’s presently engaged on the live-action Ahsoka collection that is scheduled to hit Disney Plus subsequent 12 months. Ashley Eckstein and Corey Burton reprise their respective Clone Wars roles as Ahsoka and Dooku.
These are all set within the prequel period, many years earlier than the occasions of authentic Star Wars film A New Hope (and present live-action present Andor). Let’s use the Drive to dive into every episode’s SPOILERS.
Life and Dying
On her homeworld Shili, previous to the occasions of The Phantom Menace, an toddler Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) is taken by a sabertooth creature and appears doomed. When she instinctively tames it with the Drive and rides it again house, the village elder acknowledges her energy and declares her a Jedi.
We all know from The Clone Wars that she’s introduced into the Jedi Order by Grasp Plo Koon, and turns into Padawan to Anakin Skywalker.
Jedi Grasp Dooku (Corey Burton) comes near killing a corrupt Republic senator after witnessing the struggling of his folks. His Padawan Qui-Gon Jinn (Micheál Richardson, son of live-action Qui-Gon actor Liam Neeson), manages to save lots of the senator by releasing his kidnapped son, whose love for his father helps Dooku snap out of it.
This takes place years earlier than The Phantom Menace, and highlights Dooku’s disillusionment with the Republic (a narrative that is additionally informed within the audio drama Dooku: Jedi Misplaced). We additionally get to see Dooku’s blue lightsaber, which has an superior curved hilt just like the one he’ll wield as a Sith.
Despatched to retrieve a lifeless Jedi’s physique together with fellow Grasp Mace Windu (T.C. Carson), Dooku takes the mission within the course that leads to a corrupt senator’s loss of life. He identifies with the insurgent group accountable for the incident, echoing its mistrust for the Republic and its management over the Jedi.
Mace is given the fallen Jedi’s place on the Council, which annoys Dooku. He presumably sees it as Mace enjoying politics to rise inside the Order and the Republic system, within the years earlier than The Phantom Menace.
The Sith Lord
This one is about throughout occasions of The Phantom Menace, after Qui-Gon encounters Darth Maul on Tatooine however earlier than the return to Naboo. Dooku deletes the planet Kamino from the Jedi archives, hiding the conspiracy to create the clone military (it will not be found for an additional decade, in Assault of the Clones).
He additionally has his final encounter with Qui-Gon earlier than his former Padawan is slain by Maul.
Within the wake of Qui-Gon’s loss of life, Jedi Council member Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard, who directed episodes of The Mandalorian and The E-book of Boba Fett) follows Dooku to a secret assembly with Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid). Confronted with a alternative between Jedi and Sith when she’s found, Dooku sides with Sidious, kills Yaddle and turns into the Sith Lord’s apprentice — Darth Tyranus.
This reveals the destiny of Yaddle, who’s of the identical species as Yoda and Grogu. She beforehand solely made a short look in The Phantom Menace and had vanished by Assault of the Clones. It is unclear if the Jedi ever found her destiny.
This episode additionally means that Sidious took benefit of Dooku’s grief over Qui-Gon’s loss of life to seduce him utterly to the darkish facet. He’ll finally discard Dooku in favor of Anakin in Revenge of the Sith.
Apply Makes Excellent
After the occasions of The Clone Wars film, Anakin (Matt Lanter) brings Ahsoka to a clandestine coaching session during which she tries to deflect clone troopers’ blaster hearth for so long as attainable earlier than being shocked.
She continues that coaching all through the battle, and it finally permits her to survive Order 66, during which Sidious makes clone troopers throughout the galaxy to slay their Jedi allies.
This episode was the primary one Filoni wrote for the collection. It additionally incorporates a cameo from a younger Caleb Dume, a Padawan who’ll make it by means of the destruction of the Jedi Order. He’ll tackle the title Kanan Jarrus and turn into the Jedi hero of Rebels.
After the rise of the Galactic Empire (seen in Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars finale) Ahsoka quietly attends Padmé’s funeral on Naboo, and future Insurgent Alliance chief Bail Organa (Phil LaMarr) provides her a communicator.
Dwelling in hiding on an agricultural world, Ahsoka finds employment in farming till she blows her cowl through the use of the Drive to save lots of a coworker and attracts an Imperial Inquisitor (Clancy Brown) to them.
She slays the Inquisitor along with his personal red-bladed lightsaber and contacts Bail to rejoin the struggle. It is unclear how this suits with the 2016 Ahsoka novel, which tells an identical story, however any contradictions might be defined as an alternate telling.