Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi gives fans a whole lot of pieces to the puzzle that we were missing, especially when it comes to Ahsoka & Dooku.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is six episodes that are meant to fill in some of the gaps that are left in between the Star Wars lore that fans know and love. It focuses heavily on Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku. These animated shorts are all less than twenty minutes long, making it an easy season to binge. The first episode doesn’t do the best job of pulling viewers in, but the series hits the ground running with episode 2, so get ready.
What Works With Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
The best thing about Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is that it dives into several times throughout Star Wars lore that fans don’t know the details of. We learn how Dooku went down the dark path and what drew Ahsoka back to fight for the light side. These are key moments that we have not seen before, and so to witness those stories, told by Dave Filoni himself, is special.
They feel warranted and like they are important to it all. This was a bold move and a dangerous line to walk. The stories told could easily have felt unnecessary but instead they add to the lore, bringing something we didn’t know we needed to it.
Of course, it is incredible to have the voices that we know to be the characters back. Hearing Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka is enough to give any fan goosebumps, and trust us, it does. Using the live action actors to voice the animated versions of their characters, such as Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious and Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn is fitting as well. These stories are believable because Filoni knows the characters, and clearly wanted to do justice to their stories. It just feels… right.
When it comes to the animation style, there is a lot to admire here as well. The lighting and detail are simply stunning. During the fight scenes, they go big. Say what you will, this is a gorgeous series.
What Doesn’t Work With Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
As we said earlier, the first episode isn’t the best one. In fact, it is probably the worst. Very little about it will draw in viewers and while it is intriguing to see where Ahsoka came from, it is a bit slow and takes far too long to get to the point. Chronologically it makes sense to start with this one, however it might cause some people to jump ship on the series, which will cause them to miss quite a bit of incredible and pivotal moments in Dooku and Ahsoka’s lives.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi gives fans the pieces of the puzzle that they did not know they needed. Explaining how and why Dooku and Ahsoka chose the paths they did, and filling in the blanks that were left wide open, will have Star Wars fans over the moon. It starts off a bit slow, but if you power through to episode two, you will be hooked. There is a lot going on here, and it ends up being crucial to the overall lore.
Hearing the actors we know and love back in these roles is enough to overjoy any viewer, but add in the stunning animation and this is a must watch series for Star Wars fans.
Rating: 4 out of 5
About Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is an anthology of six all-new animated shorts produced by Lucasfilm Animation and created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”). Based on Star Wars and characters created by George Lucas, the series is set during the prequel era and spotlights important moments in the lives of fan-favorite characters Ahsoka Tano and Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Count Dooku as they embark on respective paths toward heroism and villainy.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi features the voices of Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano; Corey Burton as Count Dooku; Janina Gavankar as Ahsoka’s mother, Pav-ti; Micheal Richardson as young Qui-Gon Jinn; TC Carson as Mace Windu; Ian McDiarmid as Darth Sidious; Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn; Phil Lamarr as Bail Organa; Clancy Brown as Inquisitor; Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker; and James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.