Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
Premiering exclusively on Disney+ on October 26, 2022, “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi” is an anthology of six brand 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 in the prequel era and sheds light on key moments in the lives of fan-favorite characters Ahsoka Tano and Jedi and Sith Lord Count Dooku as they relate to each other Way to embark on 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; Michael 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 the Inquisitor; Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker; and James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Dave Filoni is the creator, executive director, executive producer and writer of five of the six short films: Life and Death; “Justice”; “The Sith Lord”; “Practice creates masters”; and “coda”. Charles Murray and Élan Murray are the authors of Choices. Nathaniel Villanueva directs “Life and Death”; Charles Murray directs Choices; Saul Ruiz directs Justice; “The Sith Lord”; “Practice creates masters”; and “coda”. Alongside Filoni, Athena Yvette Portillo and Carrie Beck are executive producers; Alex Spotswood and Josh Rimes are producers
Release date: October 26, 2022
Creator: David Filoni
Authors: Dave Filoni, Charles Murray, Elan Murray
Directors: Charles Murray, Nathaniel Villanueva, Saul Ruiz
Executive Producers: Carrie Beck, Dave Filoni, Athena Yvette Portillo
Pour: Ashley Eckstein, Corey Burton, Janina Gavankar, Micheal Richardson, Bryce Dallas Howard, TC Carson, Ian McDiarmid, Liam Neeson, Phil Lamarr, Clancy Brown, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor
Composer: Kevin Kinner
life and death
In this episode, Ahsoka is born to her mother Pav-ti, voiced by Janina Gavankar (Iden Versio from battlefield 2) and her father Nak-il. Gantika is an elderly medicine woman living in the same village who blesses Ahsoka while Pav-ti takes Ahsoka on her first hunt. First impressions were that this was a dark episode showing an animal being shot and Pav-ti teaches Ahsoka not to run from death while they watch the animal die. Appreciating an animal that sacrifices itself for the hunt is a very Native American custom. Gratitude for the land and animals that give back and care for your tribe ensures a bounty is fertile every year.
Meanwhile, a large saber-toothed cat sneaks up on Pav-ti and kidnaps Ahsoka, only for Ahsoka to force-connect with her. The cat eventually takes Ahsoka home and Gatinka declares Ahsoka a Jedi. Force sensitive, yes, Jedi? Not yet.
Just a wild guess that Qui-Gon is around 20 years old; He and Jedi Master Dooku arrive on a planet to find and bring back Senator Dagonet’s son. The kidnappers live in Squaler while the senator is a wealthy man who never sees anything outside of the city or Coruscant. Dooku doesn’t blame either the kidnappers or Qui-Gon, but their way of solving the situation is vastly different. Dagonet arrives in World War I style uniforms. During the shootout, Dooku chokes Dagonet and loses himself in the moment. Qui-Gon is just trying to fix the problem and calming down Dooku. Qui-Gon says he was just living in the moment, to which Dooku says, “You are a much smarter man than me.” Something Qui-Gon would repeat to Obi-Wan two decades later.
Mace Windu and Dooku travel to Raxus Secundus to find out why Master Katri was killed. At this time, both are not members of the Jedi High Council. Fans of Raxus Secundus might look familiar The clone wars as the home planet of Meena and Lux Bonteri. Again, Dooku lost his way and was twice told by Windu to retreat before listening. Dooku is the guy who will do anything for the truth, like Anakin, regardless of his Jedi rank. There is a theme accusing the Jedi of being loyal to the Senate (Justice) that the Jedi align themselves with the rich and powerful. This hits Dooku hard as he is one of the rich and powerful. Windu replaces Katri on the council, which annoys Dooku.
The Sith Lord
Quite possibly the best episode yet and one that answers some longstanding questions about how Kamino got erased from the Jedi library. Dooku wiped Kamino with Sifo Dyas’ security code. Dooku is obviously disenfranchised by the Jedi and has now joined Sidious. The lighting in this episode is beautiful and the music by Kevin Kiner is some of the best he’s ever worked on war of stars. Ian McDiarmid returned as the voice of Palpatine. It’s fascinating to know that Yaddle (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) found out about Dooku and Sidious but didn’t tell anyone about it. I hope someone was able to recover her body. These events all happened at the same time The Phantom Menace. Dooku learns of Sidoius’ apprentice Maul and Qui-Gon’s death. Despite not being a member of the council, Dooku is still welcomed as one of their own. It’s also interesting to see how Dooku doesn’t always agree with Palpatine and even argues with him about his tactics.
Practice creates masters
Ahsoka, now Anakin’s apprentice, learns that fighting battle droids is not the same as defending yourself against unpredictable clones. Her training against Rex’s men serves her well much later, when Order 66 causes the clones to attempt to kill her.
Now, after Vengeance of the Sith, Ahsoka, who calls herself Ashla, is hiding in a farming community. This episode caused a stir on social media for contradicting the 2016 novel Ahsoka. This isn’t the first time this book has been contradicted. The farming community in Resolve and Raada im Ahsoka Roman may be two different events, but how Ahsoka gets back together with Bail is tricky. In the book, Ahsoka does not reunite with Bail until a year after the Empire’s founding. In Resolve, it’s right after that Vengeance of the Sith. I suppose both could have happened. The Inquisitor in Resolve was given no name while in the novel he was identified as the Sixth Brother.