May 21, 2024

Ahsoka’s Voice Actress Urges Fans To Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars And The Rebels Before The Disney Plus Show

The original Ahsoka actress Ashley Eckstein has encouraged Star Wars fans to watch The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series before the Ahsoka Disney+ show to make sure they don’t miss out on vital “backstory”.

Speaking to Merge CinemaEckstein contradicted the official word from Disney that these shows, which tell Ahsoka’s story in recent years, are not necessary to watch the live-action series directed by Rosario Dawson.

“I really recommend that you take the time to watch Clone Wars, and watch Star Wars: Rebels, and even Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi,” she said. “Because if you don’t, you’re going to miss out on some very important backstory that you need to know to fully enjoy the Ahsoka series.”

“You’re going to miss out on a vital, vital backstory that you really need to know to enjoy the Ahsoka series.”

Eckstein continued: “We’re going to get so many incredible new stories, but without that backstory, and a full understanding of who Ahsoka is and even who the other characters are, you’re not going to be as rich or as deep. understanding and appreciation of what is going to happen.”

Disney has given up on this idea though, not wanting fans to dismiss Ahsoka from the show if they haven’t watched seven seasons of The Clone Wars, four seasons of Rebels, and a season of Tales of the Jedi.

There are even some books and comics, not to mention a handful of episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, that give important context to characters appearing in the new show like Ahsoka, Hera, Sabine, and Thrawn.

Dave Filoni, the writer and director of Ahsoka and essentially the architect behind Star Wars animation, told IGN earlier this year that the upcoming show will stand on its own.

“I wouldn’t look at it that way. I think as much as these shows are tangential to each other and in the same period, I think it’s important that you can watch them on their own,” he said. “We never want to create a situation where you feel like you have to see these things because you’re missing out.”

The first two episodes of Ahsoka will air on Disney+ on August 23, with the remaining six episodes released every week. A trailer released earlier in July finally gave fans a look at Lars Mikkelsen’s Thrawn, along with other characters like Baylan Skoll, played by the late Ray Stevenson who died at the age of 58 earlier this year.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance reporter for IGN. He’ll talk about the Witcher all day.

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