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Ahsoka Tano: The Padawan Through it All

The togruta, the padawan, “SNIPS,” the legend. Ahsoka is a name that every household now knows and possibly very excited to see how her future unfolds. Understandably, when she first appeared on screen, most of us did not like her very much. Which could be due to our overwhelming love for Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin, most if not all, felt she was just too out of place. However, as the series grew so did Ahsoka. So, during season 3, she was given a new look and, in my opinion, a whole new attitude. In hindsight, I remember when I was younger, I was a lot like Ahsoka. People couldn’t tell me anything: I was right about everything and was headstrong. It was a push in the right direction. When you look at the entirety of The Clone Wars, there’s an underlying theme of acceptance and failure. George Lucas and Dave Filoni were amazing with the direction of the show. It blurred our perspective of what a Jedi is supposed to be. It wasn’t until Star Wars Rebels came out and The Last Jedi that we started to peel back the mythos of the Jedi. Luke said it best, “If you strip away the myth and look at their deeds, the legacy of the Jedi is failure. Hypocrisy, hubris.” Everything that the Jedi tried to do, they failed at, yes. Sure, they won some battles in the war, but in the end, they lost that war way before it started.

The sad thing about The Clone Wars is that we know how it all ends: we know each one of these characters’ stories end here. We don’t get a happy ending. The only character story arc that was not written was Ahsoka’s. I believe that George and Dave wanted to keep the animation side of Star Wars going and they wanted someone to be the figure head for it. For the live action movies, they had the Skywalker Family. For this, they wanted someone that was in connection with the Skywalkers, but not someone blood related. It was the perfect plan to show what Anakin was really like before he became Vader and what ultimately helped push him to the darkside. Ahsoka was a means to help him let go so that he could become a Jedi Master, however we know how Anakin grew up and that he had a hard time letting the ones he loves go.

The last time we saw Ahsoka, she was walking away from the Jedi temple for good. By all counts, if I was charged with murder and my own family didn’t help me clear my name, I wouldn’t come back either. It was here that we found that Bariss was harboring doubts of what the Jedi were truly doing. She felt something was off by how the Council was acting. She wasn’t alone in her thinking: on a mission with Mace Windu, Prosset Dibs felt the same uneasiness about the Jedi’s role in the war. He and Mace got into an altercation that landed Prosset on trial with the Council. These young padawans could all feel an uneasiness within the Force that something wasn’t right. When you really look at it, padawans are more in tune with the Force because they have been studying it nonstop. Not saying they are better than Jedi Knights or members on the council, however, those members who are fighting wars and going to council meetings have their minds preoccupied. When we go to work or work on a project, we get so tunnel visioned we don’t see the mistakes we make unless someone points them out or we take a moment to really look and reflect. With pressure to end the war there was no time to stop and reflect and see if what they were doing was right: they felt they had the power to stop the war, so they interjected.

After Ahsoka’s trial, she walked away from the Jedi Order. This is even though they tried to tell her this was maybe her test to see if she was ready to advance from a Padawan. Ahsoka felt that with the council not trusting her, how could she truly trust herself? To her this was a trial to see if she was finally ready to stand on her own- without the Council and without Anakin to guide her. Before season 7, this was the last time we saw Ahsoka- besides the novel she was in. When we pick up her travels in season 7, we get a glimpse into how the rest of Coruscant truly felt about the Jedi. As a padawan, she believed she was making a difference in people’s lives, but with the various political episodes we saw, we know that some people benefited from this war while the majority suffered. With the teaching of Master Skywalker and Kenobi behind her, Ahsoka did well for herself while she was alone. One of her biggest feats was capturing Maul during the Siege of Mandalore. Of course, that was cut short with Order 66 being enacted. However, she did manage to save Captain Rex and not injure a single clone trooper while being under attack. Knowing that they both survived didn’t prepare me for the somberness of that episode. The music and overall eerie feel just put me on edge even though I knew they would prevail; they had a lot of wounds underneath. To finally see Rex cry for his brothers knowing that he would have to kill them in order to survive brought me to tears.

This was the start of her isolation that lasted into the novel, until she realized no matter where she went, the Empire wouldn’t be far behind. Thus “Fulcrum” was reborn: an old subspace communication frequency that her master used was not adopted to her Rebel Spy name. She stayed out of sight and out of the Emperor radar, who presumed she died in the crash with the clones. She was able to help her friends that she met on the planet Raada during her relocation with the help of Bail Organa. From there, she joined his Rebel Cell in order to help protect Force sensitive children that the Empire was tracking down.

Ahsoka went through a lot in her lifetime. Being trained by the very talented Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and, on occasion, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. She also had frequent travels and missions with other Jedi Masters at the time to hone her own skills. However, just to live every good thing in her life, she had to deal with a lot of bad things as well. Being accused of murder and having the High Council not trust you during the most trying of times can hurt anyone deeply to their core. She persevered through it all and really took hold of the teaching of the Jedi, but she also kept an open mind to what the Force could be ultimately telling her. After her time in Mortis, Ahsoka has always been followed by Morai who may be using the Force to help guide her as well. She may be more important than we know. We know her story is far from over as she may be appearing in the second season of The Mandalorian and her very own live action show that (fingers-crossed) is about her and Sabine Wren finding Ezra.

Say what you will about her, there is no denying she is a very powerful Jedi and seeing her fight against Darth Vader in the Star Wars Rebels episode, “Twilight of the Apprentice,” is on my top list of amazing Star Wars fight scenes. But not only that, she fought Inquisitors, Maul, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine all on that day.

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Dairent D. Beavers Jr.
“Jedi and Sith wield the Ashla and Bogan. The light and the dark. I'm the one in the middle. The Bendu.” — The Bendu

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