Star Wars: Ahsoka Review

She started as one of the most hated characters in Star Wars history.
After 5 and a half seasons of superb animation, she had become one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise.
This untold tale of Ahsoka Tano in the fallout of Order 66 feels like it probably would have been a key part in the final Season of The Clone Wars, but the main questions are does this book do that spectacular series and character justice?

Heads up gang this is your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

No need for suspense, hell yeah it does!
The worst thing I can say about this book is the same thing we constantly said during Series 1 of The NerdBlitz Book Club, “Fuck, I wish this was animated!”.
Yes, it’s that damn good.

The plot is fairly simple, a year after Order 66, Ahsoka has abandoned her lightsabers and gone on the run from the Empire.
Moonlighting on an Outer Rim planet as a mechanic, she’s gotten pretty comfortable…until the Empire comes acallin’!
She steals a ship from the family that embraced her and heads for a moon so she doesn’t get discovered and cause even more havoc for innocents.

Tonally, this story really represents where it falls in the canon.
It’s somewhere between The Clone Wars and Rebels.
By that I mean it has darkness like the former, but not to the extent of the Maul arcs, and it is lighthearted like the latter, but not nearly as light as some of the chipper moments from Season 1.
E.K. has one hell of a balancing act here, too far one way or the other and you risk alienating a group of potential readership, but she hits the sweet spot.

Some of the things I truly love about this book are ties to the series that gave us Ahsoka and the series that brought her back to us.
One of the interstitial scenes actually takes us inside of Anakin’s mind on Christophsis, moments before Ahsoka entered his life.
A bit more light is shed on the process of bleeding lightsaber crystals to turn them red for Sith and their underlings.
We find out the fate of a planet from TCW, Ilum, that hundreds of generations of Jedi travel to to retrieve the kyber crystals for their lightsabers.
We meet another Inquisitor, The Sixth Brother.
We find out how she gets involved with the Rebellion, how and why she takes up the name Fulcrum, and most importantly we see her grow and gain her footing for the 1st time in her post-Jedi life.
All the moments we need to know about in her life are covered for sure.

Seeing the Empire come in and squash a moon under their collective boot, completely take over, and knowingly drain a planet of it’s resources to the point that the people who live there are better off just leaving helps paint the picture of how oppressive the Empire has become in such a short period as well.
That there is probably the thing I like best overall about this book, seeing those early days after Sidious took power.
It’s a time period that is sadly unexplored, and I fear it will be some time before we get more set in this era.

It really is a well written book that makes me hope E.K. gets another shot to play in the Star Wars sandbox, she hits the feeling of every era.
She plays well with all of the characters, including a cameo of a certain Prequel Jedi that I want more canon stories about.
If you like either of the big animated shows, read this.
If you want more Ahsoka stories, read this!
If you just want a good Star Wars story, read this damn book!


TNB Commentaries Episode 005: The Phantom Menace

goods_009892_165122Please turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they take a long journey to a galaxy far far away.

For our 5th Commentary we make a jaunt through lightspeed back to 1999’s Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace Starring Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, and Ewan McGregor.

Fitz reminisces about all the times he saw this movie, including the PPV viewing in his bone zone getaway, and they both defend it from the many trolls and accusations it’s battled in the 18 years since its release.

Your focus determines your reality, which is listening to us talk about the rebirth of STAR WARS!!!

TNB Commentaries 005: The Phantom Menace
Direct Download: tnbc005-tpm.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

Ashley Eckstein To Narrate Ahsoka Audiobook

Ashley Eckstein has confirmed that she will indeed be narrating the audiobook version of the new Star Wars novel Ahsoka.

For fans of Ashley’s work on The Clone Wars and Rebels, this comes as fantastic news. In my opinion she will forever own the character of Ahsoka Tano and to hear someone else perform the character, even in an audiobook, would seem strange and unnatural. 

The novel comes out in hardback on  October 11 and will tell the story of what happened to Ahsoka between the events of season 5 of The Clone Wars and her reappearance in the Saga timeline.

Official Release: @HerUniverse Announcement

Pre-Order: Ahsoka