STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS S5 Finale Spoiler Reaction
by Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Site Editor
Date: 02 March 2013 Time: 11:18 AM ET
Fair warning, here there be Spoilers, and this is going to get a bit emotional.I came into Star Wars: The Clone Wars a little late, jumping in when there were about a season and a half of episodes. I hadn't been very into Star Wars as a whole in some time, but when I finally jumped in at the suggestion of many, I found myself utterly entranced. Here was everything I loved about the films of my childhood. Sweeping scores, characters struggling with morality, the balance of the light and dark, incredible happiness and the painful reality of death and failure.
It was a nearly Jedi-less episode, S1E5 "Rookies" that actually made me love the show. I am former military, and the brotherhood shown amongst the clone troopers was just so well done. Seeing the breadth of performances from Dee Bradley Baker, who plays every last clone, was incredible, as well, making me fall in love with the show, the clones, and voice acting all at once. Then, as the season rolled on and I got to know the characters, there was of course one major standout: Ahsoka Tano. The padawan of Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka was new to the program, offering viewers a "way in" to the Jedi order and the Star Wars galaxy. She was spunky - and impetuous, fitting to Anakin - she was hopeful and nervous, she was dedicated and capable, and she cared... the last of which of course sets off warning signs to anyone with knowledge of Star Wars lore - a Jedi isn't supposed to do that, at least not this way or this much. Ahsoka grew quickly. Over five seasons, she became a powerful Jedi, but so much more than that - she became a powerful friend and confidant to Anakin, to Padmé; she even showed great wisdom, occasionally counseling Jedi much her senior in power, experience, and age. She occasionally exhibited the rare force power of foresight: being able to see possible futures, she held Anakin to the light as an anchor, and she got out of some major scrapes all on her own. This was the best female character I had come across in all of Star Wars, and really became one of the best, period. But there was one, major, problem: Ahsoka Tano was not in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars took place entirely between Episodes II and III, and that meant if she was not in the movie, something big had to happen to keep her out of it. As I began attending conventions and panels for Clone Wars, I quickly found I wasn't the only one thinking about this. At every panel, someone - usually a child - would ask Supervising Producer Dave Filoni what was going to happen to Ahsoka. And every time, he told them they'd have to watch but it was something everyone on the show thought about a lot, and that they all love Ahsoka, too. Over the years, I've found myself lucky, thanks to my career, to interact with many of the cast and crew of Clone Wars, even becoming friends with some of the cast members, including the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein. Ashley and castmate James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) were incredibly welcoming to me, bringing me into the fold of Clone Wars and giving me insight on everything from Jedi policy to behind-the-scenes voice acting ins-and-outs. They also both happen to be even better people than they are talents, and that's saying a lot, but I digress. With that friendship, I've been priveleged to talk about the show with them many times, and we've talked about Ahsoka's fate, and what might become of her. Leading into Season 5, I spoke with virtually the entire cast, as well as Mr. Filoni, and everyone said the same thing: this season is about consequences, and yes, big things will happen. When I pushed for more on my favorite padawan, Mr. Filoni's trademark look of consternation washed over his face as he would just say, "Yes, this is a big season for Ahsoka." FACEBOOK and TWITTER!