Ahsoka is the live-action continuation story from the Emmy-winning animation Star Wars Rebels. Set over a decade after the events in the animated show, the miniseries created by Dave Filoni premiered its first two episodes on Disney+, with each subsequent instalment set to release on a weekly schedule.
Where can you watch Ahsoka in the UAE?
Ahsoka is streaming on Disney Plus in the UAE. There is no free trial currently available for Disney Plus in the UAE, and you’ll have to sign up for it to watch it.
- Stunning visuals
- Promising start
- Robotic acting
- Can be confusing
- Not that exciting
At the dawn of the New Republic, plenty were still loyal to the fallen Empire. Among them, former Jedi turned mercenary Baylan Skoll (played by the late legendary Irish actor Ray Stevenson) and his apprentice Shin (Ivanna Sakhno), who freed the last of Nightsisters of Dathomir, Lady Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) from a New Republic ship. Morgan was imprisoned by the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and both of them are seeking a star map leading to where Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) is hiding. The map may also lead to where the previously dead Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) is.
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While Ahsoka gets her hands on the star map before Morgan and Baylan can get to it, her robot Huyang (voiced by David Tennant) can’t unlock it. Her old friend General Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winsteadsuggests) suggests asking former Jedi apprentice Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) for help.
For her part, Sabine hasn’t been handling Ezra’s loss too well and even refuses to participate in her planet’s celebration ceremony for the Empire’s fall. She does, however, have the most adorable pet alien (known as a loth cat) to keep her company.
Great visuals, lacks in story
It’s almost impossible to fault Ahsoka’s cinematography. The series looks great, the fight scenes are perfectly choreographed, and the robots are as brilliant as ever. As far as the live-action characters go, there seems to be something missing. While in Rebels, Ashoka, Sabine, and Hera were livelier, the performances in the miniseries border on robotic. The narrative is boring at times.
That’s not to say the series isn’t entertaining. Fans of the franchise will likely love it, especially as Ahsoka is among the most beloved characters to come out of the animation series (second only to Baby Yoda). But if you’re not a Star Wars fan with intimate knowledge of its universe, this is probably not the best introduction to the franchise. Even as a casual viewer, you might struggle to piece together what’s happening on screen.
Part of the problem is characters vaguely referencing past events, making it difficult to pinpoint what they’re talking about. A quick expositional recap would have done wonders to help audiences understand where they stand in the continuity.
While the first two episodes are not the most engaging, there is promise for the rest of the season. Ahsoka could go either way, and there’s plenty to be excited about in future episodes, including Lars Mikkelsen coming up as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Hayden Christensen appearing as Anakin Skywalker (probably a Jedi ghost version of him, by the time the series takes place, Darth Vader is long gone)
What are the other critics saying about Ahsoka?
ScreenCrush enjoyed the series and is excited to see what happens in the new Galaxy the characters are set to explore. He also praised Ray Stevenson’s performance.
IGN described the first two episodes as a “bit slow.”