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Ample sci-fi: Two episodes in, ‘Ahsoka’ reveals some promise

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Two episodes into the most recent Star Wars collection, issues appear to be on a minor upswing for the immediately beleaguered franchise.

After the big-screen travesty that was Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has had an inconsistent run-on Disney+. Whereas a few seasons of The Mandalorian have been OK, the most recent season was a nap. Andor’s first season was additionally a giant bore, and The E book of Boba Fett was solely actually good when it grew to become The Mandalorian.

Then there was the unforgivable mess that was Obi-Wan Kenobi, maybe one of many worst issues I’ve ever seen.

So I went into Ahsoka with some trepidation, particularly as a result of I completely hate these goofy, slug-like appendages Rosario Dawson should put on on her head to play the title character, one of many final Jedis after the autumn of the Empire. Happily, Dawson performs properly regardless of the humorous make-up, as does co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead in an identical getup, they usually present a comparatively good time.

The plot principally includes characters operating round searching for one thing—the primary theme of many Star Wars tasks—however the administrators make it attention-grabbing with good pacing, good motion and a few stable visuals. There’s a sky chase close to the tip of the second episode that is among the higher sci-fi sequences I’ve seen in a while.

The late Ray Stevenson is nice as Baylan Skoll, a nasty villain, as is Ivanna Sakhno as his co-baddie. Natasha Liu Bordizzo is nice because the present’s second lead, Sabine Wren, former padawan to Ahsoka.

Hey, I didn’t hate Ahsoka, which is a step in the fitting path for Star Wars at this level. We’ll see the way it holds up over the remaining six episodes.

Ahsoka is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes premiering every Tuesday by means of Oct. 3.

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