Hyperspace Theories: Ahsoka Tano is The Jedi

Ahsoka Tano has come a long way. In 2008, Star Wars fans met her in the theatrical debut of The Clone Wars animated series as an overeager and headstrong teenage Padawan, who quickly garnered the nickname “Snips” from her master, Anakin Skywalker. In 2022, she will become the first character originating in animation to attain the status of lead (and titular) character in a Star Wars live-action film or series. As precursor to that series, Ahsoka was featured in a co-starring role in the second season episode of The Mandalorian live action Disney+ series fittingly titled “The Jedi.”

On this episode of Hyperspace Theories, Tricia Barr and B.J. Priester discuss Ahsoka’s story to date, look ahead to her upcoming series, and explain why referring to Ahsoka as “The Jedi” is more complicated that it might seem. Although Ahsoka is a Jedi apprentice for most of The Clone Wars, at the end of the series she is, by her own choice, no longer a formal member of the Jedi Order. About fifteen years later in Star Wars Rebels, she is operating as the Rebel agent codenamed Fulcrum and willing occasionally to dispense some Jedi wisdom to Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger. But when she finally accepts the truth that Darth Vader is her fallen former master and confronts him face to face, she responds to a taunt from the Sith Lord with a memorable line of her own: “I am no Jedi.” In Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka may say she believes the Jedi Order is long gone, but she also demonstrates through her words and deeds that the best of its values and principles live on in her. She may not call herself a Jedi Knight, but she pursues her mission like one. What remains in her character’s journey ahead? The last step in the Jedi path, earning and accepting the status of a Jedi Master.

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.