“Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi wrapped up before you could really start enjoying yourself. But overall, this was a nice little treat despite some flaws” says Max Nocerino
Tales of the Jedi was a bit of a surprise for Star Wars fans because it was not expected nor wanted. Yet, it managed to deliver some interesting perspectives on the Prequel Trilogy and Pre-Prequels. It focuses on two characters. Dooku and Ahsoka. Why these two you might ask? The stories never intersect, and I think Dave Filoni intended to show two completely different characters walking the same path but then diverging so drastically.
It starts with Ahsoka as a baby living on the planet Shili with her family. The Togruta people live like Indigenous Americans and speak with Indian accents. Forgive me, but after years of Jon Favreau and now Tony Gilroy, I’m a little spoiled by their superior storytelling. I have nothing against Dave Filoni. I just think he has a few weak spots as a storyteller. There were 6 episodes of roughly 10-13 minutes in length. And each one wrapped up before you could really start enjoying yourself.
I very much liked seeing young Dooku as a Jedi Knight. He still wields the curved lightsaber, only it is blue. And throughout his episodes, you see the transition to the Dark Side. Dooku is an idealist and is growing tired of the Jedi being the Senate’s lapdogs. Already he taps into the aggressive nature of the Force. And his padawan Qui-Gon must remind him of who he is.
My favorite episode by far is the Sith Lord which is Number 3. We get to see Yaddle have a speaking role for the first time in, well EVER. And, interestingly, she doesn’t speak in altered Basic like her colleague Yoda. Why she speaks normally is a good question that perhaps doesn’t need answering. I like how they progressed to a younger Dooku in these episodes, but I feel Ahsoka’s stories were unsatisfying. The final episode was a bit of a letdown in terms of action. But I very much enjoy having new characters behind the scenes in already-established events. Let’s just say, Ahsoka pays respects to someone who was a good friend.
So yes, the storytelling was a little weak and choppy, but I really did like the way they captured Dooku’s descent. And I feel that more Dooku shows would be interesting. They really channeled Christopher Lee’s youthful role as Count Dracula with Dooku’s dark cape and other animations. Plus his voice is spot-on. Dooku fell to the dark side much faster (chronologically) than he did in Legends. And, interestingly, Yaddle was probably the only one who was on to him at this point. The ramifications of some of the episodes were very deep and I am looking forward to more material in the future.
This was a nice little treat despite some flaws. 6.1 out of 10 Death Stars.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!