December 1, 2022
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Did Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi disrupt the continuity of the galaxy far, far away? Max explores the fallout from the changes to the timeline

One of the largest problems with a media franchise as old and as massive as Star Wars is that it was so hard to keep track of all the stories. Continuity was constantly disrupted. And retcons were not made until decades after the initial stories were published. It’s not anyone’s fault though. Keeping track of so many stories is a herculean task, and most people are not up to the challenge.

In 2014, the Star Wars continuity EU was wiped clean, and they started from the ground up. They produced new stories to replace the old ones and to ensure that everything fits together, the Lucasfilm Story Group was formed. The Story Group’s job was to be the continuity police and make sure stories worked together as one narrative and did not have discrepancies in both time and content. Yet, it hasn’t even been 10 years and there seems to be a target on E.K. Johnston’s book Ahsoka.

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Ahsoka Tano from “STAR WARS: TALES OF THE JEDI”, season 1 exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

Ahsoka came out in 2016 and told Ahsoka Tano’s story post-Order 66. In hiding under the alias Ashla, Ahsoka tries to adapt to the life of a farmer on the agri-moon of Raadu. Unfortunately, her Force-sensitivity comes to light, and finds herself and her friends the target of an Imperial Inquisitor. Now the first problem came in 2020.

ENCOUNTER ON MANDALORE

The Ahsoka novel gave us an account (in flashbacks) of Ahsoka’s encounter with Maul on Mandalore. In 2020, Dave Filoni decided to explore this event in more detail and greatly changed a lot of what E.K. wrote. E.K, of course, got the story from Filoni. But it greatly confused fans at how messy it became. Ahsoka’s capture of Maul was much different and plenty of other erroneous mistakes existed as well. It’s easy to kick this stuff under the carpet but now in 2022, the last of the six Tales of the Jedi adapt this book into a measly 10-minute animation that very much glosses over what was a great book.

Now is it an adaptation? Some people think it may instead be a separate story that happened after the book ended. But Dave has now come out and in so many words, said it was an adaptation. Dave Filoni is known for being hard to read and for looking at his work from a certain point of view. The whole World Between Worlds arc was NOT thought by him to truly be time travel. But yeah, it is. Sorry, Dave.

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Ahsoka Tano from “STAR WARS: TALES OF THE JEDI”, season 1 exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

ADAPTING STORIES

So, he is adapting a story he had already created and had someone write. It should be a simple open-and-shut case. Not quite. The book delved into a fun and interesting story and the Tales of the Jedi adaptation altered quite a bit and made the time factor speed up considerably. You can say all the book details happened in between various parts of the animation, but it seems hard to squeeze this in. At the end of the day, Dave can do whatever he wants and live-action/animation tends to “outweigh” literature in terms of “canon”. However, is this fair to the authors who work very hard to tell fun and multi-faceted stories?

Ahsoka has been completely butchered by newer stories. And it’s almost impossible to tell what is true and what isn’t anymore. Ahsoka faced the roughest treatment but also parts of the Kanan comic have been restructured for The Bad Batch. It’s frustrating! Star Wars fans should always be grateful for the large amount of content we are treated to. And a fictional universe will always have discrepancies because of the large volume of authors writing and things to keep track of.

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DAVE FILONI

If Dave Filoni wants to tell a better story. He will. It’s fine. Yet, it still must be somewhat disappointing to the authors who wrote these stories first. Should creators make an effort to make sure all their new content perfectly aligns with everything already put forth before? That’s quite a tall order and perhaps impossible and unrealistic. Yet with a die-hard fan with OCD like myself. I can’t help but notice. Let’s hope the Force will make everything clear as we go on into infinity.

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Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now. 

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