Growing up, I always knew what Star Wars was. I cupped my hands over my mouth and imitated Darth Vader's labored breathing sounds and misquoted lines saying: "Luke, I am your father...". But I never grew up as a die hard, Star Wars fan. My attention was mostly placed on superheroes such as Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, etc.
But at the age of 24 years old (a year ago), I'd discovered a taste for something new, something fresh. I had a growing interest of the Star Wars franchise, whether it's been movies, books, or television shows. I just can't get enough. I had had my movie marathon of all six movies, I've read the entire Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn (epic), and I had finished watching all of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes on Netflix.
Having discovered all these Star Wars resources, I had become somewhat of an addict. I couldn't get enough Star Wars. I have 35+ years of Expanded Universe novels to read (even though they're not officially canon anymore) and I am very pleased with the arrival of new television show Star Wars: Rebels and I am excited for the 2015 feature film Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and the continuing growth of the new Expanded Universe novels (currently reading James Luceno's 'Tarkin').
But one of the things that I love most about the Star Wars franchise is its never ending supply of great and innovative characters. One of my favorite characters would have to be Ahsoka Tano, the apprentice to Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars: Clone Wars television show.
Ahsoka Tano has everything I love about a great characters: she's interesting, often times conflicted by certain events but never swayed in her convictions. She's strong and pure, kind and brave. She's the kind of girl that I don't mind my 5-year-old daughter saying she wants to be like.
I remember being heart-broken when I finished watching the last episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five. In that episode Ahsoka Tano struggles to prove her innocence in a terrorist attack against the Jedi Temple. The conflict lasted 3 episodes but really comes to a heading in the last one where Ahsoka is finally proven innocent by the confession of another young Jedi. With this new found innocence, the Jedi Council have agreed to reestablish young Ahsoka's place with the Jedi as she had been kicked out during the investigation and trial.
But what Ahsoka does is graciously rejects the offer to return to the Jedi fold. Instead, she goes off to follow her own path as she feels her convictions may not be aligning with those of the Jedi Council and may even be conflicting with the Jedi Council. It was a heart breaking moment to see Ahsoka talk with Anakin and then walk away in the horizon as the episode came to a close.
Then, in season 6, Ahsoka was only seen in a vision of Yoda's in which she dies, but this is inconclusive as it is just a vision. Many fans have speculated as to whether or not she did or did not die.
Since that episode in season 6 of The Clone Wars, I've not seen anything else in any other Star Wars media that features the young Togruta female.
But the fact that we haven't seen any more of her upsets me a little because they definitely have a jewel of a character to use and I would love to see her make an appearance somewhere in Star Wars once again.
Here's my list of places I'd love for her to show up.
1. Comic Books
We are seeing a shift in Star Wars comics this year as Marvel has taken over the publishing responsibilities. What they have offered has been very good so far, despite the very first issue making it's debut only a month ago (January 2015). What they have coming looks promising as well. I'm definitely excited to read books like Darth Vader, Princess Leia's mini-series, and Kanan.
But we take a look at all of the Marvel comic books and they all take place between the same two movie storylines of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes back, with the exception of Kanan which takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
So why can't Ahoska Tano get her own comic book? Even a mini-series would be fine. I would just like to know exactly where she ran off to after the her last appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, when she departed from the Jedi.
In the upcoming months, fans will be able to pick up the Star Wars novel, 'Dark Disciple' featuring the amazing character Asajj Ventress. I for one am extremely excited to read the book as it is an adaptation of some previously untold Star Wars: The Clone Wars stories featuring the ex-Sith woman.
I think the sheer fact that Ventress is getting her own novel warrants the allowance of giving Ahsoka her own as well. The two are really yin-and-yang to each other. Ahsoka Tano forsook the ways of the Jedi just like Asajj Ventress forsook the ways of the Sith.
3. Star Wars: Rebels
There have been many rumors circulating the internet that Ahoska Tano will be making an appearance in the Star Wars: Rebels television show which is currently on its first season and airing on Disney XD. The show is great fun and has definitely grown from its first episode so you can imagine my excitement at the notion that Ahsoka may be making an appearance on the show sometime in the coming episodes (or seasons). Apparently, rumor has it, that she plays a vital role in the series and is the secret contact, "Fulcrom", that Hera has been in contact with in the series so far.
Bring it on, Disney!
4. Live-Action Depiction
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It would be cool if Netflix would make an original Star Wars series to fill in the numerous gaps that the Star Wars franchise has allowed many creators to play with. Why shouldn't Netflix get its own Star Wars series? They're so close with Disney who owns LucasFilms and Marvel, so are we only going to be getting Marvel Netflix stuff like Daredevil? Or will fans one day get to see a high-budget, live-action series?
I for one had my own idea for a Netflix series and surprisingly did not originally involve Ahsoka Tano, but you wouldn't have to twist my arm to get me to make room for her in the series. But what if they decided to give her her own series? I'd be down with that and no many other Star Wars fans and Ahsoka fans would be too (of course, you'll always have your anti-Ahsoka fans, but what's new?).
I think that a lot of people would be open to the idea for several reasons:
- It would be the first ever live-action Star Wars series.
- It would have a great budget which would allow more freedoms for all involved.
- It would allow for a female lead, which isn't common. ("Legends" excluded)
- It would allow for an alien lead, which is even less common. ("Legends" excluded)
As far as who could play the role of Ahsoka Tano, you'd have to take into consideration that she wouldn't be nearly as young as she was in the Clone Wars so you'd need to cast someone a little bit older, more mature, and I think the best option, not based on appearance alone but acting skills as well, would be Mila Kunis.
Originally I chose Mile Kunis to play Ahoska Tano in a live-action film of her own, but that is very unlikely to happen as there are an abundance of other characters who fans have been clamoring to see get their own solo films. I have a list of my own (Ahsoka Tano included) here:
I don't know if I'll ever get to see Ahsoka Tano, one of my favorite Star Wars characters, in anything again. But I can cross my fingers and wish.
Feel free to share what Star Wars characters you think should have gotten more recognition than they have so far in the comments section below.