Tales Untold

Kaleb Martinez, Staff Writer

Alongside “Andor,” the “Tales of the Jedi” is Disney Plus’ newest addition to the Star Wars lineup. This show, however, was done in the acclaimed “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animation style rather than the live-action take of “Andor.” This animation style, used since 2008, was revamped with the release of the final season of the series in 2020, which was then closely succeeded by the spinoff “The Bad Batch” in 2021.

The “Tales of the Jedi” explores two key players in the Star Wars universe. These characters are Ahsoka Tano, introduced in the aforementioned “Clone Wars” series, as well as Count Dooku, an antagonist from “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.” Both characters’ few episodes dive deep into each of their previously unknown histories and motivations. 

As with the series, I will start with the character of Ahsoka  (voiced by Ashley Eckstein), where we first look into the early life of Ahsoka and her mother in their village. The thought process behind this first episode was not only to show where Ahsoka’s deterministic attributes came from, but to portray a mother-daughter relationship in a franchise typically about relationships between men. The next episode of Ahsoka’s is a training montage. Her Jedi Master, Anakin Skywalker, encourages her to learn how to defend against blaster fire from clones rather than droids, which helps explain how she survived the clones turning on her in the “Clone Wars” season seven finale. Finally, the last of her episodes occur during and after “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” where she attends Padme’s funeral. We then get a glimpse into the era of life where she tries to forget about the Jedi, but decides to continue her fight for justice by the end of the episode. 

The next three episodes follow Count Dooku, who on the silver screen was portrayed by the late Sir Christoper Lee, but is voiced in the series by Corey Burton. In the films, we see him as a fallen Jedi turned Sith, but we never get to witness his downfall to villainy. In the film, he was described as a political idealist, however no context was provided — that is, until now. Two of his three episodes reveal the notion that the senate in the galaxy is mistreating both people and planets alike that are under their control either for wealth or out of neglect.

Not only does Dooku struggle with this fact, but also with how the Jedi — despite claiming to be independent of the Senate — seem to enforce the will of the Senate over the people’s will. In his final episode, we find these doubts against the Jedi have been exploited by the soon-to-be emperor Palpatine (played by Ian McDiarmid) to pull Dooku to the dark side. A series of regrettable actions became heinous misdeeds and soon Dooku expressed his belief that there was no going back. This does not validate the atrocities he commits as a Sith but explains the doubts embedded with Dooku that lead to his downfall. 

I thought this was one of Star Wars’ stronger recent contenders and is definitely worth a watch. Unlike Andor’s episode-per-week release style, the entirety of the series came out upon release, so all episodes are available to watch now on Disney Plus.

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