Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi is a 6-episode animated anthology series created by Dave Filoni.  The series features many classic characters from the Star Wars universe but focuses on two in particular: Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku.  Several voice actors from the original Clone Wars series reprise their roles as their original characters, such as Ashley Eckstein.

Episode 1: Life and Death

Directed by Nathaniel Villanueva

Written by Dave Filoni

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

This episode focuses on a special event in Ahsoka’s life. A year after she was born, her mother Pav-Ti takes her on a special hunting trip that almost serves as an initiation of sorts. During the trip Pav-Ti explains to baby Ahsoka the value of life of all creatures. Suddenly, they’re attacked by an akul (a saber-toothed cat) that nearly kills Pav-Ti. Unfortunately, the beast kidnaps Ahsoka. Pav-Ti rushes back to the village to call on the help of the hunters to go with her to retrieve Ahsoka. However, the akul makes a surprising appearance with baby Ahsoka seated happily on its back. The villagers all gasp. It is then that they discovered Ahsoka is no ordinary child, but a child with a connection to the Force. A future Jedi.

Episode 2: Justice

Directed by Saul Ruiz

Written by Dave Filoni

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

Dooku and his padawan, a young Qui-Gon Jinn, are tasked to go to a ruined village on a rescue mission. They’re instructed to retrieve the son of a corrupted senator by the name of Dagonet. The village is in ruins and the situation looks incredibly bleak. It is revealed that the villagers were driven to kidnap Dagonet’s son because he was starving them out and making their living conditions brutally harsh. As a result, they were driven to abduct his son, hoping that he would listen to them and give up his position. Unfortunately, Dagonet doesn’t let it stop him as he plans to wipe out all the villagers just to make an example.

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Upset, Dooku and Qui-Gon fight to protect the villagers. During the fight, Dooku lets his anger nearly consume him when he Force chokes Dagonet. Qui-Gon and the son convince him to stop, and he does. The son says that he sides with the villagers and will do his best to help them out. Here we see one of the earliest moments where Dooku is driven by his emotions.

Episode 3: Choices

Directed by Charles Murray

Written by Charles Murray and Élan Murray

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

A Jedi Council member by the name of Katri is killed on the planet Raxus Secundus.  Dooku and Jedi Master Mace Windu are sent to the planet to retrieve Katri’s body for burial.  Things get tense when Dooku decides to further investigate Katri’s mysterious death.  This despite the Jedi Council’s explicit instructions not to do so.  Dooku disobeys and discovers that Master Katri was attacked and killed by Senator Larik’s guards.  Even though Dooku gets to the bottom of the mystery — or perhaps because of it — he’s denied promotion onto the Council. The vacant seat is instead given to Mace Windu. This outcome only exacerbates the resentment Dooku harbors toward the Jedi.

Episode 4: The Sith Lord

Directed by Saul Ruiz

Written by Dave Filoni

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

We find out why Kamino, the planet that produced the clones, was completely erased from the Jedi archives.  Count Dooku was the one who secretly removed all records pertaining to the planet.  Later Dooku speaks with Qui-Gon, his former Padawan and now Jedi Knight.  Dooku warns Qui-Gon about Darth Maul.  But not long after Qui-Gon is killed, Jedi Master Yaddle discovers that Count Dooku is working with Darth Sidious.  Dooku, shaken by the death of his beloved Padawan, takes the final leap to the Dark Side by attacking and killing Yaddle and further proving his loyalty to Darth Sidious.

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Episode 5: Practice Makes Perfect

Directed by Saul Ruiz

Written by Dave Filoni

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

Anakin Skywalker decides to give his Padawan Ahsoka Tano a more rigorous training exercise.  The exercise involves her trying to overcome a large group of clone troopers armed with stun guns.  Ahsoka fails the exercises multiple times, but Anakin encourages her to keep going and keep getting better. Throughout the course of the Clone Wars, we see Ahsoka go through more and more of these intense training drills.  At the end of the war and during the enactment of Order 66, Ahsoka uses the skills she cultivated during those drills to survive and escape.

Episode 6: Resolve

Directed by Saul Ruiz

Written by Dave Filoni

Original Release Date: October 26, 2022

Padme Amidala’s funeral is being held on the planet Naboo.  Senator Bail Organa, who’s in attendance, briefly spots a hidden Ahsoka Tano, herself also observing the funeral of her old master’s wife.  Bail follows her and speaks to her and asks her why she came to such a dangerous place, and she replies that she wanted to see her dear friend Padme one more time.  A clone trooper patrol approaches and Bail leads her out of the palace and gives her a comlink in case she needs help.  Fast forward, we see Ahsoka working as a farmer in a remote land.  She saves the brother of a farmer, but in the process ends up using the Force and revealing her identity. 

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The brother reports her to the Empire. In response, a horrifying Inquisitor is sent.  The Inquisitor destroys the village and massacres all the inhabitants.  Ahsoka fights and kills the Inquisitor and saves the brother who reported her, along with his sister.  She uses her comlink and contacts Bail to pick up the survivors.  Bail uses the opportunity to ask Ahsoka to join his Rebel cell and fight the Empire.

Tales of the Jedi Season 2

At the April 2023 Star Wars Celebration in London, Dave Filoni confirmed that there will be a second season of the series and that it will be released in 2024. But what do you think?  If you feel like checking out Tales of the Jedi yourself, you can stream it on Disney +.  Or you can check out other Star Wars articles here.

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