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Consisting of six animated shorts, “Tales of the Jedi” follows Dooku (Corey Burton) and Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) as they both find their identities as Jedi. To start off, the animation is absolutely gorgeous, and I was consistently blown away by each episode. The style is very similar to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “The Bad Batch,” but it is still very distinct. The colors pop off the screen, especially the lightsabers, making for some stunning scenery. I also really enjoyed the gray morality that the show often presents. That is something that the “Star Wars” animated shows have done, and it is great to see “Tales of the Jedi” follow in their footsteps. Decisions are made by both good and bad guys, blurring the line between right and wrong. This makes for really intriguing moments.

The season is split evenly between Ahsoka and Dooku, giving them three episodes each. While I would not say I was not interested in Ahsoka’s episodes, I was not looking forward to them as much as I was to Dooku’s episodes. It was impossible not to be excited to see his fall to the dark side play out on screen through beautiful animation. I was also a little confused about why Ahsoka was chosen. I understand she is one of the most popular characters in “Star Wars,” but I had no interest in seeing her as a baby or training with Anakin Skywalker(Matt Lanter). It was essentially an adaptation of the young adult novel “Ahsoka.”

I did enjoy her episodes, but I was right in my expectations that I did enjoy Dooku’s episodes much more. It was absolutely fascinating to see the unfolding of Dooku’s growing disbelief in the Jedi Order due to growing corruption. It truly felt like the proper progression of a character not believing in the ideals he was brought up with. A young Qui-Gon Jinn (Michaél Richardson), Mace Windu (TC Carson) and Yaddle (Bryce Dallas Howard) all appear in these episodes, and all of their interactions with Dooku helped elevate the story and show the contrasting ideals of the Jedi.

The biggest reason I was not looking forward to Ahsoka’s episodes was because I felt they would be unnecessary. She has shown up in so many different projects and is even getting her own show next year, so I was a little confused. And while I did enjoy her episodes, I still do not see how the show added anything new to the character. Seeing her homeworld of Shili was cool, and it is always great seeing Skywalker, but it just felt like fluff.

What is most interesting about “Tales of the Jedi” is that all of the episodes are shorts. They range from 12 to 19 minutes, and while I have no issue with animated shorts, the episodes felt too brief. Even when looking at them as three-episode arcs, I feel like there was so much that was brushed over, and there was room for more storytelling. This is certainly aimed towards the fans who have watched all previous material and want to add more to the world-building of “Star Wars.”

While the runtime of the show is a rather big complaint I have, an even bigger complaint is the retconning. In his previous shows, Dave Filoni has shown that he does not necessarily care about the novels and comic books in canon and wants to tell his story. While I can certainly respect that, it is very frustrating to watch something unfold in “Tales of the Jedi” that completely contradicts what was previously established in other material. Those who strictly watch the shows won’t know the difference, but those who invest in all “Star Wars” media will find parts of this frustrating.

Overall, I had a lot of fun watching “Tales of the Jedi.” I think it’s a great idea, but finding the proper stories to tell is a must for this type of format. There is lots of potential for the show if Lucasfilm decides to move forward with season two. I think focusing on Mace Windu, Kanan Jarrus and many other characters could be incredibly interesting.

Rating: 8/10