The Clone Wars first watch: The movie was ahead of its time

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie told a much more cohesive story than the original trilogy movies while introducing new characters to complement established ones.

Watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars chronologically has finally caught up to the movie — it meant watching all of two episodes first.

Unlike the first two episodes, I had never seen the movie and it was absolutely delightful. There were so many wonderful things about the movie from the character portrayals to understanding the cost of the war that surrounded the prequel movies that truly resonated.

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One thing I was prepared for was Ahsoka and how she might be annoying. It’s something I’ve heard about the character that many found her to be annoying in the beginning but then grew to love her.

I didn’t actually feel that way about her. She struck as a typical teen with a lot of confidence and someone who questions authority. Perhaps part of it has to do with understanding her place in the Star Wars universe. I liked her character and loved her with Anakin.

I completely get that I am watching the movie with greater understanding and context than others did when they first saw it. Ahsoka’s pairing with Anakin reminded me a lot of Obi-Wan’s pairing with Qui-Gon Jinn.

In the novel Master & Apprentice, it was discussed how Obi-Wan had a little bit of a rebellious side to him when he was younger. He was more reckless and had issues with those above him, especially Qui-Gon as the two couldn’t get on the same page.

Yet, there was a comment about how Obi-Wan pretty much did the opposite of what was asked him. So they paired him with someone who didn’t do things by the book and essentially manipulated Obi-Wan into becoming someone who was a more stickler for the rules.

That’s not the case with Ahsoka and Anakin, but I’m reminded of just how carefully the Jedi order selects Padawans. It’s not just for them to train to become Jedi Masters, but also to continually teach and help the Masters evolve as well.

Obi-Wan learned a lot about himself under Anakin. Anakin will be learning a lot too with Ahsoka, and you can already see he’s had to be more patient, understanding and trusting with her under his wing. At this stage, they’re so much alike that it’s amazing it would even work, but Anakin is much more tolerating than I expected him to be.

Ahsoka was a fantastic character and while her introduction maybe wasn’t as spectacular as some of the other intros in the Star Wars universe, she had a greater lasting effect.

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The Clone Wars is available for streaming on Disney+.