Looks like Disney’s agenda to make everything modern has a new chapter. This one has a lot more “strong female character” vibes, and I’m not just talking about Ahsoka playing the lead. One of my favorite Star Wars characters is hers. I say this because there are numerous Rebels allusions and because this essentially resembles a live-action adaptation of the Cartoon. The issue is that they neglect to depict the cartoon’s main characters, particularly the two male Jedis (and don’t forget Zeb; at least he had his moment in this season of The Mandalorian).
The significant issue with the IP’s overall direction follows. When Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise, they had two decades’ worth of books on which to base their decisions. After nearly 20 years of no new movies, the stories were fantastic, adored by Star Wars fans, and regarded as canon. With TFA, Disney blew it all up. With Ahsoka, they have now reversed that once more, with Thrawn serving as one of the main antagonists. He first appeared in the Timothy Zahn book published in 1991. Disney ignored the entire plot when they acquired the IP, and they continued to do so when they relaunched Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015. It wasn’t until after all the criticism that Faloni was hired and given the promise that Thrawn would be brought back for The Clone Wars’ Third Season in 2016. He was completely disregarded once more outside of the cartoons, even in TRoS, where Disney merely appropriated Thrawn’s The Lost Fleet and how the Empire came to be. It is clear that Disney has no idea how to handle the franchise. It’s also clear that there is internal conflict within the Star Wars corporation, as evidenced by the failure of the new film trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s abortion, and the current back-and-forth over what happens in the Expanded Universe after the fall of the Empire and Darth Vader. The franchise was screwed up by Disney. They are completely aimless. They have no idea who their supporters are or what they are looking for. Finally, they are committed to continuing to introduce Wokism into a franchise that is cherished by millions of people. Terrible.