New Ahsoka Trailer Makes The Show’s Biggest Problem Even Worse
The show relies heavily on the events of Star Wars Rebels, which could create a barrier to entry and potentially affect viewership. With just over a month to go until the release of the Ahsoka TV
The show relies heavily on the events of Star Wars Rebels, which could create a barrier to entry and potentially affect viewership.
With just over a month to go until the release of the Ahsoka TV series, the show's promotional campaign is in full swing with the release of a new trailer teasing the upcoming adventures of the titular Jedi.
But while it gave fans a lot more of what to expect, it also highlighted the show's biggest problem.
While other live-action Star Wars TV shows have been more standalone stories that may only require a basic understanding of the franchise, Ahsoka feels very different.
Now it's crystal clear that the show serves as a direct sequel to the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels, which aired for four seasons from 2014 to 2018, and serves as a live-action reunion for most of the characters. And that could be a problem for viewers unfamiliar with the animated series.
The entire main cast of characters, including Ahsoka herself, Sabine Wren, and Hera Syndulla, along with the main story of them tracking down Grand Admiral Thrawn and finding Ezra Bridger in the process, is a direct resolution to the cliffhanger on which the animated series ended.
Some fans who haven't seen Rebels yet ask their more experienced "colleagues" if they will ever understand the new show without knowing the backstory for it, as there will undoubtedly be a whole bunch of cameos and references to the previous events, apart from what was said above.
And for now, it seems that watching Rebels is mandatory to fully immerse yourself in the story, which can backfire in the long run.
Not everyone is willing to spend time watching four seasons of 15 to 22 episodes each, even though they're only about 20 minutes long.
So this obviously creates a barrier to entry that can affect the viewership of the show, even if it turns out to be really good.
The first two of eight episodes of Ahsoka will premiere on August 23, 2023.