As the first season of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series winds down, we’re being treated to a 3-part epic entitled the “Ryloth Saga,” which will begin Friday, February 27th on the Cartoon Network with “Storm Over Ryloth.” I can’t stress enough how entertaining this series has been, and I’ll have my back end firmly planted in my chair this weekend to watch the first installment, which focuses on Jedi Padowan Ashoka Tano and the lessons that she must learn when she disobeys Anakin’s orders and loses a group of a loyal Clone Squad in the process. I’ve grown to really like Ahsoka so I’m looking forward to seeing how she rises to the challenges she must face as a result.
From the official Lucasfilm release:
Director Brian Kalin O’Connell and writer George Krstic welcomed the opportunity to explore some of the less heroic aspects of the conflict, particularly examining the responsibility of the Jedi in light of the consequences of their actions.
‘It’s easy to make the Jedi into superheroes, but showing their vulnerability really makes them far more interesting and believable,’ O’Connell says. ‘You have this Padawan in the footsteps of the Chosen One. And she fails – badly. Clones die, and that’s horrible – and we really get to feel that weight. But we also get to see how Anakin rebuilds Ahsoka’s confidence, and how she comes back and rises to the challenge.’ Krstic agrees, adding that the episode offered an opportunity to infuse the Saga’s classic space opera elements with a new emotional weight. ‘This is a very epic episode – it’s grand and operatic ala the old days of the original Star Wars,’ he says. ‘There are so many wonderful aspects to this episode because Ahsoka must deal with real life and death situations, and the result isn’t good. She gets her first experience dealing with the burden of command, and finds out that it isn’t all heroics. It really is a burden.’ As the beginning of a three-part story arc, ‘Storm Over Ryloth’ expands the scope of the Clone Wars to illustrate both the far-reaching and intimate effects of the war. Tackling ambiguities and exploring emotional motivations and consequences, this episode sets the stage for ‘Innocents of Ryloth’ and ‘Liberty of Ryloth,’ the continuation and conclusion of the thrilling Ryloth saga.