The Disney+ Star Wars shows have been preparing the stage for Ahsoka. The first live-action appearance of Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian Season 2 and the involvement of Bo-Katan Kryze in the same show have shown that the TV series are not ignoring the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
The animated shows are the main focus of the Ahsoka season 1 premiere. The show features characters such as Ahsoka, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Huyang, and Ryder Asadi in live-action roles.
The show also has subtle Easter eggs and references to previous events that fans may enjoy. Here are some of the most notable ones.
1. The Cameo by Triple Zero
The first close-up shot of the Ahsoka season 1 premiere is a black-tinted 3PO unit on Morgan Elsbeth’s ship. The protocol droid has a minor role, but the camera lingers on it. After Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati attack destroy it, Huyang gives its ruined torso a meaningful glance in the Home-1 hangar.
The droid resembles 0-0-0 , aka Triple-Zero, from the Star Wars comics. Triple-Zero is a torture droid with a dangerous personality and a humble appearance. He often accompanies the villainous BT-1, an R2-D2 lookalike.
The black 3PO unit in Master and Apprentice is unlikely to become Triple-Zero, but the show hints at the connection.
2. Baylan Skoll Resembles Darth Vader
Baylan Skoll fights like Darth Vader, the former master of Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi dropout. He effortlessly kills a group of guards with his red lightsaber while saving ex-Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth.
His black outfit and moves resemble Vader’s rampage in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he slaughters Rebels with the Death Star plans.
This implies that Skoll is a similar threat and a potential successor to Vader, since Ahsoka is set after The Return of the Jedi. Skoll’s power will be tested in a future clash with Ahsoka, whose apprentice already duels him in the episode.
3. Ahsoka’s Favorite Moves
Ahsoka Tano is an innovative lightsaber fighter who uses dual blades and reverse grip techniques. She has some favorite moves that show her creativity. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she often used her lightsabers to cut through floors and access new areas. In Master and Apprentice, she perfected this skill.
In the series premiere, Ahsoka spins her lightsabers around her with the Force and makes a hole in the ground to enter a hidden chamber. This is a nod to “The Clone Wars.” Later, when droids attack her for the map she found, she repeats the move and cuts the floor under them.
She smirks before doing this, showing that she enjoys using this trick from the animated series. She does not need it, as she easily defeats the droids with other Force skills. But it is a cool trick, and she likes it.
4. Ahsoka’s Puzzle Resembles the Orb Puzzles in Fallen Order
Ahsoka finds a secret chamber with a complex puzzle that leads to a map orb. She uses the Force to solve it. Gamers may appreciate this, as it resembles the orb puzzles in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and its sequel, where Ahsoka’s fellow Order 66 survivor Cal Kestis is the protagonist.
The video game puzzles are different, but the orb theme seems to be a homage to the Electronic Arts games.
5. The Fulcrum Connect
Ahsoka gets the map orb, but Home-1 tells her that Morgan Elsbeth has escaped. The call also reveals Ahsoka’s ship’s callsign: Fulcrum. This is more than a word for fans of the animated series.
Fulcrum is a group of Rebel agents who helped defeat the Empire, with members like Cassian Andor. Ahsoka created the Fulcrum system and used the name herself, so it is cool and fitting that she keeps it as her callsign.
6. The Mural Behind Governer Asadi
The cartoonish mural behind Governor Ryder Asadi’s speech on Lothal is a tribute to the animated shows that inspired Ahsoka. Sabine Wren painted the Specters Mural of her team at the end of Star Wars Rebels, and visited it with Ahsoka before searching for Ezra Bridger.
The mural in Ahsoka looks exactly like the one in Rebels, showing the show’s respect for its roots. Sabine may skip the ceremony near the mural because she is bitter about failing to find Ezra.
7. The Flying Scene Echoes Rebels
The scene where Ahsoka’s shuttle flies over Sabine’s tower on Lothal echoes the end of Star Wars Rebels. However, time has changed their relationship.
In Rebels, Sabine and Ahsoka teamed up to find Ezra. In Ahsoka, they are distant and strained. The reason is unknown, but Ahsoka still seeks Thrawn and Ezra, while Sabine stays on Lothal. Their bond may heal soon, and we may see more nods to Rebels.
8. Morgan Elsbeth is a Nightsister
Morgan Elsbeth, the former Magistrate of Calodan, is a formidable opponent for Ahsoka Tano. She fights Ahsoka with a Beskar spear in a samurai-style duel in The Mandalorian season 2. In Ahsoka episode 1, we learn that she is not only Thrawn’s ally, but also a Nightsister of Dathomir.
The Nightsisters are a group of dark Force users who appear in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They are mostly wiped out by the time of Ahsoka. Therefore, Elsbeth is probably the only Nightsister we will see in the show. Her connection to this ancient sect is a subtle link between the animated and live-action Star Wars shows.
9. About Star Wars: Ahsoka
Ahsoka is a Star Wars show on Disney+. Created by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, the show sees Rosario Dawson returning as Ahsoka Tano.
The series follows Anakin’s former Padawan Ahsoka Tano as she hunts the Chiss dictator Grand Admiral Thrawn, who plans to take over the galaxy.
The cast includes Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eman Esfandi, Ray Stevenson, and Ivanna Sakhno.