If anyone were to play a game of word association asking someone what they thought of at the mention of Star Wars, it’s safe to say that the word “Jedi” would probably come up a lot.
The term is so linked with the saga as a whole in the public imagination, and yet for the first six onscreen entries, it was only ever memorably linked to men.
Though some will get pedantic and point out that we have Masters Depa Bilaba, Shaak Ti, Ayla Secura, etc., in the prequels, I would remind them that none of those women are main characters.
When Ahsoka Tano was first introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan in The Clone Wars movie, no doubt a lot of skeptical brows were raised – mine included.
How could Anakin have a padawan of his own when she isn’t in Revenge of the Sith? When he doesn’t even mention her? Such is the beauty of a saga told out of order.
Though many, myself included, see The Clone Wars series as enriching the stories of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the time between Episodes II and III, it is Ahsoka Tano who is our point of view character, and I would argue, our protagonist.
She is the one to guide the audience through it all, and it’s through her eyes we see the chaos and devastation of the Clone Wars.
When she is first introduced, Ahsoka immediately becomes the thing every child's point of view character becomes when introduced to a property like this. She thinks she knows better than the more experienced soldiers around her.