When George Lucas created Star Wars in the 1970s, he could scarcely have imagined the richness of the foundation he was laying for future storymakers to build upon. Yet, that’s exactly what he did and Disney Plus’s “Tales of the Jedi” is proof.
Set in several points of the prequel trilogy, “Tales of the Jedi” includes back stories for several of the franchise’s favorite Jedi, including Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon Jinn.
Consisting of six short episodes, the show provides glimpses into what helped form the spotlighted Jedi into who they became in the various Star Wars movies and animated series. Unlike some of the franchise’s other animated series, which created more questions than answers, “Tales of the Jedi” offers lots of answers and creates only a few questions.
Remember the bad guy Count Dooku from the prequel movie trilogy and Clone Wars animated series? In “Tales of the Jedi,” you get to see how he went from being a Jedi to being one of Darth Sidious’ sidekicks.
Ever wonder how Ahsoka became a Jedi? Watch “Tales of the Jedi” to find out.
I won’t spoil all that the series has to offer, but suffice it to say, the show is worthwhile viewing for those who are fans of the Star Wars franchise.
One of the benefits that animated series like “Tales of the Jedi” have over movies and television shows is that they can squeeze a lot more story into a shorter amount of time, not to mention the money saved in producing the content. This fact works well for this show as it doesn’t take long to fill in some of the gaps of the Jedi characters’ lives that the movies and other shows created.
At the same time, while the show does a lot to answer questions, it also creates jumping-off points for future shows or movies. This is further evidence of the fleshing-out of the already-rich universe of Star Wars.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that future revenue for Disney is also at the heart of these shows and has a big influence on the storytelling of each of the franchise’s shows and movies. They likely don’t want to give too much detail that could spoil future profits.
Be that as it may, if you’re looking for rich storytelling that delves deeper into the Star Wars universe, without having to invest a lot of time, “Tales of the Jedi” is for you. All six episodes of the show are streaming now on Disney+.