Ahsoka: Star Wars Easter eggs and references from the premiere, explained

Star Wars series Ahsoka has been anticipated ever since the titular Jedi Knight made a scene-stealing appearance in the Pedro Pascal-led The Mandalorian. The sci-fi series set after the fall of the Empire, follows Ahsoka Tano as she deals with a new threat to the delicate peace in the galaxy. The show written and created by Dave FIlloni features Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ray Stevenson and more.

Before the live-action series, Ahsoka, who was Anakin Sywalker’s Padawan during the Clone Wars only to walk away from the Jedi Order, has been through a lot of Star Wars history. So it isn’t surprising that the show is full of Easter eggs and references that one might have missed, starting with the premiere. If you’re left with an overlord of lore after the premiere episodes, here’s a quick run-through of what went down.

Star Wars opening crawl in red

Like all Star Wars titles, Ahsoka opens with Lucasfilms’ classic opening crawl that we usually see in the movies. The series has a red opening crawl like The Return of the Jedi. It is associated with evil and hints at a gritty chapter from the franchise. While the first episode, Master and Apprentice didn’t have the fastest lift-off, the opening sets up the show’s dark themes.

Lady Morgan’s getaway and a dark new hope

The first episode sees Baylan Skoll, a Darth Vader-esque Dark Force user who along with his Padawan Shin Hati, breaks into a New Republic prison transport to break out Lady Morgana, an Imperial prisoner. While the scene features the villains of the show, the prison break is very A New Hope-coded reminiscent of Princess Leia’s rescue by Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and co.

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David Tennant returns as droid Huyang after Star Wars: The Clone Wars

David Tennant voices droid Huyang in Ahsoka. He reprises his role after Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The droid has the Jedi protocol and records of past lightsabers that help him identify Baylan Skoll. Besides, hearing Tennant’s familiar voice is a nice bonus for Clone Wars fans.

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Clancy Brown returns as Governor Azadi after Star Wars: Rebels

Clancy Brown who voices Governor Ryder Azadi in Star Wars: Rebels makes a comeback as the heroic character in Ahsoka. Later in the first episode, we’re introduced to a free planet Lothal where Azadi is revealed to be a key figure in the movement that liberated the now-bustling planet.

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Star Wars Rebels mural

The most heartfelt nod comes in the first episode where we see a mural made by Sabine Wren featuring her closest friends – Ezra, Zeb, Hera, Jedi Kanan Jarrus, Chopper and lothcats and lothwolves. This is a beautifully done Rebels reference that draws inspiration from the original’s art. The mural was teased in the promotional assets of Ahsoka.

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Sabine’s Star Wars Rebels-inspired Jedi transformation

Sabine joining the Jedi is one of the best parts of the Ahsoka premiere. The Easter egg in question is a scene where Sabine gets the customary haircut. It is a reference to Jedi Master Kanan Jarrus’ ritual. The hair transformation is a marker of a Jedi’s willingness to pledge their life to the Jedi order. Sabine does this to signify that she is ready to rejoin Ahsoka as her padawan.

Ahsoka is currently streaming on OTT.



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