I may not sit at home in a Wookie costume waiting anxiously for the premier of Rogue One (although my review will be coming soon) I do consider Star Wars a big part of my life.
Star Wars came out during my formative years and I grew up with it. It has always been in my home to some degree. I saw the movies in the theatre in their original release (or at least the 80's re-release of A New Hope -- Yeah, I call it that, because that's what it was released as once George Lucas got the subtitle rights back from the studio which omitted them against his will the first time around).
My family had the VHS tapes. And then we wore them out and had to get new videos. My brother and I had tons of Star Wars toys. I even had the original Marvel comics Star Wars stories and later the Dark Horse ones (now, Marvel has it again and I'm still reading). I read many of the novels. Not all, but I have a full bookshelf of Star Wars books.
Needless to say, I was steeped in the mythos that George Lucas had created.
That brings me to the topic of this post. My favorite Star Wars character, and storyline, the one which resonated with me the most is that of Ahsoka Tano.
Ahsoka, for those whose religion isn't Star Wars, was Anakin's Padawan, who he affectionately nicknamed "Snips."
People think Star Wars is about Luke Skywalker, or alternatively his father, Anakin. And, yes, the Skywalkers are a large part of the story. Of the mythos of George Lucas.
But George Lucas also created The Clone Wars. And thank goodness he did! After those prequel movies, which soured a lot of fans, but which I found entertaining if not very satisfying, he turned around and gave us perhaps the best, most well developed, part of his mythos to date -- The Clone Wars. I'm talking about the animated series (not the second prequel movie--although they do tie together quite nicely.
Now, The Clone Wars is considered canon (even by Disney), and approximately 2,420 minutes of that story is devoted to Ahsoka Tano's journey. That, and now, three full seasons of Rebels as well. So nearly 4,000 minutes of her journey has been explored. More than any other character in the Star Wars universe or franchise.
More than Luke. More than Anakin. More than Darth Vader. Simply put, she is the main character of the Star Wars saga. Ahsoka Tano.
And I wouldn't have it any other way. I love Ahsoka!
You can learn more about her character and journey at Wookieepedia:
May the Force be with you all.
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.