Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka in a lightsaber battle in Ahsoka
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Ahsoka’s Biggest Problem Was Baked In From The Start
When it became apparent that “Ahsoka” would act as a sort of sequel to “Star Wars: Rebels,” many began questioning the move to make the series live-action rather than animated.
This decision to officially canonize the animated series into the greater “Star Wars” universe has ultimately let down the show’s own characters and the fans.
One of the biggest challenges to the series is translating these animated characters into live-action in a satisfying way for “Rebels” fans.
These characters, who have spent dozens of episodes together, feel like strangers to one another when they interact, such as when Ahsoka and Anakin reunite.
Rosario Dawson and Hayden Christensen’s performances undercut this seemingly emotional reunion, as the two actors have never shared the screen together as these characters before.
However, the most significant problem is the limits of live-action, as animation provides the creative freedom necessary to realize the full scope and scale of the project.
These limitations led to action scenes set against fake-looking CGI environments and the exclusion of characters like Zeb, who would have needed to be brought to life with VFX.