It finally happened. After years of fans complaining that the Disney+ Star Wars series lacked any substantial innovation for the franchise as a whole, Ahsoka comes out of nowhere and turns the Star Wars galaxy on its head and changed everything we thought we knew. Or should we say “galaxies?”
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As any fan would know, one of the franchise’s core precepts is that the events in the movies, series, books, video games – anything Star Wars related takes place in a singular galaxy. However, Ahsoka just introduced audiences to something unthinkable: a second galaxy far, far away.
The series went to great lengths to hype the reveal. From the very first episodes, the reveal of a mysterious star map with possible ties to the Nightsisters promised fans Ahsoka wouldn’t be a repeat of The Book of Boba Fett. Still, while other franchises might be content with just introducing a new galaxy and be done with it, Ahsoka is taking its time to make sure this shocking revelation fits well with the series’ long-established lore.
Adding a new galaxy to Star Wars might be nothing new for the more hardcore fans of the franchise. After all, before Disney acquired the rights to George Lucas’ masterpiece, the now-deprecated “Expanded Universe” toyed with the idea. Comics and novels were no strangers to other galaxies, sure – but never a mainline entry Star Wars property, let alone a live-action one.
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Following a rocky start, Ahsoka seems to have finally found its purpose. The introduction of the “Pathway to Peridea” seems the most appropriate method to introduce such a novel concept to the series in a way that makes sense for the Star Wars universe. By introducing the second galaxy as a Jedi legend, this “Peridea” shows us that there’s still potential for the Jedi as an organization to change and evolve within the franchise – even after the Sequel Trilogy and its implications.
As for how this second galaxy will affect the Star Wars mythos in the future, that’s still up for debate. Some fans theorize that the Midi-chlorins (remember those?) can only affect force users within the confines of the known galaxy. In contrast, some others are left wondering if the existence of the so-called “World Between Worlds” might also lead to a multiverse situation in the Star Wars lore.
There’s also the matter of Anakin Skywalker reappearing on the show for a significant cameo. If the rule regarding the “Galaxy far, far away” bit could be broken, does that mean that the franchise could eventually go beyond the “A long, long time ago” part? What if time and space itself become diluted at some point, leading to characters from different time periods interacting with one another?
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Seeing as how multiverses are all the rage right now, perhaps Disney will bite the bullet and release the upcoming Star Wars films as “What If…?” scenarios that occur in galaxies beyond the confines of Ahsoka’s home plane. Whatever the case, the realization of a second galaxy leaves us with more questions than answers at the moment. We just hope that Ahsoka can succeed where other Disney Star Wars films failed – and ultimately deliver an ending that takes this now intergalactic adventure to a whole new level. Preferably one that’s as far away from the Sequel Trilogy as possible.
What do you think of the way that Ahsoka has changed the rules for the Star Wars universe?