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Socially Distanced #173: Ahsoka Episode 1 & 2 Explained + Is Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon a Star Wars Rip Off?

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Socially Distanced returns to a galaxy far, far away as we begin our Ahsoka review series. Yes, for the next seven weeks we’re talking about the serialized adaptation of the wildly popular Star Wars character.”

The Human Star Wars Encyclopedia” Amanda Rivas hosts the series and is joined by Bill Bodkin aka Baylan Bodkin, Al “Better than Ezra” Mannarino and Murjani “Chopper” Rawls to discuss the two-episode premiere. They discuss the performances from Rosario Dawson, Natsha Liu Bordizzo, Ray Stevenson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, theorize about Ezra Bridger, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Starkiller and Kanan, discuss the lore Dave Filoni has injected into the series and will this all lead to not only Filoni’s “Mandoverse” film but other Star Wars properties as well.

In the pre-game segment they remember pro wrestlers Terry Funk and Bray Wyatt who passed way this week and go in-depth about Zach Snyder’s Rebel Moon.

Show Format:

  • My girl is back y’all! – Wikipedia’s take on Ahsoka
  • I am no Jedi
    • Your thoughts and hype level when this show was first announced?
    • A criticism floating around social media is that this show is too niched because of the close ties to Rebels. Do you agree or disagree?
  • Once a Rebel, always a Rebel
    • Rosario Dawson returns as Ahsoka, Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hera Syndulla, Ray Stevenson as Baylan Skroll, David Tennant as Huyang, Diana Lee Inosanto as Morgan Elsbeth, Eman Esfandi as Ezra Bridger, and Ivanna Sakhno as Shin Hati. What did you think of this cast and did anyone fail to live up to expectations?
    • Morgan is a descendant of the Nightsisters of Dathomir and we visited Arcana, a Dathomir stronghold. What role do you think the witches and their lore will play in the show going forward?
    • What did you think of the level of tension between Sabine and Ahsoka?
    • Based on what we know about Sabine and on her fight scene, do you think Sabine is force-sensitive or a non-force user? Can she become a Jedi without strong force abilities?
    • Who do you think Morgan referred to when she mentioned an ancient people from a distant galaxy to Baylan and Shin?
    • How do you think the Corellia scene handled the continuing theme of decay in the New Republic leading to the Rise of the First Order?
    • Thoughts about Baylan’s comments on having to kill Ahsoka?
  • A visit to the World Beyond Worlds (tin-foil hat theories)
  • Awards
    • The Chopper Happy Dance award for favorite moment or Easter egg
    • Sabine Punch to a Droid award for what didn’t work this episode
    • Loth cat Purr of Approval for best performance
    • Another Lightsaber Stab to the Stomach Survived award for worst performance (Sorry Qui-Gon)
    • Bill’s rating system
  • Pop Culture Recommendations & Social Media plugs


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