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‘Tales of the Empire’: Is it Worth Watching?

Disney recently dropped a brand new show on Disney Plus: “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire”. In six animated episodes, they finally answered a burning question fans have had for a long time.

“Tales of the Empire” is the companion show to “Tales of the Jedi,” an anthology following various popular Jedi throughout the “Star Wars” movies. “Tales of the Empire” does the same thing, except with the evil characters, in the Galactic Empire.

Created by Dave Filoni, the show utilizes the same animation style as the popular “Star Wars” cartoon “The Clone Wars”. The first three episodes center on the character Morgan Elsbeth, first introduced in season two of “The Mandalorian,” then later played a bigger role in the show “Ahsoka”. The other three episodes followed a character fans have been wanting to know the fate of for a long time: the Jedi Barriss Offee.

In “The Clone Wars,” Barriss framed Ahsoka for a crime she didn’t commit, leading to her being expelled from the Jedi order. However, we never got to find out what happened to Barriss, until “Tales of the Empire”.

Diana Lee Inosanto completely knocked it out of the park with her performance as the witch Morgan Elsbeth. In a roundtable interview, when asked if Morgan’s story was over, Inosanto responded, “I don’t know, but I hope to the Star Wars gods it’s not. I hope that we get to explore her some more. I mean I still have some questions. Questions of how did she get her Beskar spear?”

“Tales of the Empire” leaves us with some questions even after three episodes dedicated to exploring Morgan’s character, but what about Barriss Offee’s episodes?

In another round table interview with Merideth Salenger, Barriss Offee’s voice actress, she was asked the question of how it felt to come back to playing the character after nearly a decade since we’ve seen her last. Salenger answered, “It really wasn’t that difficult to come back to, because Barriss has been in the minds of me and the fans ever since ‘The Clone Wars’ ended… it really hasn’t felt like it’s been a long time.”

Barriss’s episodes were the most compelling of “Tales of the Empire,” and as fans we’re able to easily jump right back in. Barriss is recruited by vicious Jedi hunters after the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” and she must navigate a changed world and a change of her inner self. We see Barriss get the story and send-off we’ve always wanted after all these years.

“Tales of the Empire” was an entertaining bit of “Star Wars” for those who’ve been missing it, and answered some lingering lore questions, but ultimately fans can skip this show altogether and not miss anything should they jump into the movies and shows later down the line.

What did you think of “Star Wars: Tales of the Empire”? Let me know!

 

By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

All Platforms: @intinavia

 

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