The Star Wars: Visions anime short series that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 is one of the most impressive things Disney has done with the franchise. It's no surprise then that the company has set out to develop a new animated anthology called Tales of the Jedi, which, despite its instantly recognizable name, has nothing to do with the Jedi Knights of the Old Republic from the now non-canon 1990s comic book series of the same name.
Instead, this Tales of the Jedi explores famous Jedi from the Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars, such as Ahsoka Tano, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Each episode is divided into six parts, and each tells a 15-minute short story that fills gaps in each character's history.
Dave Filoni, executive producer and animation veteran, took the stage to premiere the teaser for the animated series The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch last weekends D23 studio showcase.
The story of Count Dooku and young Qui-Gon Jinn's time as the future Sith lords padawan is without doubt the biggest ticket item in Attack of the Clones. As we watch Qui-Gon and Mace Windu try to stop the Count from killing anyone with his lightsaber, Dooku believes his more drastic measures are the only way to bring peace and order to the galaxy.
Later in the teaser, long-time Dooku actor Corey Burton explains why he left the Order because he believed they now served a corrupt Republic, one heavily influenced by the dark side. Of course, Dooku ends up serving Darth Sidious's plans while assisting him in his execution.
Lucasfilm has also concealed an even larger teaser related to the Prequel Trilogy in these Dooku segments of the Tales of the Jedi teaser. At about 1:25, we get a series of blink-and-youll-miss-it clips of Dooku facing none other than Jedi Master Yaddle.
Why is this so important? Because it might shed light on what happened to Yaddle following the events of The Phantom Menace.
Yaddle disappeared after her big screen debut, never to be seen or mentioned again in the Prequel Trilogy. Look back and watch the Jedi Temple scenes in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Yaddle is nowhere to be seen.
It's reasonable to assume that the ludicrous response to The Phantom Menace persuaded George Lucas to alter all sorts of things for his remaining Prequel films, such as opting for a CGI Yoda puppet from Episode I since it's too costly? Or perhaps two Yodas in the same film felt unnecessary to the creator after the fact?
Fans know much less about what happened to Yaddle in-universe as far back as the Attack of the Clones. The Ultimate Star Wars Reference Book (via Wookieepedia) simply reveals that Yaddle chose to quit the Jedi Council before the Attack of the Clones, but not what happened to her afterwards.
It's possible that Tales of the Jedi will help. Since the Yaddle and Dookus duel is taking place some time before the Clone Wars Dooku hasnt grayed and still wields a blue Jedi lightsaber is it possible that this is the time the Count truly falls to the dark side? And might Yaddle end up being his first victim? The Jedi Master may not be a happy ending at all.
When Tales of the Jedi launches on Disney+ on October 26, you'll be able to see it for the first time.