"Asha" is the thirteenth episode in the Star Wars: Ewoks animated television series, and the thirteenth and final episode in season one. Written by Paul Dini and directed by Raymond Jafelice, the episode originally aired on ABC on November 30, 1985.
After a group of Ewoks have a run-in with the Duloks, Princess Kneesaa discovers that her lost sister Asha is alive and is living in the forest. Kneesaa and Wicket then set out on a quest to find her.
Wicket, Teebo, and Paploo are off by themselves in the forest, a day's glider-flight from home. They are going about there everyday lives; Wicket is catching water in his basket from a stream. Paploo is sleeping, and Teebo is walking near Paploo. Suddenly they hear Dulok voices, and decide to investigate. They watch as a group of Duloks chase a maramu, hoping to capture it. The bumbling Duloks nearly have it, but are knocked down a hill. Just as they get back up the hill and throw a net over the creature, they are scared away by an individual they identify as "The Red Ghost." After the Duloks run away, Wicket, Teebo, and Paploo go to the animal and help remove the net and set it free. However, "The Red Ghost" thinks they wish to harm the animal. But after she sees they mean no harm, she summons a korrina, which, to the surprise of the Ewoks, allows her to ride it. Wicket notes that Ewoks only hunt for food, unlike the Duloks who hunt for fun as well. The three Ewoks fly away in their gliders, with Teebo proclaiming he would never again return to that section of the forest.
Back at the village, Paploo is telling the woklings that they had encountered a monster Ewok, with six arms and fangs the size of a wokling's head. One of the Ewoks asks if Paploo was scared, to which Teebo says that was terrified. Kneesaa comes along, and the woklings tell Kneesaa of Paploo's story. Kneesaa then asks what is going on, and Wicket explains what they really found. When he mentions that the Ewok they spotted had red fur, Kneesaa begins to cry, and runs off to her hut. Wicket and Winda follow her, and Kneesaa tells them the story of what happened to her older sister, Asha.
Late that night, Kneesaa wakes Wicket, telling him that she is going to find Asha. When she asks where he saw Asha, Wicket attempts to explain how to get there by glider, but soon gives up, deciding he cannot let Kneesaa go alone.
The two of them encounter a fierce snowstorm, and Wicket nearly falls to his death off the edge of a cliff, but he is saved by Chukha-Trok. And soon after, they encounter a group of koyts. They are saved by Asha. Asha and Kneesaa quickly recognize each other.
At Asha's cave, Kneesaa reminds Asha of their previous life. She tells Asha that they will return home. But Asha says that she can never leave; she must stay and fight against the Duloks.
Next morning, Wicket and Kneesaa awaken to find that Asha and Chukha-Trok are gone. They soon find the two fighting against a group of Duloks led by King Gorneesh, whom Asha defeats alone with ease. After this, the group return home with Asha. They immediately go to Chirpa, who is delighted to see his daughter again.
- George Buza as Chirpa
- Leanne Coppen as Nippet and Winda Warrick
- Alyson Court as Malani
- Michael Fantini as Wiley
- Don Francks as Umwak
- Paulina Gillis as Asha
- Jim Henshaw as Wicket Wystri Warrick
- Dan Hennessey as Gorneesh
- Don McManus as Chukha-Trok
- Taborah Johnson as Latara
- Eric Peterson as Teebo
- Cree Summer as Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka
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Behind the scenesEdit
- This episode is widely considered to be one of the best episodes of the series, as it confronts serious issues of family, in contrast to the usual goofyness of the series.
- In 1986, this episode was adapted into the children's book The Red Ghost: An Ewok Adventure.
- This episode was released on DVD in 2004 as part of the Tales From the Endor Woods feature film. It can be found on side 2 of the disc.
- The character of Asha, who is first mentioned but not seen in the episode entitled "Rampage of the Phlogs", is introduced on screen in this episode. She is later mentioned in the season 2 episode entitled "The Raich", and she appears in the season 2 episodes entitled "Home Is Where the Shrieks Are", "Night of the Stranger", "Horville's Hut of Horrors" and "Battle for the Sunstar".
- According to Star Wars Insider 27, the writers wrote this episode in hopes of attracting more female viewers. They initially planned to expand on the character of Asha in the second season and beyond, but due to the changes they were forced to make in the second season, as well as the show's eventual cancelation, this was not to be so.