Why Star Wars: The Clone Wars Isn’t Just for Kids

This week’s review/impressions slot goes to the CGI animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The show just aired it’s final episodes, fillling out six seasons of Star Wars narrative. Now the whole shebang is on Netflix, making it the perfect time to discover this hidden gem.

I had seen Internet forum chatter extolling the merits of the series, but I never got around to watching an episode. After two nights of jetlag induced insomnia, I’ve worked my way through the first season and I have to say, I’m impressed. This is the Star Wars that the prequel film trilogy SHOULD have been. Here are some reasons why Clone Wars doesn’t leave the bitter aftertaste of disappointment for Star Wars fans (cough)lookingatyouEpisodeIII(cough):

It’s Funny: The humor of the television series might be younger audience friendly, but it still resonates for older Star Wars fans. The humor can get fairly meta at various points, making references to common sci-fi and television tropes.

The Dialogue Isn’t Awful: There are no stilted, awkward conversations where actors are obviously trying to keep a straight face while delivering lines like, “Love won’t save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that,” or  “I’m haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me.”

Master Yoda.

Jedi Are Cool Again: Yoda is a boss. The Force feels powerful. A Jedi Master can take on countless battle droids by his/herself. None of this fighting a few droids for a few minutes, then flopping over because the plot requires it. Jedi are powerful, wise and live up to the ideal I remember from my childhood.

Anakin Skywalker is Likeable: One of the greatest tragedies of the prequel films is how Anakin Skywalker’s character develops. The immature, childish, almost repulsive Episode III Anakin doesn’t exist in The Clone Wars- instead we see a talented young man, with real passions and good intentions. Here is the honorable tragic hero capable of falling to the dark side and assuming the mantle of Darth Vader, not the pathetic angst-ridden teenage brat from the films.

Anakin Skywalker.

No Hayden Christiansen: No Hayden. Makes previous point possible.

If you have some spare time, or you looking for a good show to put on while you work, consider starting Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Star Wars Superfans and casual watchers alike will find Clone Wars worth a view.

– E.B.

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