Today’s post features a review of the first half of season 1 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! I might be one of the last people on the planet (or at least of the Star Wars fandom) that hasn’t seen this show. Given that I recently re-watched all the movies, I wanted to give the show a go! And because a certain character showed up in a recent episode of The Mandalorian, it just pushed me to watch this beloved show that much more.
This post may include some spoiler-y talk, so you may want to avoid it until you have watched some of the movies. And, while I am a huge Star Wars fan, I don’t know everything that exists in this universe. It’s GINORMOUS, okay? If you are one of the few who can rattle off the most obscure reference or piece of trivia, I bow down to your knowledge. With that said, let’s just get into the discussion.
The Clone Wars Excels at Storytelling and Pacing.
This show starts off very fast-paced and relies on the viewer’s previous knowledge of the prequel films (at least). So, if you’re a newbie, save this show for after viewing of Episodes 1 and 2 of the prequels. With the show getting its pace from the storytelling and the action, I’d say this show already moves along faster than the prequel films. It doesn’t include as much of the Senate hearings as the films. Originally, I was worried that because this story takes place in the middle of a trilogy, that there wouldn’t be as much the writers could do with the characters. I mean, we already know what happens to Anakin Skywalker. But I didn’t experience that at all. I still found myself thinking, “How are these characters going to get out of this situation? What if XYZ happens?!”
The writers do a fantastic job of creating new and original stories that are able to exist within old ones. They’re able to give us more backstory about characters we thought we knew, like Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Padme Amidala. And it’s not just that. Of course, we get the introduction of new characters like Ahsoka Tano and Ventress, the mentees of Anakin and Count Dooku, respectively. This was a great addition to the show to keep it from feeling maybe somewhat stale. Bringing in new faces allows them to keep it fresh and exciting.
And, believe me, I could do a whole post just on how freaking awesome Ahsoka Tano is. I’m incredibly excited to see where her character goes in the show’s seven season run, especially when we get to Order 66 and Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. I know we have a ways to go before that happens, but I just wanna binge watch the series so I can get to that point, but I also want to savor it along the way. It’s a real Sophie’s choice.
Is The Clone Wars really essential to your understanding of Anakin’s character?
Speaking of what’s to come, another thing I really appreciated was the subtle hints at foreshadowing what’s to come for Anakin. If you have somehow never been spoiled by Anakin’s story, stop reading this and come back to it later. We all know he becomes Darth Vader, arguably one of the greatest villains of all time. And even though we got a whole backstory trilogy, I loved the storytelling details in his reluctance to go with Obi-Wan’s orders to leave R2-D2 behind in one episode, and then, as viewers, we can see cracks start to really take hold in his trust in the Jedi. It’s absolutely wonderful storytelling that deserves to be told. And I’m going to go on a little tangent here and defend the prequels. With the original trilogy, we see Obi-Wan and Yoda train Luke in the ways of the force and the . . . mythical-like reputation of the Jedi.
However, as viewers, we’re almost supposed to just take that at face-value and never question it. The prequels allowed us to see the Jedi from Anakin’s point of view and how a Jedi padawan (and then master) could cross to the Dark Side. And up until a point, we sympathize with Anakin. By showing us Anakin’s backstory, we have been exposed to a character that had a different way of thinking about the Jedi. And, if you’re reading this thinking, “well, wait a minute, this sounds awfully similar to a CERTAIN SOMEONE from Knights of the Old Republic video game?” I know, and I may do a whole post about that character later. For now, I am referring to the canon established in tv and film.
Getting back to The Clone Wars, Season 1, this is definitely worth your time. Even if you are the slightest bit curious. This was my quick review for the first half of the first season, so there will be more detailed discussion to come. So stay tuned for that!
Quick tidbits that I just loved that didn’t need to be explained in much detail just yet:
- The battle droids: I found their conversations with each other hilarious and a delight to watch.
- General Grievous: He’s a cool character with an even cooler cape. And, I always wanted to watch more of him in the prequels.
- The narrator in the beginning of the episodes giving recaps. He sounds like the narrator from George of the Jungle and it just makes the episode that much better. I hope this does not discontinue throughout the next seven seasons.
Later this week, I’ll be posting another review for the second half of season 1 of The Clone Wars. So, if you aren’t sick of me yet, then watch out for that one!
Thank you so much for reading! And if you have any thoughts that you’d like to share, please let me know. We can geek out over Star Wars together.
Every season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is available to stream on Disney+
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