When I had first heard about the animated series
on Cartoon Network Star Wars: Clone Wars I balked. Something about
this television show seemed a little too nerd-ish for me. But then it happened,
this animated show began to get some dang good reviews; even with episodes
only lasting five minutes.
And now that the episodes have been compiled into one extended DVD volume,
Star Wars: Clone Wars has finally hit its mark. But what do I have
to say about it?
Star Wars: Clone Wars- Another Look
Call me a nerd or whatever else you want, but Volume
I of Star Wars: Clone Wars is pretty damn cool. Actually, I thought
it was so good that I already have tivo'd and watched Volume II. What can
I say? This series rocks.
To be honest, I do not think I am taking much of a risk announcing how good
Clone Wars is. Considering the fact that the animated television
series has spawned the #11 most ordered DVD at amazon [at this very moment]
should mean that I am among a broad consensus. Star Wars Clone Wars is everything
that the first two movies should have been, and it is even cooler. If you
ever wanted to watch Star Wars in full force-- I'm talking battles,
strategies, deep story, and all out lightsaber action-- Star Wars Clone
Wars is a must watch.
But before I go any farther, here is what the official Star
Wars site has to say about their LucasFilm sponsored animated
series-- Clone Wars:
Mentioned twice in passing in the original Star Wars movie, the Clone Wars have remained a tantalizing enigma, an element of the prequel trilogy that, until now, has remained tightly under wraps. Fans have been longing to explore this era for decades, but the Clone Wars have been roped off from storytellers until all the pieces of the new Star Wars trilogy were in place.
Episode II ignited the Clone Wars, exploding on the screen as the Battle of Geonosis, the first engagement of the lengthy conflict. It was the largest ground battle ever depicted in a Star Wars movie to date, with unending legions of clone troopers led into war by heroic Jedi Knights. Their opponents: the soulless droid army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Attack of the Clones was just a prologue. In Episode III, viewers will see the climactic finale of the Clone Wars. The stories that take place between the Episodes are now being told, fittingly, between the releases of the films.
Star Wars: Clone Wars answers tons of
questions including: the movement of Anakin up the jedi ranks, the involvement
of the jedi order in the Clone Wars, how Anakin got his scar, the growth
of Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship, Anakin's continued affair with Padme,
the first appearance of General Grevious [plus guards] and his AWESOME fighting
style, introduction to Commander Cody, plus a bunch of new and important
jedis. I am sure there is stuff that I have left out, but that is the jist
But let me tell you what I thought was really cool about Clone Wars
[besides the surprisingly deep look into the Star Wars lore]:
Watching jedis such as Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and Mace kick some robot butt.
If you thought the films made jedis look tough, wait till you see Clone
Wars. A couple of jedis are just as deadly as massive armies. Did it seem
a little unreal? Not in the bit! I loved every piece of action, be it with
jedis or special forces commandos.
In conclusion-- if you really want to be prepared for the upcoming movie
Star Wars: Revenge of
the Sith, you HAVE to see Star Wars: Clone Wars.
As of now, I cannot tell if they are going forward with a Volume III. So
that means you have about three hours of cool-ass animated Star Wars
to get watching.