Star Wars: The Clone Wars found itself in a peculiar position after Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and with it, the Star Wars franchise — back in 2012. As many suspected, Disney would soon begin streamlining and culling back much of the franchise so that a cohesive, official multimedia canon could be established. The good news is that it was eventually announced that The Clone Wars would, along with George Lucas’ six films, be part of this new Star Wars canon. The bad news was that the show was ending, and before it had completed all the stories its creators had hoped to tell. Thankfully, many of these stories have since come to light in one form or another, and now Clone Wars fans can get a glimpse at a few more unfinished episodes, courtesy of a series of “story reels” just released on StarWars.com.
With the new regime of the Star Wars about to launch their plan for take over the TV and cinematic world with the debut of their animated series Star Wars Rebels, it’s as good a time as any to look to the past. And what better way to do that than to explore the heritage of the last effort of the old guard. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and this video, conveniently enough titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy, does just that.
Clone Wars was the last piece of that galaxy far, far away to come directly from franchise creator George Lucas, and as the series ties directly into the much maligned prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith), it has a place of significance and prominence in the family. One of the things they talk about is how this series connects to the history of cinema, as Lucas was fond of doing, and mention the elements of Hitchcock and Kurosawa figure into the design and the stories.
One of the results of the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout that stung many fans was the cancellation of the Clone Wars animated series as of season five. This was in spite of work already having begun on season six, leaving Clone Wars fans without any closure and with stories they would never get to see. Thankfully, Netflix eventually rode to the rescue and resurrected the show for one last season exclusively on their streaming service. But even with Netflix serving up the so-called Lost Missions, there were still storylines that the abbreviated sixth season didn’t have time to address. Now you can see one of them given resolution in comics form, courtesy of the four-issue Dark Horse miniseries Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir.
Written by Jeremy Barlow, Son of Dathomir picks up where The Clone Wars’ left Darth Maul at the end of season five. He’s been defeated by Darth Sidious, and his brother Savage Opress has been killed. Maul is now a prisoner of his former master Sidious, but if getting cut in half by a lightsaber didn’t keep him down, you know a little thing like being locked up is only a temporary speed bump. And Maul’s got bigger plans than just escaping. He’s pissed off, he’s got an army of Mandalorians, and he’s in the mood to stir up some trouble. To paraphrase Wesley Snipes, always bet on black (and red).
While I wasn’t interested in it for most of its run, I’ve become a late-to-the-game fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars thanks to the fact that my kids love it. It’s part of my long game to get them hooked on Star Wars so I can show them the original trilogy right before the new one begins in 2015. But I’m willing to bet there are plenty of grown-up Clone Wars fans who want more than just the episodes. If you’ve got a craving to dive into the world and making of The Clone Wars, you’ll want to set course for the WBShop, where you can currently grab the Blu-ray collector’s set of seasons 1 – 5 for less than $90. That’s $20 below the initial 27% markdown WBShop already had on the set.
After 121 episodes and a theatrical movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has come to a close. The animated series provided fans with a closer look at the Jedi Knights and Jedi Council during the war between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Movement. Of course, The Clone Wars leads into the events of Revenge of the Sith, but the recently concluded animated series found an audience that didn’t necessarily grow up with the original trilogy or the prequel trilogy. Believe it or not, The Clone Wars is the pinnacle of the Star Wars universe for many younger fans.
Now that the complete Star Wars: The Clone Wars is available on Netflix Instant, Lucasfilm has revealed the proper way to watch all the episodes and the movie in chronological order. This will give viewers a better understanding of the continuing battle between good and evil, while also offering an excuse to rewatch the show in a different way.
Welcome back to another Cross the Streams, which hadn’t been around for a while due to too much stream crossing, resulting in me having to undergo a special procedure to remove all the junk from my system. But this edition is jam-packed with a plethora of quality goodies that have hit the Internet in recent weeks. The only way you could get bored is if you stopped reading right now.
Enough small talk. Let’s get down to brass sci-fi tacks and take a look at what’s new in streaming science fiction, including Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant Video, and more.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Seasons 1-6 (Netflix Instant)
A lot of tie-in cartoons over the years have been substandard crap, and while The Clone Wars started out as a fairly average take on the Star Wars universe, it became so much more over the course of the next few seasons, expanding the link between the second and third Episodes with excitement, sweet-ass CGI, and more ample storytelling skills than Lucas has shown in many years. Not to mention the host of voice actors that crop up over the course of its run. The major plus here is that Netflix has added the never-before-seen sixth season, which fans thought they might never see after the show was canceled post-Disney buyout. May the Force, and so on.