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.
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.
Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars got an awesome gift last Friday as the full run of the show premiered on Netflix Instant…including the previously unaired sixth season. After the show was canceled in the aftermath of the Disney/Star Wars buyout, for a while there it looked like we would never see that material outside of a hypothetical future DVD release. Thankfully Disney and Netflix — already allegedly talking about the possibility of collaborating on future Star Wars shows — came to an agreement, and so now we’ve got season six available with the press of a button, and collectively dubbed “The Lost Missions.” With The Clone Wars finally getting a proper sendoff, director Dave Filoni send a big thank you to the fans, in the form of a bunch of concept art from the series.
When Star Wars: The Clone Wars was canceled at the beginning of 2013, it was unclear if Disney and Lucasfilm would ever tie up the loose ends from season five. While it was believed that Lucasfilm would release the final season as a special Blu-ray/DVD release, the company surprised its fans when they revealed that the animated series would be premiere on Netflix Instant this week. Now Lucasfilm released a new clip from The Clone Wars that features Master Yoda’s secret mission.
In a few weeks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return, but in an unlikely and unconventional form, airing its final season on Netflix. Starting at the beginning of March, all seasons of The Clone Wars (plus the feature film) will be available on Netflix to cap off the premiere of the sixth and final season of the popular animated series. Now the episode titles for all of season six’s 13 episodes are now available, along with a brief synopsis for each.
While the tail end of season five’s episodes played off of old Alfred Hitchcock movie titles, serving up “Sabotage” and “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” season six’s titles aren’t nearly as clever. Check out the episode titles below: