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.
As supervising director Dave Filoni explains, the story reels would have been presented to George Lucas for approval before moving into the full animation stage. The nice thing is that the reels already have the voice acting in place, so they essentially play like very rough versions of what the final episodes would have looked like.
The reels cover three full “lost” episodes, as well as a very brief teaser for a fourth, and the story involves Obi-Wan and Anakin investigating the death of a Jedi on Utapau, only to discover a plot by General Grievous to acquire a deadly new weapon. You can check out the story reels and synopsis for each below, and you can watch the full run of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix. A new animated Star Wars series, Rebels, is set to premiere on Disney XD on October 3.
Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate a mysterious death of a Jedi Master on Utapau, and uncover a secret Separatist weapons deal the likes of which they have never seen before.
Obi-Wan and Anakin’s investigation on Utapau continues, and they allow themselves to be captured by weapons dealers who possess a focusing crystal of unspeakable power.
Obi-Wan and Anakin must escape from Utapau with a kyber crystal before General Grievous and his droid army track them down.
Obi-Wan and Anakin must do all they can to prevent a powerful weapon from falling into General Grievous’ hands.