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.
We’ve already seen in many of the previews that Obi-Wan Kenobi will pop up in Rebels. He obviously plays a vital role throughout the films, but as he also a prominent figure in The Clone Wars, which is one strand that is going to continue through the new additions to the canon. We’ve also heard that Mara Jade could make and appearance in the new series, and one thing we learned earlier today (at least for us) is that there’s one more character that is set to show up.
We saw some accounts of the first six episodes, and in the fifth episode of Rebels, entitled “Return of the Old Masters,” will see the return of Jedi Luminara Unduli. Clone Wars fans will remember that she dies in the series, but from the description, it sounds like she’s left some kind of recorded message for those still flying the flag after Order 66 breaks up the Jedi band. This is one way to continue to carry the narrative threads throughout the upcoming installments of Star Wars.
This video also talks about how they went about leftover stories that they never got to use in the series before their new Disney overlords threw the show on the scrap heap. For example, they have a Darth Maul story arc that they told as a comic from Dark Horse Comics, and they have the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple.
We’ll see how all of these various threads play out over the length and breadth of the franchise, starting when Star Wars Rebels debuts, and later, when J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.