Now I’ll admit, I didn’t pick up on this new version of the Saga.
Which is funny considering it’s almost over a decade old now, meaning I’ve had plenty of time to binge it. But I just didn’t, and this means I’ve also just learnt that it’s been SIX years since the previous season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I don’t know how y’all waited so long, but bless your little cotton softs.
As is the advent of any new service becoming available, there needs to be sprinklings of goodness to entice. And Disney+ did exactly this when they said “You want some Clone Wars? Okay, we’ll give you some Clone Wars.” And as is the case with any good marketing, it’s also the FINAL season of Clone Wars.
So as a Star Wars fan who has never watched the show, I’ve taken on a responsibility. I’m going to talk about the first 2 episodes of this new, final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And by Qui-Gon Jinn’s ghost I hope it makes sense.
I legitimately didn’t know episodes started in Starship Trooper-esque fashion. I also didn’t go back to other episodes to check, so I accept these openings as lore now. Slightly jarring, yet fitting to the kind of war-time propaganda that occurs, it fits the universe and story very well. Briefing us on what had happened and what was coming, the show jumps back into the battle fought by our Clone Trooper heroes; Namely Rex and Cody and the other 2 are just…cool guys also.
Talking with a friend that I consider my holocron of Star Wars nonsense (and nonsense in general), his excitement for the impending arrival of The Bad Batch is warranted. Apparently this group was shown in the revealed animatics after Season 6 and everyone got a bit frothy for them. Rest assured, you don’t need to lose your head over them being a brief drink (what a great beer pun). They are a slow-sip, and they are very, very tasty.
As a series of events unfold, a piece of plot which occurred was the first time I felt excluded. Even as a fan, along with currently playing Star Wars Battlefront II, I feel I know ENOUGH about the Clone Wars. Then they mentioned A THING; And I had no idea of it’s overall meaning to the narrative, so I couldn’t embed myself within the emotion of it.
Thematically, it’s exciting to watch all these characters amidst an outcome we know of. Understanding how it all leads to Order 66 is so intriguing, and you kind of understand why Anakin turns; Yes, it is because Obi-Wan is a sassy b*tch, but cheers to you b*tch! Graphically, it almost looks like a whole new show. It shares the same style as the originals, but it just LOOKS better.
And it goes from there.
Episode 2 continues down the forged path of set-conclusion; How all our Clones come back together, and no doubt where they’ll end up as the Empire gears to take over. And the Bad Batch are still there too (presently…).
Honestly it was kind of nice to try to piece it all together. It also made me want to go back and watch the rest of the series, which is probably its best endorsement yet. While I miss Emo-Ani, STRONG VOICE ANI is a mood, along with cheering on cloned Temuera Morrison cartoons. It’s also because they provide the heart of the series, and offer many a moral question about war, cloning and individuality. Yes, I got such a feeling from 2 episodes (and my own background knowledge, ahah!).
If you’ve been waiting for the series, then it’ll be worth it. I think the pay-off will be enough for fans, and the ending won’t be anything you can think of. Or it will be. I don’t think Old Man Luke is behind any of this…
Or is he?
XENOJAY.COM was supplied access to screeners by Disney AUNZ for review.