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So Clone Wars is back!

        So, all of a surprise at comic con yesterday they announced that Clone Wars, the animated series set between Episodes 2 and 3 of Star Wars will be returning for 12 new episodes to finish off the storyline.

        While I'm somewhat glad that they're getting to finish off their stories, I have to question exactly how much there is to finish up.

        We know from Rebels that Ahsoka survives the Jedi Purges, and Rex, Wolffe and Gregor all have their chips removed, disobey orders by not killing their Jedi generals, and survive into the Imperial era. But do we need these stories really told.

        From the trailer, we can see Bo-Katan Kryse (the mandalorian female standing next to Ahsoka in the hologram), and Hunter (standing next to Anakin and Rex with the fleet overhead. Now Bo-Katan we know ends up ruling Mandalore after Sabine gives her the Dark Saber in Rebels, and Hunter only featured in the unfinished episode arc about the Bad Batch, but neither of them particularly have storylines needing finished off, and the introduction of Hunter means that anyone not watching the unfinished episodes is missing something now.

        The two character arcs which do seem to be unfinished are those not actually featured in the trailer at all. We left Asajj Ventress on the path of redemption, having helped Ahsoka, and rescued Obi-Wan already, it would be interesting to know what happens to her after, since she features in no other animated series or movie.
        And Maul, we left him having been captured by Palpatine, being kept alive as he may serve a purpose in the future. We know he turns up in Rebels on Malachor looking for a way to destroy the Sith, and more recently he's in a position of some underworld power in the Solo Movie. But we have no idea how he gets from being a prisoner, to a mob boss, and to his path of revenge.

        Now Asajj Ventress's tale would seem to fit within Clone Wars, but Mauls seems outside the scope of the series, so I somewhat doubt they'll be dealt with.

        And I can see interesting tales to be told, perhaps running concurrently with Revenge of the Sith, Ahsoka and Rex as the Republic falls and the Empire is born from its ashes, fleeing the Jedi Purge totally unaware of Anakin's fate and the rise of Vader, and Yoda and Obi-Wan's plans with the twins. But again, this seems outside the scope of the series.

        So what tales do they plan to finish off? I'm really having difficulty in seeing where there is left to go with these characters.

        Obi-Wan and Anakin have to remain fairly unchanged, and Yoda even though he's learnt the secret of keeping your personality after death, he can't tell anyone, as Obi-Wan isn't aware of the technique at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Mace Windu and the other Jedi all have their fates set, and even characters who were only occasionally in the series like Hondo Ohnaka, don't seem to have any series holes in their storylines which need to be plugged.

        So anyone any thoughts? Please leave your comments below.


        In an interview with Dave Filoni about the return of The Clone Wars, he said this.

Clone Wars was a piece of Star Wars that older fans might have, initially, not taken seriously because it was animated, but that wasn’t a barrier for kids. They loved the clones and identified with them. Ahsoka gave kids a character that was like them — someone their age that was experiencing life’s challenges and learning along the way. Plus, having a new episode each week really allowed us to explore what was going on with the new and legacy characters in a dynamic way, including Anakin and Obi-Wan.

        And being the moany type of person that I am, I'd like to contend a couple of points within.
        Firstly, that kids identified with the Clones, which is somewhat worrying that kids might identify with warriors born to die in other peoples wars with no say in their own fate, and a destiny to kill some of their closest friends.
        Secondly, Ahsoka is a character which is like the kids that watch the series, she's a Jedi, a mystical warrior who makes life and death decisions on a daily basis. Writers seem to think that kids need a character to identify with, but perhaps they're fine with someone who they can look up to and want to be like. When I was a kid I watched Star Trek, I didn't need there to be a kid onboard the enterprise, I wanted Captain Kirk to be heroic, and I wanted to be like him. When I watched Doctor Who, I didn't need there to be an identifiable kid on the Tardis, and the one time they really tried it (Adric) I hated him. I looked up to the Doctor and trusted him to save the day no matter how alien they tried to portray him, and wanted to be like him, all ancient and wise and powerful without being a killer.
        Thirdly, my comments throughout the later seasons of The Clone Wars was that there were too many multi-part stories, and Filoni's statement above seems to support that. That the series should have had a different story every week, to allow the exploration of this war spanning the galaxy far far away.

Comments made about this Article!

22/Jul/2018 18:16:40 Posted by hellstormer1

How dare you dis the great Hondo Ohnaka, the MAN, the MYTH, THE LLEEGGEENNDD!!! lol...

But Hondo, while he did skim over his backstory in Rebels a little, I'd say there's plenty of flexibility to tell some more stories about him and his pirates.

One story that comes to mind that I remember coming across on Wookiepedia while looking up info on Rex and Ahsoka and Darth Maul, was a story where Rex and Ahsoka wind up on Mandalore fighting in some battle, and I think Maul was supposed to still be in power. And I believe this was supposed to be after Ahsoka left the Jedi, and after Maul was defeated by Palpatine, and for some reason became a puppet ruler of Mandalore under him. Been a while since I looked that up, it was when I binged the series earlier this year. But I'd like it if they address that story and explained how Ahsoka got involved in the war after leaving the Jedi.

23/Jul/2018 12:01:47 Posted by Freddy

I'm absolutely not dissing Hondo, he's always been one of the highlights of both Clone Wars and Rebels, he gets the best lines.

And I agree, there's plenty of room for new tales to be told of Hondo, Anakin, Obi-Wan and all the others. However, this 12 episode return for Clone Wars is to finish off their story, and I'm having difficulty seeing where the story is left to be finished. New tales can be told, but they're new, the ongoing storylines all I can see is Asajj Ventress, Darth Maul, and how Rex, Gregor and Wolffe remove their chips (oh, and Gregors return to the Republic in the first place).

Pretty much every other character is in the place they need to be to start Revenge of the Sith.

25/Jul/2018 06:02:21 Posted by hellstormer1

If they show how Gregor returns, I want a scene of absolute badassery with Gregor in the commando armor!

I doubt that would happen though. I would have bet that episode from before was just to market Republic Commando, but looking up the series and the game, there was a three year gap between the release of the game (2005) and the airing of the series (2008) (the episode with Gregor also came out a later in the series, years after 2008). At any rate, I was thinking/fearing that maybe some other party may have been behind the armor's creation, but Republic Commando was made by Lucasarts. Soooo....

....previously said badass scene is definitely doable, they just gotta DO IT! Heck, i wish they'd give us s Clone Wars styled miniseries to wrap up plots for other games and such, like the open-ended stuff from the Republic Commando game, and they could even tie this in with Gregor in the new Clone Wars season if they wanted to.

25/Jul/2018 07:00:09 Posted by Freddy

Can't remember the exact episode, but one starts with the Clone Commando's out of Republic Commando in a scene where they're dropping off a dead Jedi bodies to the Jedi council.

Don't think it was for commercial reasons, probably just another of Pablo Hidalgo's efforts to bring something back into canon (as he did with Thrawn, Tie Defenders, etc).

18/Apr/2019 10:05:19 Posted by Freddy

Just to return to this with new information.

At Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Dave Filoni was part of a panel about Clone Wars. During the panel he revealed bits of information, including that part of the "New" episodes are the "unfinished" episodes which are available on YouTube.
The plan is to return to these, and he showed clips from the Bad Batch storyline, but no mention was made about the Crystal Crysis on Utapau story.
So there's 12 "New" episodes, at least 4, but perhaps as many as 8 are going to be the "Unfinished" episodes which are already available, so in reality we may only be getting as little as 4 episodes to finish off the series.

He also revealed that he plans to explain how Maul knew Ahsoka before they met in Rebels, and to show the Battle of Mandalore (which honestly I didn't even know was a thing before he mentioned it, never mind knowing that it's a thing we're supposed to be clamouring to see).

Now I can totally understand the logic behind finishing the 8 unfinished episodes, which is exactly the same reason the new season of Lucifer includes the episodes they showed after the end of the last season.
It's attractive to a production company to be getting some content for free. Basically without paying for the Voice Talent and scripting for the unfinished episodes which was already done, they get new episodes to broadcast and get advertising revenue from. And the cost of the animation team probably gets absorbed mainly into the cost of the new episodes. So by paying for 4-8 episodes, they're actually getting 12, which is a bargain and an easy choice for them to justify.

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