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About the Show
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Clones.
A few years ago I went round my friends house and noticed a DVD box-set sitting on his shelf named Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The name of the series was coming up a blank, so I asked if I could watch it being quite curious of what the series was about.

Having a whole TV series based on Star Wars seemed like a no brainer to me, so I started watching the series. And I'm glad I did. It turns out I prefer the series than some of the films! So why is it that good? Let’s explore the galaxy to find the answer.
Quote Let’s start with characters. Star Wars: The Clone Wars was one of the first official productions after all the movies were completed. George Lucas wanted this to feel like the same Star Wars we already know, so the show includes lots of familiar Star Wars characters and locations from the live-action movies. This eases the audience in to similar (but a little different) Clone Wars universe. But don’t let that fool you – this is canon and is set in the movie timeline.

All your favourite characters from the films are here. Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C3-PO, R2-D2, Master Yoda, Count Dooku, General Grievous and Mace Mindu are all here. All faithfully re-created to give a unique look to each character, but still being recognisable to their live-action counterparts. While only a few select actors reprise their roles (most notably is Anthony Daniels as C3-PO), but all the replacement voice actors have been picked well, especially Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous, who sound more-a-less identical to their movie versions.

So you may be asking what about characters that we only saw briefly in the films? Characters like Ki-Adi-Mundi, Luminara Unduli, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, Boba Fett? Well, thanks to the TV format, these characters get some well-earned, erm, character development, adding to the star wars canon, meaning for many viewers much more exposure.

The clones are just as part of the show as the Jedi. It’s a shame they didn't get much character development in the movies. I'm glad that the show has time to explore the world throughout their eyes. They get quite a lot of dialogue and even whole episodes dedicated to them too. There even voiced by the same voice actor, but you would never know by watching and listening to it!

With the show set in a previously unseen (but mentioned) point in the Star Wars timeline, new characters are just as important familiar faces. The biggest of all these new characters, is Ahsoka Tano. She is a great addition, which gives the show a different different dynamic from the films. Ahsoka is assigned as Anakin Skywalkers apprentice, which being a Star Wars fan, you can probably see where this is going. Anakin quickly learns a sense of responsibility and matures into the Jedi Knight that he will turn to be (admit briefly).
[Clone Wars]Ahsoka, Obi-Wan and Anakin. What a team.
The viewer quickly bonds with her as a character because she is young, (only 14 at the beginning of the series) so we see the clone wars through a younger pair of eyes and from a different perspective. Ahsoka is one of my favourite characters, mainly because she is an impressive fighter, either as a swordsman or at space combat, and sometimes even out-smarts Jedi Master Obi-Wan and Jedi Knight Anakin at times.

So it’s called Star Wars for a reason. The large advantage of a large TV show that spans multiple seasons is quantity and time. The Clone Wars has a lot of battles. Space combat has been turned up a notch, with many battles taking place between the Jedi and their clone army, and the sith and their droid army. Although never to the scale as the original trilogy, it does have a similar feel to the opening battle of episode III. Go give that part of the film a watch, as it's very similar in tone to the battles that is featured in the clone wars.

The lightsaber fights that are one of the best aspects of the show. Because of the large amount of characters (both good and evil) that appear, they are some spectacular lightsaber duels to be had. These range from some very small fights, to epic fights to rival even those of the movies, especially since they are generally more energetic that those from the live-action films. And don’t worry, The Emperor and Darth Maul make lightsaber appearances! How epic is that?

With six seasons of episodes, there has been loads of different stories and story arcs with varying lengths. You have your normal single stories, but as the series progresses you get more longer story arcs. These can sometimes last 3-4 episodes, meaning they are effectively like mini-movies if watched back-to-back. Stories range from simple things like Ahsoka finding her lightsaber, to really deep stories like Darth Maul seeking revenge on Kenobi.


Closing Thoughts
Very Good Very Good
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has great voice acting, excellent animation, some brilliant stories, great characters, and epic action sequences. It's very interesting to see all the characters develop, especially Anakin, since there is a big difference between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This series is very recommend to anyone who enjoys the films. It adds a lot to the Star Wars Universe – and it’s all canon!

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman One of my favourite episodes is one of very early episodes – Ambush. There is a scene which Yoda manages to fight off a whole battalion of droids – without any help from his clones! It was very reminiscent of his fight with Count Dooku from Episode II, and it shows why many consider Yoda as the greatest Jedi who has ever lived.
Elephant In the Room
elephantUnlike Star Wars Rebels, which hits the mark straight away, Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes a few seasons for it to really get into it’s stride.