A waste of 90 minutes of my life
It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
As an eleven-year-old back in '08, I didn't have many opportunities to see any Star Wars movies in theaters. I was a huge fan of A New Hope, and I enjoyed the prequels, but they were all home video experiences (with the exception of Attack of the Clones, but I was too young to remember it or get excited over it.So when I first saw trailers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was going to premiere as a feature film in theaters, I became excited. I enjoyed the movie at the time, but as I grew older, I began realizing that it was a three episode arc squashed together to form a movie, and it was more lackluster than I had remembered.I fell in love with the character of Ahsoka Tano (maybe literally, with my eleven-year-old mind still in the early stages of maturing) since she was finally a character around my age, a character I could relate to.The subsequent show started off okay, but as seasons 2, 3, and 4 came and went, I missed out on a lot of it as I focused on being an adolescent for a while. But still...The Clone Wars reinvigorated my dormant love for Star Wars.When the promos for season 5 debuted, I became intrigued again, especially with the return of Darth Maul. So I binge-watched it. Since I was older, I began appreciating the show more, with its nods to other movies like Apocalypse Now and Seven Samurai. I began to appreciate the deep themes of betrayal, war, political upheaval, corruption, and war profiteering. Then came the ending of season 5. Ahsoka rejected her reinstatement into the Jedi Order and walked off into the sunset, possibly never to be seen again. Shortly after that, the Disney acquisition resulted in its ultimate cancellation, but the company was gracious enough to put the series and "The Lost Missions" on Netflix. I appreciate it more than ever today.Now it's coming back. Whether or not it's limited to just a few episodes, I don't know. But I hope that it'll come back for at least another two seasons to finish off everything that Dave Filoni and his magnificent cast and crew had lined up. It's a fantastic show that may seem to be made for children on the surface...but on the inside, it's so much more.
Despite the rather significant flaws in the prequel trilogy, what it did do is open the door for some brand new and interesting storytelling opportunities. TCW is exactly that. Don't let the fact that it is a cartoon put you off. The later seasons are a lot more 'adult' appropriate than the majority of Episode I and II. TCW has it all, awesome planetary battles, numerous space battles, amazing lightsaber duels, excellent character development. The cardboard-cutouts of Episodes I-III are transformed into characters you can actually empathise and sympathise for and a number of new and likeable characters are introduced e.g. Ahsoka Tano, Pre Vizsla, Hondo Ohnkaka. Despite a few weak episodes, though nothing as bad as some of Rebels' episodes, the good ones far outweigh them and the last two story arcs in Season 5 are alone worth watching the entire show for. I hope the next SW series will at least take some inspiration from TCW. Job well done Filoni, to say the least.
With awesome action and deep characters, this tv show is a necessity for any Star Wars fan.
Season 1 is weak, but overall this show is some of the best Star Wars content period. Each season gets better and better until season 5 which had some incredible stories. Season 6 wasn't as good as 5, but it was still interesting.