More than ever connected to the other Star Wars series, here is why it is now essential to have seen the cartoon “The Clone Wars”, available on Disney Plus!
With The Mandalorian and more recently The Book of Boba Fett, the Star Wars franchise is gradually establishing itself as one of the most popular television franchises of the moment. More or less direct continuations of the first trilogy, these two series made it possible to explore new parts of the mythology of the saga, but also to discover new characters like the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano or the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze.
These two series also have in common that they draw on elements introduced in The Clone Wars animated series; composed of seven seasons, the latter retraces the supporters of the Clone Wars, until Anakin Skywalker’s shift to the dark side. More than just a companion series, The Clone Wars is a real complement to the plot of the Star Wars prelogy.
Because the mythology introduced in this animated series will likely continue to play a major role in future Star Wars live-action series, here are five good reasons to catch up urgently on these seven seasons, available now on the Disney+ platform!
CREATED BY GEORGE LUCAS
The Clone Wars is the very last official creation of George Lucas, before the sale of his company Lucasfilm, Ltd. to the Disney group in 2012. This is also the second animated series dedicated to the Clone Wars: in 2002 already, Genndy Tartakovsky’s formidable Clone Wars – also available on Disney Plus – made the link between the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (including the very first appearance of General Griveous).
Conceived more like a new version than a remake of this first series, The Clone Wars was in a way George Lucas’ testament series before he ceded the rights to the saga to Disney. The director was thus able to explore his vision of the prelogy (composed of Episodes I – II – III) to the end, to the point that it was rehabilitated by some of the fans of the Star Wars universe.
WHAT SHE CONTRIBUTES TO THE PRELOGY
A true complement to the prelogy therefore, The Clone Wars has provided many answers to questions left unanswered by the films of George Lucas. First, Anakin Skywalker’s flip; Considered too sudden by many fans in Revenge of the Sith, the transformation of the Jedi is here more nuanced, and above all justified by the wear and tear of the fights which required the use of hasty methods going against the values advocated by the ‘Jedi Order.
Or Order 66, initiated to initiate the purge of the Jedi following the “attack” against Chancellor Palpatine; simple directive blindly followed by the clone army in Revenge of the Sith, this protocol has been the subject of an authentic development in The Clone Wars, with the revelation of the existence of an inhabiting chip implanted in each of the soldiers.
Only a few clones have managed to get rid of it, such as Captain Rex (present in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series according to rumours) or the genetically modified members of Clone Force 99, heroes of the spin-off The Bad Batch.
THRILLING AND EXCITING PLOTS
The main achievement of The Clone Wars fits in its format. Multiplying the points of view and the subplots, the series takes the form of chronicles and war stories, thus allowing a better understanding of the stakes of the conflict. From the heroic deeds accomplished by the Jedi to the diplomatic missions of the chosen ones of the galactic republic, passing through the separatist plots and the secret actions of the Sith representatives, the series showed us all the aspects that divided the galaxy during the Clone Wars.
FOR ITS ICONIC CHARACTERS
Originally, The Clone Wars was conceived as a series independent of the films. It was finally under the impulse of George Lucas that it was decided that the main characters of the program would be those of the films: the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, the senator Padmé Amidala, the droids R2-D2 and C -3PO, Count Dooku…
But the series has also made it possible to introduce new characters: this is particularly the case of the padawan Ahsoka Tano, whose evolution has been the most spectacular among all the characters in The Clone Wars, or even Bo-Katan Kryze and more generally the Mandalorian people, or even the Nightsisters of the planet Dathomir, and the former Jedi Asajj Ventress.
The Clone Wars will also have made it possible to dig deeper into the psychology of secondary characters from Star Wars films such as Count Dooku (killed in the opening scene of Revenge of the Sith) and Darth Maul, left for dead at the end of The Phantom Menace.
HIS INFLUENCE ON OTHER STAR WARS SERIES
In a way, The Clone Wars is the bedrock upon which the entire Star Wars television franchise rests. Its series are not all directly linked to each other, but one element will nevertheless constitute a kind of common thread between them: the Dark Saber. Introduced by The Clone Wars, this weapon created by the Mandalorian people also played an important role in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, but also in live-action productions The Mandalorian and more recently The Boba Fett Book.
By changing owners regularly, the Dark Saber has thus gone through the ages, since the series do not take place in the same periods of the Star Wars chronology. Ahsoka and Bo-Katan’s appearances in the second season of The Mandalorian have also made it possible to confirm the close links that the series maintains with The Clone Wars.