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Star Wars The Clone Wars (the final season)

Josh Reviews the Triumphant Final Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

I quite enjoyed the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series when it ran on Cartoon Network from 2008-2012.  Although the series started out a little wobbly (the first four episodes, which were edited together into a film that was released theatrically, were mediocre at best), it gradually grew into a wonderfully rich and complex series that fleshed out the Star Wars universe.  I was sad when the show was cancelled before its planned eight seasons could be completed (a casualty of Lucasfilm’s purchase by Disney).  I was thrilled that Dave Filoni & co. were able to sneakily bring back several characters and storylines from The Clone Wars into their next animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, thus giving Clone Wars fans some much-needed resolution.  I never dreamed we’d ever see an actual return of the series, and so I was blown away last year when the news broke that The Clone Wars would be returning with twelve additional episodes to wrap up the series!

This final batch of twelve episodes, which were released on Disney+, consisted of three four-episode stories.  The first two story-arcs were enjoyable.  The final four episodes were, without question, the best new Star Wars stories I have seen in years.  I am not exaggerating!  I was BLOWN AWAY by the final four episodes!!!  The animation was spectacular, beyond anything the show had done before.  But it was the character storylines that made these episodes so jaw-dropping.  Deeply emotional, richly nuanced, these episodes gave us the payoff to more than a decade of story-telling, and it was incredible.  This was ESSENTIAL Star Wars, and cements the legacy of this Clone Wars series as a critical part of the Star Wars saga.  I wouldn’t have said this before these final episodes, but I’ll say it now: if you haven’t seen these episodes, you haven’t seen the full Star Wars story.

If you haven’t watched The Clone Wars, but you’re swayed by my bold statement above that this is critical Star Wars storytelling, where to begin?  It’s tough, because while I think most of the show is watchable, there’s no question that the early seasons are a little shaky and more kid-focused.  But you can’t just skip the first few seasons, because you’ll miss a lot of important character-development and world-building.  So my suggestion is this: watch the final episodes of what Disney+ lists as season six (these were the “Lost Missions,” a final batch of completed episodes that were first shown on Netflix, after the show was cancelled on Cartoon Network).  The final four episodes are: “The Lost Ones”, “Voices”, “Destiny”, and “Sacrifice”.  Those four episodes tell a complete story that is super-awesome and ties very closely into … [continued]