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Star Wars: Clone Wars Review

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by Simon Crust Mar 1, 2005 at 12:00 AM

    I have a great idea for a TV show. I formulated the idea after my first viewing of the Phantom Menace in 1999. Amongst the many crass ideas put forward in that toy ad of a film was one that I particularly enjoyed, and one that was the basis of my show; Master and Padawan Jedi, sent on a peace mission. Simply expand this idea to encompass an hour show, two Jedi sent somewhere to fix things. It doesn't take much imagination to see that within the Star Wars universe there is an almost endless possibility of ideas that these two Jedi can face, continuing story arcs, Dark side problems or whatever. I just think it would make a great show. So of you see it on a TV soon, remember where you read about it first please .

    On to Clone Wars and the brain child of Genndy Tartakovsky, Mark and Bryan Andrews Cartoon Network animators and Star Wars fans to boot. They went to Lucas himself to pitch their idea; a continuation of the Clone Wars that was started in Attack of the Clones. Seizing on the 'Jedi problem sorters' idea we are re introduced to characters only ever seen in the back ground of the feature film, and each is given their own little peace of the action. These twenty different stories, each about three minutes long, are here combined together to form a 'coherent whole', though each has precious little to do with its predecessor the collective work does have an overall story arc and recurring elements essential to a serial. The animation is very stylised, and yet each character is very recognisable, Obi Wan, Anakin, the droids, Yoda, Mace Windu, Count Dooku and others are all represented and all act in a manner set up in Attack. Most of the stories are fluff, and just an excuse to show lots of lasers and Light Sabre action, however, one did stand out. Anakin's story involving a battle with a Dark Side Jedi and the anger and frustration he used to defeat him, gives rise to a powerful scene detailing the emotionally fragile state he is in and ultimately his willingness to do whatever it takes to gain power. Something that is sadly lacking in any of the feature films to date. In the final segment we are introduced to a brand new character and one that is going to be in the next feature film!

    As a whole though, this series must be taken in context, originally aired and aimed at a Saturday morning kids cartoon slot, this is exactly as it feels; short on drama, high on action, my own kids love it, I can see the appeal and have a soft spot for all things Star Wars (except Jar Jar) and as such gain an amount of enjoyment out of it. Towards the end, though. the constant battles left me craving for a bit more substance and story, but then I felt that about the last two features as well.......