Why You Should Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Staff Writer: Liam Gillin
Remember when Cartoon Network had variety? I do, and I miss those days. Days when Cartoon Network played more than a total of five or six shows on a looped schedule every week. I know that I am NOT the only one who misses the quality shows of my childhood. Shows like Ben 10, Generator Rex, Codename: Kids Next Door and the ORIGINAL Teen Titans. Among these, there’s another show that I wish were still on, even if only to show reruns of the episodes.
Which one? Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I’m going to tell you why you should watch it and, more importantly, how it redeems the Star Wars prequal trilogy.
Firstly, it helped that the writers and creators of the show hated the prequal trilogy, but didn’t want to completely change it. The successful TV series, running for a total of six seasons, took place in between Episode II: Attack of The Clones and Episode III: Revenge of The Sith. It wasn’t their job to change the prequal trilogy time period in the Star Wars timeline. They didn’t like the prequals, and simply strove to make them better.
For example, most notably, take a look at most of the characters. To start with, take Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was, arguably, the most likeable, well-rounded, three-dimensional and developed character throughout Episode I, Episode II and Episode III. Although, also arguably, not perfect.
Like many other characters in the show, Obi-Wan goes through at least one-story arc that focuses on him, and even develops in regular episodes of the series. He is also much more humorous in Clone Wars than the movies, in which he was still funny, but also really kind of cheesy. In Clone Wars, Obi-Wan is basically like that stereotypical uncle who tells bad jokes. Not only does he tell bad jokes, but he knows that they’re bad. He knows his jokes are bad, and he just doesn’t give a crap.
This trait of persistent confidence, in turn, makes him (and his bad jokes) quite charming. Such as when Count Dooku tells Obi-Wan to control Anakin’s “insolence”, to which Obi-Wan replies, mockingly; “Anakin, control your insolence. The Count is concentrating.” This man practically never fails to make me grin from ear to ear like an idiot!
And with Anakin in mind, let’s move onto him. We should all be able to agree that Anakin Skywalker was unnecessarily murderous, irritatingly arrogant, petulant; sometimes comparable to a child at a toy store who was just told he couldn’t get the new $100 video game; and even shortsightedly illogical for a Jedi. What if I told you that all of those issues were fixed in this series?
Already, I’m sure you don’t believe me. Well, just hear me out first! When Anakin kills someone in the show, he never does it purely out of rage or anger. There’s always a compassionate (and/or logical) motive behind it. Instead of being arrogant and stubborn as a toddler, he’s self-righteous (almost to a fault) and admits to when he needs to change his tactics. He can be headstrong, mind you, but he knows when to acknowledge that he’s doing or has done something wrong that could potentially place innocents in harm’s way.
We also get to see a lot more of the other character from the prequals we see very little of. We get to watch episodes and story arcs that go into greater character and personality depth for characters like Aayla Secura, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon and my personal favorite, Mace Windu.
New characters, namely Ahsoka Tano, additionally have major roles in Clone Wars. Some people disliked her in the Clone Wars animated movie, some people just don’t like her, and people like me absolutely love her character.
Other characters, created before the series but not seen anywhere beyond the comics, are also developed upon. These include clone Captain Rex, Barris Offee, bounty hunters Cad Bane and Ora Sing and Jedi-killer Assajj Ventress.
In fact, most of the clones are made just for the series, and those are the characters fans often fall in love with. Myself included, despite that I know that a lot of clones will die throughout the series. Yeah, people are dying in this show like it’s going out of freaking style, and I love a dark storyline.
Other beloved characters return. Such as General Grievous, Yoda, Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and Darth Maul (who was repaired with cybernetic legs). Even Boba Fett, when he’s just a boy, gets a story arc! We see some of Boba Fett’s mysterious origins that forged him into the most lethal bounty hunter in the galaxy after his father’s death at the hands of Mace Windu, whom Boba has a plot for revenge against.
One of the best improved characters is Padme Amidala, in my opinion. Instead of being used as a character who is just there to help move the plot progression for Anakin’s gradual turn to the Dark Side along, she kicks butt! She’s spunky, clever, witty, tough, kind without being unconditionally tolerant of her secret lover who slaughtered women and children in cold blood, and she’s just a super great character! Padme is basically the Leia of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, giving a strong female leading character to add in some serious girl power.
In terms of Anakin and Padme’s secret Jedi taboo relationship, we see a realistic struggle as they keep it secret from politics and the Jedi Order. Plus, with his new padawan, Ahsoka, Anakin really struggles to teach and pretend to live by the Jedi Code, to keep his marriage secret. We truly observe his internal conflict as he now is forced to juggle amongst the Jedi Council, Galactic Republic politicians, his new padawan learner, and his master.
Granted, there is one character that could not be fixed. Frankly, we may have been asking too much of the writers to do so. I’m talking about Jar-Jar. Yes, unfortunately, Jar-Jar is still a general piece of bantha dung.
By the way, if you don’t know what a “bantha” is, I must question just how much of a Star Wars fan you really are. However, now I digress.
Jar-Jar Binks is still the same unimaginative, undeveloped, destructively clumsy, and generally annoying character as he has always been. I just CANNOT fathom why or how he was given a position of any amount of political authority, let alone a representative.
Additionally, some episodes are just plot fillers. Most others, however, move key components of the plot along. You should really keep in mind that some episodes don’t thicken a major story detail until the last few minutes, or until the very end. Overall, I recommend watching every episode in order, just to be safe; but that’s just me.
Regardless, Star Wars: The Clone Wars can safely be said to redeem the Star Wars prequal trilogy. It wasn’t changed. It was made better. So, what are you waiting for? Go watch it!

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