Clone Wars Season 6! (sorta)

Earlier this year, Lucasfilm (now under Disney Management™) stuck a dagger in the hearts of fans of the popular and acclaimed animated television series: The Clone Wars. Not only would the series end after this, its fifth season, but the status of material already in development (some of which had already been completed) was in doubt.

However, all is not lost. During Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, director Dave Filoni unveiled a “Season 6″ clip featuring Yoda requiring Anakin’s help in defying the orders of the Jedi Council. It’s a tantalizing look at the deeper subtexts the series was preparing to explore before its untimely demise. The completed material is expected to be part of “bonus content” – though where and how that content will be available remains unclear. Click below  for the two-and-a-half minute clip.

 

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Clone Wars: Volume 3: 3.17

“Ghosts of Mortis”

The trilogy comes to a close and it is definitely a worthwhile finale. I still hold that this would have been better if it would have stayed just the first episode. With that being said, there is enough in this episode to be well worth a watch!

The Father determines that with the daughter dead, the only way to maintain the balance is to kill the son and Anakin agrees. Anakin gets to have a little one on one time with the ghost of Qui-Gon who offers little but to trust his instincts. Meanwhile Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are left trying to fix the shuttle so they can leave.

Anakin is led to the well of the Dark Side where he is confronted and in turn recruited by the son. Anakin doesn’t fall easily (save the Episode III jokes for those who didn’t like it), but is bombarded by images of the future which is quite cool for the Star Wars fan. We see Obi-Wan screaming that he was his brother and we see Anakin choking younglings and Padme as well. All showcasing the future of the dark lord to be.

Anakin partially succumbs not really by choice but by infection and he helps the Son go towards the shuttle. Anakin is cured by the Father and the battle with the son is on. The son, empowered by the sword is more than a match for the Jedi until the father sacrifices himself which depowers the son. Anakin slides up behind after the son feels remorse for his father dying. Anakin puts the lightsaber through the son killing him.

Overall another decent episode made great due to the foreshadowing shown. Necessary? Probably not, but much worthier than a lot of the other randomness in some episodes.

B+

Clone Wars: Volume 3: 3.16

“Altar of Mortis”

It had seemed that the previous episode had wrapped up the storyline pretty well so I wasn’t expecting the Son to kidnap Ahsoka and force our other two heroes to crash back down on the planet. In a way I think they should have moved on in storyline and used the slight dangling plot line of the old man struggling to keep balance as a way to return later on instead of using it all now.

But hey there were a lot of cool fights in the episode that made it a definite worthy watch. Ahsoka is bitten by the Son and the dark side and turns towards the dark side. Anakin pursues them, hell bent on saving his apprentice while Obi-Wan thinks it wiser to find the Father to gain his help in defeating the son.

Obi-Wan’s journey leads to a confrontation with the son and the Father is hurt. The daughter come and shows Obi-Wan an altar that contains a powerful sword that can control the son.

Meanwhile Anakin vs. Ahsoka. It’s cool to see initially but Ahsoka really holds her own for way too long. Anakin should have been able to dispatch her much quicker even if he doesn’t want to hurt her.

Everyone is eventually reunited and unfortunately the daughter sacrifices her life to save a mortally wounded Ahsoka and the son escapes with the sword. So now we know it’s a trilogy of episodes even if this one feels a bit slow as if they dragged the story out a bit too long.

B

Clone Wars: Volume 3: 3.15

“Overlords”

Wow! Now this is what I was talking about when I heard about the Clone Wars cartoon. A story that was at once fun, memorable, and deeply rooted in the mythology of the Anakin Skywalker storyline. Traveling to a mysterious planet that just emanates the Force, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka investigate.

While there, they meet three very special people. A Father and his children, a daughter steeped in the light side and a son who is a dark side warrior. Here the father keeps balanced. He is very interested in the Chosen One. And he’s not alone. Anakin is separated from his master and apprentice and he goes on to meet the father. Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are met by visions in a cave. Ahsoka by an older version of herself claiming that she has been touched by the dark side due to her involvement with Skywalker. Now most of us are fairly sure Ahsoka will die before Episode III or else it wouldn’t make sense. And yes, technically they could send her to some far off land and have her either survive the Jedi Purge or be killed off screen but that would be cheap.

But it is Obi-Wan’s vision that is most interesting. His vision is of Qui-Gon Jinn (actually voiced by Liam Neeson!). Interesting conversation abounds about young Anakin and the destiny of the Chosen One as well as Obi-Wan’s own destiny.

Anakin is visited by his mother’s spirit which eventually reveals itself to be the Son messing with his mind. Anakin finds the Father who tells him point blank that he will be tested.

The test happens in a large courtyard where the daughter and son take Obi-Wan and Ahsoka on opposite sides and the father tells Anakin that he must let go of his mother’s death and choose to free only one of the taken. Anakin forces the wills of the two and frees both in a dark and powerful demostration of the Force.

The father says he passed the test and he needed to stay behind and replace him or else the galaxy could be lost but Anakin can’t do that so they attempt to fly away.

It’s a great episode mostly because it’s actually important to the storyline. And I’m not belittling other episodes which can be fun, but they are usually non-essential to Anakin’s storyline.

A+

Clone Wars: Volume 3: 3.14

“Witches of the Mist”

The continuation of the Savage storyline. Becoming aware of Savage’s existance, the Jedi Council is none too pleased, and they ispatch Anakin and Obi-Wan to Dathomir to ascertain more. The more involving the male Iridonians which live under Night Sister rule on Dathomir. They get to fight some Iridnians while Dooku is off further training Savage in the ways of the dark side.

Anakin and Obi-wan are surprisingly able to gain assistance from the Nightsister who tells them where Savage is, in order to begin the assassination of Dooku. The Jedi intervene during one of Savage’s missions and prevent him from being successful in kidnapping the Toydorian king. The king dies instead leading Dooku to chastise Savage. He is about to kill Savage when Ventress shows up and it’s one large Sith free for all. Eventually Savage is fed up and attacks both his masters.

By the end of the episode, everyone escapes and Savage makes his way back to Dathomir when he is surprised that his new teacher will be his brother. All in all another good episode.

B