This weeks episode, have you seen it? You can wait until it is air this evening or head over to DisneyX/D to watch it now [you must have access to a cable/satellite account to watch]. The mid-season finale is all sorts of awesome. As it stands, the only thing I will give aways is that Tom Baker’s [my “Doctor”] Bendu makes an appearance.
If you’ve never given the show a chance, please do. It has a Star Wars vibe to it, and I am not just saying that because of my personal positive policy. I either love a thing, and all of it’s ups and downs, or I never mention it. Keep in mind it is a children’s show, and knowing that… this episode will probably surprise you.
Kanan discovers that things are not always black and white. It’s time to hear from the middle, the Grey. This excites me for more than we will be delving into the philosophy of the many facets of the Force, we will also get to hear from the fourth Doctor… MY Doctor. Tom Baker crosses the genre streams and becomes, what could possibly be, an integral part of Luke Skywalker’s inevitable journey.
Something stuck out in my thoughts, as I was considering some old Star Wars E.U. stories, and that was the concept of duality. You see, too me, Anakin brought forth balance to the Force when he fathered his son, Luke (Leia doesn’t seem to be an overt user of the Force in this current canon so I’ll stick with Luke). In the Expanded Universe, now “Legends”, Luke danced on a very fine line of Dark Side and Light, falling a few times. I know that is an oversimplification but I am not the best writer and don’t the skill to convey anything deeper.
Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.
Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.
Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.
Now for the wet opinions.
This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.