Hello all, I'm going to be talking about the recently released and final season of Star Wars the Clone Wars which was just released on Netflix yesterday. There is a high chance if spoilers in what I'll be saying next so if you don't want stuff spoiled then you should stop reading this journal.
well I've been at the hospital the last few days, don't worry about why as I'm fine, and I had my iPad with me so I binge watched the whole season in one sitting, give or take a couple of bathroom breaks.
What are my thoughts for this season and forgive me if their a bit scattered?
Well I thought it had both very good episodes and some episodes that, while not bad by any means, weren't as good as the really good episodes which has been a common opinion for this show since its beginning.
The Clovis arc was really good. It even made me feel slightly sympathetic towards a character I hated when we last saw him. It also nicely displayed a lot of the rage bubbling within Anakin at this point in his life as we are undoubtably close to ROTS. In fact, we see a lot more anger in Anakin then we really ever have before (Tusken village being the exception) and I wonder if the loss of Ahsoka from his life is one of the reasons for why he has so much less self control now.
The Clone Soldier arc was good. It involved a clone soldier "malfunctioning" and going Order 66 early on his Jedi general, and then one of the famous rookies, Fives, trying to find out what happened to make his comrade do this. It was a good story, with great action and character moments as Fives investigated what happened to his friend. Fives did a better job then the entire Jedi order ever did as he did find out about order 66 and even the truth about Palpatine but then died before he could tell anyone. I reared up, it's always sad to lose yet another one of the rookie's. While this episode was fun it was always overshadowed by the fact that you knew from the beginning how it would end. Of course the Jedi would never learn about order 66. And four episodes is a little overly long to tell a story you already knew the end too.
Let me say something right now. I don't hate jar jar Binks. I don't love him either but he never really bothered me as much as he seemed to do other people. That said, a two episode story with him teaming up with Mace Windu in a kind of buddy cop situation was without a doubt a stupid story, an unneeded story and easily the low point of the season. The story would have been completely pointless except the Night Mother dies at the end of it and I appreciated having a loose end tied up.
the highlight of this season was the final arc concerning Yoda. This was clone wars and Star Wars at its finest. It delved into the concept of Foce ghosts and how they come to be. It fixed an EU inconsistency that had bothered me for a long time and it even had Liam Neeson voice Qui Gon again! Yoda is sent by Qui Gon on a quest to learn the secret of becoming a force ghost and along the way Yoda learns that he's isn't quit the flawless Jedi master he thought himself. It was really awesome stuff. The final episode of the arc and this the season and the series was the best episode of the arc. It involved tons of foreshadowing for the future, not just episode 3 but beyond that and ended with Yoda having a battle of will against not just Dooku but Sidious as well! Freaking awesome! It also explained that sith ghosts aren't really ghosts but really elaborate illusions, illusions so good they can fool the illusion as well. This still doesn't explain the emperor and him body jumping into clones but I try to ignore Dark Empire anyways. There are a few nitpicks to this arc, nothing's perfect. Korriban has for some reason been renamed Morribun. Also, Yoda is told that he his being taught the secrets of Force Ghosts because he's going to teach someone who will save the universe and restore balance. They seem to be hinting at Luke. However Luke doesn't restore the balance, Anakin does, everyone knows this, George Lucas himself has said this, so it seemed to be a rather blatant error in the storytelling.
All in all a good season. I think the new series finale is much better then the old but, like the episode where Ahsoka leaves, it doesn't feel like a true series finale.
we got thirteen episodes in all. Last season was twenty episodes long. That means we lost out on roughly seven episodes this season. I wonder if it really would have been that big a deal for Disney to give us seven more episodes? I keep thinking what those seven episodes would have been about. I do believe this would have been the final season even if Disney hadn't cancelled it so I think that gives us a hint as to what they would have been about. Seven episodes, for clone Wars that would have been two story arcs, maybe three if two of them were short but just for arguments sake lets say it would be two. I have to believe one of the arcs would have been a follow up on Maul. That leaves us one arc unmade. My guess is it would have been for the series true series finale. Luckily for us, like the Maul arc, I believe that story will soon be told in the comic book format. Like the Maul comic I'll be anxious to read it.
one thing that surprised me about this season was, except for a dream sequence, Ahsoka was completely absent this season. I knew we'd see less of her after she left the order but I was surprised that we didn't see her at all. I miss Ahsoka.
thanks for reading my journal.