Star Wars: The Clone Wars


Star Wars: A Journey Through the New Canon – Part 4: The Clone Wars

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A long time ago, a girl’s parents took her to see a science fiction film called Star Wars. On that day, she fell in love with all things Star Wars, even the extended universe that began with Timothy Zahn’s 1991 book, Heir to the Empire. But in 2012, Disney purchased Star Wars and proceeded to erase the majority of the extended universe she had come to know. With much of her Star Wars knowledge no longer applicable, she begins a journey through the new canon. Her goal – to travel the path of the new canon, experiencing as much of the new material in story order as best as she possibly can.

 

Warning: Spoilers

 

Over the course of six seasons (2008 – 2014) and a movie (2008), Star Wars: The Clone Wars explores the devastation of war and explains the machinations behind the war between the Separatists and the Republic. Spanning the time between the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, TCW helps fill in blanks and develops characters.

The Clone War rages across the galaxy. Although the war is being orchestrated by Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus (Christopher Lee and Corey Burton) and Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Ian Abercrombie and Tim Curry), their actions widened a crack present before the events of The Phantom Menace. Many are frustrated by the obvious corruption festering in the Republic Senate and are tired of the Republic imposing its will on them. Emboldened by how Count Dooku is willing to stand up to the Republic and form the Separatists army, many worlds decide to leave the Republic. The Separatists, also known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems, see themselves rebelling against The Establishment and only want to be able to govern themselves. They create their own Senate with Dooku as their leader. They see the war as more proof that the Republic is only out for power; after all, if Palpatine would recognize their government and negotiate a peace treaty, the war would end. However, Palpatine, the man who promised to restore peace and order, refuses, claiming that the Separatist undermine order by rebelling against him and the Republic.

What the leaders of the Separatists worlds don’t see is how Dooku and Sidious manufacture conflict to gain power and fuel their needs as Sith, users of the Dark Side of the Force. By season three, Dooku’s method becomes clear. The Trade Federation is supposed to be neutral, but we’ve seen in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones that they are not. Although evidence has been presented of their duplicitous actions, the Senate is slow to act, so the Trade Federation can continue to collude with Count Dooku. This is the pattern: The Trade Federation places a blockade around a world. The world pleads with the Republic to help them, but the Trade Federation claims they are in the right because the world needs to pay a tax or a fee or a whatever. The Republic needs time to investigate the world’s claim, but the blockade cuts off supplies, and the world begins to need food, medicine, etc. Dooku and his Separatist resources come in and help, as long as the world joins the Separatist movement. Feeling abandoned by the Republic, the world agrees. After recruiting many worlds, Dooku becomes bold and begins to openly court worlds to join him and to actively coerce others.

Chancellor Palpatine loves it when his plans come together

Chancellor Palpatine loves it when his plans come together

We see the Jedi as heroes, but The Clone Wars has the time to show us how others see them. The peacekeepers of the galaxy are now generals, leading troops of clones in the war against the Separatist droid army. The Jedi must do the bidding of the Republic Senate, so they are the ones people see leading waves of death. Often, they are called slaves to the corrupt Senate, dogs, and warmongers. They are hypocrites. These guardians of peace turn their lightsabers on and cut down droid after droid after droid. The Council never considers defying the Senate and putting down their weapons of war. In fact, the corruption of the Senate has infected the Jedi. They decide not to tell the Senate or the Chancellor that the Dark Side is clouding and interfering with their command of the Force, and they hide that one of their own, Sifo-Dyas, worked with Dooku when ordering the creation of the clone army. Releasing this information would cause chaos and bring disorder and distrust. The way of the Jedi is to not cling to power, but the Council seems to have forgotten this.

A prime example of the Jedi’s determination in war and how some Jedi are not loyal to the cause are episodes 7 – 10 of season 4, the Umbara arc. The militia of the planet Umbara have sided with the Separatists, but the Republic needs the trade routes and supply lines connected to the world. General Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) needs to conquer a city to get them to surrender. There are air strikes and trench warfare. Obi-Wan’s forces are up against a skilled enemy feeling they have the right to defend their home and rid their world of Jedi and Republic scum. Helping Obi-Wan is the squad led by General Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter). Anakin is called back to Coruscant, and General Pong Krell (Dave Fennoy) assumes command. Krell doesn’t care how many clones he loses; winning battles is all that matters. The clones have named themselves, but Krell calls them by their numbers. Krell ignores the advice from Captain Rex, claiming clones are dumb and flawed. A few of the clones realize they are being used as cannon fodder and that Krell’s tactics are not as helpful as he claims. Those clones are right. Krell, a Jedi, reveals that he senses a rise in a New Order, and he wants to be on the winning side. Eventually, the actions of Captain Rex and his men help Obi-Wan win back Umbara for the Republic.

The clone war is brutal, especially to clones. Although they look the same and speak with the same voice (Dee Bradley Baker), the clones have a sense of individuality. In addition to naming themselves (Rex, Fives, Echo, Tup, Hevy, etc.), they express themselves by tattoos, haircuts, and hair color. They are loyal to each other, they see themselves as brothers, and to the Republic. Clones know their purpose; they know they have been grown and trained to be soldiers who live to die in war. Anakin and Obi-Wan have encouraged their troops to think and to be creative. This is the advantage to having a clone army. Droids are cheaper; machines need battery power while clones require food, water, armor, and sleep. But droids lack an inner strength to do acts for others in risk of self. Clones work together to save each other, to not leave a man behind, and to fight a battle that seems impossible to win. Episode after episode, numerous clones die in horrible ways, and they do so fighting their hardest for a cause they are obligated to believe. It’s heartbreaking.

Clones are not perfect. There has been a traitor (“The Hidden Enemy”), and one left the army to live a life of his own (“The Deserter”). A possible reason for the flaws is the rushed production of clones. Without a renewed source of the original DNA, the integrity of the original’s DNA is stretched thin as thousands of clones are created. The cost of the war on the Republic is high; the Separatist’s droid army is endless, and the Republic loses as many battles as it wins, incurring a high loss of life and ships. A few Senators want to curb spending and deescalate the war by negotiating peace, including Senator Padmé Amidala (Catherine Taber). However, petitions for reducing the rate of clone production and for allocating funds away from the war and back to programs to help education and health are seen as unpatriotic, and those who are anti-war are often accused of being pro-Separatist and investigated for treason.

You are either with Chancellor Palpatine or against him. There is no other way.

A person who is with Chancellor Palpatine is Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is now a Jedi Knight – the trials happened off screen again. He quickly earned the reputation of being an impulsive and aggressive general. No one is surprised when Anakin defies the Council or ignores direct orders from Obi-Wan. In “Cat and Mouse,” the Republic built a stealth ship, and Anakin is told to use the ship to deliver supplies on a mission of mercy. Instead, he attacks the Separatist fleet. Anakin succeeds, which stokes his fire more. The Jedi Council doesn’t really discipline him. How could they? The brash leader has the respect of his men, and his tactics win multiple battles.

Anakin's relationship with his Padawan Ashoka is the #1 reason to watch the show

Anakin’s relationship with his Padawan Ashoka is the #1 reason to watch the show

It’s interesting to note that the Council won’t kick Anakin out of the Jedi Order for being good at war, but they would if they knew he was in love and married to Padmé.

Of course, his actions do not set a good example for his young Padawan, Ashoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). Anakin was reluctant to accept having the responsibility of a Padawan, but her “snippy” personality won him over by the end of the film. Over the course of the show, their bond grows as she learns the ways of the Force, how to lead a squadron, and how to bend the rules. Anakin tries to teach her the proper ways, but, as Obi-Wan pointed out, he has a “do as I say, not as I do” approach. Anakin should not be surprised when Ashoka disobeys his orders in “The Citadel.” Instead of staying behind, Ashoka thinks the time has arrived for her to decide when to put her life on the line, so she makes herself a part of the mission to save Master Even Piell. Anakin is angry and disappointed that she disobeyed him, but he admits that she becomes a vital part of the mission’s success. Their dynamic mirrors the relationship Anakin had with Obi-Wan, so we can see why Obi-Wan eventually agreed to allow Anakin to go through the trials.

However, Anakin never gets to decide if Ashoka is ready for the trials. Episodes 17 – 20 of season 5 are about Ashoka being accused of killing suspected terrorist Letta Turmond (Kari Wahlgren). Feeling no one is helping her, Ashoka flees in the style of The Fugitive so she can prove her innocence. Anakin does prove her innocence, but Ashoka feels betrayed by the Jedi Council because they banished her and sent her to be tried by the Senate. The hurt on Anakin’s face as he watches Ashoka walk into the sunset punched me in the gut.

Being a Jedi isn’t easy, even Obi-Wan struggles with his love for Satine (Anna Graves), a woman he fell in love with when he was a Padawan. Unlike Anakin, Obi-Wan would have left the Order if Satine said she wanted to be with him. Anakin told Ashoka that she needed to put purpose ahead of feelings, but Anakin fails to do so many times. Palpatine telling Anakin that his feelings make him special doesn’t help. Anakin’s relationship with Palpatine is very important; he will often follow Palpatine’s council before a Jedi’s. Anakin is made for battle, but he loses control over his emotions when it comes to Padmé. He gets jealous easy, especially when Padmé has to get information from a former flame, Rush Clovis (Robin Atkin Downes). Anakin demands she not work for Palpatine when she goes undercover, and he beats Rush when it looks like Padmé and Rush are going to kiss. Padmé stands her ground against tyranny, the Senate, and Anakin, proving she is an independent thinker and a capable leader. Anakin’s erratic nature takes a toll on Padmé, and she questions their marriage, stating the marriage isn’t working is because it is built on lies and secrecy.

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Poor Anakin and Padmé. Sometimes love isn’t enough

Watching The Clone Wars clarifies the central conflict of Republic vs. Separatist by exploring this issue in a variety of ways. Does the Republic have the right to demand the loyalty of worlds? What happens to the attitude towards war when you manufacture the soldiers fighting it for you? What does it mean to be a Jedi? Can you be a peacekeeper and a general of an army? Is it okay to lie to maintain order? Anakin’s journey shows how these contradictory ideas can do harm. The season 4 episodes 15 – 18 are about Obi-Wan faking his own death to discover who is behind the plot to assassinate Chancellor Palpatine. This deception is crucial to save a person, but Anakin is outraged because his mentor, his friend lied to him. How many more lies have the Council told Anakin and the rest of the Republic?

Deception, cruelty, fear, and war fuel the Dark Side and have allowed Palpatine to rise in power to legitimately save the Republic and to destroy the Republic as Darth Sidious. The galaxy’s only hope is the Jedi, but Palpatine’s growing influence on Anakin and Anakin’s ability to confront the Jedi Council about their hypocrisy reveals that it is likely that the Republic will fall.

 

Up next: Dark Disciple (novel)

 


Musings of a Blerd: 12 Things Learned From Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Not to long ago, I finally finished my Star Wars: The Clone Wars marathon on Netflix. I had never seen the show before and I had started the series by borrowing my sister’s box set. The set didn’t have the final season however, so when it was announced that the entire series would stream on Netflix I rejoiced.

Over on my personal blogsite, I complied two lists of things that I learned from the show. I wanted to put the lists together into one big one for this article and expand upon a few of the points. So without further ado, I present to you the following.

 

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away…

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1. The Clones Are People Too.

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If you didn’t know, the clone troopers are soldiers first of the Grand Army of the Republic and later soldiers of the Galactic Empire where they were called Stormtroopers. The human genetic template for the clone troopers was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy a Mandalorian bounty hunter by the name of Jango Fett the father of Bobba Fett an unaltered clone.  The clones were created on the planet Kamino. All the clones’ genes were manipulated, meaning that they had accelerated aging-the grew and matured twice as fast as a regular human.  They were also bred to be more loyal and more willing to follow orders (Order 66 anyone?)

Before watching this show, I had only seen episodes 1-3 once (okay twice I’ve watched 2 & 3 twice, don’t judge me!)  and I didn’t really get a sense of what the clones were like. I knew they were created to be an army for the Republic by some mysterious Jedi, and yes they followed orders to the letter (Again Order 66)  but other than that I didn’t know how they felt about their predicament. It must  suck being bred to go fight in someone else’s war and die.

So it was to my joy to discover that right from the get-go the series took fans into the minds of the clones. We were able to get to know some of the clones on a personal level, most of which were from the 501st (later to be called Vader’s first, these were the last unit of clones that survived way  into the Galactic Empire).

I got to know Commander Cody and Captain Rex, both of which had great relationships with their Jedi generals Obi-Wan and Anakin, with personalities to match each of them.   I’ve come to understand the reasoning behind the clone trooper appropriately named Slick’s actions.  It’s interesting that in a way his wish for his brothers to be free of their Jedi and Republic masters came to pass only for them to become slaves to a darker one.

We traveled with Heavy, Echo, 99, Fives (Fives!) and the deserter…which reminds me, what had become of the deserter? We mourned the passing of thousands of clones killed defending the Republic, fighting a war that they could have won if the bloody Jedi hadn’t been so arrogant, foolish, and stubborn. The clones were not just genetically engineered warriors. They were human beings who despite having the same physical and mental features were still individuals. Everytime we see a clone, we’re watching a person who has their own thoughts and views of the world that they were born into…which leads me to my next point.

 

Hello, CT-5555.

No clone uses their number. I am Fives. Call me Fives.

The difference is minimal.

Not to me. And not to any clone.

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2. Fives Was Right.

God damnit, poor Fives. He watched the men in his Domino squad-brothers he was close-to die in battle. To make matters worse, he watched  his best friend-Tup do a horrible thing and then die not to long  after. Tup’s death made Fives determined to learn what caused his friend’s unusual behavior. It was the final and most important mission that Fives went on. Upon discovering the truth (ahem Order 66)  Fives tried his hardest to warn the Jedi and died in vain because they didn’t listen or see the signs-particularly two of whom I’ll discuss later below.

Right now though I want to discuss two different Jedi-one who started out on the fragments of a dark path and the other whose path remains unclear at the end of the series and is number three on my list.

 

3.  Ahsoka Tano Is An Awesome Jedi.

We first meet Ahsoka in the meh animated film Star Wars The Clone Wars, though after my second viewing, I thought I saw her among the younglings Master Yoda was training  in episode two Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. I could be wrong.

Regardless, ‘Snips’ as her mentor calls her is a wonderful addition to the Star Wars legacy. From the film all the way to the fifth season, Ahsoka grows and matures in character as well as in her mastery of the force. We get to see her lead multiple battles and train and oversee people of Onderon in their fight against the Separatists. We watched as she was kidnapped and stranded on an island in order to be hunted down for fun, yet she rallied the rest the abductees to  overcome their oppressors, and much more.

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I also enjoyed the bond that her and Anakin shared. Their closeness was a strength and a weakness as they had to deal with not forming attachments with others and each other over the course of the series.  Their bond was strong even at the end when Ahsoka found herself on the run for murders that she did not commit. I felt for both teacher and student at the end of season five when Ahoska made the decision to not return to the Jedi order.

In the episode I mentioned earlier, titled “Padawan Lost” Anakin is asked by Master Plo Ko what Ahsoka’s greatest strength is. Anakin answers “That she’s fearless.”  That sums up who Ahsoka is. I hope we see her in Star Wars: Rebels and maybe on the big screen as well.

 

4. Anakin The Dark Path Begins For You

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If there’s one thing to know about Anakin (aside that he’s great at fixing things-material things-people not so much) it’s that he’s very hard on himself.  Whether it’s the death his mother, Ahoska getting hurt or taken, R2-D2 getting hurt or taken, or even preventing the death of Padme’, and mourning over the presumed death of Obi-Wan among other things, Anakin is soo hard on himself. I take it might be because he’s the chosen one-you know the one who’s supposed to bring balance-and that can put a lot of weight on a person.

Which leads me to ponder that him being so hard on himself-the guilt he felt-was just another catalyst which lead to him to the dark side of the force.  In episodes 1-3, we get snippets and then a big finale of Anakin’s rise to Jedi Knight and his demise to the dark side.  However, it’s the episodes of the TV series which really give us the meat of the situation.  There are signs everywhere.

  • In his emotions-henever his friends are threatened particularly when his wife Padame’ and his apprentice Ahsoka are in danger.
  • In his actions-there’s a scene in which he’s interrogating a prisoner for information…that’s all I’m gonna say.
  • In his thoughts and opinions which he sometimes voices to others.

There are also other visuals which show or foretell his fall. Granted it’s a  process, but it’s there. It’s happening slowly and at times quickly throughout the six seasons.

 

5. The Republic And The Jedi Are Always Right?.

These folks are supposed to be the good guys. They’re the ones we’re supposed to root for right? Then how come as I went from episode to episode I began to question their cause to fight and save the galaxy?

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Greed and corruption are rampant throughout the Republic and I’m not so sure if I agree with all of the Jedi’s methods.  Sith lords aside, which side is right-the Republic or the Separatists? I think the clone wars is also a reminder that war isn’t black and white. There’s shades of grey and there are always bad things going on both sides of the fight.

 

Was it morally right for the Republic to produce mass clones as an expendable fighting force (Sith lords aside)? Was right for the Republic to not help the planets and systems who wished to remain neutral? And was it right for the Separatists to invade them, ignoring their neutrality? What about all the people who have suffered and are now starving and homeless? I’m glad that these parts where also shown via Senator Padme’ and the other characters efforts.

 

6. Asajj Ventress Is A BAMF.

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That’s all I have to say. Well no it’s not. I really enjoyed the character development not only of the good guys but the bad guys as well.  A hero is as strong as their villain, and Ventress was a great villain.

She also was a great anti-hero. She lost faith in her master and went on her own path. Ventress never gave up. There’s also the fact that she’s a skilled kick as fighter and was a tough hardcore Sith in training.

If things had gone right in her childhood, she would have become an awesome Jedi. It would have been and still would be interesting to see if she return to the light side of the force.  Either way, Asajj Ventress is not one to mess with. After all, she will have her revenge.

 

7. Jar Jar Binks Isn’t Too Bad.

In the series at least.  Now hear me out before you bring out the pitchforks. He’s not the best in fact he’s still horrible, I cringe everytime I hear him open his mouth and feel very sorry for his parents.   At least in the series, his actions aren’t getting people into too much trouble. He’s not the person suggestion that all emergency powers be given to the chancellor (you sure know how to snark the fans Mr. Lucas).

He assisted  Senator Bail Prestor Organa on Toydaria persuading KingKatuunko if the Republic could use the neutral planet as a supply staging base to get relief to the Twi’leks of Ryloth against the protests of the Separatists. He also helped Padme’ in capturing Gunray.  See he did a few good things…but yeah I mean he was still horrible. Die Jar Jar!

 

8. Stop Looking Down On Others!

Throughout the show, we saw instances of how one race of people  looked down on another, General Grievous having a deep seated hatred (and obsession) for Jedi, or how everyone looked down on droids, there was always someone looking down upon another. This has gone on in our world since the time of man and woman began and continues to this day.

Everytime I heard a  condescending comment about droids from one of the characters, I kept wondering if there would be a droid uprising something akin to the Matrix. I liked how no matter who looked down on whoever, that person or droid always overcame the denouncements given to them.  Whether it was Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, Captain Rex, and the Torgutans overcoming their enslavement at the hands of the Zygerrians; or R2-D2 and his fellow droids in the D-Squad going on a stealth mission and successfully completing it and restoring the memory of an asmeinac clone tropper, these folks overcame the opposition who underestimated and thought lowly of them. Which brings me to my next point.

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9. R2-D2 is the best droid ever.

He is. I mean he’s only one who knows the whole story of the Skywalker family. C3po is sidekick.  He’s the best droid in the entire Star Wars universe.  R2-D2 is an intelligent and feisty robot , I love his personality. He shows that all people and things-who are looked down upon-are very important in the fight against evil.  I would really like to know more about his backstory.  And now to the final points which are also the most sad ones…

 

10.  Come On Obi-Wan! WTF Yoda!

As I said before the signs were everywhere that something was amidst, yet nothing was really done.  People gave their lives trying to warn of the coming Sith apocalypse but no heed was given. I mean hell, back in episode two at the beginning of the war, Count Dooku aka Darth Tyrannus tells Obi-Wan the truth about what’s to come!

And what the hell does the Jedi council do? Nothing! I think they mediate on it but really they don’t do a damn thing! And guess what? In season six episode ten “The Lost One,” Obi-Wan is told yet again by guess who? Count Bloody Dooku!  And guess what? Nothing’s done.  Again. I mean fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. But fool me three times?  Cause that never happens, oh wait, didn’t master Qui-Gon Jinn warn Obi-Wan? Come on man!

Fine Obi, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. You’re not as keen in your mastery of the force. I’m sure the almost 900 year old Jedi Master Yoda can see through the many tricks and tomfoolery that the Sith are playing…oops I guess not.  I mean really Yoda? You couldn’t have put two and three and four and god knows how many instances you were given warnings? Really Yoda?

I can forgive you both since you trained Luke but none of that had to occur if you had just freaking heeded the goddamn warnings!

You would think this almost 900 year old Jedi Master would have saw through the Sith’s gaze, but no. He saw a few things but he couldn’t put two and two together until it was too late. Which leads me to the next point.

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11. The Republic And The Jedi Order Were In A No-Win Situation.

Let’s face it. They were screwed, like years in the making screwed. The Sith had struck back.  If you look back (if you can) at the films and watch the the series, you’ll definitely know this to be absolutely true.  The Sith had an insidious plan, Darth Plagueis had a brilliant plan which his apprentice and killer Darth Sidous took full charge of and executed perfectly.

He was always one step of ahead of the good guys. And how could they not see who he truly was and what his intentions were? I guess he was a very powerful Sith Lord…I felt so bad for the Jedi because we can see the little nicks and bruises in their armor/strategy that Darth Sidious has hit them with in each episode and they don’t see it until it’s too late.

They had lost the war before it had even begun.  The Sith’s plan was decades and centuries in the making. They took the saying “Slow and Steady Wins The Race” to darker and deadly level. Poor Jedi.  Poor republic.  You’ll just have to wait a couple of years for a new hope.

 

12. Darth Sidious Is A Genius.

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He’s got the whole galaxy in his hands.

From Galactic Senator of Naboo, to  Chancellor, to Emperor of the Galactic Empire. It was all in a days work for Darth Sidious.  The  plan was solid and all he has to do is sit back, relax, and watch it all play out. Time to time there were a few glitches in the plan but did he freak out? Oh hell no, he went  with the flow. And what a flow it was.

It was so intriguing to watch him as the Chancellor and see his facial expressions. I mean you know he’s got to be thinking “I’ve got this.” or “This is too easy, I need a challenge.” while watching the galaxy tear itself apart and he was there to pick up the pieces.

I have nothing more to say about this point except for this: Flawless Victory. Job well done my dastardly Sith Lord, job well done…Oh wait what’s this? Darth Vader’s lifting you up to celebrate?

And that my fellow Jedi Knights and Sith Lords and Ladies is my list. I truly enjoyed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and I look forward to episode seven in 2015. If you have any things you learned from watching the series please post them in the comment section. May the force be with you geeklings!

 

 

 


Musings of a Blerd: May the Fourth Be With You! 8 Things You Can Do For Star Wars Day

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I originally wrote this for my personal blogsite, but I thought it would be a great piece for my column so enjoy!

May 4th is quickly approaching and that means Star Wars Day will be upon us!  In honor of this special day where we take time to celebrate a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I have created a list of 8 things you can do to have fun on Star Wars Day.

1. Get into the mood andwear Star Wars Apparel

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I’m Ms. Darth Vader

There are many clothing and accessories dedicated to the Star Wars franchise. For instance these cool dresses from Her Universe which can also be found at Hot Topic.

 

2. Watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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All six seasons of the awesome show are now streaming on Netflix. I wrote two articles (which I’ll post on here soon) about the series that you’ll definitely want to read.

3. Read a Star Wars Book, Comic, or both!

With the announcement of the expanded universe no longer being canon, fans can take heart that the many books and comics occurring in between the films and after will still be available in print form.

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4.  Check out the Rebel Alliance, 501st, and R2 Builders in your area and join!

Each of these groups are made up of volunteers who enjoy the franchise and they convene at events, cons, and comic book shops that ask them to attend. Many of these folks are friendly and helpful so go and say hello.

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My sis (in the red) and other members of the 501st Tampa Bay Squad.

5.  Watch the movies

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This is just a no brainier. P.S. I would watch episodes 4-6 first (or just watch them and pretend that the first three didn’t happened LOL). And remember Han Solo fired first!

 

6. Watch Star Wars related documentaries, fan films, and YouTube parodies.

There are two Star Wars documentaries that I know of (if you know more list them in the comment section) and both I believe are still streaming on Netflix. They are:

 

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In addition there are fan films and YouTube parodies which you can enjoy. Here are few of my favorites:

The Star Wars parody Spaceballs

The YouTube series Chad Vader

Stormtrooper Twerk

Stormtrooper 911

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7. Eat, make Star Wars food and drink recipes

Eating is a big part of a celebration and here are few links to help you feast on Star Wars day:

Via The Mary Sue: Star Wars Themed food

Star Wars Cookbook

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8. Do Star Wars related arts and crafts.

It’s always fun to make things and it’s even more fun to make Star Wars related crafts. You can visit StarWars.com to get ideas.  Also Bonnie Burton has written a Star Wars Craft Book which has a lot of great ideas.

And that my friends is my list. I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Fourth Be With You!

 

 


Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 Trailer

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We announced on the site earlier that Netflix would be airing the final season of the cartoon Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  If that wasn’t enough to get you hooked, Neflix has released a trailer for the final episodes.  Check it out, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Comes To Netflix In March

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Next month, a galaxy far, far away will arrive on Netflix.   On March 7th, all five seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series will be available to stream. Clone Wars tells the story of the galactic war which occurred between Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones, and Episode III- Revenge of the Sith. The show focused on Jedi Knights such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and padawan Ahsoka Tano.

The show previously aired on the Cartoon Network and was canceled last year following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm before a new season could debut. In an interview with USA Today last spring, Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni stated that there were plans in the works to finish the unproduced episodes and answer the questions that fans have been meditating on during the show’s run.

“They’re just these concepts just hanging out there,” Filoni said, “and finally we’re going to deal with them.”

So have no fear my fellow padawans! The sixth season will be set to air as well as the director’s cut episodes and the feature film!  The 13-episode sixth season is called “The Lost Missions” and they will deal with the dramatic exit of Ahsoka Tano from the Jedi order. Another story arc will focus on Jedi Master Yoda (voiced by Tom Kane) and will dig even deeper into what the Jedi’s beliefs about the Force during the time of the Clone Wars-how it worked and the Jedi’s  relationship to its mysterious power.

In additon another character who was featured in Star Wars Episode 1- The Phantom Menace will reappear. The spirit of Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn- will visit Yoda.  Liam Neeson will reprise his role of the character.

“Without giving too much away, on one level you wonder why when Obi-Wan gets killed in (the original Star Wars film), he’s the one who vanishes,” Filoni said. “And then we see Yoda vanish when he dies (in Return of the Jedi). And yet in the prequels, none of the Jedi do that — why is that?”

Making Yoda the star of the story is a new direction from the other stories which have been told in the Clone Wars saga and featured new characters in addition to those from the films.

“We were always very careful about what we did with Yoda,” said Filoni, who is also an executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. “We never wanted to overuse him or put him in too many situations just because we had him, but we really felt that we finally had a story and a reason for him to be in it that was good enough to warrant bringing the little guy out.”

All of this was made possible in a deal struck by Disney, Lucasfilm, and Netflix on Thursday. Perhaps a Jedi mind trick was the solution?  This will mark the first time that Star Wars content has been available on Netflix. And it won’t be the last. Starting in 2016, the service will stream exclusively first-run live action and animated films from Lucasfilm, and other Disney properties such as Pixar and Marvel Studios.

In a statement, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had this to say about the announcement.

“Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come.”

Oh you bet we will! May the force be with you my fellow geeks in arms!

 

 


Final Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Due in 2014

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I was a casual fan of Star War: The Clone Wars.  By that, I mean I tuned in from time to time and watched the hyped up episodes.  What I did watch I really enjoyed, and I was looking forward to seeing how the showrunners would wrap up the show.  That’s why the fanboy in me was crushed when The Clone Wars went on an indefinite hiatus after Disney purchased Lucasfilm.

Have no fear Star Wars fans, we will be getting a short run of episodes to properly conclude the series. Supervising Director David Filoni has revealed via Facebook that the remaining episodes, will be released next year.  Here’s the full post:

Star Wars fans – I have some exciting news! We have wrapped production on all of the remaining Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and while that might be sad news in one way, it’s good news in another. It means you will finally get to see them. When, exactly, is a detail I cannot yet share. I can confirm that in early 2014 you will be watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars, including one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions. So, get ready. We’ve got Clone Wars and Rebels coming at you in 2014. Animated Star Wars is alive and well. Trust in the Force my friends.
– Dave

New movies starting in 2015, the return of Star Wars video games, wrap up of the Clone Wars, and the kickoff of Star Wars Rebels: its a good time for fans of Star Wars.  Stay tuned to see when and where the final episodes of The Clone Wars will be airing.