By Lauren Jurgemeyer
Blog Content Contributor
Calling all Star Wars fans!
This past month, the animated feature The Clone Wars celebrated its 10th anniversary. The animated film long preceded the recent additions to the Star Wars universe (i.e. The Force Awakens, Rogue One, etc.). The movie originally served to bridge the gap between the infamous prequels, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The film originally premiered in 2008, and I can still remember sitting in the theater, shaking with excitement as the opening theme blared. Shortly after the film’s release, a television series debuted under the same name.
The television series further aided in bridging the gap between the live action prequels. Both the film and the series reprised memorable characters like Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, along with new characters like Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Ultimately the show ran for a total of five seasons until its cancellation in 2014. The series now resides on Netflix along with an unaired additional season known as The Lost Missions.
The entire television series is considered canon, meaning that the events depicted in the Clone Wars are recognized in the continuity of the franchise. For example, if you have seen Solo, the boss’ identity did not surprise fans of the series. As mentioned, the series was cancelled following Disney’s purchase of the franchise in 2012; so if it was cancelled, why is it relevant?
Due to the cancellation, Clone Wars was left unfinished. But not to fear, this past July during Comic-Con in San Diego, California, the director of the series, Dave Filoni, led a panel to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Disney Studios then announced, in the form of a trailer, that the conclusion to Clone Wars will appear on their personal streaming network in 2019.
So, how should you prepare?
The continuation of the series will not air on Netflix; it will be on Disney’s competing streaming site that will debut in 2019. If you listen closely, you can hear the soft lull of a violin playing to my empty wallet. While we will have to wait for the new season (because it will not air until 2019) there are still things we can do while we wait.
First of all, you should watch the new trailer that premiered in July. You can be like me who just gets chills and a slightly accelerated heartbeat every time I watch it or you can be like my friends who snap me pictures of them sobbing over the trailer. Either way, if you are a fan, it is a guaranteed thrilling experience.
Secondly, it might be helpful to freshen up on the live action prequels in order to get in the right headspace for the animated series. They give vital background for the characters that is lightly referenced throughout the animated series. Of course, knowledge of the original trilogy will also offer some key insights to jokes and themes that appear throughout the series. In addition, you can even watch Disney’s Star War Rebels which features some of the same characters as the Clone Wars series.
Lastly, all six seasons (including the Lost Missions) are on Netflix, so whether you have watched the series before or you didn’t even know it existed, the show is readily available to you. Even the Star Wars Twitter has been hosting a watch party via the platform. As a student, you might find that you have some down time between classes and studying where you can join the watch party too. Personally, I had only seen season one when it originally aired, so I have been watching the rest of the series to prepare.
What will you be doing to prepare for the return of the Clone Wars?
Featured illustration by Lauren Jurgemeyer.