REVIEW: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series: Season 5

Ok, so we’re four episodes into the new season of the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series, Season 5, and I must say, its shaping up to be the best one yet!

Being the long-time and childhood Star Wars fan that I am, I’ve followed the series since Season 1 and I’m really impressed with the way the story has developed, grown, and expanded.

One of the things I like the most is how much Ahsoka has matured and truly become a ‘Force’ to be reckoned with. For those of you who can’t/don’t follow the series; Ahsoka Tano is Anakin’s padawan–Yes, Anakin once had a padawan, but thats another story.

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She has evolved so much from the bratty, single-saber-carrying youngling that we first me in the animated movie, into an intelligent, fearless, dual-lightsaber wielding Jedi! She’s not afraid to question things–or people–even Anakin. Much like her Master, Ahsoka, aka, ‘Snips’, speaks her mind, follows her heart, takes necessary and un-necessary risks, and refuses to back down from a fight. Since she was forewarned in Season 3 of what could, or may become of her if she continues to follow Anakin, it’ll be interesting to see what choices she makes concerning her future.

Another character I’ve really taken a liking to is Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku’s Apprentice. Ventress is the bad guy you gotta love no matter what terrible deed she does. Ventress has a very interesting, yet sad and troubling backstory that was told in Season 3. Now knowing what she’s experienced, I understand why she’s the way she is/was.

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I really like the fact that she’s no longer bound to anyone or any faction, and she’s free to do as she wants…even if its helping Obi-wan fight Savage Oppress and Darth Maul one day and work as a murderous bounty hunter the next, then oh well! I can’t wait to see where things go with her and Dooku, and for some reason, I cant get past the fact that she’s been doing more and more good deeds–Hmm.

Dave Filoni, producer of The Animated Clone Wars, and right-hand-man to George Lucas, has stated that Season 5 will answer many of the questions we all have. One of the biggest questions is–What will have happen to Ahsoka? Since the timeline of the series takes place between Episodes II and III, we know that Anakin doesn’t have a padawan in Episode III, which is also when he goes to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. I have a few thoughts on Ahsoka–1. She will remain a Jedi and Master Plo Koon will become her new Master since he originally found her and they already share a close bond. 2. She will go to the Dark Side…and I have good reason to suspect this after finding a picture of her harnessing lightning in her hands–a Dark Side power. Or three–she gets killed off, but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon because she’s truly gained a strong fanbase.

The other huge thing is Anakin’s future. I think the Mortis episodes in Season 3 did an excellent job of laying the foundation for a pivotal, forthcoming event or moment where Anakin’s temptatiom to the Dark Side will be blatant and clear for all to see.

Season 5 also shows the growth of The Republic as they fight to gain support from new systems and planets such as Onderon (not sure if I spelled that right), and that’s not to be confused with Aldernaan, Senator Bail Organo’s home planet and later Leia’s.

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Onderon was mentioned in the Old Republic and was independent at the time, so its really interesting to see it placed in the current storyline and become a factor of The Republic’s expansion and development.

One thing I really don’t agree with is the return of Darth Maul and I’m not too crazy about Savage Oppress. Okay, first of all, Obi-Wan sliced Darth Maul in half in Episode I! I’m sorry, but no one comes back from that!

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And what’s the point in bringing him back–so he can finish training Savage!? Then get revenge on Obi-Wan? I’m not sure where this one’s going. I think they should’ve played things out longer with Savage acting as Dooku’s new appentice to help Ventress get her revenge and he could’ve found out later that Darth Maul was his brother who Obi-Wan killed, and he could’ve went for Obi-Wan.

Season 5 has a lot more going on with new characters, plots, events, and-so-on-and-so-on–I can’t even begin to scratch the surface! Nonetheless, it never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat during each episode, and eagerly anticipating the next one to see how George Lucas will tie it all together! If you haven’t been watching The Animated Clone Wars, I strongly advise you to check it out, you won’t be disappointed! It airs Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network at 8:30 CT, and its okay if you miss it Saturday morning because it re-airs at the same time Sunday morning! Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment, I love your feedback! Thank you again!

–F. Kenneth Taylor

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