[The Complete Season One]
The overarching story of the 22-episode-long Season One (2008-2009) of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is about the Jedis fight against the New Droid Army of the Separatists. Jedi Masters Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead the young Anakin Skywalker, other Jedi Knights and the Grand Army of the Republic in this epic battle to restore peace in the fictional Star Wars galaxy. Many adventures in this series also feature Anakins mentoring of a young feisty alien girl, Ahsoka Tano. Through leading his Padawan or Jedi apprentice, the impetuous Anakin learns to foster a more paternal and cautious attitude in missions.
Each episode is preceded by a key moral lesson [e.g. Episode 1: Great leaders inspire greatness in others , Episode 7: You hold onto friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head, Episode 15: Arrogance diminishes wisdom, Episode 20: The costs of war can never be truly accounted for, etc.], however, these moral lessons can be easily lost given that battle-actions take center-stage in every episode.
Parents may wish to note that if episodes are watched in succession, the impact of overall intensity accumulated from the violence portrayed will be increased.
[The Complete Season Two]
In the 22-episode-long Season Two of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars', Cad Bane returns for more mischief and mayhem; bringing his impressive arsenal to bear on the very heart of the Republic. He is given the task of infiltrating the Jedi Temple and stealing a valuable Holocron, an ancient memory storage device. When Ashoka serves her punishment as Jedi Archive guard duty, she gets in Bane's way. Bane's presence has also allowed the Clone Wars team to recapture their love of the original films. Following the classic Star Wars trajectory established by the original trilogy, Season Two deepens the story of the conflict itself, exploring unseen aspects of the war. Season Two also peels back layers to reveal complexities and intensity only glimpsed at in the previous season. Bane and his cadre of bounty hunters are on-hand to turn up the action.
Each episode is this season is also preceded by moral lessons such as "Searching for the truth is easy; accepting the truth is hard" (Episode 15). However, these lessons can be easily lost given that battle actions are the focus of every episode. Parents might want to note that the scenes can be more impactful if the episodes are watched in succession.
[The Complete Season Three]
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars [The Complete Season Three]'
When compared to previous seasons, Season Three is darker in its presentation and thematic elements.
For example, the entirety of Episode 13, 'Monster' focuses on the torturous process of selecting the strongest assassin for an evil lord; hence implying that each candidate had to come to a fatal end before a victor could emerge. In the final test, after a black magic spell has been cast on the appointed assassin, he is made to kill his own kin. He is seen lifting the helpless man in the air and strangling him. The victim's death is suggested by the snapping sound of a bone.
In another episode, 'Altar of Mortis', an evil son who is consumed by his greed for power is willing to go as far as to kill his own father to get what he wants. Although he does fails in his first attempt, the following episode, 'Ghosts of Mortis', depicts him accidentally stabbing his sister while aiming for his father. Furthermore, he then shows no remorse and his father eventually sacrifices his own life to deter his son from doing any further evil.
The above episodes which contain sinister elements will prove unsettling to younger viewers, and parental guidance is strongly recommended.