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And I'm someone who up until a few months ago, still loved the new
trilogy (mostly) and I still consider Revenge of the Sith to be on par
with the original trilogy. I've read at least 100 Star Wars books, and
a great many of the games. I realize there is a lot of crap under the
banner of Star Wars. But... this series (and likely the movie as well)
is a horrendous abomination.
The dialogue is beyond horrendous, and makes the most awkward "love" scenes in Episode II feel like the work of Shakespeare by comparison. It's worse even than typical children's' shows in that while it's obviously aimed for children, it's still unbelievably terrible, and so full of stupid puns and tired expressions and dull monotonous recitation of lines that I imagine even the target audience would be bored with these sequences, and fast forward through all but the battle scenes.
Jar Jar Binks is rendered pleasant in comparison to this Padawan girl that Anakin is inexplicably given to train (Jedi Knights do not train Padawans; only Masters) whose entire role consists of generic "tough girl" sassy quips and ridicule.
The 3D animation is what you'd expect from a LucasFilms budget, but perhaps to keep themselves linked with the much more successful (even though I hated it) Clone Wars micro-sodes by Genndy Tartakovsky, they retain the stupid shapes of people's heads that consists of various juxtapositions of gravity-defying squares, circles, and polygons. Count Dooku's beard looks like the triangular front-piece of an old-time freight train, and it looks stiff as metal, too.
The battle scenes would certainly be the highest appeal for children, but for the non-children watcher, even those are usually made a mess by the constant stale quips and jabbering between Obi-Wan and Anakin and That Annoying Girl being spoken/yelled at one another throughout an entire sequence.
Obviously the point of this series is to make an open-ended source of stories, no matter how stale or hackily written, to be exploited for episode fodder and money.
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Well, I'm a super Star Wars fan, but I'll be frank. I was very
disappointed by the movie, much because I was expecting another epic
Star Wars movie and also because of the acting... It was really
annoying, especially Ashoka and the droids...
But now... Well, now it's different! OK, the battle droids are the same, but everything else has improved. The first two chapters are really good. We see real Jedi in action. First, Yoda (no more comments required) and then Plo Koon! He had never done anything before so he's very welcome.
I even want these chapters to be movie long! I hope to see more Jedis in action in the next installments and to keep up with the action! The Force is with this series!
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When news of a new CGI-animated Star Wars T.V series based around the
mythical conflict the Clone Wars came, fans were divided over the news.
Some were content to see the Star Wars franchise take a new direction
whilst some felt dismissive, already exasperated with three recent
films and a micro series already based around the war. The 2008 feature
film that was intended to kick-start the show only raised eyebrows as
evidenced by the malevolent reviews. When the series debuted a few
months later however, fans were surprised. The Clone Wars was a
surprisingly compelling and engaging show that featured the same
characters from the films that whilst felt somewhat different from
their movie counterparts, were still the same. On top of that, some
exciting and innovative story arcs and some neat animation made it the
best T.V series to have the Star Wars title.
The characters from the prequels are all back. Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, Yoda, Mace Windu, Count Dooku etc. The show focuses on the many battles the Republic and the Separatists clash over between the events of Attack of the Clones (when the war started) and Revenge of the Sith (when it ended). Our heroes face many new threats not faced in the movies like Dooku's dark side adept Asajj Ventress 9a major antagonist in the EU material and the micro series), Jabba the Hutt's flamboyant and treacherous uncle Ziro, the ruthless bounty hunter Cad Bane, the pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka, the Zabrak dark side warrior Savage Oppress and the return of a villain thought dead from the films. In these adventures, Anakin is joined by his new apprentice, a brash youngling named Ahsoka Tano as well as Clone Captain Rex.
This series is different from the 2003 micro series in many ways; the obvious factor being the animation. The characters are more fleshed out in this show and there is a better focus on characters and story arcs. The original series was more about fun action and eye popping animation which I can respect it for. However, when comparing the two shows, this blows the original out of the water in my opinion. Some even argue that the characters are better fleshed out than in the prequel films. I disagree to some extent about that belief but I do think these characters are well developed here. Obi-Wan still retains Ewan McGregor's persona of orthodox teacher with a dry wit. Matt Lanter, known for starring in those horrible Friedberg/Seltzer comedies is surprisingly pretty effective as Anakin despite not sounding much like Hayden Christensen. Ahsoka, who I found annoying in the film debut, has matured much more throughout the show and become a fully realized and likable character. I also think Padme is more realized here than in Episodes I and II. The clone troopers here also have their own identities and personalities. Dooku's moral ambiguity which I admired in Episode II is largely absent but the character of Asajj is a well thought out and deeply explored character. General Grievous is more intimidating in this endeavour than in Episode III which is a plus whilst the battle droids are even more irritating and inconceivably stupid this time around which is a slight nuisance.
The new characters are a lot of fun. Ziro the Hutt is a pretty laughable villain for the wrong reasons. He is entertaining because of how over- the-top camp-as-Christmas he is. Cad Bane makes for a slick and intimidating threat and proving that even a mere bounty hunter can get the drop on a Jedi. Clancy Brown, the Kurgan from Highlander, voices Savage Oppress, the brother of the Sith Lord Darth Maul. Savage is the best addition; an intimidating best of a warrior who, whilst his power are in infancy, is on the path to becoming something more powerful. The revelation of Darth Maul's survival could've turned into a really contrived ploy to gain publicity for the show but even that was worked in well and we see and understand more of his character this time around rather than a simple few minutes and three lines of dialogue in Episode I.
The Clone Wars features some gripping story arcs throughout the five seasons run. My personal favourites are the Savage Oppress, Darth Maul and the Nightsisters arc of Seasons Three and Four and the Mortis story arc in Season Three. The former provides backstory to two important villains, Asajj Ventress and Darth Maul. The latter deals with Anakin's role as the Chosen One and his role to bring balance to the Force. The final season is left on a downside and because of the Disney acquisition of the franchise, it was cancelled after that episode. Creator Dave Filoni however has asserted that there will be more episodes in the DVD release of the fifth season which I look forward to checking out. It's shame that the series as of now ended like this and I hope it gets picked up again
The Clone Wars is a terrific piece of televised animation and an essential piece of fiction in the Star Wars universe. I myself originally had no intention of watching an episode based on my disillusionment with the film but it won me over quickly and remains one of my favourite shows. It really is worth your time if you're a Star Wars fan. You just might have to watch the film first to understand more about what's going on.
When I saw the movie, I thought it was garbage. It had everything I
hated that were in the Prequels (not the Prequels themselves). And I
had no interest in the show because of it. But I saw a few episodes on
the internet, and I was hooked. It is a great series for Star Wars fans
to watch. Everything about it is outstanding. The characters, the story
arcs and individual episodes, the design, animation, I can go on for
hours saying what is great about the series.
The characters they introduced and expanded upon are great. Anakin's Padawan Ahsoka, whom I rolled my eyes when they introduced in the movie, is an awesome character. She's smart, cunning, she takes action, she is fun to watch. They introduce new villains like Asajj Ventress and Cade Bane who are awesome. The show even expands upon the beloved characters from the Original and Prequel Trilogies, like Boba Fett, General Grievous, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, even Darth Maul, who they reveal in the series has survived Episode 1 and then make him one of the major villains. Even the character who only appear for a handful of episodes have depth, such as Commander Rex, Lee-Char, and Hondo Ohnaka, each of whom are characters created for the show.
Everything about the series is done in such an amazing way, it is one of the best animated series I have ever seen. If you are a Star Wars Fan, I insist you must check this series out. Skip the movie, just watch a few episodes, and I assure you'll be a better fan.
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It's not a bad show, it's just for hardcore Star Wars fans it ruins everything. It seems like George Lucas just gave the writers to do whatever they want. Now all of a sudden what we know about Darth Maul is not true. Their wily nilly attitude about the Star Wars Universe have caused the greatest SW writer Karen Traviss to stop writing probably one of the best series in the Republic Commando. Her take on the Mandalorians (Boba Fett's people for those who don't know) is so much better than the Clone Wars version. Plus she actually got information from a actual sniper in the U.S. military for input and created a character after him.
I'm a big star wars fan so i wanted to check this series. I could tell that it' pretty good. I mean of course i find droids conversations ridiculous, and immortality of few jedi's but in the end it's show for kids, so i guess it must be done that way. Personally the best thing in show are characters. Now we can see the wisdom of yoda (not in movies where he was just an action figure) and other jedi's, they finally introduce us with characters in SW prequels and show us they development. There are lot bad and good things about this show,there is no point of writing them all here. Just watch it by yourselves and then you will decide if it's a good or a bad show.
After seeing Star Wars The Clone Wars (movie) in theaters I was very disappointed. After the first few episode of the series I was very disappointed and lost all hope, man am I happy that I watched the fourth episode Rookies, after that one the series gained momentum, it became one of the best animated TV-series ever. Now were at the sixth episode of the third season, and I must say for one, the animation itself has really been upgraded, and the (dark) second season was really cool. The geonosis story-arc in the second season with spanned over five episodes was very cool and atmospheric. Of course the Jar Jar Binks episodes were not so great (to say the least), but those are three episodes stretched over three seasons, and he doesn't even make an appearance in the second season. I'm really interested to find out what happens to Ahsoka and Rex (Rex is my favorite character right now even though he didn't make an appearance yet in the third season). Ahsoka well, she started out annoying but she's growing up as a character. I really recommend seeing it.
Firs I was disappointed, but as a series goes by it gets better and better, or to say darker and darker. It is Star Wars for masses and young's, so some compromise has to bi done. Characters in the beginning where a little bit shallow but they evolve and develop, and also a connection between them grow deeper and deeper, new world emerge and some new location too, old repeat too, but wot would be Star Wars without all known places like Dantooine, Coruscant and other known worlds :-). Perhaps the villains may be a less shallow, but they are expendable so perhaps that is a reason why the authors did not lose to much time on building a deeper characters, but who knows may bi they will. To sum it all together, I like it now and hope to like ti to the end.
As a SW fan, I was more than a little skeptical about this new animated
Star Wars project. Mostly because of the poor movie-length prequel that
I saw in the theaters, but also(admittedly) because of some prejudice
about how good can a Star Wars project that is animated and is going to
be aired on Cartoon Network be.
Thankfully, I was proved wrong. This series grew on me ever since the first episode. In fact, by the end of Season 1 I became a huge fan. The last couple of S1 episodes were pretty amazing. There is a LOT of character development, especially Anakin and Ashoka's relationship (Ashoka BTW grew to be a pretty awesome character, compared to the annoying Ashoka from the movie) and Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship. The action scenes are great, and the scenery from the large amount of new SW worlds is nothing short of breathtaking. Actually, to my mind, some of the plot-lines were good enough, if not better, to be used in the Prequel Trilogy live-action movies. On the bad side, of course most of the actors from the prequels did not reprise their roles (although Matt Landler and James Arnold Taylor do a very good job of staying faithful to Christensen's and McGregor's portrayal of Anakin and Kenobi). Also, the animation seems a little stiff, especially considering the character's faces.
All in all, if you are a Star Wars fan, this is a MUST-SEE. If not, you may not be as interested, but still try and give a shot to this wonderful new series.
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After hearing some of the reviews/ comments about the movie (which i
have not seen) i was not looking forward to this at all.....
However i really enjoyed the first two episodes of the TV show. The action is dynamic, the characters seem well thought out (i was particularly pleased to see the return of the more eccentric Yoda we know and love from ESB in the first episode) and some of the set pieces are really good...although the battle droids are even more annoying than before (if that were possible)..
In short, far from the disaster I was anticipating and a worthy addition to the Star Wars canon...
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