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So we're finally going to see the clone wars. One of the funny things
about the six Star Wars movies is that you actually don't see too much
of the front line action of neither wars. Revenge of the Sith was the
only movie to show us anything from the front lines and of the clone
wars. But now we have a brand new show and its actually really good.
The story is exciting, and it is nice to see, that every episode isn't necessarily about Anakin Skywalker and/or Obi-Wan Kenobi. Many characters new and old has their moments in the sun.
It is also great to see how the series expands the universe. Unlike its cartoon predecessor it feels like the show is more connected to the movies. General Grievous doesn't jump around like Yoda on speed and Anakin isn't behaving like a moody teenager.
Credits to the writers. Im also very pleased with the animation which is probably the best seen on TV to date. The voice actors does a great job and the show is believable. Great stuff. Looking forward to see more episodes and seasons.
Despite being a Star Wars fan, I can easily say this and the other Star
Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie upon which this is based are just
plain terrible. The story lines are generic with no creativity. The
cartoon never mentions anything about the Clone Wars era itself, such
as the underlying evil of the Republic or the fact that the CIS wasn't
led by Grievous or Dooku, but was led by Sidious (Palpatine), so there
really isn't much of a connection to this and the the actual movie (the
live-action one, not the animated one). The battles in this show range
from stupid to horrendous. One Clone trooper apparently can slaughter
1500 Battle Droids with relative ease, and all the droids really do is
make some kind of idiotic self-insult about their own stupidity. Even
when they do try to kill the clones, they rarely hit anything:
Imagine if a platoon of 500 droids stood 1 foot away from the side of a barn, and if they fired for 15 minutes straight with their regular blaster rifles with the accuracy they're shown as having in the show, they wouldn't have hit the barn a single time. It'd take them 45 minutes to hit the side of the barn, and that'd only be 1 hit; that's how bad their accuracy is shown as in the show.
Anakin is shown as an immortal being, capable of destroying millions of enemies without taking a scratch. Obi-Wan rarely plays any important roles in the series, and for some inexplicable reason, he's always wearing Clone shoulder armor. Yoda looks ridiculous; his eyes are gigantic and he's even shorter than he is in the movie. The music is decent.
All-in-all, the show is nothing but overrated garbage. Star Wars fans will be disappointed with the show, and non-Star Wars fans will utterly despise it.
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My whole family is watching this series! Some people say that Anakin's padawan is annoying. IMHO, Ahsoka is at least less annoying and cliché-like than Padmé and they needed a female character who is in the middle of the war.However, i'm curious about her disappearance later. (I'm afraid that Dooku will kill her). It would've been harder to keep Padmé alive during the missions. The series itself resembles to the Starship Troopers one (my old favorite), we can feel Order 66 more cruel and hate Palpatine much more if we compare those scenes with the troopers nursing the little twi'lek girl at Ryloth and seeing Aayla Secura rescuing Bly, the clone who later kills her. Not perfect, but the best for SW-series. Some answers for the critics: Movie_Reviever123: Palpatine WAS the leader of CIS, but in those times, officially, he was the leader of the republic army. I'm pretty sure that he gave commands to his CIS commanders, but because of his status, he couldn't command the CIS personally. The clone warriors DO die many times and Anakin IS vulnerable (He wasn't in the best shape after that crash-landing). And please forgive them they don't kill their protagonists. And the whole stuff is cartoon-ish. Why must Yoda be an exception? Andariel Halo: Bro, this is Clone WARS! There is less time for love, so IMO the sophisticated romantic scenes would be odd here. Only masters can train jedi? Obi-Wan was barely a jedi knight when he started the training of Anakin! Master refers to the leaders of the jedi order (like Yoda or Mace Windu) and a name that padawans use for their umm... master. But that's not their official title, sometimes they are just knights. Gregory, at least you've got some points: the clash of R2-D2 and R3-S6 was indeed ridiculous and i feel sorry for the droids created too clumsy. But Grievous is acting normally. Neither I would start a fight against an infamous enemy without learning his movements in some quick ambush-retreats. This series is good for filling some plot holes of the whole history and a fun to watch! I Just can't Get enough of it!
The Clone Wars television series is a continuation of decades worth of story-telling. There are some issues with continuity but then there are issues of the same nature resulting from the prequel trilogy as well. As an older viewer of the series, there are several things that I like. The first is that it provides an opportunity for my 5 year old son and me to share one more thing in common. He loves the Star Wars universe as much as I did and do. I also like the fact that the players aren't all black and white in their actions and thoughts. You can feel some philosophical tension. I like for my son's and his friends' sake that Anakin has a little more time to be a "good guy" and that you get to see the other Jedi do their thing before they are all hunted down. I also enjoy the bad guys. Ventress is really bad and Grievous, although rarely successful, is calculating and dark. Dooku is a bit of a chump but you can't have everything. I hope this first season is successful enough to justify another season or two. It is worth watching but don't expect award winning anything. It's just fun and worth sharing with the younger Jedis in your life.
I hate that grownups get on here and dis a cartoon. It's a kids show people!!!! My son is 5 and LOVES this show. All is friends and cousins ages 4-15 LOVE this show. Yes some thing fall flat but it is a CHILDS show!!!!I dig it!! I never even had an interest in Star Wars AT ALL. Now I am rethinking that and have borrowed all 6 movies. We watched all 22 episodes and own the full length animated movie. I'm sure the movies will be more on an adult level. So for all the grown men still living with their mommies grow up a quit gripping about kid shows. The animation is great. The plot is a bit choppy in places but for the most part it flows great. It keeps my son and his 3 year old sister occupied for the entire show not just the first few minutes.
Even though I love Star wars, and the effort Lucas Arts are doing to
clarify how the Clone wars took place, I can't help noticing how badly
written the plot is, the dialog and mental abilities of the characters.
Instead of making the plot interesting and unpredictable, and thus having the characters in the show actually have a challenge on their hands, the writers seem to have chosen to dumb down the characters deductive reasoning, at times to such a low level that I just skipped the particular show, just so that the episode's plot could go on. There is no reason why this had to be done. This is just sloppy and lazy writing.
On the visual side the show is very pleasing to the eye. Almost every show has space battles and planet side scenes in equal measure and I think I can honestly say that I've never seen the same scene used twice as often happens in animation. And there are always new locations being depicted.
The voice acting is also superb.
All in all it is OK but the bad writing keeps me from giving it more then 5 stars.
I know that this installment of the franchise is intended to bring new patrons with new dollars, and not for the hardened or even casual fan. Despite this acknowledgment, I still believe this venture to be on the level of Attack of the Clones. The plot is episodic and contrived, with each episode being as much, or more predictable than the last, not to mention the tacked on moral-of-the-week which themselves are over simplistic and only occasionally relevant. There is a civil war in the galaxy and each experience is treated as a light-hearted adventure with a clear good and bad, despite the morality behind each faction near ambiguous. There is no heart to this series, only desire for ad-revenue and toy sales. Quality child/youth oriented programming is possible and Lucasfilm does have the talent, though that avenue is more costly and does not guarantee return on investment.
I saw the film (of which there was all of five people in the theater -
a first for a SW film) and was prepared for the worst. As that film was
frighteningly aimed squarely at the eleven-year old (there are far
better things for younger children to watch and adults are
presumably/hopefully not so easily entertained) I was wondering what
this show would be like.
Well I've seen all five episodes and, it's basically more of the same in smaller increments and with commercial breaks. First of all why they would consciously base the head/faces of the characters in the animation on Thunderbirds (the unintentionally funny marionette puppet show from the mid-60's) is beyond all comprehension. The characters heads on that show were foolish/creepy looking because that was the best they could do at the time. Not so nowadays, so the inspiration of the look alone is entirely questionable.
As for the show itself there's a constant sameness to it that's a bit unnerving - there's a constant lack of scope, everything blends together visually and there's just a basic flat look to it. It sometimes looks like a PS2 game or an old PC game which were silly looking to begin with. This would lead some to believe that this as far as we've come in terms of computer animation and they wouldn't be too far off the mark. The writing is campy, embarrassing and leaves zero elements of surprise. The narration at the start of each show is pretty unnecessary and should be perhaps replaced with a mini-title crawl. The dialog is also a shade campy, pretty cringe-worthy (i.e. virtually anything the Battle Droids - "Roger Roger" and Ahsoka Tano (aka Snips) - "Sky Guy", "Artooey" happen to say) and sometimes the dialog is just moronic. The somnambulist-like story lines are generally pretty rote.
Cartoon Channel has a lot to gain from this show. The ratings will be good as it already has a zombie-like built-in audience of SW fans/blind followers (or clones if you will). But you have to wonder/realize the real point of something like this. This is not something anyone can truly rave about as it being the second coming or any such nonsense as it is barely, if at all, entertaining. Seeing how basically empty the stories are all you can really see this as is a rather transparent exercise in merchandising opportunities. Hasbro has unleashed an entire line of action figures, toys and play sets. Penguin has just released a series of books (children and adult). DVD releases are just around the corner. That's a fairly good, in not just an honest summation of the series: merchandising (and what do you know just in time for the Holidays).
OK guys, some of you really need to chill out about this "film" The
animation which has been widely panned is an obvious nod towards the
style of the Genndy Tartakovsky series, I actually think it is done
rather well. Those comparing it to Pixar obviously don't remember The
Incredibles, I think it shares a fairly similar style to that film.
The story lines are exactly as we have come to expect from the modern Lucas fare. Not spectacular by any means but they still have that Star Wars "feel" to them and they are clearly aiming this at a new younger audience so I can forgive the rather simplistic linear nature.
Personally I enjoyed this and the subsequent episodes that have been aired, I just think that there are some people out there that build their expectations of a star wars release up to unrealistic levels and then leave themselves cornered with nowhere to go except disappointmentville. Cheer up chaps it's just a children's cartoon! :)
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...but what it doesn't have is a clear target age group. The Clone Wars
TV series is a very mixed experience that started out with a bearable
storyline, and the first seasons were overall quite watchable (much
unless the awful 2008 movie with the same title).
Some episodes are surprisingly dark and gritty, especially during the third season, and I wouldn't recommend them for children under 13. Plenty of clone troopers and Jedi die in epic battle scenes, prisoners of war are brutally tortured in Imperial compounds, and the Dathomirian Nightsisters brainwash a new Sith apprentice into a ruthless killing machine who slaughters his own brothers.
So much for the good news. Alas, every other episode is clearly targeted at a very young audience. These more infantile episodes feel like a completely different TV show that should have been called "The New Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO" or "The Jar Jar Binks Show".
The current fourth season is especially infantile and uninspired to boot. If I had written this review while I was watching season three, I would have given the show a seven star rating, but the recent episodes were an insult for Star Wars fans of all ages. The newly introduced alien species look and act like smurfs and muppets, and the writers have resorted to ripping off old Star Trek TOS episodes and dumbing them down for children.
Bottom line: Unless Lucasfilm Animation manages to turn this series around and make it watchable for all ages again, hardcore Star Wars fans might want to buy season 1-3 on DVD and skip the rest. Even then, adult and teenage fans will often find themselves wondering why they're watching an obvious kid's program.
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