Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005)

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Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series is heavy on action and very light on everything else. Not that there’s no plot or character development, but it’s told mostly via the action sequences and the animation as if someone had ripped out all the dialog from a conventional Star Wars movie and left only the battles. Considering the shit heap that the prequel trilogy was, this was a wise decision. The Clone Wars series, unlike the official prequels, manages to evoke the spirit of the original trilogy.

Sadly, while the Clone Wars series itself is quite good, its association with the prequel trilogy makes it somewhat problematic. Imagine reading a ten chapter book, because chapter seven is near perfect, but the rest of the book is bloody awful. You have to trudge through some really awful shit just to read one good chapter and you won’t even get a satisfying ending, because the last three chapters are written by the same hack who wrote the first six. At least, if you managed that, you know that some good came out of that debacle.

As for how this fits together with the later Clone Wars series, I got this from a reddit post, which seems to me more or less correct:

  • Clone Wars 2003, Volume One (the first 20 “chapters”)
  • Clone Wars 2003, Volume Two – ONLY until Padme sees Anakin’s scar for the first time. After that, there’s a significant time skip in which the 2008 series takes place. So, this would be about half of Chapter 21.
  • The Clone Wars 2008 (movie & all 6 seasons)
  • Clone Wars 2003, Volume Two – start from where you left off, with Obi-Wan being awoken by dripping water on a battlefield. So, the last half of Chapter 21 through Chapter 25