You will be Amazed by What I Can Only Hint At
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is in the middle of its third season on Cartoon Network. It has not been a show that I have gone out of my way to watch, but I am going to reconsidering the show in the new century, and I recommend you give it a chance also.
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a sneak preview of the first three episodes of the second half of the Third Season. Whew…glad I only have to type that once. The three episodes were presented as a single movie, telling the story of new Sith assassin Savage Opress. This review will be mostly spoiler free, due to the terms of the sneak preview; however, I hope to share enough that you set your schedule free for January 7th, 2011, when the first of these episodes airs on Cartoon Network.
Speaking of Cartoon Network, they were the host for this preview, which was held at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station Regal Cinema. A concurrent viewing was shown on the West Coast at Skywalker Ranch and featured an appearance by young Boba Fett, actor Daniel Logan. Logan is also a voice actor in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Our version featured several executives from Turner and Cartoon Networks, as well as a special guest appearance by veteran Star Wars Favorite, R2-D2.
What I did think of story of Savage Opress? Leaving all spoilers aside, Cartoon Network and LucasFilms have created an interesting tale of betrayal and redemption that presents complicated characters with intricate motives for revenge. The three individual episodes each have a core story that can be considered self-contained, but they blend easily into a unified story arc.
There are a few places where I wanted the story tellers to slow down, but considering how much story they are giving to us…we shrug and move on. Moreover, the entire experience was visually stunning. During the opening sequence of the first episode, I was wondering if I was going to hit sensory overload because SO much was happening during a space battle it was hard to find the right part of the action for focus.
I have recently prevailed upon some of my friends and have been watching Clone Wars from the beginning. I have found that it is engaging, well written, and a much better usage of the Jedi mythology, particularly Anakin Skywalker, than the three Star Wars prequels. I found the other episodes to be just as visually rich, though my small HDTV could not give it the justice of the large screen.
Do you like Star Wars, but were you left cold by Jar-Jar and Hayden Christiansen? Want to see the story of Anakin told by writers who have an ear for Dialogue? Give Star Wars: The Clone Wars a chance!