the so-called "prequels" never felt like REAL
Star Wars to you, then the chances
are that this computer-animated TV series will feel even less so.
The Fox logo is missing and so is the now familiar text scrawl through
space, plus John Williams? score has been jazzed up. The character designs
are also highly stylized caricatures of their live-action counterparts.
Whether their angular looks appeal to one is a question of taste.
However, once you get over
your "the capitalist pig that is George Lucas raped my childhood" fanboy
objections, then Star Wars: The Clone Wars (not to be confused with
the 2D Fox show of a few years back) isn't too bad. It is even in some ways
better than the big screen prequels themselves! For instance, despite his
wooden movements and zombie-eyed appearance the computer-animated Anakin
Skywalker is actually more likeable than Hayden Christensen ever was in
Attack of the Clones and
Revenge of the Sith!
Speaking of which,
chronology-wise this series fits in between the events of these two movies.
It follows the so-called ?clone wars? in which separatist rebels battle
against the Republic - an event which Obi Wan Kenobi briefly mentioned in
the original 1977 Star Wars and which has
obsessed Star Wars geeks ever since then. Perhaps would have been
better if Lucas should left it to fans? imaginations because Star Wars:
Clone Wars only works if you forget the events depicted in
Revenge of the Sith.
It is better to ignore
issues raised in Revenge such as:
(a) Why am I cheering
Anakin Skywalker on if he is only going to turn into a villainous bad guy
who actually kills children?
(b) The good guys may have
won this battle, but aren't they going to lose the war in any case?
(c) Yeah, you Jedi may be
all smiles and buddies with those clone troopers right now, but one day they
are going to shoot you all in the back!
(d) Isn't this all a phony
war in any case that is being manipulated by the evil senator Palpatine?
The TV series downplays all
this and depicts events in a straightforward "good guys vs. bad guys" way.
It is after all aimed at eight-year-old boys and not ageing thirtysomething
fans of the original Holy Trilogy. Still, good luck explaining things to
your ten-year-old if he has already seen Revenge of the Sith!
The sheer pointlessness of it all will get you down and when you think about
it perhaps Lucas would have served his fictional universe better by making
some sequels to the original trilogy instead. After all, are we really to
believe that - as an episode of Robot Chicken points out - an entire
galactic dynasty comes to a fall just because they blew up one guy (the
THE DISC: This disc
only contains the first four episodes from the series, namely Ambush,
Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence.
The last three episodes recounts one single storyline involving the
Separatists employing a new secret weapon against the Republic's forces.
There are no extras of any sort whatsoever. Not even trailers!
WORTH IT? With
Anakin Skywalker being less of an annoying, whining teenager than he was in
the live-action movies, this series is at times better than the prequels
themselves. Episodes are fast-paced and the animation is okay too.
Clone Wars: A Galaxy Divided is aimed at the curious and parents who
wish to appease nagging kids. Fans of the series would however prefer to
wait for a complete box set which is sure to hit shelves later this year.