Friday, March 7, 2014

Star Wars The Clone Wars Season Six - My Review

Woke up at 7am and realized that Star Wars The Clone Wars season 6 "The Lost Missions" was released on Netflex today. So I immediately jumped out of bed and over to my TV to watch. If you know me at all you know that I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan and that can be said for Clone Wars as well. I have watched every episode since it premiered with a 2 hour movie that actually was released in theaters. I was bummed when I had heard that Disney was pulling the plug on Clone Wars after season five and I also knew that they had several episodes from season six already in production and that they had planned to finish them and somehow release them to the public.. well today is the day. Season six consist of 13 episodes, 4 stories and a whole lot of awesome.

First up is the Order 66 storyline.

"The Unknown" Clone trooper Tup succumbs to a mysterious mental illness that results in the shocking death of a Jedi Master. Unable to account for his murderous actions, Tup is sedated and sent back to Kamino for examination. Anakin and ARC trooper Fives accompany Tup, but their return trip is ambushed by Separatists.

"Conspiracy" In the sterile laboratories of Kamino, the ailing clone trooper Tup and his friend Fives are quarantined for examination following Tup's shocking murder of a Jedi Master. With the help of medical droid AZI-3, Fives is determined to get to the bottom of Tup's condition and uncovers a secret deep within the Republic cloning program

"Fugitive" Clone trooper Tup is scheduled for transport to Coruscant, where the Supreme Chancellor's own doctors will closely examine him. Fives breaks protocol and defies orders to dig up answers, and discovers that there is an organic construct of unknown purpose hidden in the brains of all clone troopers.

"Orders" Fives continues to push for answers regarding the mystery of the clone contamination and secures an audience with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. But the situation quickly collapses when Fives is accused of attacking the chancellor, and he must flee deep into the Coruscant cityscape while pursued by his fellow clone troopers.

My Review of this storyline: I really enjoyed this story. It's my second favorite of the season six. I really enjoyed getting to know Fives better and his friendship with AZI-3 was fantastic. This is one of those stories that runs into the problem of it being a prequel. We all know that Fives will have to die as the truth about Order 66 is never known to the Jedi. But this didn't take away any of the suspense or drama that was presented. You really did root for Fives all the way to the very end. I actually had tears at the end of this story arc.  Great way to start season six. I give this storyline a solid A

The second storyline was all about the Banking Clan and Corruption.

"An Old Friend" While on Scipio to fund a mercy mission, Padmé Amidala is called upon by an old friend, Rush Clovis, to help uncover corruption in the Banking Clan. They must evade the bounty hunter Embo to escape the planet with the incriminating information.

"The Rise of Clovis" Back on Coruscant, Clovis—known traitor of the Republic—makes a dubious deal which puts him at the head of the Banking Clan. Anakin's increasing distrust and hatred of Clovis strains his relationship with Padm√© to breaking point.

"Crisis at the Heart" After making a deal with Count Dooku to resuscitate the ailing Banking Clan, Clovis finds himself a pawn in Dooku's designs. Clovis has brought the war to Scipio, forcing the Republic to intervene.

My Review of this storyline: This was probably my least favorite storyline of season six but I still very much enjoyed it. We got to see a little bit deeper into the Padme and Anakin love story. I honestly don't remember Clovis from a previous season but you feel for his character as he was put in a bad spot.. he choose wrong and paid for it in the end but I truly think he was looking to help his people (at least the ones who raised him). I give this storyline a B-

The third storyline was a Jar Jar and Mace Windu story.

"The Disappeared part I" The peaceful world of Bardotta and its mystic ways are threatened by an ancient prophecy, and its top spiritual leaders have vanished. Queen Julia of Bardotta calls for help from her most trusted friend in the Senate, Jar Jar Binks. Recognizing the importance of Bardotta's spiritual balance, the Jedi Council sends Mace Windu to accompany Binks and investigate.

"The Disappeared part II" Jar Jar Binks' beloved Queen Julia of the planet Bardotta has been abducted by the bloodthirsty Frangawl Cult to fulfill a dark and ancient prophecy. Representative Binks and Jedi Master Windu must find the missing Queen before the cult can rise in power.

My Review of this storyline: I really enjoyed this storyline, I'm not a Jar Jar hater and I think he's really come into his own on The Clone Wars. I like that we see that Jar Jar has loved before. The interaction between Mace and Jar Jar is priceless. I liked that this was only a two part episode unlike previous ones this season. All in all a fun entertaining storyline. I give it a solid B.

And the final fourth storyline is all about Yoda.

"The Lost One" A Jedi mission finds a lightsaber belonging to the long-dead Master Sifo-Dyas, prompting Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to being an investigation into his decade-old disappearance. This sparks Darth Sidious to order Darth Tyranus to clean up any loose ends that may lead the Jedi to discover the truth of the Sith conspiracy.

"Voices" Yoda is deeply unsettled when he hears a voice from beyond the grave: the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn. Knowing that it is impossible for a Jedi to retain his identity after death, the Jedi Council begins to worry that Yoda may be corrupted by the influence of the dark side. Determined to find answers, Yoda escapes the Jedi Temple to follow the disembodied voice.

"Destiny" Letting the Force guide him, Yoda voyages into the heart of the galaxy to an ancient world that is one of the wellsprings of the Force and the source of midi-chlorians. Yoda undergoes difficult trials administered by the Five Priestesses, mysterious Force-wielders who hold the secret to immortality.

"Sacrifice" After many grueling trials, Yoda next travels to the ancient Sith homeworld of Moraband, where he must face an ancient evil determined to rule the galaxy.

My Review of this storyline: This was by far my favorite of the storylines from season six and what a great way to end this amazing series. So much awesome in this story arc. We find out more about Force ghosts and how they work. We get to kind of see Darth Bane. Anakin and Kenobi discover that Dooku is also Darth Tyranus. Lots of Yoda action. We get to hear and see Qui Gon and of course we get to see Dagobah for the first time and when they play the original Star Wars music in the background it sent chills down my spine

But by far my favorite scene is the final scene of the series with Yoda talking to Mace and Kenobi. The original Star Wars music swells in the background Yoda delivery's his final words... "No longer certain that one does ever win a war.. I am. For in fighting the battles, the bloodshed, already lost we have. Yet open to us a path remains, That unknown to the Sith is, Through this path, victory we may yet find. Not victory in the Clone Wars, but victory for all time!!" I've watched that last scene over and over and every time it gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes.

Season six of the Clone Wars was short but amazing. I'm glad that Disney went ahead and completed these episodes. I feel like we got a true ending to The Clone Wars cartoon.. thanks to all who participated in making this fantastic series, it truly has become a huge part of the my Star Wars universe... My The Force Be With You All!!!!

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