Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a classic brought back



Poster for season 7 of Star Wars : The Clone Wars

Mateo Berman-Sample, Staff Writer

With everybody stuck at home because of COVID-19, people are always looking for new entertainment. Disney Plus recently wrapped up the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was originally canceled in 2014 following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, but they decided to bring it back for one final season. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it takes place between episodes two and three of the Star Wars saga. More specifically, this seventh and final season bridges the gap between the show and Episode three.

The season is made up of 12 episodes that are split into three separate story arcs. The first arc centers around a group of clone troopers called The Bad Batch. It’s about them trying to rescue clone trooper Echo, a trooper thought to be dead. These first four episodes are largely action-based and they’re pretty fun. The heart of these episodes is about the clones and the fact that they won’t give up on one of their brothers. This arc is fun and action-packed, but overall it is more action-driven than story-driven. The characters are a lot of fun to watch and it was satisfying seeing old characters like Captain Rex on screen. Overall, this was a pretty good start to the new season.

The next is Ahsoka’s re-entry arc. After leaving the Jedi order in season 5 she has been on the run. She gets caught up with a group of people who are trying to fix their money problems by trying to get their hands on a particular item that they can then sell. This arc was pretty bad. It runs at a very slow pace and some of the episodes are completely pointless. The only use for this arc was to re-introduce Ahsoka to the show after she left. They could have cut this arc completely and it would have made no difference, especially with the way Ahsoka gets back in contact with the Jedi in the next arc. This was arc not the best especially considering the quality of the next one.

This last arc The Siege of Mandalore, containing the most exciting and chilling stories ever told in Star Wars. This is the start of when the show officially overlaps with Revenge of The Sith. This arc sees Ahsoka help the leader of Mandalore reclaim the city from Darth Maul. Maul has previously been a villain in the show. This is more of a story-driven arc and I was completely on board with that. This arc has so much packed into it and somehow it doesn’t feel too messy or unstructured. The last two episodes sent chills down my spine and the ending was haunting. These episodes have a strong connection to the movies. While that is one of the strengths it’s also a weakness. If the viewer has not seen Revenge of The Sith they might be confused as to what is happening in the last two episodes.

This is some of the best Star Wars media you can get your hands on. This season was overall pretty good. The middle four episodes were very slow but if you can get through those, you will be rewarded with the mind-blowing last arc. This is a near-perfect season and this is a must-watch for any fan of Star Wars.