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RETRO-REVIEW: FTN reviews Star Wars – The Clone Wars (season 1)

June 7th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Set between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars depicts the actual battles and events that were talked about by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode IV: A New Hope.

As Celebration Europe II approaches FTN chief Marc urged me to watch as many seasons of the Clone Wars as possible before leaving for Germany at the end of July.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I love the original trilogy as much as anyone and have deep affection for the prequels, especially Sith. But having already watched The Clone Wars theatrical movie a few years back I’ve been in no great rush to check out the TV series on a regular basis.

Why is that? Well, the film didn’t do much for me. The story was very basic, with little to hold my attention. But after much prompting and the promise that the TV series gets better as each season progresses I gave in.

Now, while season 1 does indeed get better as the episodes progress you really will need to stick with it. Each one, up until the final third of the series, is pretty much a standalone episode featuring the likes of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Kit Fisto and Plo Kloon.

The animation is a little rough in the beginning but, just like the stories, improve as time goes by. Patience, a virtue of all Jedi, is needed by the viewer. Thankfully when we get to our first true story arc (Ryloth) things really kick in. The reason for this? Cad Bane… probably the coolest looking Star Wars character since the introduction of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.

A cross between an alien Han Solo and wild west gunslinger, Bane (voiced by Corey Burton) is a bounty hunter to be feared and someone who can outfox even a Jedi. Having already started season 2 as I write this I am predicting great things for the character. Well I hope so because this is one villain I don’t want killed off.

While the season finale ends on a nice plot device I have to say that Dave Filoni and his talented team have created a great starting point for the animated series.

As a piece of entertainment for all the family it’s something I’d highly recommend picking up. For the die hard Star Wars nerd you may need that little bit of patience I mentioned before but stick with it… you’ll eventually get your reward.

3.5 nerds out of 5

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….