Updated: Apr 17
If you were anything like me as a kid, you got beyond hyped when Star Wars: the Clone Wars tv show came out. Yeah I was a nerdy kid, so what? But if you watched the show to the end, you probably felt like you didn't get a good enough ending. That's because it wasn't finished. After Disney bought LucasFilms, the show was cancelled even though a lot of work on the final season was already done. Even if you don't like the show, you have to admit that it was a pretty bogus move on Disney's part. Netflix did pick it up for it's sixth season but there were still storylines that they wanted to do, and they weren't able to give the show true justice. But now Disney is making it up to us, the final season of The Clone Wars is set to release on Disney+ on February 21st and the hype is real. In the later seasons, the show catered more to its aging demographic and included more dramatic storylines while still being suitable for kids. As opposed to Star Wars: Rebels, which has always been more of a kids show.
Back in 2003, Clone Wars was made and aired in three minute segments and it was an actual animated show but badass nonetheless. It showed the clones as the war machines that they were meant to be and portrayed the war as an actual war, brutal and unforgiving. This show served almost as a foundation for The Clone Wars (2008). The show was mostly there just to set up Revenge of the Sith, but it is no longer canon. It mostly consisted of what happened after Attack of the Clones and what happened before RotS. You can watch the whole thing in the link below if you'd like but it really isn't necessary for anything other than understanding where a lot of the ideas that made The Clone Wars came from.
The Clone Wars isn't just part of the prequels, if anything it was more about what Ben Kenobi was reflecting on in A New Hope when Luke visited his hut. If you haven't watched it, I would recommend it, if you're into that sort of thing. If these shows aren't really for you, you can probably skip it. When I was growing up, the prequels were coming out at the same time and they felt a lot more like they were my Star Wars movies than the original trilogy, despite how terrible they were. So when The Clone Wars tv show came out I was extremely hyped. The way that they portray two bureaucratic states going to war against each other is exactly what I wanted. They also humanized the clones, which no one else had done before. This gave me a reason to become emotionally invested in the show and when a clone that you cared about died, you actually felt it. As opposed to the movies, where they could kill off entire armies and I wouldn't really care at all because its basically just a mask with no one in particular behind it. If you're a Star Wars fan, I would strongly recommend this show, especially if you were pissed off about the new trilogy. Hopefully this final season can fill the void that JJ's trilogy left. Anyway, catch this new season on February 21st, and keep your fingers crossed that its as fire as it looks.