I thoroughly enjoyed
series one of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on not just TV but also on
Blu-ray and season two has finally made it to Blu-ray. As opposed to
commercial networks who have trouble screening episodes in order or even at
all, the Blu-ray version is far superior because it collects all the
episodes from season two. More importantly, the high calibre of
quality from season one still remains and the plots are definitely more
interesting in this collection.
In terms of continuity, Star Wars: The
Clone Wars takes place after Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
and revolves around Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker and the awesome Ahsoka,
the apprentice of Anakin who unfortunately was never in any of the
movies. Nonetheless, this is all official and has the Lucasarts stamp of
The best aspect of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is that it appeals to all
ages and is not just made for children. The sad aspect of Star Wars: the
Clone Wars is that some of the episodes are actually far superior than
some of the movies. It's also great to see a variety of the classic
characters from the movies appear in this CGI created TV series.
In terms of plotlines, the series fills
some of the gaps from the movies as the Separatists attempt to thwart
the Republic as they become embroiled in epic battles that is steeped in
subterfuge. Ironically, season two focuses less on Count Dooko and
General Grievous and the storylines expand this already engaging
universe with some great new villains added to the mythology such as Cad
Bane and Aurra Sing, deadly bounty hunters and assassins. Alhough the
main stable of villains don't appear as often, they still do make some
impressive appearances, especially the deadly Asajj Ventress who
is easily the most impressive Sith ever created.
The relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker is explored more
in this series but the highlight is Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) who
really grows as a character as opposed to an innocent and reckless Jedi
apprentice from season one. There's quite a bit of politics thrown into
the mix as well with Padmé Amidala and Bail Organa constantly
petitioning the senate for diplomatic solutions, unbeknown that the
emperor is pulling the string.
A special mention should be made about
the supporting cast that include some colourful characters like Yoda,
C3PO, Mace Windu and unfortunately Jar Jar Binks. In relation to Jar Jar
Binks, he's actually more creative in the CGI series as opposed to that
annoying movie counterpart... dare I say, almost likeable! To turn such
a despised character around like that... the writers should be
With so many standout episodes, it's actually quite difficult to find a
favourite but for me, it was Death Trap that introduced a young Boba
Fett to the Star Wars mythology as he attempts to take down a few Jedi.
Then you have those episodes which don't revolve around a main character
but are just as enjoyable to watch. For example, The Deserter revolves
around Rex searching for General Grievous and on his journey, he
discovers a deserter and clone called Cut Lawquane. Cut left the army
because he did not like killing and even started his own family.
Thankfully all the
stories comes together perfectly with
the Star Wars mythology and although I'm an original fan, this series
definitely proved that the Star Wars universe still had it. Brilliant
writing and directing.
Video, Audio &
On Blu-ray and on our Samsung Full HD TV, the video quality of Star
Wars: The Clone Wars is amazing thanks to its high definition 1080p. The
CGI is sharp and clear as are the colours and overall quality.
With deep blacks, vibrant colours, I could not fault the video quality
And then you have the impressive Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
track with boasts crystal clear dialogue, well use of the surround
sound, especially for the sound effects and those majestic Star Wars
scores with a truly modern twist. You really need to listen to this
series loud to truly enjoy the overall experience because it definitely
goes off. What about Special Features? They are definitely not lacking
here from behind the scenes featurettes to a very cool 64-page journal
and lots, lots more!
Blu-ray Exclusive - The Jedi Temple
An extensive database exploring special effects footage, early concept
art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation. The
Archives is a rare look at the assets in various stages of creation for
The Clone Wars, with a wealth of surprises and never-before seen moments
Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes on each
Attack of the Zillo Beast.
Magic of the Holocron.
Return to Geonosis.
64 page production journal that includes
early sketches, artist notes and concept art from Season Two of Star
Wars: The Clone Wars.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars just keeps getting better and better and
season two is no exception to the rule. The writers of this series not
only pay homage to the original movies but manage to incorporate many key
elements from the mythology and films to create something that does not
better than series but rather compliments and expands it. With Christmas
almost here, I truly recommend this Blu-ray to all fans of Star Wars.
you don't know what all the fuss is about, watch the movies, then watch
season one and then season two! Highly Recommended!