Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two
Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4
Please note that this
collection is sold separately on DVD... which of course is not to be
confused with the Separatists who are littered throughout this release
as they attempt to dissolve the Republic... which is like only
purchasing one or two of these discs. Seriously though, I took the
prerogative to review all four volumes in one review because without
each other, these discs are like a puzzle but together, they are a
masterpiece of sci-fi entertainment.
With that said, the amazing TV series,
Star Wars: The Clone Wars once again comes to DVD with the entire season
available in four affordable volumes, thanks to Warner. Collecting all
22 episodes, each volume contains 6 episodes, accept the first which
only has 4 as we get reunited with the colourful characters of the Star
For the uninitiated, this series takes place between Star
Wars Episode II and Star Wars Episode III which saw the fall of Anakin
Skywalker and his transformation into the villainous yet suavely cool Darth Vader.
the previous series, the episodes collected in volume 1 to 4 are a
little darker and more action orientated due to space pirates and
deadly, more specifically, money hungry bounty hunters.
element of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is that all the tales are official
and these stories actually make up the rich tapestry of this intricate
universe. Of course, it also helps that this premise was created by George
Lucas, the man behind Star Wars and he happens to be the execute
producer of this well animated TV series which is another thumbs up!
As most of the stories are
self contained, some spill over to other stories and highlights the
battle between the Republic's clone troopers and that of the Separatists
who are attempting to overthrow the stronghold of the Republic and their
Apart from the amazing story, what sets this TV series
apart from just about all animated films is the animation. Star Wars:
The Clone Wars contains some of the best animation to ever grace our
screens thanks to its stylised CGI animation that not only pays homage
to this universe but helps define it. This is as close as you can get to
reference material on a DVD, without making the step to Blu-ray. It may
not be FULL HD but by Endor, it's close!
I should also confess that I wasn't really
a fan of Star Wars Episode I and II, however I have no qualms with any
of these stories or characters. This is how Star Wars should be written
and brings back lots of fond memories from my childhood.
Although the actors from
the movies don't lend their voices to these
characters, the actors who they did get to voice them sound magnificent.
From Matt Lanter (90210) as Anakin Skywalker to the spunky and cute Ashley
Eckstein (That's so Raven) as the headstrong Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano to
James Arnold Taylor (The Spectacular Spider-man) as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the
voices are perfect. Boba Fett, Rex the Clone Trooper, Mace Windu and
even Yoda are all perfectly voiced. Now, let's get to the crux of the
four episodes, season 2 of the Clone Wars begins with a bang as we're
introduced to the deadly world of bounty hunters. Our friendly
neighbourhood Jedi, Obi-Wan and
Anakin are attempting to stop Cad Bane, an alien bounty hunter from stealing a sacred
Jedi artefact from their temple.
But without spoiling the further episodes,
the holocron, the sacred artefact of the Jedi is being misused by Can
Bane and it is
up to the Jedi to retrieve this item as Jedi younglings are being
kidnapped. Mace Windu also guest stars in this
storyline and like always is a joy to watch him interact with Obi-wan and co.
Volume four finishes with the episode entitled "Senate Spy" that forces
Padme to go behind the scenes in order to discover whether Senator Rush
Clovis is actually working for the Separatists that causes a slight rift
between Anakin and herself.
Cargo of Doom
Children of the Force
The next disc begins with "Landing at Point Rain", part 2 of the episode
revolving around the nefarious Senator Clovis as the Jedi attempt to
destroy a Separatist droid factory. The highlights of volume 2 include
"Brain Invaders" that sees the clone army being infected by a Geonosian
mind controlling worm which sees Ahsoka and Barriss attempt to set things
right but when Barriss is infected, the resolution seems dim. It's
almost like a classic 50's body snatcher episode.
Deserter" is another cool episode that not only involves General
Grievous but also Rex, my favourite Clone trooper who is wounded in
battle, only to come face to face with a deserter who does not wish to
fight but rather stay clear of the war.
Landing at Point Rain
Legacy of Terror
Volume 3 of this collection is almost like a breather before things heat
up again and commences with Ahsoka hunting for her stolen lightsabre. Our
sometimes reckless Jedi apprentice is forced to ask help from an older
Jedi named Tera Sinube which proves the fact that you should never judge
a book by its cover. There's also some great references to the world of Boba Fett in "The Mandalore Plot" and "Duchess of Mandalore" as the
Duchess Satine seeks help from the Jedi to prevent her from being
assassinated. Lastly, we have "Cat and Mouse" that tips the scales for
Anakin as he draws out his darkside in an attempt to give the republic an
upper hand with the Separatists that causes him a sense of a moral
dilemma that is quite interesting to watch unfold.
The Mandalore Plot
Voyage of Temptation
Duchess of Mandalore
Cat and Mouse
The final volume of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two is where
everything gets bigger, better and badder that includes space monsters
and more importantly... more Boba Fett. Even though this volume is quite action
orientated and features more bounty hunters than you can poke a stick
at, it begins quite subtle and quite left our of centre as Anakin,
Ahsoka and Obi-wan join forces with a small group of bounty hunters to
protect a group of farmers from space pirates. It's a very interesting take
on when foes need
to help each other to achieve a common good. Following "Bounty Hunters".
we are then rewarded with the Zillo Beast, an unstoppable
monstrous creature who has been wakened from its hibernation. Now awake,
the Zillo Beast threatens the precious trade routes of the republic and
the Jedi are forced into a dilemma of either destroying the last Zillo
beast in existence or finding another alternative. Unfortunately when
Coruscant learns of the beast, they wish to experiment on it in order to
uncover its secrets of its impenetrable armor. The series ends with
"Lethal Trackdown" as Ahsoka and Plo Kloon hunt Boba Fett across the
stars as the series ends a climatic battle led by our favourite bounty
hunter. A classic ending for a classic series!
The Zillo Beast
The Zillo Beast Strikes Back
R2 Come Home
What more can I say? If you're a Star Wars fan... than add this to your
collection now! The only problem with the individual volumes is that
there are no special features but thankfully the story truly kicks