Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2008] Season 1. 22 Episodes

"Toast are you."

Yoda:  “Toast are you.”

First, the disambiguation:  This is not Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Clone Wars the 2003 animated series, nor Star Wars: The Clone Wars the 2008 movie.  *Phew*  This is the CGI series in the same universe as the 2008 movie.  (Nice job on the names guys…)

You will see so many holograms that you will think this show was made in the 1980s.

Yoda, Mace Windu & Obi Wan Kenobi:  You will see so many holograms that you will think this show was made in the 1980s.

This series’ lackluster, introductory theatre release would have made a better three part episode than it did a movie.  None-the-less the CGI quality is high, especially in terms of the vehicles and action.  The designs are for all practical purposes coming straight out of Skywalker Ranch with the full support of its archives and army of designers.

The beat up Y-Wing from Star Wars: A New Hope once looked like this?

The beat up Y-Wing from Star Wars: A New Hope once looked like this?

I will set the scene with the Fortress one sentence synopsis:  While the war against the separatists droid army rages the Jedi and their clone trooper allies wrestle with politics and danger across the galaxy while Anakin continues to hide his “romance” with Padme and learns to deal with a spunky apprentice of his own.  That one was not even hard.  Maybe it is reflective of how much did not happen this season.

"I'm the spunky apprentice.  Look, I have face tats.  So you know I have attitude."

Ahsoka:  “I’m the spunky apprentice. Look, I have face tats. So you know I have attitude.”

It is a big Star Wars universe and this show does not focus too long on any one character.  There was an early and welcome Yoda episode.  It was a little slow but had some great action scenes with the diminutive Muppet.  While Mace Windu’s episode was not the best, there was some interesting episodes with 2nd tier Jedi.

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The “primary” focus characters are Obi Wan, Anakin, and his new spunky apprentice Ahsoka.  Obi Wan episodes are generally good.  You know what to expect from that character and he delivers like a true Jedi.  Ahsoka is easy to relate to as she is young, impatient and sometimes unsure; but she kicks butt and looks good doing it.

This was the era of Obi Wan. He really was at the top of his game.

This was the era of Obi Wan. He really was at the top of his game.

swcw08c2Anakin is not so fun to watch.  He is often on the edge of:

  1. Losing his temper.
  2. Being disrespectful to his master.
  3. Unnecessarily risking the lives of those around him.
  4. All of the above.

Also, if you thought the chemistry between Anakin and Padme was excruciating in the live action films, be assured that they have replicated it here dutifully.

Light Sabers are this years "Tickle me Elmo"!  Everyone wants one!

Anakin & Obi Wan:  Light Sabers are this year’s “Tickle me Elmo!”  Everyone wants one!

The art direction is stylized in a good way.  They did not try to duplicate the live action actors.  The modified outfits and armor pieces work well to enhance the characters (and probably hide troublesome spots on the CGI model).  The facial features were also enhanced and are interesting.

Look at Count Dooku's stylized features.  Oh how wrong things would go for him in Revenge of the Sith...

Look at Count Dooku’s stylized features. Oh how wrong it would go for him in Revenge of the Sith…

The voice acting is well done.  Only Anthony Daniels returns to reprise his role as C3PO, but the other actors capture the spirit of the characters, even Hayden Christensen’s sometimes whiny Anakin.

All that teen angst. Dude, get a grip. This is not High School Musical.

Anakin:  All that teen angst. Dude, get a grip. This is not High School Musical.

The action is solid.  It is great to see Jedi kicking butt like you know they can.  However regarding that we took issue with a couple things.  First, many men get killed just about all the time, clone and non-clone alike.  The bad guys only seem to lose some brainless robots.

This droid battle between R2D2 and a traitorous R6 unit was very fun.

This droid battle between R2D2 and a traitorous R3 unit was very fun.

Secondly, humanoid enemies never seem to die, they escape or are imprisoned.  So there is definitely a lack of comeuppance issue regarding the bad guys.  Is is uneven and a little frustrating especially since they humanize and individualize the clone troopers extensively.

Star Wars bad guy checklist:  Dual wields light sabers.  Check.  You pass Ventress.

Star Wars bad guy checklist: Dual wields light sabers. Check. You pass Ventress.

They built up “some” story arc the entire season, but it was unclear and in the end went nowhere.  The last episode does not even relate to it and introduces a new cool bad guy.  He seems interesting and should be entertaining next season, but what a lame way to end this one with a out-of-nowhere low note.

General Grievous er, ...quad wields light sabers.  Check.  Extra, EXTRA bad.

General Grievous er, …quad wields light sabers.  Check.  Extra, EXTRA bad.

Still this show is entertaining, mature and worth watching.

"I'll be watching."

“I’ll be watching.”

Check out related takes:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2008] Season 1

Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2009] Season 2

Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2010] Season 3

Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2011] Season 4

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19 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars [2008] Season 1. 22 Episodes

  1. Nice review – I haven’t had the chance to watch any of this series, since I can’t actually seem to find anywhere showing it in the UK when I’m not at work, and from what I hear of it, my desire to see it is diminishing!

    Rooney

  2. After the disappointing movie (you saw my review: http://doubleofive.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/review-star-wars-the-clone-wars-2008/), I enjoyed most of the series. It had its ups and downs though. I loved the episodes without the main characters, especially the ones focused on the Clones. I would not have expected them to be humanized in such a degree, but it does have the benefit of showing that the Jedi aren’t heartless jerks sending in the clones when they don’t want to do it themselves. They do care about the little guy(s).

    You didn’t like the last episode? I think it was more of a teaser for Season 2 than a closer for Season 1. This new bounty hunter guy shows some promise. I mean, he shoots the Hammerhead senator for no reason!

    • I thought it was “Yak Face” who was shot and the giant goon in white was hammerhead? Ha. Ya gotta love the names. Well either way that guy did get blasted. He was trying to walk out of a hostage situation! I would call that foolish.

      That new bounty hunter is just the kind of character I like. Calculating to combat the Jedi’s overwhelming power (like Boba Fett). I just regret that the overall season arc was not as fulfilling as it could have been or was made to seem. You are right, it was more of a teaser when I was looking for more of a conclusion.

  3. I agree with you. I really like this show, especially the clone centric ones. The producers have really fleshed out the personalities of the clones and made me care about them. I have loved most of the episodes of this show, although I still despise anything that has Jar Jar Binks in it. I have read Karen Traviss Clone Commandos series and it almost seems as if she and Lucas are collaborating on the personality of the clones because they are very similar on the show and in the books.

    I wasn’t very thrilled with the season finale either. I would love to see an episdoe with the clone commandos. Overall, I think they have done a solid job with Star Wars Clone Wars, and this is a worth successor to Gennedy’s Star Wars Microseries.

    • Good comment. Many shows have rough patches early on but improve as they go. Hopefully the kinks have been worked out and second season will be even stronger in areas we will both appreciate.

  4. Nice take on the series! Overall I enjoyed the first season way more than the movie that was released before hand (minus the Jar Jar episodes).

    I agree with you about Cad Bane, it was a kind of out of nowhere appearance to rescue Ziro (who I was also not crazy about). I will say though that I am looking forward to season 2 and to find out what lies ahead for our heroes.

  5. Come on. Clone wars rocks. It’s worth seeing. Call me crazy(most people HATE Ahsoka Tano), but Ahsoka is like, the best ever. I have to agree with the fact that, um, hello, she’s only like, 14 and she’s fighting Ventress and LIVING!!!! WAY too unrealistice!

    • Ahsoka (how many stranger ways can that be spelled?) is a fun character, and we can see why they put her in there. She appeals to girls and younger viewers. We like her too, but she does seem to be hanging in there quite well (too well) with the heavy hitters.

  6. Yoda: “Toast are you.”
    That brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t stop lol-ing.

    In reply to what shocked me. HOW CAN YOU HATE AHSOKA TANO? She is right up there with my favorites. She’s stubborn, spunky, crazy, and can kick butt. Please. No haters. I only shudder at the responses to the movie. They found Ahsoka… very appealing…. catching my drift.

    Yoda, Mace Windu & Obi Wan Kenobi: You will see so many holograms that you will think this show was made in the 1980s.

    Isn’t it funny. I hate the original star wars. ALL OF THEM. They look poorly made. Graphic wise and I’m loving this show. 🙂 You’d have to be stupid to think that this was made in the 1980s. I MEAN. PEOPLE. WHERE DID CGI COME IN?!?!? Yeah that’s right. Not in the 1980’s.

    The beat up Y-Wing from Star Wars: A New Hope once looked like this?

    lol. Enough said

    Ahsoka: “I’m the spunky apprentice. Look, I have face tats. So you know I have attitude.”

    Oh yeah. Now that’s what I’m looking for. She looks awesome 😄 If anyone noticed she wields her light-saber oddly and they mentioned that before the start of the series. 🙂 As she gets better and more spunkier she wields it better. ( Personally. The ” incorrect” way is much more flashier.)

    Anakin & Obi Wan: Light Sabers are this year’s “Tickle me Elmo!” Everyone wants one!

    BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. That was funny. :3

    Look at Count Dooku’s stylized features. Oh how wrong it would go for him in Revenge of the Sith…

    You were sick when you wrote this. 😐 He’s uglier but everyone’s entitled to an opinion right 😉 I can’t help but bear some small amount of sympathy for this man. >_<

    Anakin: All that teen angst. Dude, get a grip. This is not High School Musical.

    XDDDDDDDDD You really do have a brilliant sense of humor. :3 Classic. You saw an opening and shot right through it. Yes. His facial expression speaks mounds to me.

    This droid battle between R2D2 and a traitorous R3 unit was very fun.

    One word. R2D2 is and will always be the best droid around. You can't say otherwise.

    Star Wars bad guy checklist: Dual wields light sabers. Check. You pass Ventress.

    🙂 Yep. Darth Maul. As well. * shudder * Ahsoka's distant cousin. O_O Except he took it to another level.

    "I'll be watching."

    Padme is going to get herself screwed/killed if she keeps this up.
    Spying. Fighting. Getting herself in trouble. No wonder Annie killed her. She kept meddling in affairs! Only kidding. Padme is awesome. 🙂 She's one of those people-power chics. So I support her ATW

    ~ If you pay close attention most of the political issues correlate to what's going on now. I've spotted several~

    ~Kyra~

    • Thanks again for your detailed comments. We are gratified you got some laughs and entertainment.

      We like Ahsoka, although sometimes she is too headstrong. A headstrong apprentice to a Anakin who himself is wrestling with his own issues. Her reverse grip may not be the most practical at times, but it does make for some cool shots and poses.

      This is really Padme’s last hurrah. After this it goes downhill for her. It is interesting how underplayed her relationship with Anakin has been the first two seasons.

      There are some timeless issues regarding politics anywhere. Things that may come up again and again.

  7. In some ways, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is actually more realistic than the movies. Especially in the original three movies, you see tons of lasers flying around in the background, but you never see Leia or Chewbacca or anybody on the good side get hit. I guess stormtroopers just have terrible aim or something, despite being cloned from Jango Fett. In the Clone Wars, however, you see clones and droids getting killed at a reasonable battlefield rate. Capt. Rex never seems to die though. Lucasfilm would probably break thousands of kids’ hearts if they did kill him off. 😄

    • You are right iano10 about people’s disappointment if Capt. Rex was killed. The clone troopers are still, at this point in the series, good guys. Which is part of the problem with season four.

      We are tired of very humanly depicted clones getting gunned down left and right episode after episode, often for no good reason. And just as often there is little and unsatisfactory comeuppance for mass-murdering bad guys. And Jedi are routinely tortured and killed in similar fashion. We suppose this has been building up every season. After all, lets face it. The time between Star Wars movie episodes 2 and 3 has to be the most depressing in Star Wars history.

      Do not get us started. We will save the rest for the SEASON 4 TAKE.

      Injury in war is indeed realistic as you mention, but here seems depicted one sided. Okay, in Star Wars: A New Hope the stormtroopers did have notoriously bad aim, but watching it does not leave one needing anti-depressants.

      Stop by any time with more comments.

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