Saturday, October 4, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars unfinished story reels now available!

When Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended in 2013, the creators were in the middle of creating Season 6. Though the Season 5 finale was certainly very emotional, with the final image of Ahsoka walking away from the Jedi Temple, there were still many questions unanswered. To make way for Star Wars: Rebels (premiering October 3rd), Disney canceled the show and didn't allow them to air anything on television, except for on a German television channel. Luckily, 13 never-before-seen episodes (along with the rest of the series) were released on Netflix earlier this year, delivering a slightly more satisfactory ending (Yoda went on a crazy journey to fully understand the Force).

This week, Dave Filoni and the rest of the Clone Wars crew went the extra mile with providing the unfinished "story reels" of 4 episodes, along with a commentary about the legacy of the show, on Basically, it's 4 unfinished animations of the episodes, but the audio is fully intact. The animation is fairly basic, and the character movement is very wooden, but I was just satisfied to get 4 more episodes.

This arc, titled "Crystal Crisis on Utapau", features Anakin and Obi-Wan investigating the death of a Jedi on Utapau. They eventually discover a conspiracy among the Utapauans, weapons smugglers and General Grievous, involving a giant Kiber Crystal capable of immense power. Every time a laser bolt hits the crystal, it amplifies the energy and blasts out several devastating blasts. 

I really appreciated that this arc was just Anakin and Obi-Wan, with no Ahsoka or clones. They aren't master and apprentice, but rather two close friends going on an adventure together, with all the regular bickering. Furthermore, we finally get Anakin's reflection on Ahsoka's departure from the Jedi Order. Midway through the second episode, Anakin suggests that they contact Ahsoka for help. Obi-Wan tries to reason with him, and Anakin expresses his frustration and confusion that she left. Though the movements are very robotic and their mouths don't actually move, it still expresses Anakin's true affection for Ahsoka.

Want more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Well, "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" marks the very last animated episodes of The Clone Wars to be released, but two other arcs are coming in different formats. An arc featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos is being released as the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple in 2015. 

Finally, the popular and dramatic Darth Maul arc has come to a finish in the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comics. When we last saw Maul, his long-lost brother was dead, his crime syndicate on Mandalore had fallen into ultimate chaos, and he was being tortured by Darth Sidious. In these comics, Maul wages war against Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous, with some help from Mother Talzin. Interesting fact: Mother Talzin is revealed to be Darth Maul's mother, which explains her interest in their family. 

What do you think of the unfinished episodes? Are you sad to see the Clone Wars series finally come to an end? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all.