Star Wars: Clone Wars
The Star Wars: Clone Wars microseries is one that I will always hold very dear in my heart. Released in 20 three-to-five-minute episodes across 2003 and 2004, and then with 5 more twelve-minute episodes in 2005, this series essentially acts as a true Star Wars: Episode II.V. It runs at just over two hours, and its plot runs the course of the entire Clone Wars from the beginning all the way to the Battle of Coruscant, the end of which we see in the opening to Revenge of the Sith.
Every single Star Wars marathon I do with my family and friends, we watch Clone Wars in between Episodes II and III (except for when we did Machete Order once, though I don’t recommend it for marathons after having done it). It’s extremely fun, more fast-paced than any of the other prequels, and it fills in a crucial gap in Anakin’s story arc that isn’t directly shown in the other movies– his growth from a reckless Padawan to a reckless, but beloved, hero.
But it’s also a somewhat obscure entry in the franchise, at this point. Especially considering the massive success of the 2008 CGI series The Clone Wars (the word “The” makes all the difference), this series has been completely neglected by Lucasfilm, and somewhat forgotten by the fandom. It never even got more than a two-volume DVD set that quickly went out of print, and has never been re-released on Blu-Ray, or officially online (though you can easily watch it on Youtube here, and it doesn’t seem like Lucasfilm cares enough to take it down). Why is this? I don’t know. It could be a rights issue with Cartoon Network or director Genndy Tartakovsky, or it could be worries that it would confuse people trying to watch the 2008 series. There isn’t any official word that I can find on it.
Star Wars: Clone Wars is no longer canon, apparently, and is put in the Legends timeline (despite contradicting with the 2008 series almost not at all and in fact introducing or developing characters that would become major ones in that series). But I will still watch it every time that I do a Star Wars marathon, and I will continue to consider it canon, for me, until something comes along that unambiguously negates it.
In this article, I will discuss the reasons why Star Wars: Clone Wars deserves to be the seventh Star Wars film (which is why I will be referring to it as a movie not a series), while also going through the story loosely in chronological order, as much of this essay will cover Anakin Skywalker’s character growth over the course of the microseries. Once again, if you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend that you watch it, because it’s one of my favorite movies of all time (despite being divided into two separate DVDs….).
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