Netflix is flexing its muscles once again by bringing what has become known as “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions” to the millions of subscribers of their streaming services. If fans of “a Galaxy Far, Far Away” weren’t already plugged into their services, I’m sure they are now. Not only has the company acquired the rights for the sixth season’s thirteen episodes, but all five of the previous seasons which were originally only available through Cartoon Network and on Blu-ray and DVD.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was thought to be one of the fatalities of the buy-out of Lucasfilm by Disney. However, it was recently announced that the show’s final season would indeed hit TV and media devices and finish what it started back in 2008. I can tell fans who have been waiting in feverish anticipation that your wait hasn’t been in vain.
While in battle, a clone trooper goes rogue and murders one of his Jedi leaders. The soldier seems to have blacked out and can’t remember his actions. The Jedi Council and Senate decide to send the trooper to Kamino to be analyzed and find out if he suffers from a virus or is the victim of brainwashing by Count Dooku and his Separatists Army.
The first three episodes of the sixth season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” are filled with enough action and drama to please anyone who thinks things went soft with “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” The complexities and darkness of the subject matter and storylines could be compared to “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Revenge of the Sith.” A Jedi is murdered and clone troopers are left floating in space dead with their eyes gaping wide. This isn’t your baby brother’s “Star Wars.”
A couple social issues are addressed within the first three episodes of “Star Wars: The Clones Wars'” Sixth Season. One is who has the right to say who is to be euthanized; more simply, who makes the decision that someone or something should live or die. The second is the question of whether or not the Clones are someone’s property or their own person. If they were created by someone, do they belong to them?
Apocalyptic religious symbolism can be found in the new episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” I don’t want to get too far into spoiler territory but it parallels with some religious organizations’ concepts of the Mark of the Beast being a piece of technology. It’s placed in people during the End Times spoke of in the Book of Revelation found in the Holy Bible. This isn’t too far-fetched, seeing that original “Star Wars” creator/writer George Lucas said himself that many of the influences he drew from while making the series were based on different religious themes and ideas.
Putting all philosophy and heady subject matter aside, there are enough entertaining sci-fi shoot-outs, narrow escapes, lightsaber action, and ship-to-ship laser battles in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Season Six to make even the pickiest fanboy or girl content to keep watching. I also have to give props to Supervising Director Dave Filoni and his technical team for continuing to push the boundaries of what we’ve seen when it comes to CG animation. There are several sequences in just the first few episodes that stretch the boundaries of what’s been done before. The Force is still strong with this one!
For more articles by Eric Shirey, check out:
Blu-ray Review: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – the Complete Season Four”
Interview: ‘Clone Wars’ Supervising Director Dave Filoni Discusses Creative Process
Voice Actor Dee Bradley Baker Talks About Being the Clones of ‘Star Wars’