Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Clone Wars: Canceled...

What began in 2008 as an animated feature film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars sparked a phenomenal TV series that has lasted for five action-packed seasons on Cartoon Network! Sadly, after the season five finale, it was announced that Lucasfilm canceled 'Clone Wars' thus ending the epic story that took place between the Star Wars films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. While the Clone Wars has become a big part of the Star Wars prequels storyline, the most significant aspect of the show has always been the relationship between Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and his new padawan Ashoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). Female fans both young and old had gravitated to this headstrong, young heroine as she became one of the most popular Star Wars characters in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The biggest problem, however has always been the question of: what happened to Ashoka before the events of Episode III? Although considering what happened at the end of the series (No Spoilers!), it is still unclear what her fate is to be. Unlike previous attempts to bring the episodic nature of The Clone Wars to TV, like in the short lived 2003 Clone Wars maxi-series created by animator Genndy Tartakovsky, the latest Clone Wars animated series featured a new level of detailed computer animation along with a cast of exceptional voice actors like James Arnold Taylor, to bring the show to life. 
Shortly after the shows 100th episode, it was announced via a recent Google+ live video podcast with director Dave Filoni and voice actors Ashley Eckstein and Matt Lanter that season five would bring some major events and big changes to the story. With the return of Darth Maul as well as deciding the fate of Ashoka Tano, the end of season five brought many surprises. While The Clone Wars show has always appealed more to younger Star Wars fans even old-school fans like me have enjoyed it. Within it's first season I knew this show was something special and I enjoyed it every Friday night on prime time and then later on Saturday mornings. With the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney Corporation, along with the news of new Star Wars movies directed by J.J. Abrams, as well as Disney's involvement with the annual Star Wars Weekends which the Clone Wars has been a big part of since 2008, it is unclear what the future will hold for the Star Wars franchise. With rumors spreading about Episode VII and the possibilities of a Star Wars live action TV show it seems as though a new chapter in the Star Wars franchise is just beginning but in the words of Master Yoda: "Clouded, the future is..."
See: A message from James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi) about The Clone Wars and interview with Dave Filoni