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Does Clone Wars get better?


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Shadokitty
03.11.2014 , 09:49 PM | #1
Yesterday I watched the Clone Wars movie on Netflix, and while it wasn't bad, I didn't think it was great. I understand it was the pilot to the series, and was just wondering if the show got better after the pilot. I ask as I have thought about getting the Blu Rays.

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03.11.2014 , 10:19 PM | #2
The show gets immensely, immensely better. You may think Ahsoka is annoying now, but she becomes one of the most interesting and likable characters in Star Wars.

And Anakin is portrayed far, far more competently in CW than he is in any of the prequel movies.

Note that all of Clone Wars just came out on Netflix streaming, if you have a subscription.

One thing ... the show was not broadcast in chronological order. The early seasons especially are all over the place. There's a listing of the actual chronology online--it's best to watch the episodes in that order if you can.
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03.11.2014 , 10:25 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Nemarus View Post
The show gets immensely, immensely better. You may think Ahsoka is annoying now, but she becomes one of the most interesting and likable characters in Star Wars.

And Anakin is portrayed far, far more competently in CW than he is in any of the prequel movies.

Note that all of Clone Wars just came out on Netflix streaming, if you have a subscription.

One thing ... the show was not broadcast in chronological order. The early seasons especially are all over the place. There's a listing of the actual chronology online--it's best to watch the episodes in that order if you can.
Get to the end of season 3 and you'll start to enjoy it. I didn't like seasons one and two very much but by the end of three I was starting to enjoy it more.

That said, if you know your cannon, get ready to feel like your walking on glass barefoot through some of it. A lot of lore has to be reworked to fit some of this stuff, and there are a lot of inconsistencies in the portrayal of force powers.
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03.12.2014 , 12:35 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Nemarus View Post
The show gets immensely, immensely better. You may think Ahsoka is annoying now, but she becomes one of the most interesting and likable characters in Star Wars.

And Anakin is portrayed far, far more competently in CW than he is in any of the prequel movies.

Note that all of Clone Wars just came out on Netflix streaming, if you have a subscription.

One thing ... the show was not broadcast in chronological order. The early seasons especially are all over the place. There's a listing of the actual chronology online--it's best to watch the episodes in that order if you can.
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On a serious note, once you meet Cad Bane, the show just excels from there. Season 1 is okay, Season 2 is getting there, but by S.3, it gets really good. Season 3 is my personal favorite, but 4 and 5 are very close. 6 isn't anything special, I'm afraid.
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03.12.2014 , 12:38 AM | #5
Yes, yes it does. The movie was, like you said, pretty so-so, however the writers really "find" themselves around season 2 or 3. Honestly, this series gets really good and it will actually allow you to appreciate the prequels a little bit more. After you get to the better points of the series you'll actually start to merge CW Anakin with Whiny McWhineskin from the prequels in your mind and it lessens the annoyance of Hayden Christensen.

In a sense, this series allows us to actually see Anakin as the hero Ben Kenobi described him to be, furthermore you can actually see a lot of the stresses that play upon and erode Anakin's will and his emotional strength. By the end, you kind of realize that Padme's death, while traumatic, was also the straw that broke the camel's back.
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03.12.2014 , 03:26 AM | #6
What most others said, the animation also gets much much better as well.

So yes, I'd advise getting the rest.

Also as another mentioned, they aren't actually in complete chronological order, some times they jump back and forth a bit. So if you can be bothered to reorder them (it doesn't really matter) you might want to check out the order.

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AlrikFassbauer
03.12.2014 , 04:45 AM | #7
Clone Wars gets darker and darker and darker. That's all.

And because of that I didn't even watch Season 3 on TV, and stopped buying Season 4 & 5 for DVD (Season 3 was my last DVD buy).

I believe that this is something like how people prefer the Sith and the Empire : If things become more dramatic and more darker, people wiull happily buy it, because "dark & gritty" = cool nowadays. And that can be seen in gaming as well. And that's why Game Of Thrones does so well on TV. Peiople want to see blood, slaughter and darkness. Heavy Metal Clone Wars.

Good & Light & lighthearted = uncool, it seems to be.
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03.12.2014 , 06:49 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by AlrikFassbauer View Post
Clone Wars gets darker and darker and darker. That's all.

And because of that I didn't even watch Season 3 on TV, and stopped buying Season 4 & 5 for DVD (Season 3 was my last DVD buy).

I believe that this is something like how people prefer the Sith and the Empire : If things become more dramatic and more darker, people wiull happily buy it, because "dark & gritty" = cool nowadays. And that can be seen in gaming as well. And that's why Game Of Thrones does so well on TV. Peiople want to see blood, slaughter and darkness. Heavy Metal Clone Wars.

Good & Light & lighthearted = uncool, it seems to be.
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CaulderBenson
03.12.2014 , 08:52 AM | #9
The show starts to hit its stride about midway through season one and only gets better from there. Paul Dini wrote maybe two episodes of season one, and I think maybe one in season two. Without knowing it while watching them, they were instantly two of my favorite episodes of the series.

Cad Bane makes his first appearance in the Season One finale (in all his Lee Van Cleef glory!) and the show starts to have some darker episodes.

Season Two rocks, Season Three was as waste in my opinion save a few episodes, Seasons Four and Five rock.

The quality of the animation gets noticeably better in season 2 and continues to improve from there.

The battle droids are used less for comedic value as the series goes on than they are in the opening few episodes of Season One and the Clone Wars movie.

Ashoka also sees less use in Seasons 3 and 4; and when she does show up, she's used quite well.

Hope that helps.

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VitalityPrime
03.12.2014 , 10:43 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by AlrikFassbauer View Post
Clone Wars gets darker and darker and darker. That's all.

And because of that I didn't even watch Season 3 on TV, and stopped buying Season 4 & 5 for DVD (Season 3 was my last DVD buy).

I believe that this is something like how people prefer the Sith and the Empire : If things become more dramatic and more darker, people wiull happily buy it, because "dark & gritty" = cool nowadays. And that can be seen in gaming as well. And that's why Game Of Thrones does so well on TV. Peiople want to see blood, slaughter and darkness. Heavy Metal Clone Wars.

Good & Light & lighthearted = uncool, it seems to be.
For me...it's not that things need to always be dark and gritty...it's just that it's more realistic and there is more emotional impact than pure "good and light and lighthearted".

A good middle ground would be nice...but if the only choice is between "good and light and lighthearted" or "dark and gritty"...than I will take dark and gritty everytime.
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