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Star Wars Read-Through Part 19: Clone Wars Adventures: Tartakovsky's Dream

In November 2003, the Clone Wars animated series premiered on Cartoon Network. Composed of at first ten very short (approximately four minutes each) episodes, these cartoons told stories of the Jedi and Sith, of Republic and Separatists, of light and dark set between Attack of the Clones and the then-unreleased Revenger of the Sith . Kids were treated to Star Wars on television for the first time since the 1980s. This cartoon was written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, an animator with a very distinctive style whose other works included Dexter's Laboratory , The Powerpuff Girls , and Samurai Jack . The new show lines up with his style, and he was able to create truly massive battle scenes between the grand armies of the Republic and Separatists.  Characters of very similar animation style from three Genndy Tartakovsky series: Dexter's Laboratory , The Powerpuff Girls , and Star Wars: Clone Wars . Images from Google Every episode was aired in a five-minute timeslot on Carto
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Star Wars Read-Through Part 18: Early Clone Wars, Part 1 of 2: Like fire, the Clone Wars spread

Cover of Jedi: Mace Windu . Master Windu was a prominent figure in early Clone Wars stories. Image from Wookieepedia. The chronology of the Clone Wars era of Star Wars is not as clear as I would like it to be. An initial set of stories set during the conflict, released between 2002 and 2008, were internally consistent with each other and were spread out relatively evenly between Episodes II and III. They included novels, comics, video games, and the 2D animated Clone Wars television series. The timeline, which measured time in "months since the Battle of Geonosis" (the battle which launched the Clone Wars in the third act of Episode II), was printed in every novel.  Rough timeline of the Clone Wars, in the Legends continuity, pre-2008. Units are in "months after the Battle of Geonosis". Homemade. In 2008, Lucasfilm released " Star Wars: The Clone Wars ", a 3D animated movie followed by a TV series. While starting weak, this series would go on to include s

Star Wars Read-Through Part 17: Attack of the Clones: Begun, the Clone War Has

In 2002, the much anticipated sequel to Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was finally released. People were concerned; the first prequel was not particularly well received, and in the end Episode II got mixed reviews as well. Still, we all knew what was coming. At some point, the prequel movies would depict the Clone Wars, the conflict referenced offhandedly by Luke and Obi-Wan way back in Episode IV. They would also depict a love story between Anakin and Padmé, setting up for the birth of their children, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. And they would depict Anakin's fall to the Dark Side. Elements of each of these plots can be found here in Episode II: Attack of the Clones . Episode II movie poster. Image from Wookieepedia.  For this post, I consumed the following:  Episode II: Attack of the Clones  (film by George Lucas , 2002) Episode II: Attack of the Clones  (novel by R. A. Salvator e, 2002) Episode II: Attack of the Clones 1-4  (comic miniseries by Henry Gilroy , 20

Star Wars Read-Through Part 16: Prelude to Episode II: Before the War

"That may be possible. He's just returned from a border dispute on Ansion."  The Star Wars film saga is full of lines such as this which point to the universe and the characters having a history beyond what we see on screen. In Episode IV, it was something as simple as "You fought in the Clone Wars?" For Episode II, it was the line above, a mission to the planet Ansion in which Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, were participants.  Cover of The Approaching Storm . Image from Wookieepedia. Star Wars novels and comics have long been the ideal medium for exploring these stories in more detail. What happened at Ansion? a viewer might ask after hearing that reference. Look no further than the novel set immediately before Attack of the Clones opens.  Unlike for Episode I, the second prequel did not have as many direct prologue stories. For this post, I consumed the following stories: The Approaching Storm  (novel by Alan Dean Foster , 2002) Jedi Sta

Star Wars Read-Through Part 15: Interquel: Standalone Stories

Not all stories can be grouped thematically. Sometimes I am forced to combine novels and comics that do not fit together into one blog post. It provides variety at the expense of cohesion.  The era between Episodes I and II were full of odd stories. The Phantom Menace had provided us with a setting, explaining how the galaxy worked in this time period. The film and its tie-in stories also offered hooks for telling more tales across the Republic. Furthermore, several novels written in the 1990s made reference to this era, which could now be explored more fully.  This post covers a handful of novels and comics that do not fit thematically in with earlier stories. They do not pertain to bounty hunters. They are not in the immediate years following Episode I. They do not feature Quinlan Vos or any one other unifying character. They are not direct prequels to Episode II.  Nym on the cover of Starfighter: Crossbones 1 . Image from Wookieepedia. For this post, I consumed the following storie

Star Wars Read-Through Part 14: The Story of Quinlan Vos: The Jedi in Darkness

With the 1999 release of The Phantom Menace , Star Wars fans were finally treated to what the Jedi originally looked like before their Order was destroyed. Prior to that, all we had seen were Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda after two decades of exile and whatever Luke Skywalker created in the years after Return of the Jedi . Episode I changed that, by showing us the Jedi Order, a group of righteous beings that fought for peace and justice in the name of the Galactic Republic and its Senate. They were wise and fair. They served the Light in all ways. We had not seen much of them yet, but we knew what a standard Jedi was all about.   But going against what is expected is often a great source of drama in a story. In that vein, a Jedi who does not strictly follow the light, but instead worked in the shadows. Not the righteous warrior-monk but the one who lived among the criminals whose efforts he was trying to undermine. That Jedi in Darkness is Quinlan Vos, a Jedi who first appeared in the ninete

Star Wars New Canon: Rebels: The Beginning of Disney Star Wars

In early July 2020 I finally subscribed to Disney+, the streaming service offered by The Walt Disney Company. There were a few programs I wanted to watch, most of them Star Wars.  Between February and May 2020, Disney+ began airing the much-anticipated final season of The Clone Wars . Readers may remember when I wrote about that show that when Disney purchased Lucasfilm, they cancelled all ongoing projects, including The Clone Wars . A shortened sixth season was put on Netflix and some stories were released in other media, such as the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic miniseries and the novel Dark Disciple . Resources were refocused onto new Star Wars content for Disney, the main television series being Star Wars Rebel s. Nevertheless, the creators of The Clone Wars knew how they intended to finish the series, and worked on the assumption that the events of the planned series finale were canon. Years later, after Rebels had been completed, they were able to finally finish The Clone