As you can see above, fans who supported the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series through 5 seasons are going to get some closure after all, before the animated side of the Star Wars universe is re-tooled and re-launched under the Disney banner via the upcoming Rebels animated series.
Netflix will be airing Clone Wars Season 6 on March 7, 2014 – alongside the entirety of the series (seasons 1 -6) which will be available that same day. Needless to say, if you’ve never gotten on the Clone Wars bandwagon, this might be the prime opportunity.
Clone Wars is a 3D CGI animated series relaunched in 2008, based on a series concept first explored in a 2003 2D animated Clone Wars series, launched under the supervision of animation guru Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack). The core concept is pretty straightforward: exploring in greater detail the events that occurred in the three-year interim between the rise of the Republic’s clone army (seen in Attack of the Clones) and the Sith-led coup that resulted in the formation of the Galactic Empire (seen in Revenge of the Sith). The series follows characters like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, Count Dooku, Ahsoka Tano and others, as they play out the cat-and-mouse game of war and politics that ends in the defeat of the Jedi and the universe being plunged into a period of darkness.
Clone Wars season 6 has been appropriately named “The Lost Missions”; as the gap between Episodes II & III finally comes to a close, it seems that fans are finally going to get the sweetest bits of backstory they’ve been waiting for. In this case, that means all the minute details about the character arcs and step-by-step progressions that led to the events we witnessed in Episode III.
For my part, the most intriguing thing in that trailer is the deeper look at Yoda. In the prequels, the Jedi master always seemed to sense the darkness that was gathering around him, but the films didn’t do much to show how a wise and crafty master like Yoda tried to expose and stop the disaster before it happened. This just adds to some of the other contradictory issues the prequels raised about Yoda’s character (like the need for a “mind over matter” small fry to go ninja with a Lightsaber); I never really “bought” the way that Episode III depicts Yoda as being completely blind-sided by the Sith coup and ends with his profound sadness at that failure. I’ll be much happier to sit through Clone Wars‘ depiction of Yoda making a much more dedicated attempt at adverting the rise of darkness.
Not to mention: some revelation about why that swampy Dagobah System held such retirement appeal for the little green guy.
The Entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series (seasons 1 – 6 ) will be on Netflix March 7, 2014.