At the Star Wars Celebration VI down in Orlando, Florida this past weekend, news came that Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith would both hit theaters in 3D next fall, which may or many not be good news for Star Wars fans. But there was also some good news for fans of Star Wars on the small screen, in the form of the animated series Clone Wars.
The season 5 of the animated series is nearly upon us, and as the conclusion of season 4 teased, The Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul is back. but this time he's going to have some powerful allies in the form of Mandalorian terrorist Pre Vizsla (armed with a killer Darksaber and voiced by Jon Favreau), who is back looking for some vengeance of his own after Count Dooku decided to cut the killer loose when he failed to assassinate Obi-Wan Kenobi’s old love interest, Duchess Satine.
In addition to the fantastic-looking battles between the Jedi and Mandalorians (check out Obi-Wan sneaking around in the signature armor, complete with a jetpack), it looks like there's going to be some serious Sith confrontation as well. That's Emperor Palpatine (voiced by Ian McDiarmid) getting his lightsabers out again, this time to battle with Darth Maul. After all, there can only be two members of the Sith at one time (no matter how counter-productive that might be to their dastardly plans).
As supervising director Dave Filoni commented on Darth Maul's return last year, "There’s a lot of ground that has not been covered as far as Darth Maul is concerned, so there’s a lot of room to grow with him." Teaming up Maul with the deadly Mandalorians - some pretty rough villains on their own - should make for an interesting chapter in the Clone Wars saga - a story that with every season gets more exciting than the film prequels. Hell, even the astromech droids seem to get their day in the sun as heroes in this trailer.
There's a change of pace in scheduling this season, as the animated series moves from Friday nights to Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network. I don't remember the last time I was excited about Saturday morning cartoons, but Clone Wars certainly has the potential to make me feel like a kid again.
Clone Wars Season 5 premieres September 29th at 9:30am on Cartoon Network.