The era of Disney's Star Wars universe is upon us, with the 3D animated TV series Star Wars Rebels - beginning with a Disney Channel movie this summer - serving as the starting point. As exciting (and nerve-wracking) as that proposition is, this semi-fresh start for the space/fantasy world originally envisioned by George Lucas also means that the award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars 3D cartoon show is getting put out to pasture.
However, there is a consolation prize for Clone Wars fans; a few months ago, supervisory director/producer Dave Filoni (who is also working on Rebels) revealed that the final episodes of season 5 are being made, as to provide the series' longtime viewers some closure (among other reasons). Today brings the news that Disney and Lucasfilm have one-upped that original proposal through a deal with Netflix, which has the subscription service premiering an entire 13-episode sixth season to finish off the Clone Wars' run properly.
Above, you can watch a clip from the sixth (and final) Clone Wars season, dubbed "The Lost Missions"; an official description of the season is available below:
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker's closest relationship is tested to its limits and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.
Seasons 1-5 of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series will also be available for viewing on Netflix - as part of the overall multi-year deal between the company and Disney - along with multiple "director's cut" episodes that've never been aired on TV before and the feature-length film that started the (animated) small screen saga. In typical fashion, all of the episodes from "The Lost Missions" will be available on Netflix at once, beginning March 7th this year.
This all reads as a pretty sweet deal on paper: giving the dedicated fans a proper ending to the stories they've become invested in, while also providing newcomers to a series a chance to jump right in - and perhaps even answer some burning questions they've had about the live-action Star Wars movies (see: the "Lost Missions" clip teasing how Qui-Gon Jinn mastered the Jedi "ghost technique", which was glossed over during the prequel trilogy), ahead of us moving into tomorrow with Episode VII releasing next year.
Clone Wars fans, be sure and chime in with a comment below, letting us know what dangling narrative threads, subplots and/or characters arcs you're hoping to see tied off and resolved in the "Lost Missions" episodes of the series.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars finishes its run with "The Lost Missions", beginning on Netflix on March 7th, 2014.