Clone Wars (season 2)

Following straight on from the first season of this animation that bridges the gap between episodes II and III of the Star Wars saga, I found the second series to be a little more sure of itself. It’s also pretty dark for a ‘cartoon’, with scenes of torture and brain parasites taking over characters, just as for-instance. But, this is a war – clue’s in the name – and if nothing else it sets the whole thing up as a far more serious affair, and not just something for the kiddies.

I’ve never disliked Star Wars, but nor am I a rabid fan. It’s grown on me over the years, though – hence watching this, I suppose. Still, coming at it all from that kind of basis doesn’t make for the best viewing, as there’s just so much to miss. A revenge plot is based on a death I had to go look up – and, it’s in one of the first two movies. Oops, so much for paying attention! So if I’d ‘complain’ about anything it is that getting the most out of this series involves just that – paying attention. Not something I’m always known for with TV šŸ˜‰

But, it does pay off. The depth of the overarching story is what, I start to gleam, gets some fans so enthralled with the whole thing – and for once it’s nice to take a peek behind that curtain. I’m impressed with how various things are pulled together – and annoyed that the main movies failed with so much of it.

We’re also seeing more of familiar faces like Anakin and Obi-Wan, making them into more rounded characters than the movies managed. Of course, the sense of danger is diminished knowing they go on to further films, but there are other, novel characters to fill that gap – and towards the end of the series, a bit of an origin story developing for a name even I recognised!

Another strength is probably how much is focused on the clones, the Stormtroopers. For the first time, this series finally gives them a sense of individuality and it’s all the better for it. Heck, there’s even a possible clue as to why they are such rubbish shots in later movies šŸ˜‰

I’m very happy to push on with this. From Saturday morning telly-level fluff that the first series had hints of, this is heading for full-blown cinematic, deep delve story telling. I hope I can keep up! šŸ™‚

First broadcast: 2009
Series: 2 (of 7)
Episodes: 23 @ ~22 mins each

My rating: 8/10

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