Star Wars: The Clone Wars celebrates one-hundred episodes this Saturday. Let that sink in. One hundred episodes. That’s a lot.
While you can expect a full review of Saturday’s episode, I just wanted to take a brief moment to talk about why The Clone Wars is so great. Before I get started however, watch this incredibly well put together video that recounts some of the most memorable Clone Wars moments over the last five seasons.
That video perfectly encapsulates all that makes The Clone Wars one of the best thing to happen to Star Wars in a long time. While I’ve always been a partial supporter of the the Prequel movies (Episode II really isn’t that good), I feel like The Clone Wars is everything people wanted from the Prequels, and then some.
The way the writers portray Anakin, the little, subtle things they do to show his dark side, it makes his fall on Episode VII all the more tragic. In fact, the writers of The Clone Wars have given more life to every character they’ve been able to get their hands on. They’ve even made Jar-Jar entertaining from time to time. That’s quite the achievement!
Over the last ninety-nine episodes, spread over four and a half seasons, The Clone Wars has transformed to an enjoyable kids show to a gritty, realistic, and intense story for Star Wars fans of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and salivate over.
Sure, there have been some low point (the first half of season three anybody?), but overall, this show rarely misses the mark. It fills me with nerdish glee nearly every week, and keeps the love for Star Wars I’ve had for as long as I can remember alive.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, and you’re not watching this show, you’re missing out. For the people who think The Clone Wars is ‘just-for-kids’, then let me remind you that last season we saw zombies, decapitations, executions, and freaking Mandalorians burning down an entire town!
It doesn’t really matter whether or not tomorrow’s Clone Wars episode is the perfect 100th episode. What matters is that we’ve been lucky enough to have a hundred episodes of this amazing show.
While the future of The Clone Wars is clouded, because of Disney’s big purchase of LucasArts, we’ll always have five great seasons of an even greater show. And for that, I am very, very grateful.