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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×06, “Downfall of a Droid”

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We are entering a new golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally considered to be mediocre, the recent TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters, and was fairly well-received. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Downfall of a Droid,” where the show finally focuses on R2-D2 by giving him even less screen time than before. Don’t worry, it’ll make sense.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×05, “Rookies”

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We are entering a new golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally considered to be mediocre, the recent TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters, and was fairly well-received. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. After a brief Easter hiatus last week, this week we’re watching “Rookies,” which is one of the most lauded episodes of season one, and it’s not hard to see why – this is a pretty good one.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×04, “Destroy Malevolence”

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We are entering a new golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally considered to be mediocre, the recent TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters, and was fairly well-received. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Destroy Malevolence,” where a scrappy band of rebels, including a politician and a few droids, sneak aboard the massive doomsday weapon and try to take it down from the inside – okay, maybe it’s a bit like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×03, “Shadow of Malevolence”

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It’s a golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally mediocre, Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Shadow of Malevolence,” where Anakin leads a small elite squad of fighters against a massive doomsday weapon and try to blow it up and kill one of the enemy generals. For real guys, it’s nothing like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×02, “Rising Malevolence”

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It’s a golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally mediocre, Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Rising Malevolence,” the first of a three-part story all about the droid army’s massive doomsday weapon that is in no way like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×01, “Ambush”

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Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re diving right into the first episode, “Ambush!” It’s basically 22 minutes of Yoda vs. battle droids.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 2

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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When we left off yesterday, Anakin and his new padawan Ahsoka were trying to rescue Jabba’s kidnapped son, but it turns out they’ve been played by the Separatists. But can they make it out if the abandoned monastery alive?

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 1

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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Last week, I covered the original Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed Star Wars: Clone Wars miniseries, which ran from 2003-2005 and bridged the gap from Attack of the Clones to Revenge of the Sith. After it concluded, George Lucas announced they were going to develop a 3-D continuation of the project. The series eventually premiered in 2008, set during the same time period but this time with full 30-minute episodes, and produced with CGI animation.

This movie was originally developed as the first few episodes of the series, but retooled to premiere in theaters as a feature film. That was actually pretty impressive once I learned that, since I didn’t notice the seams between where the episodes would have broken up – for the most part, it feels like one continuous story. That said, it still has that television-movie feel, and mostly comes across as a long episode of TV rather than fitting into the three-act structure of a feature film. Also, the animated faces look super weird, and take a while to get used to.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Miniseries, Season 3

Last week, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up to the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the miniseries that first premiered in 2003 and got this whole thing started off.

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As I covered previously, these shorts aired on Cartoon Network and online, and take place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Today we’ll be covering the third season, which changed the format from 10 3-minute episodes to 5 12-minute episodes. Last time, we saw the emergence of General Grievous as he took down five Jedi all on his own. Today we’ll see the series bridge the gap to Revenge of the Sith, and we’ll also see Anakin get high and go on a spirit quest with the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar. I am not even joking, that is the plot of these episodes.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Miniseries, Season 2

Last week, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up to the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the miniseries that first premiered in 2003 and got this whole thing started off.

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As I covered yesterday, these shorts aired on Cartoon Network and online, and take place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the SithToday we’ll be covering the second season, which consisted of another 10 episodes of 3 minutes each, and can be found on Youtube pretty easily. When we left off, Anakin was playing chicken with an enemy ship. Today, we’ll get a lot more Vader foreshadowing, along with a few more random side stories of other Jedi doing things that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense.

Spoilers after the jump.

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