‘The Clone Wars’ Is The Best Tribute To George Lucas That Currently Exists in ‘Star Wars’

by Jeremy Spirogis
(L) George Lucas at the premiere of

Star Wars: The Clone Wars could be all you’ve heard about lately on the subject of the franchise. And should you’ve seen any of the chatter on-line concerning the collection, you may need observed that it’s predominantly optimistic, which isn’t at all times the case on the subject of Star Wars. The purpose it’s so universally liked is that it takes the most effective parts of the franchise and provides nice writing, characters, and a lot coronary heart. And with the discharge of the collection finale, it turned out to be the best tribute to George Lucas so far. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers forward for Season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars]. 

(L) George Lucas at the premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' on May 10, 2018 / (R) Poster for 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars,' with Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan
George Lucas on the premiere of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ on May 10, 2018 / Promotional photograph for Season 7 of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images/Disney+

‘The Clone Wars’ is Lucas’ brainchild by and thru

In case you weren’t conscious, The Clone Wars is Lucas’ creation. It was created after Revenge of the Sith in 2008 and was a ardour undertaking of Lucas’. He and Dave Filoni primarily made it what it’s today with their huge group of writers and artists. The Clone Wars have been talked about all the way in which again in 1977’s A New Hope, and naturally, are an enormous a part of the prequels. 

However, the warfare isn’t actually proven apart from at first of Revenge of the Sith. It’s talked about once more, and we see the clones, however the gravity of the warfare, the toll it took, and the way it formed Anakin Skywalker (and others) isn’t checked out. But actually, they’re tremendous essential, and Lucas needed a collection that will dive into it a bit extra. 

And the present’s most essential new character, Ahsoka, was the brainchild of Lucas as effectively. In order to efficiently get Anakin from the cocky, immature 19-year-old Padawan in Attack of the Clones to one of many biggest Jedi — who’s additionally on the verge of a breakdown — in Revenge of the Sith, Lucas needed him to have a Padawan. Ahsoka is the character they used to assist mature him and assist him develop. She additionally went on to have the most effective character growth in the entire franchise, which made this ultimate season oh-so-special.

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The present is the very last thing that Lucas created within the franchise and honors that 100 %

Because of the whole lot talked about above, the present holds Lucas’ DNA. It is the very last thing to come back out of Star Wars — Disney or not — that may be a direct product of Lucas. He didn’t have as a lot artistic say as he did within the first six films; that’s the place Filoni got here in. But Filoni nonetheless by no means overpassed what the present meant and stood for. 

It had a number of the greatest arcs and gave a lot emotional depth to the general franchise. Anakin’s character flourished in The Clone Wars; whereas he may need come off as a whiny Padawan who turned to the Dark Side too simply within the prequels (to some), the collection confirmed why his story ended up the way it did. It additionally established him as the most effective Jedi on the time, which we didn’t actually see within the prequels as strongly. 

It additionally actually turned Ahsoka into the powerhouse that she is named today. To put it plainly, the present was telling the tales Lucas needed to inform. It takes his concepts and runs with them, however nonetheless retains the integrity of the franchise he created.

The collection honors Lucas’ important which means of ‘Star Wars,’ which the sequel trilogy didn’t actually grasp

Probably the most effective instance of how The Clone Wars grasped Lucas’ intent with Star Wars is the Siege of Mandalore arc. It took the most important second within the prequels — Order 66 — and confirmed one other aspect of it. And in the long run, it closed its curtains with Darth Vader, which is the place Lucas began this journey in A New Hope

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Something that the sequel trilogy by no means really received was the important level behind the primary six films. As Lucas wrote in a letter in 2006, the saga began and ended with Anakin Skywalker. Even although it by no means began out as such in 1977, that’s the place the story turned. The sequels utterly disregarded that. Which is okay, nevertheless it doesn’t actually coincide with Lucas’ “Skywalker Saga.” 

The Clone Wars is a ravishing ode to Lucas, the unique creator. Even although it took his themes and tales and wove them right into a well-written collection away from him, it nonetheless hinged on Lucas’ intentions with the franchise. It deepened these characters greater than any of the flicks have been in a position to do and it gave followers a number of the most beloved materials in Star Wars. That, in itself, is the most important praise to Lucas.

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