A long time ago (1976 to be exact), in a desert location in Tunisia, not so far away compared to the sci-fi space opera setting of his story, filmmaker George Lucas began filming what would be the first movie in a massive juggernaut franchise spanning nine movies divided into three trilogies, plus various spinoffs like standalone features and animated series. While the nine-film episodic “Skywalker Saga” was completed last year, there is still an unfinished segment in the overall story, that of the 3D-animated “Clone Wars” series that aired on various platforms from 2009 to 2014. Finally however, it all comes to end starting Friday.
Season 7, the final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from Lucasfilm Animation will premiere on Disney+ streaming this February 21, and will run roughly weekly for a projected 12 episodes. It was a double long time coming, first since season 6 ended back in 2014 (aired on Netflix) and second because the announcement of the seventh and last season for Disney+ was made back in 2018 (and a trailer shown in April last year). As Comic Book Resources puts it however, it is actually advantageous that “Clone Wars” was left on the vine as long as it was.
Even as other “Star Wars” projects came to prominence over the storyline of “Clone Wars,” set between the Prequel episodes II (“Attack of the Clones”) and III (“Revenge of the Sith”), fans have only been gripped with an increasing fondness for the series, especially concerning the dynamics between Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (voiced by Matt Lanter) and his one-time Padawan Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein). While opinion for “Clone Wars,” which started with a movie release for its pilot episodes, was initially low, subsequent seasons led to a growing and very dedicated fan base.
Certain plot threads that are likely to be addressed in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” for its concluding season include a visual depiction of the oft-referenced battle of Mandalore, as well as side-scenes to the plotline of “Revenge of the Sith” which is said to run almost concurrently with the episodes. This could lead to showing how Ahsoka goes into hiding to escape the Great Jedi Purge, becoming an anti-Empire agitator, and how Clone Captain Rex and his comrades manage to desert after the removal of their inhibitor chips kept them from obeying Order 66. The further plotting of Darth Maul, leading to his appearance in “Star Wars Rebels,” might also be explored in detail.
Thus far only the first six episodes of “The Clone Wars” season 7 have release dates confirmed for Disney+. New ones will become streaming available every Friday starting February 21.
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