Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two (2010)
After an impressive debut season, the animatedStar Wars: The Clone Warsroars back for a sophomore slate of adventures that tops its predecessor in both action and mythos-related dramatics. Situated in theStar Warstimeline betweenEpisode II: Attack of … see full wiki
I was definitely one of those skeptics who didn't think Star Wars would work as an animated show. I especially was worried about the art style. However, after hearing that Darth Maul was coming back, I decided to try it out - and ended up loving it.
The show is very respectful of the movies and does a good job building upon the themes in the original and prequel trilogies while adding its own new characters and stories. Ashoka Tano, Anakin's apprentice, has a wonderful combination of sass and charm. Assaj Ventress, Dooku's apprentice, adds the first true female villain to the series. Even more impressive, the series makes you care about the clone troopers, who act much more like American G.I.s than Stormtroopers.
The second season I felt had much more variable quality than the first. While the first season was consistently solid, the second had some high highs and low lows. The best part of the season for me was the opening trilogy featuring the bounty hunter Cad Bane. He has an amazing screen presence and takes the series into darker territory. Some of the other strong episodes in the season were the standalone episodes that focus on character development, particularly "The Deserter" and "Lost Lightsaber," which give Rex and Ashoka Tano respectively a chance to shine. Some of the other episodes also give Jedi masters like Plo Koon and Ki-Adi Mundi fun lines.
A lot of the episodes this season were tributes to classic films or film genres. "Bounty Hunters" was a fun episode introducing several new bounty hunters, was a tribute to Kurosawa. The brain invaders arc had a blatant mix of Aliens with the Geonosian queen and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The Zillo Beast duology was a carbon copy of Godzilla and King Kong. The episodes on their own don't do a whole lot to advance the meta-story of the Clone Wars, but they're fun tributes.
The weaker parts of the season were the longer story arcs. The Geonosis arc just didn't do anything for me and reminded me of the soulless battle scenes in Attack of the Clones. Although admittedly the Clone Wars did a better job, giving Jedi Masters Luminara and Ki-Adi Mundi some real depth. The Mandalore arc also didn't really excite me for some reason. The only part I really enjoyed was seeing the flirtation with Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine. I can't pinpoint exactly what I didn't like, but couldn't really get into seeing Mandalore in such a state.
Overall, if you like Star Wars I'd recommend giving the show a try. It's not just for kids. I haven't once felt "silly" for watching it. In fact, it does some stuff better than the movies.
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