Thursday, October 14, 2010

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3

Been watching season 3 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars which just started up recently and it rekindled my love for this franchise. I mean who doesn't love Star Wars? This CGI based cartoon series came out in 2008 and follows the campaign of the Republic against the separatist forces leading up to Episode 3 of the Star Wars movie where Anakin Skywalker transforms to Darth Vader.

I remembered watching the 2008 cartoon movie that came out first to introduce this cartoon series and wasn't so thrilled about the premise of the movie. But still, I gave it a shot because the graphics is really mind-blowing. Then came the episode where Jar Jar Binks was the main protagonist and I started getting turned off.

I don't know what is it with this guy that turns me off, but after much thought I realized that I find his entire being irritating. From his design, to the clumsy way that he moves and to his immature behaviour, but most importantly the way he talks. Its like somebody sending you a "text-speak" message on your email. Cellphone is an acceptable venue for me for text-speak but in your email? blehhh.

I have to warn you though that the content could be considered a bit mature and violent. Death and suffering is administered into each episode, it isn't graphic and gory but I wouldn't consider this a show that young kids with easily influenced minds should be allowed to watch.

Anyway, after watching the first 3 episodes of Season 3 I decided to give Season 1 and 2 a shot. So far I was truly entertained by it. Season 1's plotline becomes more mature and dark during the latter part of the episode. Season 2 meanwhile follows up where Season 1 left off in terms of quality of the story and the cartoon. Aside from the graphics and the story I am impressed with the attention to detail that the producers puts in to each cartoon.

Along with the main casts of the movie the viewer is introduced more to the Star Wars world by the addition of new characters. A more human side of the clones are also shown in some episodes where the plot centers on them without any Jedi character involvement. Then of course there are the Jedi's, in the previous Episode 2 and 3 we just see glimpses of them in action but without any speaking parts, here the episodes sometimes focuses on these unknown Jedi's without participation of the more popular ones (Yoda, Anakin, Obi-one, etc). This is just scratching the surface of the Clone Wars as there is more to be learned by watching the series (from the Sith, the Hutts, the Bounty Hunters, the Separatists etc). Try watching this show, you really will be impressed.

Just to further add to this post, here's a trailer of the 2008 movie I found at Youtube:

Here's season 3's trailer

Here's a trailer for season 3 with commentary: