Seventh season of long dormant show kicks off with a blast


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“The Clone Wars” begins to wrap up many dormant plot threads in its final season, airing six years after its previous season.

Matthew Tamez, Managing Editor

The seventh and final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” began airing on Disney+ on a weekly release schedule. The series originally ended in 2014 without a conclusion to its story arcs or characters. In the same vein as “Samurai Jack,” the show has been revived for a final season starring the same actors, finally allowing for a conclusion to a series that is remembered fondly by fans.

“The Clone Wars” takes place in the long gap between “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” telling multiple connected stories during the titular conflict that has torn apart the galaxy. The seventh season finally brings conclusions to dangling plot threads. The most important of which is what happened to Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, after she left the Jedi Order.

“The Clone Wars” was always a more mature cartoon than others at the time. It never shied away from concepts such as war, morality, death, disillusionment with violence and politics. It brought the concept of “Star Wars” to a cartoon medium that never really treated its viewers as idiots or coddled them in ways that shielded them from certain realities.

As of March 3, only two episodes have been aired on Disney+ and both are exciting and even emotionally satisfying. It introduces a new team of clones, The Bad Batch, who have such an interesting dynamic among them, as well as specialties and abilities unique to them. It is a delight to see some of these characters return to the small screen. Hayden Christensen’s stiff acting as Skywalker is nowhere to be seen here. Matt Lanter, the voice actor for Skywalker in the show, brings more believable emotion and heroics to the character than the prequel trilogy could. While not up to the same caliber as Ewan McGregor, James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is still a wonderfully acted character nonetheless.

While not much of the final season of “The Clone Wars” has aired, a great start and an amazing trailer shows that this conclusion to a long dormant series has some great promise behind it.