Why We're Excited About The Clone Wars Return
Written by: Coty J. Spalding
This Friday I punched out of work at my day job like always and found some chatter Star Wars: The Clone Wars. At first I assumed this was just about the panel at San Diego Comic Con AKA the only con that really matters, but it turns out there was more to it than that. Disney has officially announced that next autumn when they drop their new streaming service, it will include the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Naturally, upon hearing this news I wanted to scream like a little girl after hearing they were going to spend the weekend at Disneyland, but alas I work in a public restaurant and such behavior would be frowned upon by management. So instead of screaming in public I’m going to scream into my laptop and then discuss the trailer that made the big announcement. So if you’ll excuse me… Thank you.
So our trailer starts out interestingly with voice over of various lines of dialogue from various clone troopers while we watch five troopers walk away from the screen as we pull out to reveal Captain Rex’s helmet, then we pull further out and see Commander Wolffe’s helmet and various other troopers, some blank, some with vanities to distinguish themselves, then we start to see the Phase II helmets from Revenge of the Sith. This is all happening while we hear more lines from Rex, Fives, Echo, Cody, Wolffe, and so many others, as well as blaster fire. We also see mortar fire going back and forth between the
helmets until we finally see a blast hit the center and destroy all the helmets. Then we see the shot that made realize this was real. Fade in: “a war left unfinished…” Second fade in: “Until now.”
We then cut to some proper footage and see an LAAT carrier fly into a hangar in some forest. We then move over to a scene of Rex, Anakin, and another trooper walking out to see the republic fleet over their heads. And if you’re watching the trailer at this point, you may be thinking “who’s this guy in black and red armor?” That’s Hunter, the commander an elite clone trooper unit named Clone Force 99 aka the Bad Batch. Long story short, the Bad Batch are a team of clone troopers who all endured mutations while they were being grown by the Kaminoans that actually led to them becoming rather unique by clone standards. They were never in a completed episode that actually aired on television, but they were part of a four episode arc of unfinished episodes that were originally aired at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim in April 2015, which were posted to StarWars.Com a week later. These episodes had some pretty rough animation and the effects on the voice work wasn’t always done, but you could tell what the idea was.
But back to the trailer; we cut to the title, and then cut again to Anakin and Obi-Wan walking across the bridge of a Star Destroyer (before they were called Star Destroyers) with Anakin asking Rex what was so important that he had to call them on board for it. And before I talk about why they’re there, I’d like to pay a quick compliment to the animation and character designs. The early seasons had Anakin and Obi-Wan with armor over their Jedi robes because they couldn’t animated the fabric very well. As the seasons progressed they managed to strip away most of the armor and just show the actual robes save for the sleeves. Obi-Wan’s hands and Anakin’s left hand were always covered with gloves so they wouldn’t need to animate the big flowing sleeves, not so here. Obi-Wan walks into frame with his tan robes covered by a big brown cloak and Anakin walks in his left hand visible and his long flowing sleeve hanging loose. And now you’re thinking, that’s great, Coty, now why did Rex have them come up to the ship? Well, he had a call for them. A call from a Miss Bo Katan, sister of Obi-Wan’s one time lover,
Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, and Anakin’s former Jedi Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. And that’s where we cut off. I cannot wait for more from this great show and I can’t wait to see what stories we’re actually going to see. The trailer did its job. I’m excited. Disney, I hate you, but please take more of my money. Thank you.