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Star Wars: Clone Wars, Volume I

Star Wars: Clone Wars, Volume I had been recommended by a few people, and we watched it on Friday night. It was ... interesting. Given that the original broadcast versions were only three minutes in length, it's kind of remarkable what they were able to do in that time frame. They stitched all the mini-episodes together for the DVD, and parts of it feel like just one long fight scene. Despite that, a bit of good explanation occurs here and there. You see why Mace Windu is billed as the strongest Jedi (I'm old enough to appreciate the "Mean Joe Green" moment, too). You see some growth from Anakin when he screws up and acknowledges that he should've listened to Obi-Wan. We get a little more context for General Grievous and Count Dooku. Perhaps the most helpful fill-in-the-blank moment occurs when you see why Palpatine has a bit of influence over Anakin.

D. liked it a bit more than I did. I didn't care for some of the clearly anime-esque bits like the tentacle guy early on, but I'm just not an anime fan. I've tried. Really. I know many of you on my f-list are fans of the genre, but please don't start listing "well have you seen ..." I've seen a lot, and out of all of it the only one I've liked is Ghost in the Shell. It figures, given the way I, II, and III have gone, that the primary thing I didn't like about Clone Wars was a recommendation that came straight from George Lucas -- he wanted the anime style 'cause he likes it. Never mind whether or not it's actually appropriate for his material, but I'll stop here before I digress into a Lucas rant.

I did like the segment with the female would-be Sith, but wish they'd mentioned her name. I was also very pleased that Anthony Daniels did his own voice work.

I don't understand why they made Anakin look so very different from Hayden Christensen. The other characters looked like the actors that played them, and so Anakin kind of stuck out for his lack of resemblance.

I'm going to go on and order Volume II from Netflix because apparently after the success of the first series on the Cartoon Network they were given 15 minutes for each episode, and Tartakovsky said that they were able to do a lot more with that. We'll see.

Edit: Thanks to jasondemotte for letting me know that the name of the wannabe Sith is Asajj Ventress.


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Feb. 20th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Vol. 2 is an improvement over the first one. The first season (or whatever you want to call it) was too brief to do much of anything. I mean, I liked it, and like you point out, it has some nice moments where it explains some stuff that you just kinda had to take on faith in the movies.

Vol. 2 manages to tell a full story each episode, as well as acheiveing an over-arching plot. Good character moments, and General Greivious gets too look more badass then he ever did in the movie.

Oh and the wannabe Sith girl is Asajj Ventress. I bought a friend, who's a big Star Wars geek, a Star Wars Unleashed figure of her.
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, thank you for letting me know that name! I edited my post and credited you accordingly. :)

I should have Vol. 2 in my hands tomorrow or the next day, and I'm looking forward to a better plot. I'm not criticizing the first effort by saying that, I'm only saying that if they did as much as they did with 3-minute segments, then just think of what they could do with 15 minutes. :)
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