Friday, October 3, 2014

LucasFilm Brings Star Wars Clone Wars to a Conclussion

On the eve of the premiere of the new Star Wars: Rebels animated television show on the Disney Channel fans of the cancelled Clone Wars series can also get some closure as videos portraying the final four episodes of that series have recently been posted on the official website.

When Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise the Clone Wars animated television series that was airing on Cartoon Network was cancelled before  it could air its final season.  Most of that season was eventually shown on Netflix but the final four episodes of the series story arc were never completed for broadcast. Disney has now released videos of these four episodes that feature a pre-broadcast quality story reel and voiceovers from the cast.  While these aren't as visually enjoyable as a broadcast quality product they do provide full 22 to 23 minute chapters that fans of the series can appreciate.  Some of the scenes really aren't that bad and others look more like stick drawing with art direction scribbles/notes etched on the screen but they do tell full stories with the voice talents of  Clone War's cast - the voices just don't match the characters lips the two key players in the episodes Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi both look like they have holes cut in their necks during most of their scenes.  That being said for production to have been shut down before these episodes were completed the piecing of parts together to create these videos isn't bad.

The four episodes are titled A Death On Utapau, In Search of the Crystal, Crystal Crisis, and The Big Bang.   The teaser that ties these four episodes together is they revolve around a giant crystal that will probably be used eventually for the planet destroying laser of the Death Star but none of the characters at this time realize that premise because it is mysteriously shrouded in Palpatine's master Sith plan to create an Empire he rules.  Here is summary of each episode and links to the videos:

Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate a mysterious death of a Jedi Master on Utapau, and uncover a secret Separatist weapons deal the likes of which they have never seen before.  CLICK HERE to view the video.

 Obi-Wan and Anakin’s investigation on Utapau continues, and they allow themselves to be captured by weapons dealers who possess a focusing crystal of unspeakable power. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

 Obi-Wan and Anakin must escape from Utapau with a kyber crystal before General Grievous and his droid army track them down. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Obi-Wan and Anakin must do all they can to prevent a powerful weapon from falling into General Grievous’ hands. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Watching these four videos is a decent way to close out The Clone Wars television series and prepare to enjoy the upcoming Rebels show.  Disney's Star Wars Rebels debuts with a one hour special on October 3, 2014 at 9pm ET.  The show will than air weekly with 1/2 hour episodes on Monday evenings on the Disney XD cable channel beginning October 13th.

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