Monday, February 24, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars finds its way to Netflix

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions" coming to Netflix March 7, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars spent 5 seasons on Cartoon Network portraying the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and their fellow Jedi Knights during the time period set between Episodes II and III of the Star Wars movie franchise.  Of course the resolution of the tv series was somewhat of a given with Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader, Kenobi and Yoda going into exile, and the rest of the Jedi massacred by the Clones they spent fighting alongside that gave show it's name .   Yet some mysteries and cliffhangers remained that many fans hoped would be answered in a sixth season.  Than Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise and it was announced that the series would be concluded with Season 5 on Cartoon Network.

Production on Season 6 had already been begun by the animated series creative team at the time the show was cancelled.  Where any of these episodes completed? Would fans of the show ever be provided resolution to some of the series story arcs that hadn't been closed and movie mysteries that had yet to be answered?  Well we'll know on March 7th as Disney has recently announced that The Clone Wars will be moving to Netflix for its sixth and final season.  It appears there are 13 episodes of The Clone Wars that have been produced to makeup this sixth season. All 13 episodes will be available starting March 7, 2014 on Netflix streaming video service for U.S. and Canadian subscribers.

In one of the story arcs for Season 6 "The Lost Missions", Yoda will be visited by the spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson in a reprisal of his Episode I - The Phantom Menace movie role.  This story arc may provide some answers to how Obi-Wan Kenobi disappeared in Episode IV -  A New Hope yet stayed in contact as a spiritual adviser to Luke Skywalker after his death in that movie and its sequels.  Another story arc will reportedly focus on the mysterious Order 66 that killed off the Jedi told from the Clones perspective.
One story that won't be concluded is that of Darth Maul.  The episodes that had been planned to wrap up his character's role in the series never made it to production.  That has been addressed though by the series' creative team through a partnership with Darkhorse Comics.  Darkhorse will be producing a 4 issue mini-series that will tell that story arc as had been intended to air on television but through comic books instead.  Look for Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir on retail shelves this summer as it adapts the screen plays drafted for the season 6 Darth Maul episodes that weren't produced.

In addition to the newly released 13 episodes of The Clone Wars, Netflix will also have the first 5 seasons of the show, never seen before footage/deleted scenes from the series, and other special content available for streaming viewing through a multi-year deal with Disney. While The Clone Wars will be available for an extended period of time for viewers to enjoy, I hope the Internet doesn't crash with people rushing to see "The Lost Missions" all at once becauseI know I'll be visiting Netflix on March 7th myself for a Star Wars watching marathon.

UPDATE:  Here's a more detailed trailer posted by IGN on youtube:

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