Here’s why you need to rewatch Star Wars The Clone Wars in chronological order

Here’s the link to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order

Many Star Wars fans can relate to waiting every Friday night or Saturday morning to watch a new episode of Star Wars the Clone Wars. While watching the series, some of you might notice that there were a couple anomalies where you would watch an episode from Season 3 and question why that character, who died in the previous season, was somehow alive in the new season. Others (like me) didn’t notice any of those anomalies when the series use to air on Cartoon Network.

From the last week of 2020 to yesterday, February 11, I was watching the entire series in chronological order. To my surprise, I didn’t expect to notice how badly scattered the whole storyline became. At times I was jumping between episodes within a season and at other times, I would be jumping between episodes within multiple seasons. One instance of this was the Battle of Christophsis (aka the first event in the series, chronologically). I started out with one episode from Season 2, then watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film) and then watch an episode from Season 1. Another instance of this was (surprisingly) the final season of the series. Amidst the chaos of 2020, many Star Wars fans expected the entire Season 7 to flow in chronological order, similar to that of Season 6, but interestingly enough, the story arcs weren’t released in chronological order. I had to go from watching the Ahsoka and the Martez Sisters arc to the Bad Batch arc to finally, the Siege of Mandalore/Order 66 arc.

Once I watched the entire series in chronological order, I was able to piece together an idea on how the events of The Clone Wars unfolded. Watching it in that fashion provided a better bridge between the movies Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (note that the final story arc of Season 7 is parallel to the events in the movie). While episode nine of Season 7 portrayed events that happened right before the beginning of Revenge of the Sith, during the episode, you’ll find the point where both the movie and the last few episodes of the series start operating separately. That episode, Old Friends Not Forgotten, will explain many things about the intro for Revenge of the Sith like why Anakin Skywalker was really happy despite having to go save the Chancellor to why Obi-Wan and Anakin arrived late to Coruscant. Watching the entire series in chronological orders helps explain how the Republic has changed so much from Attack of the Clones to Revenge of the Sith.

An intriguing thing I noticed when watching the episodes in chronological order is that many of the villains that became popular due to the series weren’t seen as often as I previously thought. Asajj Ventress, the famous force-wielding assassin for Count Dooku, was found in 13 episodes while General Grevious was found in 15 episodes. Considering that the series has 133 episodes, Ventress is seen in less than 10% of the episodes while Grevious is found in 11% of the episodes. For characters that were heavily promoted by the series, they weren’t widely seen in the series.

While the Clone Wars movie was received with bad reviews, the Clone Wars series was brought with better reviews (with the first season being the worst, of course). The reason for that is due to the improvements with CGI technology, which was what the producers use to animate most of the series. And with the best animated Star Wars lightsaber duel, Maul vs Ahsoka, the producers of the series went all out. While the series has already ended, producers at Lucasfilm do intend on using the same animation style to create the Bad Batch series.

An underrated thing about the Clone Wars series is that every episode (except for the last story arc and the movie) started out by displaying a fortune cookie. While most Star Wars content as well as other cartoon shows don’t spoil the morals of the episode, Star Wars the Clone Wars chooses to spoil the moral of the episode instead. Especially since a lot of the stories in that series have battles and fighting, knowing the moral of the episode you’re watching makes watching the series fruitful. Plus, it’s hard to know what the moral of any story is if 99% of the story is all about fighting.

Star Wars the Clone Wars was a series I grew up with. When I was seven years old and in first grade, through my peers, I started getting exposed to the whole Star Wars universe and grew an interest to it. Through lucky timing, Star Wars created the Clone Wars movie that would later manifest into the tv series that I would grow up with throughout elementary and then see it stop airing on TV with the Season 5 finale. What made that season finale (at the time, it was thought to be the series finale) memorable was that the series started as a way to introduce Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s Padawan, into the Star Wars universe and the show stopped airing with Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order. After Star Wars stopped airing on TV, they released Season 6 a year after on their own digital platform (which you can call as part of the early days of Disney+). While there was no Clone Wars, Lucasfilm decided to release Rebels, a Star Wars series that used a similar animation style as Clone Wars but took place between Revenge of the Sith and New Hope. That series kept me busy between 2014 and 2018. Then from the series finale of Rebels to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I wasn’t consuming any new Star Wars content since I refused to watch Resistance mainly because I didn’t like the animation style they used. Luckily, amidst the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Lucasfilm released the final season of The Clone Wars. Once they released the series finale on May 4, 2020, after watching the series finale, from that moment, I declared that along with the official ending of my favorite TV series, my childhood has officially ended as well.

While the series ended on a bad note, it was the type of ending many fans of the series, from the beginning, expected. The producers had to debate on whether the series should end on a peaceful note (like the Season 6 finale) or end it on a bad note while providing the proper ending it deserved (like the Season 7 finale). They chose the latter. As a Star Wars fan, I’m glad that we got the bad but proper ending to the series. Without it, I don’t think that I would’ve been satisfied with how the series ended. And I bet many Star Wars will agree to that statement as well.

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