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Star Wars "Clone Wars" Series - I've Heard It's Good?

Retreater

Legend
I've been a Star Wars fan since the original films came out in theaters. I devoured most of the Expanded Universe (now "Legends") offerings in the following years. However, I didn't like the prequel trilogy for various reasons. The Mandalorian has brought some of my love for the series back, and I keep hearing from friends and family that I need to watch the Clone Wars series. I've been hesitant to do so because of the following reasons:

1) I tend to dislike animated series unless they're comedies (Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, etc.); have never been able to get into anime series
2) I strongly dislike all the prequel movies
3) Starting at the beginning, I found the series boring, speaking in gibberish about the planet of the week. I couldn't get invested in stuff that all just sounded like nonsense
4) I also tend to not like military "booyah" type stories

Is there any storyline I should watch, recommended episodes? I'd like to give it one last try.
 

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Zardnaar

Legend
Probably skip to season 2. Season one is a bit spotty. If you still don't like it eh it may not be for you.

The Darth Maul stuff is interesting along with Asajj Ventress.
 


opacitizen

Explorer
As a sidenote, have you tried Star Wars: Rebels? I liked it way more than Clone Wars. Much closer to the original trilogy in tone and feel.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
As a sidenote, have you tried Star Wars: Rebels? I liked it way more than Clone Wars. Much closer to the original trilogy in tone and feel.

Rebels is a lot more consistent start to finish than clone wars imho. Season 2 and 4 of rebels and 5 and 7 of Clone Wars maybe the best.

Best episodes of Clone Wars might beat Rebels but overall I prefer Rebels.
 


I only watched due to my child begging me. At first, like some others I was a bit bored. I am not into cartoons as a rule.

I started from the start and watched about 3 episodes at a time.

I found it to ultimately be rewarding after all was said and done. It was good to see the actual clone wars vs. a few set piece battles in the movies.

Was every episode thrilling? No. But I grew to like the clones and the end of the series was cool. I feel more steeped in Star Wars now.

Had my child not been wanting to share it with me, I never would have done it. But it ended up being interesting.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
I prefer Clone Wars over Rebels howver I agree its a particular taste

Why I watch
Clone
1) Lore
2) what happened to certain characters that only appeared briefly in the movies (certain jedi)
3) some of the action scenes such as jedi battles are fun to watch

Rebels
1) Tom Baker makes an appearance
2) interesting characters that tie both shows together. If you liked Clone Wars then you will appreciate the crossover later in series


The shows are better than 90% of the books that came out for the Clone Wars. The books added nothing as characters couldn't be killed off . No longer true for the shows
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
One thing to keep in mind about the Clone Wars animated series is that the episodes were not released in chronological order. While I know that this is a "no kidding" statement for a lot of people, I've seen plenty of fans who were put off by how sequences of events kept happening at what seemed like a random progression. Fortunately, there's a chronological episode listing available.

The good news is that Rebels doesn't repeat that gimmick, and is in chronological order straight through.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
I get that cartoons aimed at the youth audience aren't going to appeal to everybody. But if you haven't watched it or have only watched a few scattered episodes, it's worth checking out. I like them better than the Prequels. And they get to incorporate more far-flung places and lore in Star Wars, including epsiodes on Ryloth, dealing with Dathomir witches, and Mandalorians.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I get that cartoons aimed at the youth audience aren't going to appeal to everybody. But if you haven't watched it or have only watched a few scattered episodes, it's worth checking out. I like them better than the Prequels. And they get to incorporate more far-flung places and lore in Star Wars, including epsiodes on Ryloth, dealing with Dathomir witches, and Mandalorians.
If I haven’t gotten into it after the half dozen or so eps I’ve seen, I’m not going to engage in a multi-hour homework assignment to double check that I’m not enjoying it! :)
 

Retreater

Legend
If I haven’t gotten into it after the half dozen or so eps I’ve seen, I’m not going to engage in a multi-hour homework assignment to double check. :)
That's exactly where I was/am. In fact, I would stream the series whenever I had trouble falling asleep (seriously). But so many people have been coming at me like I have been missing out on the best thing that's happened to Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back, that I'm second guessing myself.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
That's exactly where I was/am. In fact, I would stream the series whenever I had trouble falling asleep (seriously). But so many people have been coming at me like I have been missing out on the best thing that's happened to Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back, that I'm second guessing myself.

Rebels is probably better for the average vierer but it helps to watch Clone Wars first.

One could skip to season 3 and start from there. You already know who most of the movers and shakers are.
 
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Reading this I am reminded of musicals. I hate them. I don’t like hip hop/rap generally either.

i don’t like clear anachronisms as a general rule. Heavy metal or pop music in a medieval adventure film? Pass. To that end, if someone offered me tickets to Hamilton, it would not be worth the paper they are printed on for me. I could force the issue and make myself sit there...but why? Life is shockingly short.

if you don’t like cartoons, or you think the show is dull....move along without apology. Follow your happiness.

you do not have to like it.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Reading this I am reminded of musicals. I hate them. I don’t like hip hop/rap generally either.

i don’t like clear anachronisms as a general rule. Heavy metal or pop music in a medieval adventure film? Pass. To that end, if someone offered me tickets to Hamilton, it would not be worth the paper they are printed on for me. I could force the issue and make myself sit there...but why? Life is shockingly short.

if you don’t like cartoons, or you think the show is dull....move along without apology. Follow your happiness.

you do not have to like it.
It’s OK. I wasn’t asking for permission. Just having a conversation.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
Reading this I am reminded of musicals. I hate them. I don’t like hip hop/rap generally either.
That's generally true for me too - but Hamilton still knocked my socks off. Then again, history and political science are interests of mine so it had a means of hooking me - particularly compared to older, classic musicals like Oklahoma, The Music Man, or the execrable Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
 




Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Funny I was not necessarily talking to you but the op.
Ah, if you’re joining a public conversation after a dozen people are involved but are addressing just one specific member of the group, you should probably investigate some ways to make that clear.
 

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