Star Wars: The Clone Wars was originally an animated series that came out in 2008. It was highly regarded, but sadly it was cancelled in 2013 before it could have a true ending. Finally, after 7 years, Disney released the final season of the show, and it absolutely lives up to the hype.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars bridges the gap between the second and third Star Wars movies, with the seventh season happening at the same time as the events of the third movie. This was a show made for Star Wars fans, not just kids. Although it’s a cartoon, there are some violent moments, and intense themes such as morality in war, and even parallels to European colonialism. However, this ultimately is a show meant for Star Wars fans, and if you haven’t seen the Star Wars movies, you won’t get the full experience.
The Seventh season picks up right before Revenge of the Sith. It mostly follows an ex-Jedi named Ashoka as she tries to figure out the plot to destroy the republic. The earlier half of the season splits focus between Ashoka trying to escape a crime syndicate, and a mutant clone squad called the “Bad Batch” trying to rescue captured Clone.The earlier half of the season is incredibly weak. The side characters who are imprisoned along with Ashoka, Trace and Rafa Martez, are frankly just annoying. One behaves like a child while the other feels like a whiny emo teenager. They’re unlikable, and the story between the three is simply just boring. The Bad Batch story is slightly more bearable, mostly because it features good characters from the show’s other seasons like Anakin and Captain Rex. Still, similar to Trace and Rafa, the new Bad Batch soldiers are again, annoying, and feel like childish caricatures. Their story arc itself is much better than Ashoka’s however, and it follows them trying to rescue a clone from a science facility.
The second half of the season however, is quite possibly some of the best Star Wars entertainment ever. It follows Ashoka attempting to lay siege to the planet Mandalore and apprehend Darth Maul. This part actually takes place concurrently during Revenge of the Sith. This section is absolutely amazing, and it features great fights, great stories, and an incredibly heartbreaking moment in the second to last episode. Ultimately, the ending portion of season 7 absolutely makes this show, and it flashes out the Star Wars universe immensely.
Despite it’s poor beginning, the ending episodes of Star Wars: the Clone Wars Season 7 is ultimately a fitting end to a beloved tv show. Ashoka completes her character arc, and all characters are tied up where they need to be by the start of Revenge of the Sith. Simply put, it’s great, and all Star Wars fans should watch it.