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A darker, more mature Star Wars
on 16 March 2011
I was very dubious about seeing a cartoon version of Star Wars, but this series just gets better every time. I like the fact that the creators have shown that the Jedi aren't the unbeatable warriors that they may have seemed in the early days of the Star Wars phenomenon back in the 1970's. Also they have stuck to the more mature topics of the books, evolving the clone troopers from just men in armour into fleshed out characters with personalities all their own. This series is much darker than its forerunner, and the stories are just getting better all the time. I love the character of Cad Bane, and as for Aurra Singh, well, can we please see more of these characters?!?! At least in this season we are spared from appearances by Jar Jar Binks (whose death can't come too soon for me, or for many I could mention), or too much of just Annakin and Obi Wan Kenobi. However, the introduction of the Mandalorians had me bouncing up and down in my seat, as I've loved these warriors since the early hints of them in the books. Obi Wans past relationship with the Mandalorians is well handled, with hints that he also had more than just a diplomatic affair with one of them. I like the development of Asoka, as she is slowly becoming one of the strongest characters of both series. Her interaction with the other padawan is very well handled, almost tender at one point. The element of "zombie" troopers has been well done in the books, but seeing them on the screen, as well as a zombie Jedi is a real treat for me. I loved the Geonosis revisit, but most of all, the early history of young Boba Fett, seeing him as someone who at times is actually hesitant in dealing out death to his victims. This makes him much more human, and much more believable. The only episodes that I couldn't really get into were the Zillo Beast ones, as these were, to my mind, unnecessary, and far too trite for my taste. Nostalgia for old monster films is alright, but something like this doesn't really carry over too well into the Star Wars universe. The Zillo looked like something they just put in as a filler, and looked less well thought out in appearance than any other creature I've seen in a Star Wars outing. Apart from that, this is by far the best of the two series to date, mainly due to the story content, and the recent advances in cgi animation (the flame thrower troopers are excellent). I can't wait to see what happens in season 3.