Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Review

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Miguel Cubero, Reporter

The major war known as the Clone Wars was first mentioned in the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 and ever since then, fans wanted to know what this conflict was and how it ended up starting. While Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones showed how the war officially started and Star Wars: Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith only showed the end of the war fans were left wondering what had happened in the years between those two movies. Star Wars: The Clone Wars released in October 2008 and ever since then, Star Wars fans got to see a whole new angle to the Clone Wars that was never seen before. The show was highly criticized at the start of the first season and had many flaws when it came to its plot, animation, and overall pace; but once the second season was released, fans enjoyed many of the battles both from the frontlines and in the politics of the Star Wars world. Main characters from the prequel movies such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, Yoda, and R2-D2 were back in the spotlight with new conflicts to endure and old enemies to confront. The Clone Wars TV Show was then canceled after its fifth season had come to an end due to conflicts between Disney and CartoonNetwork over the rights to the show. 

After the show was canceled, Disney released the sixth season of the show on Netflix and it seemed that there would not be a fitting end to the series. Four years after the sixth season had an abrupt ending, the creators of the show announced that there indeed would be a proper ending that would release on Disney’s untitled streaming service at the time. The seventh and last season premiered on the 21st of February and became a trending topic both on Twitter and Youtube. 

The first four episodes of the scheduled twelve-episode season were an epic re-opening to the show that many fans came to love. The first arc was called the ‘Bad Batch Arc’ and it centered around an elite squadron within the Grand Army of the Republic as they go behind enemy lines to recover intel. The arc focused on Anakin Skywalker’s and Captain Rex’s friendship and how the war has affected not only the both of them but another clone trooper thought to be killed-in-action in a previous episode. 

The second arc focused on another major character known as Ahsoka Tano and her struggle to fit in within a galaxy that has started to despise the Jedi Order. She learns to believe in the old ways of the Order and in helping people who are truly in need. She realizes that the politics of the war have influenced the Jedi Order to stray away from their once selfless acts and that the Jedi involuntarily keep gaining power and cloud their judgement from what should truly matter to them. 

The last arc titled: ‘The Siege of Mandalore’ just had its first episode released and it establishes that the war is nearing its end as both Republic forces and Separatist forces are making desperate strategic moves to claim the ultimate victory. This arc is different from all the others in the series as it takes place at the same time as Star Wars: Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and the last 10 days of the Clone Wars. This arc will also have longer episodes than all the others in the series. This arc will focus on Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex as they help the Republic invade Mandalore and dethrone Darth Maul from tyrannical leadership.

The series only has three episodes left, thus we will have to wait three more weeks to see the conclusion of the beloved show; and finally after twelve years after its initial release, the show will have a fitting end. Many fans have already begun to thank the creators of the show for allowing it to have a final season. This final season highlights the amount of work and time that the cast and crew put into the whole series as not only has the animation improved massively compared to the previous season, but also the overall attention to detail and care that has been seen. The show will go down in the pop culture community as one of the best when looking at the current Star Wars canon.