Star Wars: Clone Wars is an Emmy Award and Annie Award-winning American animated television series set in the Star Wars galaxy. The series chronicles the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic under Chancellor Palpatine, and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS) under Count Dooku.
Chronologically, the series takes place during the three-year time period between the films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The series was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and aired both online and on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. A 3D CGI sequel series titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted on Cartoon Network in 2008.
It was ranked 21 on IGN’s Top 100 Animated Series list. Entertainment Weekly ranked the series 20th out of 25 of the best science-fiction films or television of the past 25 years (1982–2007).
The original series consists of 20 three-minute installments for seasons 1 and 2 (later collectively known as Volume 1), and five 12-to-15 minute installments for Season 3 (later called Volume 2). The series follows the Jedi in their exploits fighting the Separatist movement against the Galactic Republic. The 25 episodes are mostly energetic set-piece battles. Many characters from the films are featured prominently, while other episodes feature minor characters from the films and/or those from the Expanded Universe. Since much emphasis is placed on action, the story and plot is less developed than in the films.
Season One and Season Two/DVD Volume One
The main storyline features Obi-Wan Kenobi being assigned to lead an assault on the planet Muunilist, with his apprentice Anakin Skywalker leading the battle in space above. Meanwhile, Separatist leader Count Dooku takes in the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress as his apprentice and sends her off to assassinate Anakin. Anakin diverts his attention in the middle of battle to pursue Ventress to Yavin 4, where he manages to defeat her in a lightsaber duel, though only through the means of fear and anger, the path to the dark side of the Force. Surrounding this storyline are various battles focusing on other Jedi and their clone troops, including:
- Obi-Wan Kenobi confronting the Gen’Dai bounty hunter Durge on Muunilinst
- Kit Fisto leading an underwater assault on Mon Calamari
- Mace Windu single-handedly destroying a seismic tank on Dantooine
- Yoda and Padmé Amidala rescuing Luminara Unduli and her apprentice Barris Offee on Ilum
- Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, K’Kruhk and Aayla Secura ambushed by droid commander General Grievous on Hypori
Season Three/DVD Volume Two
The story picks up directly from Anakin’s defeat of Ventress and Obi-Wan’s victory on Muunilist. With General Grievous emerging to claim victories for the Separatists, the Republic needs more Jedi Knights. After much consideration, the Jedi Council decides to promote Anakin to a Knight. Three years later, Anakin and Obi-Wan are assigned to find General Grievous on the planet Nelvaan, but end up liberating a group of Nelvaanians enslaved and mutated by the Techno Union instead. Meanwhile, General Grievous leads an assault on Coruscant and, despite the best efforts of Yoda, Mace Windu, Shaak Ti and others, kidnaps Supreme Chancellor Palpatine for his master Count Dooku. Anakin manages to rescue the Nelvaan warriors, though he once again draws upon his anger, then sets out with Obi-Wan to rescue the Chancellor over Coruscant (as seen in the opening minutes of Revenge of the Sith).
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