We very much enjoyed the five seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that aired on the Cartoon Network, and we were very much looking forward to future episodes and storylines. But alas, the sixth season never materialized after being cancelled. Like other fans, we were left wondering what would happen to the remaining episodes that had already been created. In fact, there were thirteen additional episodes that were already finished (of the original 22 that were scheduled). The “unseen thirteen” were eventually shown on Super RTL (a German TV Network) and on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada. These same 13 episodes are now available, along with some interesting bonus content, on a newly released Blu-ray titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions.
Most of the episodes of what was to be the sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars really point us towards the movie Revenge of the Sith. The season begins with a couple of episodes that center around a Clone Trooper who feels compelled to attack a Jedi. It’s as if he has already been given Order 66. The Republic mistakenly believes that he could be infected with some sort of a virus. However, Count Dooku is aware of the situation and contacts Emperor Palpatine about what is really happening. It’s a great opener to the episodes and does an excellent job of filling in a few holes in the prequel trilogy.
Next, there are a few episodes that detail some of the political undertones of the wars, and they are actually good, but the last few episodes were our favorites. They explore Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, who ordered the creation of the clone army in the first place, and Qui-Gon Jinn (voiced by Liam Neeson). Yoda communicates with Qui-Gon in an episode called “Voices,” but Yoda does not trust this to be real as Qui-Gon has already been killed. The Jedi Council has a suspicion that Yoda could have been deceived by the Dark Side. Eventually, Yoda gets help from Anakin Skywalker to travel to Dagobah, where Qui-Gon has informed him he will receive further instruction there. We all particularly enjoyed this as it not only offers explanation for Qui-Gon’s abilities that are later used by both Obi-wan and Yoda, but it’s also a storyline where Yoda is a sort of apprentice as Luke is much later on the same planet under Yoda’s tutelage.
Ending out the episodes, Yoda continues his own journey that Qui-Gon has given him, and travels to the location of the origins of The Force. Again, the story parallels The Empire Strikes Back, as Yoda finds himself having to face his own fears and sees images that he knows are not real as he has to confront the Dark Side.
We’re happy to have had the opportunity to view the remaining episodes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but the episodes are so well done, it leaves us wishing for more. We never really see what becomes of ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano. If you remember, she leaves the series at the end of Season Five, and we don’t ever see her story resolved. Could she make an appearance in the new, and equally entertaining series, Star Wars Rebels? We hope that she does as she was one of the main characters of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and wish we knew exactly where her story goes.
There are a couple of interesting Bonus Features on the Disc including two episodes that are very early versions of four episodes. They are not completely finished, but have the audio in what appears to be a final state. The animation is clearly left to be completed, but they are an interesting watch, nonetheless. There is also an excellent featurette that details how the artists at Lucasfilm brought the series to life. There is even a special appearance by George Lucas in the bonus, and it’s a short but great watch. This is an excellent Blu-ray for Star Wars fans, and it, alone with the aforementioned Star Wars Rebels will help tide us over until the next Star Wars films hit the big screen.
Film Clip: Battle with Darth Sidious
Creators/Executive Producers: George Lucas, Dave Filoni (“Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Steward Lee (“Batman & Mr. Freeze,” “Star Wars Rebels”)
Series Synopsis: Set between Episodes II and III of the iconic “Star Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” explores the untold stories that helped shape the galaxy far, far away. The series chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other “Star Wars” heroes as they struggle to maintain freedom and restore peace against the dark side of the Force. Joined by an army of clone troopers, the noble Jedi fight to protect the Republic against the Separatists and their droid army led by Count Dooku, hias assassin Asajj Ventress and the evil General Grievous. Each week, a new thrilling story is revealed, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas.
Bonus Features: Never Before Seen 16-Minute Documentary Covering All Six Seasons
Four additional story reels from “The Lost Missions” Season (Blu-ray only)
Release Date: 11/11/2014 (Direct Prebook: 9/16; Distributor Prebook: 9/30)
Feature Run Time: Approx. 287 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1:78 (Widescreen)
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages: English, French & Spanish
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.