Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Analyzing Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Princess Leia: General Kenobi: Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars; now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person; but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I've placed information vital to the survival of the rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope.
A long time ago in a world that seems light years away now, there was a movie called Star Wars. A few years later they made a sequel, and another one soon after. However, there was something mentioned in that first film that took on a life of it's own. Something that was obviously pivotal to the story of the scrappy young hero who could. Something that laid the groundwork for everything that happened afterward.

The Clone Wars.

For 25 years, we could only speculate. What happened during this war that left the Empire in such turmoil? How were the Jedi wiped out? How did Vader fall to the Dark Side? In 2002 those questions began to be answered with the release of Attack of the Clones.

Since 2002 they've kept answering those questions...regardless of whether or not anyone is still asking.

Aside from Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith there have been 5 video games, an animated series, a CGI movie and, soon, a TV show.

What this really leaves me wondering is, are the Clone Wars really that interesting?

I like the Star Wars universe. I like the characters. But, really, can we move on? It's really kind of KILLING Star Wars for me. It's creative bankruptcy. There are no new ideas apparently. There are no new stories worth telling. That is what this says to me.

It's time to move forward. It's time to go into the dark unknown of the future. Star Wars needs to either stop or find a new story worth telling. If they're just going to keep mining their own past, then the story is already done and over.


PIPER said...

Did you see Tartovsky's Clone Wars. Watching that made me want more of the Clone Wars. Lots of interesting new characters and much better than any of the first three movies.

Unknown said...

I did. I saw it once. I haven't gone back and rewatched it.