So, with this bombastic logo, as a hashtag, Disney surprised the Star Wars fandom, a few weeks ago, announcing a new season of Clone Wars, years after Disney itself canceled that series.
Beyond that it is great news for the fans of Star Wars, that without a doubt it is, there is no little hypocrisy in this announcement, always for the sake of Disney economic benefit, above any other goal.
To begin with, why did Disney cancel such a brilliant series with such a large community, as Clone Wars, a series that also had written and half produced material for at least two more seasons when it was canceled?
Disney canceled it, because he had just bought Lucasfilm, and wanted to break with the past. (This phrase sounds like…) He wanted to focus on his own productions, to control one hundred percent the rights of every new thing that became part of Star Wars.
Of course, Disney also did a few things very well done. Above all, he had the fundamental success of keeping all the creatives, all the teams that worked in Lucasfilm. He absorbed the seal of George Lucas, but didn’t dismantle it; far from it, so brilliant minds creating new content, like that of Dave Filoni, continued to work for Lucasfilm.
Thus, the new animation series that replaced Clone Wars, Rebels, knew how to get to the heart of a new group of characters unknown until then, and Dave Filoni was given creative freedom to continue exploring in the new series the future of one of the more emblematic characters in Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano. So we saw her about fifteen years after leaving the Jedi Temple (at the end of the fifth season of the animated series set between The Attack of the Clones and The Revenge of the Sith). The final of the fifth season of Clone Wars was an emotionally satisfying ending, but inescapably somewhat abrupt, leaving many questions unanswered. And although some have been answered in Rebels, equally brilliantly, there was still a lot of room for things to tell, between the events of the end of the fifth season of Clone Wars and the beginning of the events that are told in Episode III.
Among the answers to why Disney wanted to cut with The Clone Wars, to focus on new content, is also the fact that Disney knew that people longed for the original trilogy, and that half if not more of the fandom, especially the fans more grown up, had always been very critical and offensive with everything that had to do with the prequel trilogy, Clone Wars included (especially at the beginning of Clone Wars … then the series was gaining popularity even among the most recalcitrant fans).
So great was the offense that although it seems that now, with the commotion caused with the new trilogy of sequels, the hate has been forgotten, those criticisms completely discouraged George Lucas to undertake the sequel trilogy, which is why he thought it best to accept the offer of Disney and leave the saga in new hands, while he was away from the lights of the haters.
Disney wanted, in a studied way, to disassociate itself from everything that had to do with the prequels.
What caused them to rectify?
The answer is very easy. The same haters who had hated prequels.
As I know something of the weaknesses of the human soul, I announced it years before The Force Awakens was released. Shortly after being announced the new trilogy, after the purchase of Lucasfilm on the part of Disney, I predicted that the new episodes would be so hated that they would do good soon to the prequels. Because that is the mind of the haters. They are pathetically predictable.
But not everyone hated prequels. In fact many loved them, and some only began to hate them when they grew up, and this is something that I have read textually on the Internet, as incredible and sad as it may seem, when older and “more experienced” people “opened their eyes”, and made them see that “the only true Star Wars movies” were those of the original trilogy. Even today there are many of this kind of idiot among the Star Wars fandom. People who preferred Star Wars to be a relic to worship in a museum, rather than something alive.
In the background is the inability of that kind of fans to keep feeling things that they could only feel when they were children, and the nostalgia of not being able to feel those things now. The wrong has never been in the new movies, in the prequels or in the sequels. It has been in them, themselves: in the haters. In his inability to feel.
Thus, especially after the flood of criticism that supposed the Episode VII, conservative (for, in a way ironically fucking, now look too much to the original trilogy, and precisely because to come back to that, after the hatred generated by the prequels, was a conscious decision of Disney), and the VIII, as a transgressor (definitely showing the endless stupidity of the haters and the danger of being influenced by them), suddenly Disney began to realize that there were many people, especially among the sector of the fans that grew at the mercy of the prequels, who loved that time of the stories.
There was already a clear approach to prequels in the script of The Last Jedi (wisely developed by Rian Johnson through a few sentences in one of the best dialogues of the film, between Luke and Rey), and now, Episode IX, and according to the statement by JJ Abrams months ago, will deepen even more in the integration of all the films of the saga. A decision that is not for too late less wise.
It is in this scenario when, always observing what is best for the monetary health of the franchise, and therefore, in a deeply studied way, Disney decides to give carte blanche to Dave Filoni to develop at least one new season of Clone Wars, something that will also come in handy to fill the new streaming platform with content, with which Disney intends to eclipse the number one in the sector, Netflix.
The best thing is that by producing this new season after knowing everything that will come after give the story, which was previously impossible to know, Filoni and his team can make these new episodes of Clone Wars even more interesting than they promised be it in the beginning.
Something we can learn from the trailer is that some years have passed since the fifth season (although there are a handful of extra episodes that would make up an unofficial sixth season, which hardly had any diffusion); thus Anakin wears a more pronounced mane in the trailer, almost with the same appearance that we see him at the beginning of Episode III.
Ahsoka also looks a little more grown up, if we compare her with her more boyish appearance of the first five seasons, getting closer to the more mature aspect with which we will discover her later in Rebels.
In the argument there will be elements that will revolve around a group of “discarded” clones, for having suffered genetic alterations that made that even their physical appearance is different from that of the normal clones.
It’s possible to think that if Rebels culminated, being in a certain way also like a series with open end, very shortly before the events that are narrated in Rogue One, this new or perhaps new seasons of Clone Wars will take us until the very beginning of The Revenge of the Sith, and the kidnapping of the treacherous Chancellor Palpatine by Count Dooku.
I would like to add, to finish, a brief comment in case a possible Star Wars fan that is from the movies, but has never given an opportunity to animated series (considering that for children), go through here and read this.
Because that person could not be more wrong. The Star Wars animation series are not animated series to use. They are dramatic developments told through the language of animation, with outstanding techniques, in addition, and with story arcs that grow throughout each season and the entire series, with characters that develop and change and even die, permanently, both good and bad, and where it is not even always clear what is good and what is bad.
So, you see, in an exercise of capital hypocrisy, very much in line with what Disney usually does, first they canceled Clone Wars, and now they produce it again, saying, with all the hard face of the world, that they save it… Yes, of course, they save it. Of themselves, and of their dubious and hypocritical moral. The same that led them to fire James Gunn… by no moral or human criteria, but simply economic. (And why I’ll never see at the cinema anymore or buy any Marvel movie).