Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 officially aired in 2010-2011. Like the previous two seasons, it received good reception from fans, critics and viewers alike.
As you already know, “The Rise Of Skywalker” is scheduled to be released this Christmas, it is the final installment of “The Skywalker Saga.” Disney Plus currently has all Clone Wars episodes available. Speaking of which, a seventh season will air in 2020.
This review doesn’t contain no very important SPOILERS. If you haven’t got a chance to watch The Clone Wars’ third season, feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
The Whole Season
Positive: The Main Cast reprise their roles from the previous two seasons. They all did an amazing job for their respective voiceover performances.
Animation retains its style of computer animation. Graphics are upgraded adding more depth and detail to character models, environmental locations, planets, among a few things depicted.
Dave Filoni did a good job mapping out each episode.
Action Sequences were spot on decent containing hand-to-hand combat, lightsaber duels, blasters-a-blazing, tactical strategies etc.
Most episodes are set out of order. If you need a guide, you can always look up the official Clone Wars timeline online using Google.
Season 3 has some interesting story arcs. I considered a two or three-parter as an entire episode all tied together.
Certain episodes reveal how Cad Bane was gearing up to release Ziro The Hutt from prison.
Seth Green, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown & Liam Neeson have guest roles.
Negative: In a few episodes some characters call Anakin, Ani. Good god, I hate that nickname. Whenever somebody calls Anakin’s nickname, “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” plays in my head in the worst possible way you can ever imagine.
Episode 45 – Clone Cadets
Good: “Clone Cadets” is set before Season 1’s “Rookies.”
Future clone troopers Fives, Echo & Hevy endure intense training. They learn to respect each other as comrades.
Shaak Ti has a big role.
Kamino, the planet from “Attack Of The Clones” serves as a training field for the cadets.
Dave Filoni directed this episode.
Bad: No con was spotted.
Episode 46 – ARC Troopers
High: “ARC Troopers” is set after the previous episode, “Rookies” from Season 1.
Fives & Echo return to Kamino, their “birth place.”
Anakin, Obi-Wan & Shaak Ti assist the clone troopers.
A lightsaber fight ensues.
The Separatists introduce a new type droid model.
Somebody said, “All too easy.” A call forward to Darth Vader’s line from “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Low: Nothing spotted.
Episode 47 – Supply Lines
Smart: “Supply Lines” is set before Season 1’s “Ambush.”
Nute Gunray’s second in command, Lok Dod has a pivotal role.
Watto’s home planet, “Toydaria” is the main setting along with another planet, “Ryloth.”
Dumb: I hate to break it to ya, but Jar Jar has a big role in this episode. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard.
Episode 48 – Sphere Of Influence
Upwards: Ahsoka is assigned to find a senator’s kidnapped daughter.
Ahsoka teaming up with a partner to search for a political figure’s daughter is an homage to “Rush Hour.”
Tom Kenny guest stars as Tan Divo. A cop who looks and sounds like Jon Lovitz. Tom also voices a familiar face from The Original Trilogy.
A character from The Clone Wars movie makes a cameo appearance,
Downwards: Padmé said Ani. Ugh! Hate that nickname! I prefer Skyguy.
Episodes 49-50 – Corruption & The Academy
Padmé visits Satine for an important meeting.
An outbreak plays a big role in “Corruption.”
Somebody said “It’s a Trap.” A call-forward to Admiral Ackbar’s catchphrase.
Episode 51 – Assassin
High: Ahsoka experiences premonitions connected to a future event similar to Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone.”
Aura Sing factors in this episode.
A random character referenced a line from “Monty Python & The Holy Grail.”
A villain from The Clone Wars movie makes a cameo appearance. Keep in mind, Assassin is set before Season 1’s finale.
Low: No cons found.
Episode 52 – Evil Plans
Light: A senator is named after the lead character from “The Last Airbender.” Not that god awful M. Night Shyamalan film.
C-3PO & R2 are captured by Cad Bane.
This episode is set before the events of Season 1’s finale.
Dark: Nothing happened.
Episode 53 – Hunt For Ziro
Healthy: “Hunt For Ziro” is set after Season 1’s “Hostage Crisis.”
Sny Snootles, the lead singer of “The Max Reebo Band” from Return Of The Jedi, has a major role.
Free: A Jedi quotes a line from “The Big Lebowski.”
The Five Hutt Families meeting is a reference to “The Godfather.” A member of the The Five Hutt Families resembles Marlon Brando’s portrayal as Vito Corleone.
An individual meets his fate.
Captured: Not a single con spotted.
Episodes 54-55 – Heroes On Both Sides & Pursuit Of Peace
Peace: A unique group of droids reminded me of Decepticons from “Transformers.”
Padmé tries to prevent the war from risking economic issues.
“Pursuit Of Peace” is set before Season 2’s “Senate Murders.”
A chase scene escalates.
Havoc: Padmé’s uncle is named, Ono as in Yoko Ono. Why would somebody name their kid after an annoying woman known for yelling onstage?
Episodes 56-58 – Nightsisters, Monsters & Witches Of The Mist
Powerful: Somebody gets betrayed by his/her mentor.
We learn more about Ventress’ backstory.
Dooku seeks a new apprentice.
Clancy Brown (voice of Mr. Krabs) guest stars as Savage Oppress.
A Lightsaber Battle escalates.
Witches Of The Mist’s final scene sets up what’s in store for the rest of the show.
Cursed: No flaws were discovered.
Episodes 59-61 – Overlords, Altar Of Mortis & Ghosts Of Mortis
Real: Sam Witwer has a guest voiceover as a powerful dark side figure. Sam also portrayed Darth Vader’s apprentice, Starkiller in “The Force Unleashed.” Too bad the game is no longer canon.
A slain Jedi makes a cameo appearance.
Visions from the future foreshadows Anakin’s destiny.
A Lightsaber Battle intensifies.
Fake: I couldn’t find any issues.
Episodes 62-64 – The Citadel, Counterattack & Citadel Rescue
Safe: Anakin’s future Empire colleague, Grand Moff Tarkin factors in this three-part story arc.
Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, Rex, Cody & Tarkin go on a mission to free prisoners.
A character meets his destiny.
A Wilhelm Scream is heard in “Citadel Rescue.”
Out: Nothing wrong.
Episodes 65-66 – Padawan Lost & Wookie Hunt
Well: Ahsoka is captured by space pirates. In order to survive, she’s forced to partake in a deadly sport.
This two-parter pays tribute to “Battle Royale,” “Predator,” “The Running Man” & “The Hunger Games.” Ahsoka was channeling Katniss Everdeen.
Chewbacca makes a special appearance before he met Han Solo. Chewie was also in “Revenge Of The Sith.”
A padawan is named, Khalifa. Perhaps a shout-out to rapper Wiz Khalifa?
Sick: The season finale lacked flaws.
The Final Verdict: A-
The Clone Wars’ third season is another decent season never suffering from idiocy. I really enjoyed each episode without feeling easily bored. At least it wasn’t like The Phantom Menace talking about a treaty on Galactic CNN. If you’re excited to see The Rise Of Skywalker or watch The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, I highly recommend The Clone Wars.