The Clone Wars’ final season streamed on Disney Plus in 2020. It received positive reviews from critics, fan and streamers alike.
As you may know Disney is working on upcoming Disney Plus shows such as “Andor,” “The Book Of Boba Fett,” “Obi-Wan,” “Lando,” “Rangers Of The New Republic,” “The Acolyte” & “Ahsoka.” “The Bad Batch” is currently streaming right now.
This review contains no SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
The Entire Season
Positive: Voice Actors from previous seasons reprise their roles and they all did an awesome job for their respective performances.
Dave Filoni did an excellent job finishing what George Lucas started since the animated Clone Wars movie kickstarted the series since 2008. Feels like yesterday when I saw it back when I was 15.
Animation retains its unique computer animated style bringing character models, fluid movement, environmental locations, lighting and other polished details. Anakin & Obi-Wan look exactly like Hayden Christensen & Ewan McGregor in animated form.
Action Sequences are filled with blasters, and an engaging lightsaber battle.
Kevin Kiner (Titans, Doom Patrol) composes the last season as he did with previous ones.
The Final Season ties into “Revenge Of The Sith.”
Like Revenge Of The Sith, The Tone is darker and somber.
After leaving The Jedi Order since Season 5’s shocking finale, Ahsoka (my favorite Jedi) comes back.
Some scenes with Anakin in rage mode obviously foreshadows his transformation into Darth Vader.
The Bad Batch make their debut. They appear in their own spin-off series set during the early days of The Galactic Empire. Their leader Hunter has a red bandana like “Rambo.” Each one has a specific personality reflecting a special skill.
Darth Maul (my favorite Sith Lord) appears as the final antagonist.
Ray Park reprises his role as Darth Maul. He provided motion capture.
The final story arc of the show is interconnected to Revenge Of The Sith. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, allow me to give ya’ll a recap. Dooku is decapitated by Anakin. Palpatine contacts every clone trooper by killing Jedi under Order 66. General Grievous is defeated by Obi-Wan. Mace Windu is killed by Palpatine. Padme gives birth to Luke & Leia, then she dies from complications of childbirth not sadness. Anakin assassinates younglings, (the little kids) Nute Gunray and his fellow separatists. Obi-Wan & Anakin engage in an intense lightsaber duel in Mustafar only for Obi-Wan to let Anakin burning alive with the victor sadly taking his former friend’s lightsaber. After a fight with Palpatine and losing his lightsaber, Yoda exiles himself in Dagobah. Anakin is installed with a life support system, new robotic legs, an arm and given a heavy suit of black armor now officially transformed as Darth Vader. The Death Star is under construction. Yoda exiles himself in Dagobah. Yoda informs Obi-Wan Qui-Gon is a force ghost. C-3PO memories are erased by Bail Organa as a way to delete evidence related to Anakin. Bail adopts Leia. Obi-Wan delivers Luke to Owen & Beru on Tatooine to keep in eye on him. When the time is right, Luke will eventually face off against Palpatine and make his father redeem himself by coming back to The Light Side.
Negative: Nothing bad found. I’m giving The Cast & Crew an Extra Point for completing the final season on a high note.
Parts I-IV – The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, On The Wings Of Keeradaks & Unfinished Business
Victory: The Bad Batch factor in this four part story arc. They’re basically defected clone trooper versions of “The Expandables.” Despite being a rowdy group, they do come in handy.
Anakin & Mace lead the mission to liberate Anaxes with help from Captain Rex & Commander Cody.
After surviving from an explosion since his last appearance, Trench returns.
Captain Rex’s old ally plays a pivotal role. Can you guess who he is?
Action Scenes with The Bad Batch shooting droids got my blood pumping back since Season 6.
Padme makes a cameo in Part II. Ya’ll probably know what she has “inside her belly.”
Part II has a sweet grappling hook scene.
Part III has a scene with The Team crawling through an air-vent. All I can say is, “Now I know what a TV dinner feels like.” For those who don’t know what I’m saying, it’s a line from “Die Hard.”
Somebody meets his fate.
Part IV’s finale subtly sets up The Bad Batch’s spin-off series.
Defeat: No problems found.
Gone With A Trace, Deal No Deal, Dangerous Debt, Together Again
Comeback: After a self-impose absence due to her disbelief towards The Jedi Order from Season 5’s finale, Ahsoka helps two sisters on a mission without her lightsabers relying on her brain, using her force powers sparingly to avoid suspicion.
Trace’s name and undercut is a possible reference to Tracer from “Overwatch.”
The Martez Sisters learn to cooperate by overcoming their constant bickering and act like professionals.
The name of the planet Ashoka & The Martez Sisters arrive is “Oba Diah.” Perhaps it’s name after The Beatles song “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da.” I guess Dave Filoni is a Beatles fan like me.
In Part I Ahsoka’s speeder crashes. She exclaims, “What a piece of a junk!” A reference to “A New Hope” with Luke reacting to The Millennium Falcon.
In Part IV, a familiar face shows up.
Disaster: No boo boos spotted.
Old Friends Not Forgotten, The Phantom Apprentice, Shattered & Victory And Death
Light: Unlike many episodes, this four part story arc lacks a narration, Kevin Kiner’s music. An episode opens with a text “A Lucasfilm Limited Production.” Haven’t seen that in a long time since I used to own all three VHS copies with Leonard Maltin interviewing George Lucas before a specific installment begins. Yep, my parents introduced me to pre-1997 re-releases of The Original Trilogy.
Even though I am aware of the events of Revenge Of The Sith, this story arc is an emotional roller coaster ride. I’ll sum it up in two words. “HOLY CRAP!”
Ahsoka reunites with Anakin & Obi-Wan one last time. It’s gut-wrenching when Ahsoka looks up to him like an older brother who cares for her. Until his fateful path to The Dark Side puts a strain on them.
Anakin gives Ahsoka a “present.”
Bo-Katan reunites with Ahsoka by liberating the planet Mandalore.
Part I’s opening scene starts strong.
Darth Maul factors in as the final antagonist. We all know it won’t last long due to Order 66 changing everything.
An epic lightsaber duel escalates between two of my favorite characters. Guess who they are? Would’ve given this scene Bonus Points if “Duel Of The Fates” plays in the background. My favorite instrumental piece in a movie. That would’ve bookend a lightsaber duel from “The Prequel Trilogy.” Darth Maul’s battle with Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon from “The Phantom Menace” played Duel Of The Fates. I think it should’ve been played one last time as a metaphor for Ending An Era.
Not a spoiler. If you’re already familiar with “Star Wars: Rebels,” Ahsoka helps Kanan & Ezra.
Primary Theme is “An End Of An Era.” The Galactic Republic is re-established as The Galactic Empire marks the beginning of The Rebellion Era.
Part IV’s climax is an intense yet emotional at the same time.
The Ending is somber. That’s all I have to say.
Dark: No flaws found.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
The Clone Wars’ final season is an emotional roller coaster putting all the puzzle pieces together. All the things I’ve added on the positive section, indicates why I think this season ends on a high note. If you wanna watch The Bad Batch, make sure you watch The Clone Wars’ grand finale which I strongly recommend. I cannot wait for Rosario Dawson portraying Ahsoka in an upcoming live action series.