The End of An Animated Era: A Review of The Final Season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars


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Emma Ozdogan, Staff Wrier

After the show’s initial cancellation in 2014 and its surprise announcement in 2018, the long-awaited seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is finally streaming on Disney+. The series is an animated anthology, meaning it follows a variety of characters across many different stories. Set between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the show focuses on the lightsaber-wielding Jedi Order and the war between the clone army of the Galactic Republic and the droid army of the Separatists. If the fact that the show is animated discourages you from watching it, as it once did for me, I can confidently say that it will surpass your expectations by a long shot, especially the final season. The various stories told throughout the show are intricate and engaging, exploring the complexity of war and the mystery of the galaxy-binding Force rather than just following a simple storyline, as one might expect from a show targeted towards younger audiences. 

The final season, set just before Episode III, phenomenally concludes this 12-year series with three unique story arcs filled with action and plenty of tear-jerking moments. Without revealing any critical spoilers, the first two arcs of the series (eight episodes) follow two fantastic ensembles of characters on two different adventures, perfectly leading into the final, four-episode arc. This final arc, which centers around two primary characters introduced to the Star Wars universe by this show—former Jedi Ahsoka Tano and Clone Captain Rex — is what provides the emotional conclusion to this chapter of Star Wars. This long-anticipated final storyline directly overlaps with Episode III, meaning familiar characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker make appearances. Not only that, but it also explores Ahsoka’s and Rex’s experience with the tragic events of Order 66 and the fall of the Jedi Order, the devastating story of which is familiar to many. In addition to the exceptional storylines throughout this season, the animation is seamless with stunning cinematography, and the musical score adds to the emotions felt in every scene. After reading all of this, if you’re still not fully interested in watching, listen to sophomore Milind Singh: “After waiting six years, I was highly anticipating season seven of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and was not disappointed. All the characters we saw both in the movies and those introduced later [in the show] saw an amazing ending to their storylines.” Overall, The Clone Wars is an enjoyable series with compelling plotlines, intricate characters, and a meaningful and emotional conclusion that is bound to satisfy viewers.