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Old 27-03-2011, 17:47   #1
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Star Wars Clone Wars - to buy or not to buy?

With Amazon.com currently selling the two seasons of the Clone Wars for $24.99 I have to ask you guys if it's worth taking a punt.

To set the scene I am a Star Wars fanatic but the prequels left me relatively cold (indeed I think Phantom Menace is the "best" and they got progressively worse) but have heard good things about the Clone Wars series.

So my question to you guys is - from a purely non-kid perspective is the series worth it?
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Old 27-03-2011, 17:53   #2
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God no, it's awful. If you didn't enjoy the prequels then you won't enjoy this.
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:01   #3
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One nay vote then!

Just to clarify: I don't blindingly hate the prequels - there are bits of each film I like very much, they just get less and less frequent with each film.

I have always given the series the benefit of the doubt since Lucas is not directly involved and the Clone Wars one of the bits I enjoyed of the prequels and I can see it being executed better in the series.
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:05   #4
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The clone wars are far more like episodes 2 and 3 than 1.
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:26   #5
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Another nay here, it's more of the same unfortunately
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:33   #6
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Huh. Surely it's not all as badly written as episodes II and III?
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:46   #7
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you people are mental, it's a great show - wall to wall action, great characters and some very good stories. I just watched the last ep of season three today and it's an incredibly well done show.
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Old 27-03-2011, 18:55   #8
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you people are mental, it's a great show - wall to wall action, great characters and some very good stories. I just watched the last ep of season three today and it's an incredibly well done show.
100% agree. I think some folks are just incapable of liking anything to do with Star Wars any more. OP: if you were able to get through the prequels without having a fanboy meltdown, then I think you'll dig the Clone Wars.

The series has done a terrific job of fusing both sets of movies together. It fleshes out the prequel era in a way which the PT simply didn't have the time to do, whilst paying tribute to the OT with all manner of nods and winks to the original movies. I geeked out big time when I saw a clip of the S3 ep where they all get frozen in carbonite to evade a Separatist trap.

Where's the announcement for S3 on Blu-ray already???
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Old 27-03-2011, 20:05   #9
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I've only seen the first season but I really enjoyed it in spite of myself, even though I didn't expect to at all

Haven't seen series 2 or 3 though
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Old 28-03-2011, 11:41   #10
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God no, it's awful. If you didn't enjoy the prequels then you won't enjoy this.
Could not be more wrong.

It is an excellent series, that is way better than pretty much everything in the prequels. The CGI Anakin has ten times more personality than Anakin in AOTC & ROTS (okay that wouldn't be hard), even Jar Jar is not remotely annoying in this!

There are a few dull episodes, (political stuff), but overall it is well written, packed full of action and includes so many great tie-ins with the holy trilogy it will make any SW fan totally geek-out.

It looks great too. Highly recommended. Oh and if you are a five year old boy, this is THE best thing you've ever seen (so my son says).

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Where's the announcement for S3 on Blu-ray already???
It will be out around Oct/Nov just like S1 and S2 were... patience young padawan...

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Old 28-03-2011, 11:47   #11
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Agreed - I think it's great. A gazillion times better than all the prequels put together. Could be that some of the early posters are basing their opinions on the film that kicked off the series.

If you're a Star Wars fanatic (and I'd actually agree with you that, in retrospect, Phantom was actually the "best") then these will help reinvigorate your belief that Star Wars can actually be good.
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Old 28-03-2011, 11:56   #12
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Another positive vote here.

I quite enjoy the prequels myself but this is still far superior entertainment and my 9 year old agrees.
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Old 28-03-2011, 12:19   #13
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positive vote here as someone who's seen the movies, read one or two of the books but never went to fanboy levels, I really enjoy this series...good stories, beautifully animated, dark in a lot of places with minimal "comedy"
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Old 28-03-2011, 12:34   #14
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The 'film' they made by bolting 2 episodes together was rubbish but the shows pretty decent.
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Old 28-03-2011, 13:51   #15
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The 'film' they made by bolting 2 episodes together was rubbish but the shows pretty decent.
At around 90 minutes, the film is actually more like 4 episodes bolted together.

The film is okay, but the series certainly got better quickly.
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Old 28-03-2011, 15:33   #16
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The Clone Wars series has been very good and Season 2 in particular was superb. The prequel movies weren't brilliant but they did get better as they went along. I think The Clone Wars series not only adds to the Star Wars universe but in some ways it even makes the prequel movies better/more relevant and that can't be a bad thing.

Another important thing to note is that the Star Wars films are quite long, yet these short episodes fit so much into them with great pacing. They also work well with the prequel movies from a visual standpoint because of how computer generated they were and each episode of the series is like a mini-movie right down to the aspect ratio.
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Old 28-03-2011, 15:55   #17
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The cgi toons still arn't as good as the Samurai Jack style 5 min shorts they did.

Shame they seem to have been written out of Star Wars history.
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Old 28-03-2011, 16:22   #18
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The cgi toons still arn't as good as the Samurai Jack style 5 min shorts they did.
True - they were awesome! At least the CGI series has maintained the look of Tartakovsky's version. I still think the sequence in season 3 with the kidnap of Palpatine is some of the most amazing and insane stuff ever seen in the SW universe.

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Shame they seem to have been written out of Star Wars history.
Well the series introduced Grievous, (in an incredible way), and acted as a prologue to ROTS, so I don't think it will be forgotten.
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Old 28-03-2011, 20:44   #19
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Another vote for 'yes'. I was reluctant to have a look after the less-than-stellar Clone Wars movie, but the series is far superior.
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I'm tempted with these. I likes all the Star Wars films but have a terrible aversion to animation, especially this type of animation, so have always left well alone.
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