TV Show Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season 7 (The Final Season)

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Score: 7.7/10

It is official; Dave Filoni is the future of Star Wars. If you are unfamiliar with the name, Dave Filoni (along with John Favreau) was the mastermind behind The Mandalorian and this final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Favreau was not involved in The Clone Wars). This final season along with The Mandalorian are the two best Star Wars things to be produced since Disney acquired the franchise.

This Clone Wars series seeks to bridge the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This last season brings us right up to Revenge of the Sith and the last four episodes of this season take place during the events of that movie.

There are three story arcs in this last season. The first focus on clones. The second arc focuses on Ahsoka getting into mischief. The third arc is a conclusion of the series.

The first arc was fun and reminiscent of the rest of the seasons of Clone Wars in terms of action and and tone. The second season was kind of a waste of time and mostly unrelated to the greater events of the Star Wars universe. The final story arc is a masterpiece.

That final story arc (which consists of four episodes) could be a movie all on its own. The atmosphere, the action, the music, everything was just amazing and constantly foreshadowing the inevitable darkness that was to come.

A word needs to be said about the music, which is masterful. It’s new stuff, but just when you get a subtle reference to past events, that soundtrack hits you with some nostalgic melodies. It’s a good example of how good music can elevate a moment.

There are some many fantastic moments in these last four episodes. For me there are two moments that stand out. First is the motion captured light saber fight in the third to last episode.  Here’s a short behind the scenes clip about how it was done.

They basically put two actors in those motion capture suits and had them actually do the fights. What I especially loved is that they brought back Ray Park, the original actor of Darth Maul, to do the motion capture for the fight scene. The action, the visuals, the lighting, everything was perfect. This light saber fight had more emotions in it than anything that the recent Star Wars movies have produced.

My second favorite moment is the very last scene in the series. There was just some great imagery and music in that scene.

Overall, this was amazing. What I find lacking from all the recent Star Wars movies is a lack of respect for the lore and history of Star Wars while also building off that history. The movies either completely retread what has happened before in order to milk the nostalgia or it completely disregards what happened before. This last season as well as The Mandalorian is the happy medium of respect for the history of the franchise while exploring new ground moving the franchise forward.

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