Clone Wars Question
Hey! I just got a Blu-Ray player and I'm looking for some new HD TV series to buy. I like Star Wars and I've watched all six of the films, but I'm not sure I remember everything. Even if I did, I'm sure I didn't catch it all...
What I mean to say is I'm not a HUGE Star Wars fan. I have a passing interest in the franchise, but I've never really immersed myself in the world. With that in mind, is the Clone Wars TV series something that I could jump into without an extensive knowledge of the films/books/comics/spin-offs? Obviously I would need to start with the Clone Wars movie, but other than that, is there anything that I would miss out on? I've been listening to a podcast where the hosts talk about the Clone Wars series a lot and they bring up all these little things like "Oh this star ship was from this book", and "these droids were seen in this game". Does the series stand on its own without the fanfodder easter eggs? Is it something that a casual fan can watch and enjoy?
Also, do I need to watch the micro-series from 2003 to understand the full TV series?
I would have to say that the Clone Wars series is something that most viewers can jump in and follow rather easily. They rarely make allusions to things from the movies, and seeing as how it takes place between the events of "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith", it really isn't going to spoil anything for you.
What is the most interesting is that you get to know the actual Clones, as there are series regulars that are vital to the show. I also don't think you really need to see the Clone Wars feature to start watching, unless you want to know how a certain character gets his padawan.
The 2003 micro-series is also a different creature altogether. Despite the two shows sharing characters, they have nothing to do with each other. In fact, in certain circumstances, they condritict one another as the last episode of the 2003 micro-series leads right into "Revenge of the Sith", whereas the current Clone Wars series introduces characters and events that aren't in or alluded to in the micro-series.
If you want to jump in from the beginning, then it must be noted that a couple of episodes from the TV series take place chronologically before the movie. Here's the order:
- 2x16 - "Cat and Mouse"
- 1x16 - "The Hidden Enemy"
- The Clone Wars movie
- The rest of the TV series
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I'd say watch Episode I and Episode II and you're good to go.
TCW isn't hard to follow, just look out for arcs, other than that, you can completely skip Season 1 and not be lost at all.