I’ve joined the Clone Wars.

Though I’m a Trekkie, I very much love Star Wars. So when I was invited to a screening of three new episodes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars in NYC I absolutely said yes even though I’d never seen the show. Well, looks like I’m gonna have to get the DVDs and catch up because they’ve got me hooked.

As I said, I got to see three new episodes from the show but they were strung together without a break like a film. These episodes come from the second half of the season. The first half of season three has already aired but when the show returns in January you should prepare yourself for some major events and action.

The story is based around Asajj Ventress’ (a Sith apprentice) fall from grace and revenge plans against her Master, Count Dooku. This leads her to her home planet Dathomir seeking the help of her kin, the Nightsisters. Together they recruit Savage Oppress, a male of the Zabrak species (the same as Darth Maul), to their cause but have no idea what they’ve helped to create. Obi-Wan and Anakin find themselves involved when several Jedi are murdered by a new threat.
I keep wanting to say “the film” because these three episodes really did have an epic scale to them that felt like one. More precisely, the arc is thrilling and quite remarkable, even to someone unfamiliar with this particular universe. If you haven’t seen the show before either, these new episodes are a great spot to dive in. From what I’ve heard from a few people, The Clone Wars is a fantastic show but the Savage (pronounced sah-VAHJ) arc is very different in it’s tone. How’s that exactly? Well, it’s pretty dark and features mostly villains.

Obi-Wan and Anakin don’t actually play much of a part in the arc, instead Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters’ leader, Mother Talzin have the main stage. In fact, the Nightsisters may be my newest obsession. Their sinister weapons, combat skills and sorcery make for a dangerous trio. Of course Savage is the real standout of the arc. It’s his origin story after all and he makes quite the impact. There are several impressive lightsaber battles and other action sequences that make me sorry more people couldn’t see it on the big screen. And oh yeah, the Force gets used to the extreme. As if the majority of the story wasn’t entertaining enough, the creators stick on a very interested twist at the end that will have fans eagerly anticipating the rest of the season. Don’t miss this.
Following the preview, I also got to see a teaser trailer for the rest of the season and it looks just as thrilling, not to mention game changing for the series. Now, at the event I got a sweet Savage Oppress t-shirt and poster and while you’re not prying the t-shirt from my cold, dead hands, I really have no place for a poster in my house. So, I’ve decided one of you lucky Nerds of Prey will get it! All you have to do is send an email (please don’t tell me your life story, just say hi or something.) at nerdybirdcontest [at] gmail [dot] com to enter. The contest ends Sunday December 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm. One entry per person. A big thanks to LucasFilm for the event and swag!
And no, the girl in the Storm Trooper t-shirt is NOT included. :)

7 Responses to “I’ve joined the Clone Wars.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    that's okay, I'm not personally offended or anything. And I didn't mean to offend you. You obviously can do whatever you like on your site. I was sayin' to be playful, but it didn't come across that way. Sry. :(

  2. I must, MUST do whatever I like as it's my blog thank you very much. And this wasn't really a spoilery review. Just general plot devices. Sorry you felt spoiled.

    Nice meeting you too Josh!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's a cool show, I'm surprised you had not seen it before. But you must, MUST include spoiler warnings on your synopsis of what you were privy to, because I do not like to be spoiled, but am excited to watch these episodes!

  4. Josh Hill says:

    Jill, I am glad you had a good time at the show! It was nice meeting you there, and I hope you continue watching THE CLONE WARS!

  5. CDerosby says:

    That's why I love that show. One week the storyline may focus on Anakin and Obi Wan. The next week the story could be about Yoda, one of the Clone Troopers, or some random background character from one of the movies.

  6. Jared Ingham says:

    Ooops…I sent that comment as "Anonymous" by accident…lame

  7. Anonymous says:

    Whatdoyamean the girl isn't included?!?!?! Haha…I catch an episode here and there and it's really a good show. I can't wait to watch these episodes, but I think I might wait til after the 3rd one in this arc so I can watch 'em back-to-back.