Monday, March 27, 2006

Star Wars - The Clone Wars - I

The Clone Wars is a series of animated shorts that describes the time between the prequels 2 and 3. Essentially, the time when the jedi and the forces of the republic (i.e., the Clone Army) battle the Sith and the droid armies.

The only decent thing about the prequels is the fact that they have a decent overarching story (The fall of a presumably democratic repulic and the rise of an authoritarian empire in its place). Other than that the prequels have inconsistent storytelling, have a bad screenplay, are poorly directed and quite badly acted. I think that the only reason those movies made so much money is that the original star wars leave such a powerful impression on our memories that we are willing to overlook (or rationalise) the bad aspects of the prequels.

Anyway, the good thing about the Clone Wars is that they are not directed by George Lucas. These started of as a set of three minute animated movies made by The Cartoon Network. The first DVD of Clone Wars contains the first twenty three minute shorts.

So, how are they?

The whole thing is a bunch of set-piece battles and fights. The series is setup like a superhero comic with the jedi playing the superheros. I do not have any issue with that :-) Many sequences are clearly anime influenced. I really enjoyed the fights. There's some storyline, I guess, but it does not get in the way of the action :-)

Well, basically, many different Jedi are fighting in many different planets. Dooku and Sidious are cooking upo trouble for Anakin, Yoda is fighting someplace, Two jedi knight women are attacked at a secret jedi cave-place by robots, Kit Fisto is fighting underwater on Mon Calamari, Anakin and Obi-Wan lead an assault on some other planet, Mace Windu is leading an attack on some other place and is showing why he is a badass and finally, General Greivous really messes up some jedi knight's day. That's the whole story.

One thing I never have understood though. You have a massively advanced civilization. Droids, clone armies, super-powerful jedis, laser fire technology and whatnot. But, apparently, their idea of fighting is to line up their troops opposite each other on some convenient plain and have them march at each other whilst shooting their weapons and may the best army win old-chap. Apparently, there's no concept of manoever. The only exception is the ARC troopers (these are the only guys apparently in either side short of the jedi who know that if they are shot at, they should duck :-)).

Other than that, the whole sequnce is quite nicely animated. Lots of eye-candy. While all the sequences were nicely done, some were stand-out.

In all, I rather enjoyed it.

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