March 24, 2005

The Clone Wars

I understand that George Lucas has every right (and often uses it) to ignore the Star Wars Expanded Universe (comics, books and games), even when the EU material is quite a bit better than what he comes up with. I have come to grips, deep in my fanboy heart, that Lucas’ version of the Clone Wars has erased a bit of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy, and mucked with the timeline of Michael Stackpole’s Corran Horn character. I deal with it.

It does tick me off though, when two EU sources directly contradict each other. The last Clone Wars novel, Labyrinth of Evil made it clear that Obi-Wan and Anakin are gallivanting around the galaxy looking for clues about the chair Darth Sidious uses to communicate with the Trade Federation, while Mace Windu and Shaak Ti are deep inside The Works searching for the Dark Lord, now that they have proof he exists. On Wednesday’s The Clone Wars animated short, we find that Obi-Wan and Anakin are taking Anakin to some bizarre Vision Quest thing while Grievous attacks Coruscant.

The CW comics and books have been brilliantly tied together, referencing each other and creating a shared continuity. The first animated series fit in somewhat, but this is ridiculous.

The series itself is better than the first time around. I watched the DVD yesterday, and I have to agree with Bill: It gets a bit monotonous watching a fight scene every 2 minutes for an hour. Then again, I couldn’t handle them at 3 minutes every day. The new series, at 12 minute chapters every day for a week, is just right.

Posted by Frinklin at March 24, 2005 06:00 PM
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