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New Escapist Column! On “The Clone Wars” and the “Star Wars” Prequels…

I published a new In the Frame piece at Escapist Magazine this evening. The Clone Wars wrapped up recently, and so I had occasion to binge the series.

The Clone Wars is an interesting artifact, existing largely space between the prequel and sequel trilogies, although briefly resurrected after the release of the sequels for an abridged final season. Watching the show, what was most striking about it was the way in which it felt true to the prequels, embracing and embodying the myriad complexities and contradictions of that divisive and polarising era of Star Wars output. This was reflected in everything from the kind of stories that The Clone Wars told to the ways in which it opted to tell them.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

2 Responses

  1. Interesting thoughts. I’m an unabashed partisan of the Prequels, though I’ve seen surprisingly little of ‘The Clone Wars’. As a fan I bitterly resented the disdain the Sequel Trilogy held them in.

    I think the product that most faithfully carries on the Prequel feel and aesthetic is the long running massively multiplayer online role-playing game ‘Star Wars the Old Republic’ and I’d really be interested in hearing your thoughts on that game I came to it very late (in 2019!) but as a long standing ‘Star Wars’ fan it really pulled me in in a way the Sequels haven’t.

    • I think The Last Jedi and Rogue One engage relatively faithfully with the prequel. The Last Jedi obviously has Canto Blight, but even the discussion of how the Jedi failed is something that acknowledges the prequels in a way that the surrounding two films refuse to do.

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