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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 5
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
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The fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars improved on its predecessors in every way. The storytelling quality of each arc emulates the passion and effort that the crew puts in to bring us the best possible Star Wars we can get. This season is also the most satisfying to long-time viewers since it brings closure to a lot of stories that have been ongoing for a long time. If you have never watched any of the series, DO NOT SKIP TO THIS SEASON. If you are new to The Clone Wars, I would advise purchasing Season One or the Complete Box Set, which contains the entire series in all of its five-season glory.

To try to analyze the season in its entirety would be a difficult task so I will break it down by arc...

The Onderon arc:

This arc served as a continuation to a plot thread introduced midway through Season Three. While sneaking behind enemy lines with Padme in an attempt to end the Clone War, Ahsoka is introduced to the idea that the Separatists aren't evil. This concept is embodied by Lux Bonteri, a boy Ahsoka's age and the son of Mina Bonteri (a Separatist and old mentor of Padme's). This storyline began as a political intrigue to show the effects that propaganda have on each side's soldiers while also serving to demonstrate to kids that not everything is black and white. An episode in Season Four also continued to deal with this friendship and also chose to deal with Ahsoka's feelings towards Lux being more than platonic. The arc that kicks off Season Five brings this story to a head, when her feelings for Lux directly contradict her duties as a Jedi. The arc plays out in a very cinematic fashion (as all five arcs in this season do) and it leaves Ahsoka with much clarity about relationships, as her story continues to build.

The Younglings arc:

This is Star Wars! Many will critique this arc for being childish when the only "childish" thing about it is that the protagonists are, themselves, children. If you are looking for The Clone Wars to feel like the original three Star Wars films, this is the story for you. It puts Ahsoka in the mentor position and this serves as her penultimate story arc. The children have a base adjective that will help you tell them apart (if you're not one to keep up with Star Wars names). This arc serves as a standalone, besides the appearance of fearless pirate leader, Hondo Ohnaka. This is a great arc to watch in preparation for the BONUS CONTENT, which follows up Season Five, since Hondo remains central to the "Rogues Gallery" aspect of The Clone Wars and he has had dealings with a young Boba Fett in previous seasons that are acknowledged towards the end of this arc.

The Astromech arc:

Don't be discouraged by the lineup of characters that we follow in this arc. There are some lessons to be learned in these episodes. Again, they are extremely cinematic and Stephen Stanton really brings a lot of weight to the pint-sized colonel, Meebur Gascon. This arc completely stands alone from the rest of the episodes and is a great ride (especially when all watched together).

The Maul arc:

Darth Maul?! I thought he died in The Phantom Menace! Go back a few seasons, get caught up, and then you won't care about reading a review of this arc. After the end of Season Four, you'll just watch it.

The Ahsoka arc:

I am hoping this eventually gets its own Blu-ray release so I can review it as a film because that's what it is. This arc remains my favorite piece of Star Wars media since Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars has always been my favorite movie franchise and for many reasons. But making me cry has never been one of them. This arc succeeds, for the first time, at making me cry at something Star Wars-related. It's a great feeling and not one I would expect to get from this series. This arc also features an appearance from the best character to come out of The Clone Wars (she was mysteriously absent from the Maul arc).

Please buy this season and you will be genuinely entertained. UNLESS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ANY OF THE CLONE WARS. Then, go watch from the beginning. This show deserves a lot more praise than some of the movies in the cinema from the last five years.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
I can remember seeing the announcement trailer for the clone wars way back before anyone knew anything about what we were about to experience. I can remember pretty vividly sitting at the theaters watching Star Wars The Clone Wars with my friends, and I have absolutely enjoyed each season after that theatrical experience. Now here we are 5 seasons later, each season has been amazing, and season after season they somehow manage to keep getting better and better. I am writing this review after having now seen the entire 5th season and I must say that it has not only been better than the last 4 seasons, but it has managed to take the series to a whole new level.

The show this season has been heavily based on continuing the story, and not only that but it has started to end characters and their part in the Clone Wars. This season has been all about story arcs and taking the show to the next level in the Clone Wars. As the season comes to a close you can really see it leading up to Episode III, you can see everything start to unfold, and what does that mean for our favorite characters like Ahsoka? Well with out spoiling anything by the end of the finale you will know how it all comes together. This season has had 2 of my favorite episodes, they were made with amazing quality, myself and my friends sat in astonishment at some of the events that unfolded, and by the end of the finale I had tears starting to swell in my eyes which is something that rarely happens in an episode of the Clone Wars.

The journey has started to come to it's end, and with the way this season ended it could have very well been the last, but we know there is more to come. I couldn't help but reflect on the events that have happened and the adventures that the characters have all gone through starting with the movie. The Grand Army of the Republic finally bears a resemblance to the evil empire we know it will soon become, the show has fleshed out the events prior to Episode IV better than the prequel trilogy did in many respects, you walk away from the end of this thinking to yourself "it all makes sense now, I know why Anakin did what he did".

I really reflected on the events of the movie when Anakin meets Asoka for the first time, and as the two of them walk away together Obi-Wan says "Let's just hope Anakin is ready for this responsibility." And Yoda replies saying "Ready he is, to teach an apprentice. To let go of his pupil, a greater challenge it will be." Now here at the end of season 5 we now see this unfold, what a great series this has been, what a great season, and what a great finale. It ended unlike any episode prior, I get the same tears in my eyes thinking about the final moment, and then the screen fading to black, and the credits coming for the first time in silence...

May the force be with you, always...

-Ash
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
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This is without a doubt the best season of The Clone Wars series. It's great come back from a rather disappointing season 4 and is pact with action and excitement. The stunning animation, sincere performances, and solid stories will captivate audiences of all ages. Among other things, season 5 shows just how physically, mentally, and emotionally strong Ahsoka is, which was a joy to watch. Experiencing the unique friendship between characters and their journey throughout the series is a wonderful reminder of why audiences are so captivated by Clone Wars. Congratulations are in order to the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
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I'm not going into detail how amazing this series has been, because if you're reading this, you already know how fantastic and how addictive Star Wars, The Clone Wars The Series has been. Furthermore, I have really grown to love so many characters on this show. I love Ahsoka Tano because she is always brave and she always wants to do what is best for others. And I even came to really like Asajj Ventress because she had so much spunk and personality, and even humor about her. And, I really liked that she had decided to change from her evil ways.
As of now, Season 5 has been the absolute best of all of the seasons. I was really, really looking forward to a 6th season until I found out that the show HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! Oh, how could they do this?? Because they are making Star Wars Episode 7? That's a poor excuse, but apparently that may have something to do with it. But, I did hear that the studio wants to make some kind of bonus arc episodes. I hope it's true. Probably it will be on DVD, but I guess we'll have to wait, and probably will have to wait a year to find out.
I have to say looking back on this Season, I saw some major changes/shifts in this Season. It made me wonder how they were going to continue the series. For example: All of Death Watch was mostly destroyed/dismantled, Obi Won's love interest was killed, Savage Opress was killed, Asajj Ventress was no longer the hateful revenge seeking person that she was, Ahsoka Tano decides to leave the Jedi Order after she is blamed and nearly convicted of murder, treason, etc. The finale ends with Anakin Skywalker stating that he had the same kind of feeling - that he too thought about leaving the Jedi Order. Well, it's been a great run, and I'm still sad that they decided to cancel the show. I just hope now, that this season will come out on DVD so that I can buy it. I've really enjoyed the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
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I continue to be baffled by the reviews that say "the best season ever!" and "loved every episode!" Nonsense. Like every prior season, Season Five of The Clone Wars is a mixed bag. I would even go so far as to say this year's bag is more mixed than the last -- meaning not as good or compelling. Season Four had a lot of variety and a lot of interesting and intense episodes (some stand-alone; others part of a series). Almost all of Season Five episodes are parts of series -- looooong series (3-4 episodes), and not always that engaging. I watched these with my 8 year old son and (sometimes) 6 year old daughter. We were pretty bored by the opening episodes, and the group of episodes with a band of misfit robots on a secret mission commanded by a loud-mouthed tiny guy were mostly obnoxious (until they found and rescued the clone, which heated things up and brought the series to a welcome end). My son really enjoyed the series with the young Jedi in training (naturally). We kept waiting/wondering when Darth Maul would show up again, but it seemed like we had to wait until the season was almost over. Ahsoka wrongly accused and on the run was an interesting twist, and I had a feeling Ventress would re-appear, but overall there were no episodes as engrossing as the Season Four Mon Calamari or Umbara series (my all-time favorite).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
Format: DVD
Unfortunately, after the clone wars series was canceled, it took me a while to calm down as i felt betrayed by the acquisition of lucasfilm by disney. After that shock and disappointment wore off i could reflect on the series as a whole. This season was by far the darkest and most akin to the way the galaxy is by the time we get to revenge of the sith. There is corruption and deception everywhere and in season 5 we FINALLY get to see darth sidious, in all his sith glory. Many supporting characters meet their end in season 5, and those who do go out do so in not quite the way you would think. There are surprises and disappointments, like the droid arc that was painful to watch it was so boring. Some cool highlights in the final season of the clone wars were, the youngling jedi arc, the darth maul arc, and the finale ahsoka arc which was probably the most gut wrenching i've seen. That was a very somber note to leave on but i am very excited that we are still getting bonus episodes of what would have been season 6. The previews for which look amazing as the clone wars has never looked more movie-like. Over the 5 seasons that this show was broadcast, i fell in love with heroes and villains. Many new characters introduced in the show such as cad bane, hondo anaka, savage opress, and of course some of the main clones just added to the amazing expansion of the universe we all love. By the end after all episodes are finally revealed, i hope we'll know more about order 66, sifo dyas, and about the many mysteries of yoda. This show was monumental as i think it broadened the possibilities of star wars, not only visually but also in the storytelling as well. It was sad to see the season end and the clone wars chapter close, but i can always look back on this show as an awesome part of the star wars saga and say it made me an even more hardcore fan than i was previously. This is a show that i can enjoy as well as introduce to my children. Its fun and exciting for everyone of all ages, and that's what star wars has always been perfect at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This has been a fun series to keep up with over the past 5 years or so, but with this season you could tell it was running out of steam. Still has some great visuals along with most of the major players around, but I found the four-part opener to be kind of boring when I binge-watched this season over the holidays. There are a few fun individual shows like with the Jedi younglings and the droids, but this was pretty uneven and the final half of the season felt kind of repetitive like I'd seen all of it before even though it brings some closure to the series. I think they milked enough out of the events between Episodes 2 and 3, so I am ready for Star Wars Rebels this fall season to bridge Episodes 3 and 4 - with Stormtroopers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
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Too bad this show ended at 5 seasons because it had better acting and writing than the 3 prequels.The voice actor that plays Anakin in the animated series is far better than Hayden Christensen and the stories are far better than anything that came before it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I love the Clone Wars series and the final season was great. The price was right and I received the item as promised. My only beef is disk 2 of the Blu-ray set has some sound sync issues. The characters speaking on screen don't match the sound coming across. Its not old Kung Fu movie kind of bad, but it is noticeable and detracts from the experience. My research showed this was a production issue and I'll need to get a hold of the manufacturer to resolve it. However, I see enough other people have experienced this I wish there would have been some kind of heads up. Its not really Amazon's problem but if defective products are out there customers should be warned. Overall, this won't keep me from ordering something in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
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The low score is not for the content - which is superb, but the presentation. I am more than aware of the advantages Blu-Ray has over DVD but I started collecting THE CLONE WARS back in 2008-9 on the older format and have opted to finish the series this way. Watching the older discs now I am often surprised it isn't hi-def. Even season 4 was fine. But season 5 on DVD? Awful picture quality. It's like they stopped trying...Hazy, lack of detail, blocking in the background. None of these problems exist on seasons 1-4 or on the film.
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