Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 2
Collector's Edition, GIFTSET
DVD | Box Set
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The "Clone Wars" goes back to the original Star Wars film when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he was once a Jedi knight the same as your father and that they fought together in the Clone Wars. Since that moment fans have been obsessed with what the clone wars were. This new TV series takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker and introduces us to some new characters such as Ahsoka Tano, a girl Jedi knight as well as characters we already know.
After an impressive debut season, the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars roars back for a sophomore slate of adventures that tops its predecessor in both action and mythos-related dramatics. Situated in the Star Wars timeline between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the 22 episodes center around Anakin Skywalker's promotion to Jedi Knight in an attempt to rally the Jedis in the face of General Grievous's attacks. Joined by Obi-Wan Kenobi, he's sent to the planet Geonosis in pursuit of the villain, only to find its population enslaved--and worse--by the Separatists. The fight for the people of Geonosis is easily the highlight of the series, but secondary story lines offer solid intrigue as well, most notably in the arrival of bounty hunter Cad Bane, whose mission is to find children sensitive to the Force, and the appearance of Boba Fett, who vows to avenge the death of his father by Mace Windu. A rampaging giant monster, scads of political intrigue, and some genuinely impressive battle sequences all add to the enjoyment, but what really elevates season two is its darker tone, as evidenced in "Brain Invaders," where Anakin's torture of a prisoner gives a hint of his future, and the terrifying, zombiefied prisoners of Geonosis. The more serious approach, as well as the lack of comic relief (most notably, no Jar Jar Binks), will undoubtedly please adult Star Wars fans, though younger devotees might be somewhat disturbed by the turn of events; thankfully, there is plentiful action and derring-do to balance out the murkier deeds. Extras include substantive featurettes in which director Dave Filoni and his crew discuss a quartet of episodes, including the Geonosis story line and the influence of Godzilla on their own reptilian menace. There's also a detailed, 68-page booklet filled with character design and the artists' notes. --Paul Gaita
Four behind-the-scenes featurettes with director and crew interviews
68-page production journal with original sketches and artist notes
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We get several multipart story arcs, including one the focuses on the Mandalorian commandos, a group I've wanted to see more of since Boba Fett debuted in 1980! Some episodes are tributes to classic films including a great Godzilla vs Star Wars 2 parter. You can't take these too seriously, they are aimed at younger audiences but they have mature moments, at one point a group of evil bounty hunters not only kill a hostage, we see his dead body drifting outside the ship.
The box set includes a book of concept art, a nice goody for those of us who remember the old Star Wars art books.
There are fewer commentaries and background features then last time but there's still enough to keep me very happy.
Any Star Wars fan should love to have this on their shelf.
It should be stated that there are actually two different versions of the Blu-ray release. There is one that includes a 68 page artbook with notes and sketches with a better case.