Five Ways Star Wars: Clone Wars makes the prequel Trilogy better

1. Yoda looks like the badass Jedi Master he was meant to be.
Everyone loves Yoda. From his first appearance as Luke’s magical helper in The Empire Strikes Back, to his hilarious fight with Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, Yoda is the unlikely symbol of the light side of the force. Who would have thought this weird little Henson puppet would grow into such an icon. One of the many criticisms of the prequel trilogy is how ridiculous Yoda looked in action scenes, a remember in the cinema all those years ago the audience laughing their heads off at Yoda and Palpatine. What should have been a fight with real dramatic stakes was turned into farce by the special effects. There’s none of that the Clone Wars. Due to the stunning animation, Yoda no longer seems out of place. No longer a puppet, or a CGI creation; Yoda is shown in all his Zen warrior glory from the very beginning of the series.

2. Count Dooku is more than a one note Christopher Lee
Relied on great casting to try and hide George Lucas’s ropey writhing. Christopher Lee’s Count Dooku was a prime example of this- a thespian actor whose only role was to be an obstacle for Obi Wan and Anakin. In the Clone Wars he is given greater purpose as the visible leader of the Separatists, and the man behind great villains like General Grievous and Asajj Ventress.

3. The less Jar Jar the better
The writers of the Clone Wars really know what Star Wars fans want. Spectacular space battles, exploration of a densely populated galaxy, and oh yes, less Jar Jar. They know that they can’t write him out completely as he is now Senator Jar Jar. Instead his rare appearances in episodes present viewers with many Final Destination style scenarios in which Jar Jar could get himself killed. There is no more satisfying outlet than to shout at the screen about how much you want this characters latest mistake to lead to his death.

4. One word, Ahsoka
Ahsoka is by far the best character in the Clone Wars. Introduced as Anakin’s young Padawan, Ahsoka is a long overdue female Jedi knight. George Lucas envisioned her character as a means of showing how Anakin transformed from the reckless Jedi of Attack of the Clones, to the more level-headed Jedi of Revenge of the Sith. Ashoka is the epitome of Anakin’s student, a creative risk taker, and moral leader in the making. She starts off the show purely as his pupil but quickly outgrows that role; so-much-so that any episode she appears in is sure to have an “Ashoka’s badass moment of the week”. The show puts a lot of effort into her and Anakin’s relationship, also the first master/apprentice relationship that we see the over a long period of time. She makes Anakin a better Jedi, and The Clone Wars a better show.

5. Obi Wan and Anakin as buddy cops
The most pleasurable thing about the Clone Wars is the relationship between Obi Wan and Anakin. Gone is the cinematic short-hand of the movies that paints their relationship in broad strokes.In its place we have the nifty banter and tactical prowess of Butch and Sundance in space. In the Clone Wars we see their partnership as Jedi knights of almost equal stature as both are Generals in the ongoing war. Their commitment to each other throughout the series serves to deepen the events of the future films. Watch a season of this show and tell me it doesn’t give their fights in Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope more dramatic weight. Go on, I dare you.