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.

The Five Best, and silliest, Star Wars Fan Theories

1. Boba Fett killed Luke’s aunt and uncle.
The burning bodies of aunt Lu and uncle Owen are an iconic piece of brutality in A New Hope. It is assumed by Luke that stromtroopers, searching for C3PO and R2D2, were responsible. But what if that wasn’t the case. We see in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader is not above outsourcing his dirty work to bounty hunters. I t is further revealed in A New Hope’s special edition that Boba Fett was on Tattooine at the time of these deaths. Far-fetched I hear you say, yet in Empire Vader singles Boba out with the comment “No disintegrations”. Considering all we have left of Luke’s beloved guardians is burning ash makes Boba guilty in my book.
2. Tattooine was the logical place to hide Luke
Now there is a real sense of favouritism going with where to hide Luke and Leia at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Leia is given a new last name and a royal upbringing, Luke keeps his last name, is taken to his father’s home planet, and given to people Vader already knows exist. Why wouldn’t Tattooine be the first place he would look for his children? Well because he hates sand apparently. Recounted in the hilariously awful scene in Attack of the Clones, Anakin tells Padme about his aversion to his home planet’s surface. Also his mother was killed there, and blah, blah, blah. This is a theory that only makes sense to George Lucas trying to fill his own plot-hole.

3. The Dark Side of Jar Jar
Jar Jar was a Sith all along, manipulating events throughout The Phantom Menace and giving everyone a cluster headache while he did it. This theory still does little to endear Jar Jar to the prequels critics. The fact that the pratt-falls were skilled force jumps, and the grating personality was a smokescreen, just means we were right to hate him in the first place.

4. Rey’s Force Powers
There has been a lot of criticism about Rey’s penchant for being perfect at everything in The Force Awakens. How can she fly the Millennium Falcon, how can she use the force so well, how did she beat an experienced Sith like Kylo Ren. It’s not because of who her parents may or may not be, it’s because she has an engineer’s mind. Think about it, Rey can talk to droids, she’s an experienced pilot, no one bats an eye when Poe Dameron says he can fly anything, so why is it so hard to believe a girl can do the same. When Kylo Ren uses the force on her she sees the mechanisms in this act and reverse engineers it the same way she does with the falcon suppressor. As for the Lightsaber battle, JJ Abrams has commented that she uses the lightsaber the same way she uses her staff- a weapon she was already skilled at. It’s not rocket science, it’s engineering.

5. Obi Wan and Padme had a secret affair.
Now this is a saucy one. The great, or sterile and creepy, love story between Anakin and Padme could have a little wrinkle, his name is Obi Wan Kenobi. Yes there is ample circumstantial evidence that a love triangle could be the driving force behind Anakin’s eventual corruption. It is shown that Padme and Obi Wan have a close bond in Attack of the Clones, so much that Padme umps at the chance to rescue him from Geonosis. Couple that with Anakin accusing Padme of the affiar which leads to him thinking he’s killed her with a force choke. Also why would bi Wan leave Anakin to die in the most horrible fashion if he wasn’t his petty love rival. A lot of great wars started through love and jealousy.