Can you believe Star Wars: The Clone Wars is about to enter its fourth season? After a shaky start in its first season, I was ready to write the whole thing off as silly kiddy junk. But then a remarkable and wholly unexpected thing happened: it started taking chances, and got good.
Based on this 2-minute trailer just released today, Season 4 is going to be the show’s biggest, baddest volume yet. Looks like the war is getting bigger all the time, while Anakin is taking his first real steps on his path toward the dark side. Early episodes will deal with an invasion on the Mon Calamari homeworld, where Return of the Jedi‘s Admiral Ackbar (it’s a trap!) hailed from, providing our first-ever look at this aquatic planet. The trailer also shows off some intriguing new aliens, the return of some dangerous old enemies, tons of cool, enormous new locations, and even a look at slavery. The show’s animation looks more lush than ever, and methinks I see stronger contrast and more cinematic lighting among these shots.
Did you know that every season of the show except the first one has had a subtitle that highlights the story arc for that year? Season 2 was Rise of the Bounty Hunters, and Season 3 was Secrets Revealed. Season 4, which premieres on Cartoon Network with a one-hour episode on Friday night, September 16th, is subtitled Battle Lines.
I remember that when Star Wars: The Clone Wars was being developed, the plan was to do five seasons that would connect the strands of the second and third films, with an end total of around 100 episodes. In story time, the Clone Wars lasted just 2 years, so five seasons is plenty of time to fill in that gap. But I haven’t heard that plan reiterated in a long while, so I wonder if it’s still the case, or if CN and Lucasfilm have revised that plan. The show can’t be believably sustained forever, after all.