Star Wars: Clone Wars, a "micro-series" that originally aired on Cartoon Network and on the Star Wars website, bridges the gap between two films in the popular epic; the clone wars began during Episode II's spectacular finale, and will apparently be finishing up as Episode III begins. This DVD volume collects the first 20 shorts, totaling about 70 minutes. The shorts follow the adventures of characters both major (Anakin, Obi-Wan) and supporting (Mace Windu, and a host of other Jedi with only a few lines in the prequels) as they lead the clone army against endless hordes of ruthless, but still fairly dim, droids.
Some die-hard fans have proclaimed, with the internet nerd's mixture of hyperbole and stridence, that Clone Wars represents Star Wars "as it should be," a rejoinder to the allegedly disappointing prequel films. But these shorts actually resemble quick, exaggerated elaborations on the action-laden last 45 minutes of Attack of the Clones. Coming from me, this is a high compliment; I revere those 45 minutes of Attack of the Clones with an intensity others reserve for church, or Lord of the Rings. It's just difficult to figure why the Clone Wars episodes garner so much more praise than their obvious antecedent.
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