I’m a guy who grew up on Star Wars. The first movie I remember watching in a theatre as a kid was Star Wars from the balcony of whatever theatre I was at (remember theatre balconies?). As an adult, I was more than happy to pass my love of this movie universe down to my son…and it’s one of the things that we happily get to bond over.
He was almost as excited as I was when the new Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer was released recently. We’ve both been counting down the months until the time arrives when we can experience new Star Wars memories together for the first time.
To prepare for doing that, I decided that we should watch some Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix. The series is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the three years between the prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. What makes it fun for me is the fact that the stories are considered part of the Star Wars canon, so they “really took place” and are officially part of the new Star Wars expanded universe that launches with Episode VII in December. The hundreds of books and video games and comic books that have been released over the past 30+ years are just stories but are not considered part of the actual Star Wars universe, so watching The Clone Wars is a pretty cool way to understand character development.
And that’s the great thing about watching this series as an adult fan. I could see the progression of Anakin Skywalker from Season One through Season Five, so the way he acted in Revenge of the Sith made a little bit more sense. It was definitely a progression as opposed to “I’m grown up now, so I’m unhappy with my Jedi life blah blah blah”. In addition to that, the series introduced us to new characters that very well may appear in the new expanded universe movies (I just read over the weekend that Cad Bane might actually appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One anthology movie coming out in December 2016).
From a kid’s point of view, it’s simply an awesomely entertaining cartoon to watch. The storylines are interesting, the characters are well developed, and the action sequences are fantastic. Add to that the numerous Star Wars “new trilogy” characters that appear in the show and you’ve got my kid’s attention span, which is not easily done these days.
So if you’re a fan of Star Wars, your kid is a fan of Star Wars, or you simply want to watch something fun with your family that’s a little on the “action-y” side, then start streaming away on Netflix! With six seasons to watch, you’ll be able to “binge watch” to your heart’s content.