The 5 Best Things About Clone Wars Season 6 (and 4 Lingering Questions)

By Jason Helton in Cartoons, Daily Lists, TV
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

It's safe to say that most Star Wars fans were left wanting after the conclusion of the prequel trilogy. Sure, we got to see the rise of the Empire, the fall of the Jedi, Yoda going medieval on Sith Lords, and the whiny-ass patriarch of the Skywalker family turn into a whiny-ass deep fat fried cyborg. But as "wizard" as some of the better parts of the prequel trilogy were, we paid for those epic moments with Jar-Jar Binks, CGI menageries, and dissertations on the viscosity of sand by a cardboard cutout of Anakin Skywalker...oh wait, that was Hayden Christensen doing his Kristen Stewart impression. The glimpses we were shown of the Clone Wars (shouldn't it technically be a Clone War, not plural?) in the live-action films were exciting, but barely scratched the surface of the conflict. With as much money as the series had earned, it wasn't much of a surprise to learn that fans would be getting a closer look at the Clone Wars. The surprise lay in the format...




The first Clone Wars animated series, fronted by Genndy Tartakovsky, was critically acclaimed despite the abnormal format (The first two seasons were comprised of shorts of two to three minutes in length with season three featuring fifteen minute long episodes). When the series was reimagined, beginning with a feature length film, it was like millions of nerd released a collective meh. They were quickly silenced with the jump of the series from big screen to small, with the new series receiving acclaim and an enormous fan base similar to its predecessor. As the series comes to a close, it's time to take a look at some of the best moment and biggest revelations of the Netflix-only sixth season, as well as a few of the unanswered questions still lingering at the conclusion.

Awesome Moments:

1. The Entire Yoda Story Arc

It's clear that there is more to Master Yoda then we see on film. After all, he is 900 years old when we meet him in Empire Strikes Back. While his adventures in The Clone Wars have fleshed out his character, it's the final four episodes of the series that give us the deepest insight into Yoda, and the very nature of the Force.

It's difficult to go into detail without spoiling the entire story, but these four episodes provide more answers then the entirety of the series. If learning more about the Force isn't enough, there are cameos by Qui-Gon Jinn, Sifo-Dyas and even Darth Bane, not to mention an epic dual between the vertically challenged Jedi and Darth Sidious that rivals their fight in Revenge of the Sith. Even if you have never seen The Clone Wars before or have no interest in the series, the last four episodes are well worth your time.

2. Everyone (Well, at Least Jar-Jar) Gets Laid!!!!

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Let's face it, there's really no way to correct the abomination that is Jar-Jar Binks not involving time travel. While I did believe that a horrible death by Anakin's lightsaber would have been a great way to correct the problem and show his dedication to the Dark Side, it seems the universe's clumsiest Gungan survived the Revenge of the Sith and the birth of the Empire.

When I saw that a pair of season six episodes would feature the oddest couple in the Star Wars universe, Jar-Jar Binks and Jedi Master Mace Windu, my left hand was instinctively drawn towards my face in disgust. Every midichlorian in my body told me this couldn't be good. Thankfully, it wasn't as bad as I imagined, though like Han Solo, I can imagine a lot.

For some reason, Mace Windu volunteers to escort Representative Binks on a mission to a world where his help has been requested. Years of living on Coruscant haven't done much for Binks' Basic skills, as his use of the term "Meesa" is more prevalent than ever. Of course, there is nowhere near as bad as the pronunciation of his companion's name, which sounds more like "Massa N Mace".

When they arrive before the queen of the planet Binks has been requested to aid, we learn of missing spiritual people that must be found to prevent some sort of cataclysm. Once everyone else leaves the room though, we learn of the Queen's secondary motivations: An Intergalactic Booty Call, or as Binks would say, "Shesa wanta hesa, to give moi moi super bombad sexy time okieday!" While sex is implied, the two do spend a fair amount of time locking snouts, and from what we saw of Jar-Jar's tongue in Episode I, it likely didn't matter how many parsecs he could last.

Author's Note: I think I just opened the door to Jar-Jar cunilingus fan fiction.

3. The Not-So Wedded Bliss of the Skywalkers

When an old flame named Clovis steps back into Padme's life, it quickly becomes apparent the honeymoon period is over for the Skywalkers. A potentially tender moment between the former lovers incites a rage in Anakin that ends with him handing Clovis his ass, and proves that Jedi don't follow Queensbury Rules.

As happy as the couple seemed at the start of Revenge, it's obvious that hiding their relationship has taken a massive toll on Padme. She insists her near infidelity is to keep their clandestine romance a secret, but is also quick to put the marriage in Carbonite when she witnesses Anakin's violent side first-hand. It's interesting what Padme allows her husband with temper issues to get away with. She sticks by him when he confides his slaughter of Sand People, but is ready to kick him to the curb when he beats up an old flame. The events of the last season of Clone Wars makes the star-crossed lovers look less Romeo and Juliet and more like Al and Peg Bundy.

4. Ain't No Party Like a Clone Trooper Party...

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The forces of the Confederation of Independent Systems have a distinct advantage over their meatbag opponents: they don't need rest. Sure, they may need to have power cells replaced or joints lubed, but social and emotional should be at a minimum. We've never heard a droid exclaim "Roger Roger" to a call for Miller Time.

In the design of the Republic's clone army, it's obvious they are bred for combat. After all, with Boba Fett's dad being the no nonsense template for the Dittos of Destruction, how much down time do they really need? Apparently more than we expected.

As we follow clone trooper 5555, affectionately referred to as Fives, we get a behind the scene glimpse of clone life. First, clones apparently get downtime similar to any non-conscripted human. We get to visit "Seventy-Nines," a bar specifically for clones. We also see clones wandering around Coruscant in their off time, still donning armor, though missing their signature dome piece. In fact, it seems clones go to great lengths to stand out from one another. Hair styles, tattoos, scar and facial hair are characteristics we see clones changing to create a level of individuality. We also see clones who have apparently been bred for other jobs besides "Bullet Sponge." Clones are also now actively working the bridges of Star Destroyers, having traded their white armor for grey "Republic" Navy dress blues.

All of this raises some questions, though. The great thing about growing your army is the lack of need for compensation. These warrior/slaves are essentially conscripted from birth to death, with little need for anything aside from sustenance. But if that were the case, how are they able to spend money at places like the bar on Coruscant? It doesn't make sense, especially for the future Empire, to compensate its grown troopers.

In fact, why grant them any free time at all? They are apparently inexpensive, easily replaceable, just a cog in the machine of the Republic that can be repaired or replaced when damaged. With their special inhibitor chips, it seems it would be easy to write out any need to recreation or rest. It seems rather uncharacteristically humane that the Republic would allow individuality and humanity in their equivalent of the battle droids they are trying to defeat.

5. Yoda-Sized EVERYTHING!!!

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Maybe this isn't important or even interesting, but am I the only one who thinks it's incredibly cute that Yoda has everything made to his size? Sure, we knew that green whirling dervish had a custom sized lightsaber to keep him from sheering off an ear while jumping around like a raver on speed, but what about his bad-ass mini starfighter? First, it was nice to see him helm a ship for once, but how cool is it that the Jedi made a half size ship for him? It even has modified accommodations for an Astromech, so in theory it's as capable as any other Jedi starfighter. Plus, if Yoda can dogfight half as well as he lightsaber duels, he'd give Anakin a run for his money,

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