When The Clone Wars debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008 I missed nearly every episode of its long six seasons except for maybe four of them and I was bummed about that. I am a huge Star Wars fan (as you may know) and so if there’s anything to do with Star Wars I want to know about it. Well, it’s been ten years since the television show debuted and after discovering, with great excitement, that they had all six seasons on Netflix I decided to binge-watch it.
Oh. My. Goodness. This show is so ridiculously entertaining that I’m still a little dumbfounded that it was that good. The Clone Wars is a cartoon made for children and yet the creators and writers didn’t treat it that way. The rating for the show was PG and for good reason. It is hands down the most violent children’s cartoon I have ever seen. And the scenarios were never childish. Every episode was like watching a 23 minute Star Wars movie full of action and suspense. I was utterly riveted.
And not only was the show really enjoyable but it introduced so many incredibly strong female characters.
There was Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s padawan, sidekick, and trusted friend. It was amazing watching her turn from this childish Jedi padawan who made rash decisions based off of emotion into a full-fledged Jedi Knight who was wise, benevolent, and powerful. Her arc throughout her five seasons was a blast to watch and the way her story ended was so sad.
It was the first time I had seen a Jedi willingly walk away from the Jedi Order and it was aheartbreaking moment watching her say goodbye to Anakin, her master and best friend. They had been through so much together but a simple misunderstanding had destroyed their friendship and mutual trust in each other.
It makes her story that much more interesting because due to her leaving the Jedi Order she wasn’t victim to Order 66 and I know she was part of the Star Wars: Rebels show but what did she do between that time? I think a Star Wars Story should fill in that gap because now I’m super interested and I’m sure there other people who feel the exact same way.
Asajj Ventress was such a fascinating character. She was an assassin trained by Count Dooku in the Dark Side of the Force but was cast out due to the infamous Sith rule of two. She wasn’t a very complex character but she was cool all the same, especially with the shortage of female villains in Star Wars. I wish there were more female baddies in this franchise but at least she’s part of the meager list.
Duchess Satine Kryze
Satine was one of my favorite characters in The Clone Wars because of her immense strength. She was leader of Mandalore, a planet and civilization based on the census of war, but she decided to avoid the galactic conflict by making her government neutral which immediately placed a huge target on her back. But did she care? Did she break under the Republic or the Seperatists’ will? No. She is definitely one of the strongest women I’ve seen in Star Wars.
Another reason why I loved her is because of her ideals. She truly believed in peace and nonviolence and that’s why she slightly despised the Jedi. She accused the Jedi of not being true peace keepers because they confronted every issue with their lightsabers and violence and I found that to be a very interesting point.
The whole point of The Last Jedi was to move beyond the past. Even Luke gravely understood that the Jedi way was not the right path to take, for it only led to sorrow and suffering rather than peace and harmony. Duchess Satine had understood that long before he was even born and saw the Jedi for what they really were; harbingers of violence. They fought for peace and did what they thought was right but had no idea that they were being set up by a powerful Sith (Chancellor Palpatine) who was stringing them along like puppets.
It was also fascinating knowing that she was, at one time, an old lover of Obi-Wan’s. :O That is shocking. Ooh, Obi-Wan I see you. But unlike Anakin and Padme’s situation they thought logically and didn’t go down that road and that’s why she and Obi-Wan are so awesome.
Unfortunately, Satine came to a rather gruesome end but she is definitely one of the coolest ladies in Star Wars.
Steela Gerrera, sister to Saw Gerrera, was one of the greatest rebels I have ever seen. She led a tiny rebellion movement against the Seperatist Army as they occupied her homeworld, Onderon, and against all odds they succeeded in reoccupying the system. She, however, ended up perishing in the final battle against the Seperatists and that was a shame but her incredible leadership led to the reclaiming of her home. That’s a shame because she was awesome!!! Oh well.
The fact that Aurra Sing ended up playing a major role in The Clone Wars was so exciting for me because I have always wondered who she is. In The Phantom Menace she appeared for a split second but she was so cool looking that I had always wished I could learn more about her. Fast forward a decade and I finally got to see her in action. She was one of the coolest bounty hunters I had ever seen and she obviously became one of the greatest women in Star Wars because of that.
I could keep going on and on and on about all of the fascinating women in The Clone Wars but this post isn’t about that. These five women, however, were the ones I enjoyed the most in the show.
Another reason why I liked this show as much as I did is because Anakin was so much more enjoyable.
He was not only likable but at times (usually when he was really angry) you could totally see the Darth Vader side of him. It was exciting watching him evolve throughout the six seasons and, I have to admit, I really liked him in the show. In fact, he was a great Anakin. Isn’t that terrible? I like the cartoon Anakin better than the real Anakin. Oh well, when you get someone who is as bad an actor as Hayden Christensen to play DARTH VADER! then that’s going to be a reality.
All in all, if you are a serious Star Wars fan and you haven’t seen The Clone Wars I highly advise you to. It’s not only very good but it’s well written, well thought out, and very well made. This show is literally better than all of the prequels combined, that’s how good it is.
I thank you for reading about my experience watching The Clone Wars and I hope you have a marvelous day. May the Force Be With You.