Star Wars’ The Clone Wars was a fun, but not perfect, series. There were more than a few issues that fans had to look past to enjoy the show.
Few TV shows or movies have done more to build the overall Star Wars mythos than The Clone Wars. This animated series was set between two of the prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. If nothing else, it successfully redeemed the prequel films by expanding the story, building the characters, and helping things make sense.
That being said, The Clone Wars was, by no means, a perfect series. There were more than a few issues that fans had to look past to enjoy. Still, it was an overall enjoyable ride.
10 Yoda Knows Way Too Much
The Clone Wars initially aired on the Cartoon Network but was canceled after Season 5. Netflix then stepped in for Season 6, putting together a finale with a bit more closure. Well, in some ways.
In the last few episodes, Yoda went on a journey around the galaxy with R2-D2. He learned the dark truth behind the Clone Wars, though he chose to tell virtually no one about it. This was an odd moment that seemed incongruous with his character.
9 The Clones’ Unique Personalities
In the prequel film Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi followed a trail of clues that led him to the planet of Kamino. It was there that he found the Clone Army, which was genetically based on the bounty hunter Jango Fett.
But the Kaminoan touring Obi-Wan around the facility told him the Clones had been modified to be compliant. That proved to not be the case throughout The Clone Wars as they certainly had their own minds. The series tried to explain this somewhat but it still didn’t add up.
8 Darth Sidious Hiding In Plain Sight
From the moment Palpatine first appeared on movie screens in the prequel trilogy, fans knew they were looking at a Dark Lord of the Sith. After all, they had witnessed his evil first hand in the original trilogy.
But for seven seasons of The Clone Wars, powerful Jedi like Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Mace Windu stared him in the face and did not realize he was a Sith Lord. No explanation can fully justify that.
7 Jedi Didn’t Follow Up On Master Sifo-Dyas
Master Sifo-Dyas had the gift of foresight, meaning the Force would give him visions of the future. One of those visions depicted a war that would consume the galaxy, endangering both the Jedi Order and the Republic. As such, he commissioned the creation of the Clone Army.
Unfortunately, his Force Visions didn’t warn him that Darth Sidious and Count Dooku would subvert his efforts. Even though the Jedi found out Sifo-Dyas was involved in the creation of the secret army, they still didn’t put a lot of effort into looking for him.
6 Obi-Wan And Anakin’s Relationship
At the core of Star Wars from The Phantom Menace all the way through Return of the Jedi was the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. But The Clone Wars in particular depicted just how close these two Jedi truly were.
Even though they were constantly around each other, Obi-Wan still failed to see the darkness growing inside Anakin. And as for the few hints he did pick up on, Obi-Wan seemed to largely ignore them.
5 Not Following Up On Certain Characters
What made The Clone Wars interesting was the wide range of characters it featured. This show followed up on several Jedi who were just background characters in the prequel films. It also introduced fan favorites like Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and Hondo Ohnaka.
But there were still several characters in the series who just kind of faded away. A big one was Asajj Ventress, a Nightsister turned Jedi turned Sith turned bounty hunter. She sort of vanished at the end of Season 5 and was never seen again in The Clone Wars.
4 Darth Maul Being Alive
As a franchise, Star Wars loves throwing curveballs at its fans. This tradition started in the original trilogy with the revelation that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. That was almost immediately followed by the revelation that Luke and Leia were twins.
The Clone Wars dropped a bombshell by showing that Maul was still alive. What they never explained was how he survived being cut in half, falling in a really deep hole, and living for 10 to 15 years on a literal garbage planet. How he ended up with robotic spider legs would have been nice to know.
3 The Republic Didn’t Question The Clone Army
Plagued by the growing threat of the Separatists, the Jedi and the Republic started to realize that they might be in a bit of trouble. The Jedi feared these warriors with access to incredible powers, but they were outnumbered by Battle Droids by at least 10,000 to one.
The entire Republic seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief when the Clones showed up. Keeping in mind that the Jedi were backed into a corner, they really didn’t question the existence of the Clone Army as much as they should have. And when they did, it was too late.
2 Season 6 Forgot About Ahsoka
The fifth season of The Clone Wars closed on an arc that saw Ahsoka Tano framed for an attack on the Jedi Temple and the murder of a key witness. It ended with her walking away from the Jedi Order.
Netflix’s Season 6 inexplicably did not pick up on that plot thread, leaving the character out in the wind. Had it not been for her reappearance in Rebels, it’s incredibly unlikely that the eventual Season 7 of The Clone Wars would have followed up on her fate.
1 The Story Was Told Out Of Order
Over the course of seven seasons, The Clone Wars told a huge story with dozens upon dozens of characters across an entire galaxy. It was a massive feat to put that together, especially considering it moved between one network and two streaming services.
The problem was that significant portions were told out of chronological order. There are guides to watching it in the correct order online, but bouncing around in time definitely detracts from the storytelling at some points.
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