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2013-02-03 12:13:11 AM
Love this show. So glad they stopped the boring politics aspects of it and started the 3-4 episode story arcs.
 
2013-02-03 03:07:57 AM
The last two episodes almost made up for the preceding droid arc. Almost.
 
2013-02-03 03:16:34 AM
What always amazed me about the animated series is how the quality sometimes surpasses the multi-zillion dollar films.
 
2013-02-03 03:20:54 AM
Even the bad episodes are enjoyable.

But the current arc, including this latest episode? HOLY SH*T, they've really gone all out. Some of the best writing the series has ever had. And the animation and voice acting have all been superb, too.
 
2013-02-03 03:26:05 AM
Whatever they're spending, they're getting their money's worth out of their writers.
 
2013-02-03 03:26:58 AM

EddieFC: The last two episodes almost made up for the preceding droid arc. Almost.


Yeah, I'm not quite there yet. I'm still hoping that Gascon has another life stage to metamorphose into and ends up being the frog snack Jabba munches on in 'Jedi'.


Never thought there would ever be a more annoying Star Wars character than Jar-Jar, but I underestimated how low the writing crew could sink.
 
2013-02-03 03:46:59 AM
I'm going to avoid reading the article and even zooming past all these comments till I catch this week's episode on DVR, but I hope that despite both of them being protected by story canon, Maul gets to at least slap around those punks Dooku & Grievous. Twenty years of burning hate can turn you into a chainsaw made of Dark Side.
 
2013-02-03 03:47:55 AM

PlaidGirl: Love this show. So glad they stopped the boring politics aspects of it and started the 3-4 episode story arcs.


I think that's because so far, Anakin & Asoka have been kept out of the stories so far.
 
2013-02-03 03:49:37 AM
Just to head off the whiners, SPOILERS!

I was actually surprised when Maul beheaded Vizla with the darksaber. I was even more surprised that he actually shanked Satine. After that droid arc it was like suddenly being thrown back into the deep end of the pool. After this and what I've read about the next arc, I can't wait to see where we're headed next year.
 
2013-02-03 03:51:34 AM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Even the bad episodes are enjoyable.

But the current arc, including this latest episode? HOLY SH*T, they've really gone all out. Some of the best writing the series has ever had. And the animation and voice acting have all been superb, too.


It's February. That means it's the annual Neilsens ratings season. The more viewers, the more the networks can charge for commercials till next February for the more popular time slots.
 
2013-02-03 04:10:14 AM
Originally they were only going to do 100 episodes. Given that was episode 104, I'm glad to see that they are going on with it. Apparently the DVD/Blu-Ray release is going to show all the decapitations that happened off-screen in this arc - including the lighsaber slice and dice of the Hutt from a few episodes ago.
 
2013-02-03 04:16:07 AM

narkor: Originally they were only going to do 100 episodes. Given that was episode 104, I'm glad to see that they are going on with it. Apparently the DVD/Blu-Ray release is going to show all the decapitations that happened off-screen in this arc - including the lighsaber slice and dice of the Hutt from a few episodes ago.


The Hutt gut cut?
 
2013-02-03 06:49:47 AM
They should do an episode about gay jedi.
 
2013-02-03 07:08:35 AM

BalugaJoe: They should do an episode about gay jedi.


The Aing-Tii monks do spend an awful lot of time talking about how "The Force is a rainbow."
 
2013-02-03 07:19:40 AM
I like the bits on the the night sisters' planet best.  Creepy.
Re-watched the episode with the creation of Savage immediately after his death.  Thank you watchcartoononline dot com.  Used to just watch voltron and thundercats, but have since branched out into new forms of procrastination.
 
2013-02-03 08:15:49 AM
I wanted to start watching these from the beginning with my kid, but I have to pay for the episodes/seasons I. Prime.

Are they one Netflix streaming yet?
 
2013-02-03 08:48:25 AM
Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.
 
2013-02-03 09:00:59 AM

Mugato: Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.


I came in here to ask the same thing.  Sounds like a good series though, and something I keep meaning to get into on Netflix or something.
 
2013-02-03 09:10:58 AM

HMS_Blinkin: Mugato: Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.

I came in here to ask the same thing.  Sounds like a good series though, and something I keep meaning to get into on Netflix or something.


Yeah, I realize it's science fiction/fantasy but getting cut in half and falling down a long shaft doesn't seem like something you just shake off. Is he a clone or something?
 
2013-02-03 09:11:08 AM

JolobinSmokin: I wanted to start watching these from the beginning with my kid, but I have to pay for the episodes/seasons I. Prime.

Are they one Netflix streaming yet?


watchcartoononline dot com
 
2013-02-03 09:14:14 AM
The animated movie really turned me away from the series, but now I think I'll have to give it a shot.
 
2013-02-03 09:27:14 AM
Hoping this hits Netflix soon.
 
2013-02-03 09:44:22 AM
So I've finished watching the first season.  So far, I think it's good, not great.  Is there a marked improvement in future seasons?  Or is the quality pretty consistent from this point forward?
 
2013-02-03 09:46:38 AM

Mugato: HMS_Blinkin: Mugato: Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.

I came in here to ask the same thing.  Sounds like a good series though, and something I keep meaning to get into on Netflix or something.

Yeah, I realize it's science fiction/fantasy but getting cut in half and falling down a long shaft doesn't seem like something you just shake off. Is he a clone or something?


There's a whole story line explaining it in season 4. You can also get the dvd Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Maul Returns
 
2013-02-03 10:02:28 AM

Mugato: HMS_Blinkin: Mugato: Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.

I came in here to ask the same thing.  Sounds like a good series though, and something I keep meaning to get into on Netflix or something.

Yeah, I realize it's science fiction/fantasy but getting cut in half and falling down a long shaft doesn't seem like something you just shake off. Is he a clone or something?


Long story short: it was the Dark Side. His intense hatred toward Kenobi kept the Dark Side strongly present and it sustained him... kind of. His mind slowly deteriorated and he eventually ended up on a junk planet where the Dark Side manifested a kind of spider-like body for him. His brother from Dathomir (a totally separate long story) eventually found him and took him back to Mother Talzin (part of that other story, check out the Nightsister Trilogy) who restored his mind and gave him a more humanoid lower half. After that, Maul took his brother on as his apprentice and took off on a mission to both get revenge on Kenobi (boy howdy, did he ever) and kill Palpatine and Dooku.

/Impossible to be the biggest Star Wars geek on here without seeing this show, sir. Get on it.
 
2013-02-03 10:05:03 AM
I still maintain that it helps if you're a teenager. Most times this show just makes me roll my eyes or cringe. It's not for an adult demographic.
 
2013-02-03 10:27:27 AM

NeoCortex42: So I've finished watching the first season.  So far, I think it's good, not great.  Is there a marked improvement in future seasons?  Or is the quality pretty consistent from this point forward?


It does get better and when it does, it's insanely good (I'd put the arc that just wrapped up with the episode in the article up against any of the live action movies, it's that good). But, like with all long form stories, it does have bumps (the previous arc with the "D Squad" was farking awful). Fortunately the quality never really gets worse than the the worst of Season 1.
 
2013-02-03 11:42:13 AM
Kinda weird, given how much new stuff theyve invented for all the BBY stuff that theyd start sourcing so much from one terrible book...

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"Ok, heres a pile of all the EU novels and a dart..."
 
2013-02-03 12:22:34 PM
make kotor a show or movie plox...
 
2013-02-03 12:50:09 PM

parkerlewis: The animated movie really turned me away from the series, but now I think I'll have to give it a shot.


Just remember this simple fact: Anything without Ahsoka in it has potential to be a good episode. I'll even take an episode with Jar-Jar in it (at least sometimes his stupidity comes in handy).

Lucasfilm (or should I say, Disney now)? Give up trying to appeal to the grrl demographic with this coont. It's so not working.
 
2013-02-03 12:51:00 PM

Jizz Master Zero: Impossible to be the biggest Star Wars geek on here without seeing this show, sir. Get on it.


I bow to your knowledge and thank you for your comprehensive, if convoluted explanation. I do remember seeing a Darth Maul action figure with a robotic waist-down.

/Star Wars geek for the movies, knows nothing of the EU except the Thrawn novels
//which sucked
 
2013-02-03 12:53:59 PM

swaxhog: Mugato: HMS_Blinkin: Mugato: Never saw the show and I'm probably the biggest Star Wars geek on here (nothing to be proud of, Russ) How the hell is Darth Maul alive? Anyway, I'll try to find it and watch it.

I came in here to ask the same thing.  Sounds like a good series though, and something I keep meaning to get into on Netflix or something.

Yeah, I realize it's science fiction/fantasy but getting cut in half and falling down a long shaft doesn't seem like something you just shake off. Is he a clone or something?

There's a whole story line explaining it in season 4. You can also get the dvd Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Maul Returns


DVD. In a Blu ray world.

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I bet you prefer 8-tracks over digital too because it has much *K-CHOONK!* deeper range.
 
2013-02-03 12:55:54 PM

Mugato: I bow to your knowledge and thank you for your comprehensive, if convoluted explanation. I do remember seeing a Darth Maul action figure with a robotic waist-down.


And now you have seen the TRUE reason how/why Maul survived. Even the Dark Side is no match for the sheer intense will of marketing.
 
2013-02-03 12:56:12 PM
Hmm... Star wars.

It lost me when people started saying star wars was supposed to be for kids. When i was into star wars it wasn't for kids. It was for teenagers who weren't even close to getting laid. (me) .

I liked allot of the EU stuff... but about halfway through the New Jedi Order arc i decided it felt like a wank fest. I think it was the book that killed off Anakin Solo that did everything in for me. I could see great ideas previous authors had set up rusting in their torpedo tubes. The whole direction everything went with the EU after that point and with the prequels just had lost its connection with the original three movies.

I liked a lot of stories from the EU -- some of them sucked monkey balls but as far as cheap fantasy goes they weren't that bad.

I, Jedi was in my opinion one of the better ones and i think it would have been easy to turn into a standalone movie for Disney. Corran Horn was really cool -- i dont know if he still is - chances are they flip flopped him back and forth from the dark side pussified him and then killed him off anticlimactically.
 
2013-02-03 01:00:34 PM
I guess I'm not smart enough to be able to watch on watchcatoon dot com,  so I'll just have to buy them in amazon.

Happy that amazon prime app is now available on my iPhone, gonna have to check my galaxy 10.1 tablet Nd see if its available on it too
 
2013-02-03 01:01:41 PM

Mugato: /Star Wars geek for the movies, knows nothing of the EU except the Thrawn novels
//which sucked


But Thrawn himself was kinda cool. So was Mara Jade. I thought she was the coolest. But of course they shipped her off with skywalker then had her murdered by one of the Solo kids. Barf.
 
2013-02-03 01:14:37 PM

mikefinch: It lost me when people started saying star wars was supposed to be for kids. When i was into star wars it wasn't for kids. It was for teenagers who weren't even close to getting laid. (me) .


Star Wars was never just for kids. If you look at pictures from 1977 of the lines going around the theaters, there were a lot of adults. My mom's 71 and is a huge Star Wars fan. Yeah  there were cute robots and aliens but there were also old people burned to a crisp, a planet blown up just for the fark of it. Limbs flying everywhere. An army of inadvisably designed tanks blowing up humans. A farked up mangled old man kept alive with a resperator. Another old man struck down with a sword. Slave women. Ice creatures that eat whatever is around. A guy who betrays his best friend (he might not have had a recourse but still).

Yeah there were ewoks but how was Star Wars a kid's film?
 
2013-02-03 01:24:16 PM

Mugato: mikefinch: It lost me when people started saying star wars was supposed to be for kids. When i was into star wars it wasn't for kids. It was for teenagers who weren't even close to getting laid. (me) .

Star Wars was never just for kids. If you look at pictures from 1977 of the lines going around the theaters, there were a lot of adults. My mom's 71 and is a huge Star Wars fan. Yeah  there were cute robots and aliens but there were also old people burned to a crisp, a planet blown up just for the fark of it. Limbs flying everywhere. An army of inadvisably designed tanks blowing up humans. A farked up mangled old man kept alive with a resperator. Another old man struck down with a sword. Slave women. Ice creatures that eat whatever is around. A guy who betrays his best friend (he might not have had a recourse but still).

Yeah there were ewoks but how was Star Wars a kid's film?


Pretty much this.  If you want "Star Wars as a kids movie", watch the Ewok television films or the Droids/Ewoks cartoons.
 
2013-02-03 02:06:51 PM
Honest to god when i was a kid the first time i watched a new hope my mom made my dad fast forward the shootout at the start where Darth comes on board because it was "to violent".
 
2013-02-03 02:18:38 PM

mikefinch: Honest to god when i was a kid the first time i watched a new hope my mom made my dad fast forward the shootout at the start where Darth comes on board because it was "to violent".


but dude getting his arm chopped off in the cantina, no problem?
 
2013-02-03 02:52:09 PM

SpdrJay: What always amazed me about the animated series is how the quality sometimes surpasses the multi-zillion dollar films.


What it often lacks in visual pazzas it makes up for in other areas.  You simply couldn't do this sort of story arc in a 2hr movie and not have it end up a gigantic hurried mess.

Not that it hasn't stopped certain directors from trying.

mikefinch: Mugato: /Star Wars geek for the movies, knows nothing of the EU except the Thrawn novels
//which sucked

But Thrawn himself was kinda cool. So was Mara Jade. I thought she was the coolest. But of course they shipped her off with skywalker then had her murdered by one of the Solo kids. Barf.


I would most certainly spend the money on a cinema ticket (and concessions) to see that dapper blue bastard on the big screen.
 
2013-02-03 03:53:48 PM
Just watched the episode today.


Wow....

Just...absolutely awesome.

SPOILER ALERT

If it weren't for the extensive backstories of Darth Maul surviving Episode 1, who Savage is, and the background of Maul and Savage, I'd recommend this episode for anyone wanting to see if the series is worth watching or not. The lightsaber fight alone between Palpatine and Maul and Savage is just incredible; probably one of the best fight sequences in the entire Star Wars franchise. Also, you finally get to see what a BAMF Palpatine really is. Well done, well written, and my Gascon rage is now fully abated.
 
2013-02-03 03:55:59 PM
Just watched it. Wow pretty awesome. Maul making Kenobi suffer, Kenobi's rescue, the Deathwatch vs. Deathwatch fight with the city burning in the background. It couldn't get any cooler. Then Sidious comes and lays the smack down on Maul and Savage.  That droid arc sucked, but the last few episodes totally made up for it.
 
2013-02-03 04:11:50 PM
I want them to do a season on Order 66 and how Ashoka either snuffs it or goes on the run as Vader personally hunts her down.  I don't think they will ever do this story but I want so see it so very much.
 
2013-02-03 04:40:29 PM

Mugato: Jizz Master Zero: Impossible to be the biggest Star Wars geek on here without seeing this show, sir. Get on it.

I bow to your knowledge and thank you for your comprehensive, if convoluted explanation. I do remember seeing a Darth Maul action figure with a robotic waist-down.

/Star Wars geek for the movies, knows nothing of the EU except the Thrawn novels
//which sucked


It's, uh... it's a little wonky when trying to summarize like that, but it plays a lot better when you actually see the show.

And believe me, I only have the benefit of seeing the show. I never could get into the EU. Mostly seemed like sanctioned fan fiction. I think I appreciate the show because it does what I always wished a canonical source would do: pick out the good elements and toss the rest. This Maul story, for example. There was a comic story that featured the robot legs Maul trying to invade the Lars homestead to kill baby Luke. They loved the design of Maul but not much else, so they used just that. I think that's what chaps the ass of certain vocal Clone Wars haters: it's been declared canon over the books and comics and games and such, and it apparently directly contradicts a lot of it. Again with Maul: he had, I believe, a book and some comics that established his race's traits and culture. That didn't work for what the show was doing, so out it went and they now have, from what I understand, a completely new sociology. Doesn't bother me since I feel Clone Wars is far better done than any EU source I've read, but it really gets to some of them.

I read that the show is coming to Netflix streaming some time this year, but it's worth at least renting the first season now. The movie is okay, but it unfortunately suffers from Pilot Syndrome: they're still trying to figure out exactly what this whole thing is going to be, so it's wildly uneven. If it wasn't for the fact that it sets up stuff for later on, I'd say skip it. If nothing else, I'm sure people could cobble together a list of the absolute best episodes and arcs for you.
 
2013-02-03 06:08:29 PM
mikefinch

Hmm... Star wars. It lost me when people started saying star wars was supposed to be for kids. When i was into star wars it wasn't for kids.

There were some scenes in the first movie that were scary as f*ck.  Putting the audience into that kind of fear and then dropping those special effects made for a kick-ass ride.

/Lucas went there for one movie only, then decided to make family-safe sequels so he could sell toys.
 
2013-02-03 06:31:10 PM
Nope.  Dropped The Clone Wars when they farked up the Mandalorian culture unforgivably.
 
2013-02-03 08:52:41 PM
What, sort of like those Star Trek fans who got shiatty with Next Generation because they didn't use the Rihannsu stuff from classic trek novels?
 
2013-02-04 12:42:20 AM

Mugato: Jizz Master Zero: Impossible to be the biggest Star Wars geek on here without seeing this show, sir. Get on it.

I bow to your knowledge and thank you for your comprehensive, if convoluted explanation. I do remember seeing a Darth Maul action figure with a robotic waist-down.

/Star Wars geek for the movies, knows nothing of the EU except the Thrawn novels
//which sucked


There's no way to explain Maul's return in print without it sounding convoluted and ridiculous, but the show did an amazing job of showing it.

/Kind of bummed Savage died. I was hoping for some kind of redemption, since he still seemed to retain some good.
 
2013-02-04 12:51:12 AM

EddieFC: The last two episodes almost made up for the preceding droid arc. Almost.


I'm glad I'm not alone in being annoyed by that. I don't watch the show often, but I've been routinely checking in this season for the sake of Darth Maul. Imagine my chagrin when, for more than a month, it was nothing but that droid arc.

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I didn't even watch the full episodes; just enough to get bored and tune out each time.
 
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