The Star Wars Prequel trilogy is awful, there’s no denying it, but there is a place where all of the trilogy’s characters are better served. The Clone Wars TV show, so let’s look at eight reasons why Star Wars: The Clone Wars is better than the prequels.
1. Anakin is Great
The prequels biggest crime (even bigger than Jar Jar) was it’s mishandling of Anakin Skywalker’s descent into the Dark Side of the Force. Clone Wars immediately fixes that by making you instantly forget about this version of the character. The Clone Wars’ Anakin is the Anakin that Obi Wan referred to as the best pilot in the Galaxy, and a great friend.
2. Ahsoka Tano
As the female teenage lead of what is ostensibly a kid’s TV show, it wouldn’t be that surprising if Ahsoka was a little annoying. Except she’s no such thing, she might even be The Clone Wars best character as she gives us a different experience of what it is to be a Jedi, as well as bringing out the best, and worst of her Jedi Master, Anakin.
3. Jedi buddy comedy
Watching Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, it’s hard to really care about Anakin and Obi Wan’s relationship. Not so in the Clone Wars as they quest, fight, and banter alongside each other in what is the best buddy cop pairing in the galaxy. Obi Wan also flirts with everyone, and I mean everyone.
The Clone Wars isn’t a serialized show, though it does have stories that extend over many episodes. The chronology of the show isn’t that important as it takes the form of the types of science fiction serials that inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars in the first place. This means that you can start the show from multiple points, and more importantly…
5. You can skip Jar Jar
Yes, Jar Jar is in the show, but his episodes are usually terrible, and thankfully inessential. Think of it this way: we you see Jar Jar quip, you get to skip.
6. The clones actually war
As a show about war, from a franchise about war, and unlike Attack of the Clones, the clones actually war. The clones are an incredibly important part of the show, and a sometimes offer great parallels from real life soldiers, and the sacrifices they have to make.
7. It’s not made by George Lucas
Unlike the prequels, George Lucas has nothing to do with the show, meaning that the acting (or voice-acting), dialogue, and characterisation are much better.
8. It makes the prequels better
It’s hard to care about Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader without the Clone Wars. If you just watch the movies then you’re stuck with Hayden Christiansen’s version of the character, but seeing Anakin be a brave warrior a good teacher, and a compassionate friend to Obi Wan, then it’s much easier to buy into the character’s destruction by Emperor Palpatine.