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Star Wars: Clone Wars: Vol. 2
DVD disk
Dec 6, 2005 By: Quigles
Star Wars: Clone Wars: Vol. 2 order
Director:
Genndy Tartakovsky

Actors:
Mat Lucas
James Arnold Taylor
John Di Maggio

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The final chapters of the CLONE WAR animated series are wrapped up here, once again tying together all the knots between Episode II and III of the STAR WARS saga.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I like STAR WARS as much as the next guy (ok, well maybe not quite as much), but in my book, this cartoon feels a little unnecessary. While I'm sure extreme fans will get a kick out of seeing the missing details from the latest prequels get explained, the information delivered isn't exactly needed to understand the movies. Besides, most of the series is just an ongoing collection of action scenes, spliced together through small moments of actual plot. That said, I will admit the battle scenes were pretty f*cking crazy, and I mean that in a good way. In that sense, fans will certainly get their moneys worth.

When the show kicks off, things hop about rather abruptly, never really giving the viewer a chance to completely understand what point they're at in the story (unless of course they really know their shit). To make matters worse, the pacing fluctuates constantly, and even though the animation looks damn cool, it feels a little "off" for STAR WARS. It also doesn't help that the 5 episodes (or as they're listed on the DVD, "chapters") are just too short, lasting a mere hour in length. I can only imagine how random Vol. 1 must've felt, since there were a whole 20 episodes there, still clocking in at a measly 60 minutes. Needless to say, taking each issue I had with the series into consideration, I can't exactly pretend to have thoroughly enjoyed watching CLONE WARS. I can certainly see why others might, but personally, none of it really stood out in my mind enough to give it a full recommendation.
THE EXTRAS
The DVD pretends to have a lot more extras than it really does.

Audio Commentary (with director Genndy Tartakovsky and other crew): An interesting track that has the crew discussing various aspects of the show, ranging from working with the animation to working with Lucas. Much of their ideas are explained, which made understanding the series that much easier.

Connecting the Dots (10:24): A nifty featurette that details the process of filling in the gaps between Episodes II and III. The crew discusses the material exactly as you'd expect any geeky STAR WARS fan to.

Still Galleries: A collection of images separated into two sections: Sketches & Storyboards, and Posters & Artwork.

Revenge of the Brick (5:17): A short and silly Lego Star Wars segment presented in CGI. It's okay, but the animation looks a bit creepy. The short would've been a lot cooler had it been done with real legos.

Other extras include 2 Game Trailers, a XBOX Game Demo for Star Wars Battlefront II, and a Trailer for EPISODE III.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wish I could call this series amazing and tell you to run out and buy it as soon as possible, but I just can't. There are just too many damn things that annoyed me about it (like the poor flow of the episodes/chapters). And because of it, my hand has been forced to write a not-so-positive review of something STAR WARS related, which will surely backfire on me by having my inbox fill with hate mail. So, before you devoted fans go wild, let me attempt to redeem myself by saying these things: the action was gnarly, Grievous kicked all sorts of ass, and it's still a helluva lot better than STAR WARS: EPISODE I. Now then, go ahead and do your worst.
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