The Mandalorian season two drops on Disney+ Hotstar on Friday, October 30. Soon we’ll have more adventures with Mando and Baby Yoda. However, if you can’t wait that long, there is a Star Wars show currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’
The Clone Wars is an animated series that follows the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Ahsoka Tano during the three in-story years between the Star Wars prequel films, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show depicts Anakin Skywalker as the person Obi-Wan Kenobi described in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. A talented young member of the Jedi Order and a trusted friend. However, as in the prequel films, his secret marriage to Padme weighs on him and we see him bend the Jedi Order’s rules for the greater good as he battles the clone armies of the Separatists. The series raises questions of whether Anakin turned to the dark side because of his love for his wife or if the Jedi Order failed to guide him toward the light.
It fixes prequel problems
The Star Wars prequels were widely reviled for over-complicating the Star Wars saga with boring and unnecessary political sub plots. The Clone Wars remedies a lot of the problems the prequel trilogy had. The series offers a great blend of high-octane lightsaber action and political intrigue. However, instead of being bogged down with political jargon, The Clone Wars incorporates these elements by showing the results of political moves such as assassination plots and galactic colonialism.
It has both the dark side and the light
Text flashes on the screen at the beginning of each episode that foreshadows the themes the episode will tackle. As it depicts Anakin’s struggle with being pulled between the light and dark sides of the force, the series has episodes questioning the nature of good and evil. So while there are light and cartoonish episodes, the series also has episodes that are dark and violent. At least as much as a show meant to be suitable for all age groups can be.
The Clone Wars set the tone for the Star Wars franchise instalments that came after it. This can be seen in the violence and grit in Rogue One and the focus on world-building in The Mandalorian. However, the most impressive thing this animated series accomplished was the redemption of the lore in the prequel movies, a part of the Star Wars franchise that has been reduced to meme status.
Creator: George Lucas
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
Seasons: 7 (2008-2020)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar
The Mandalorian season two drops on Disney+ Hotstar on Friday, October 30.