- Aug 5, 2010
I think the problem with The Clone Wars (the setting) is that we all know at this point that it's a farse: my understanding (based on Revenge of the Sith) is that Sidious is in control of both sides, essentially, and knows how it's all supposed to end (and it does). In this case, I think Lucas painted himself into a corner and while I watch The Clone Wars now and then (my kids love it), I can't help thinking that each big battle is essentially pointless because there's no way the separatists will end up winning the conflict.I honestly think the Clone Wars era is ripe with possibilities. The Original Trilogy era wasn't really much of a war. It was mostly full of episodes which featured the Empire searching out hidden rebel bases, and maybe small rebel strike groups performing hit and run attacks against the Empire. Any large scale battles took place on screen in the movies. There isn't much left to work with in that erah as far as depicting a full scale war goes. I wasn't too satisfied with most of the conflicts that the Extended Universe books were able to portray after ROTJ. I liked the Grand Admiral Thrawn Trilogy, and I liked the Rogue Squadron series. The Jedi Academy Trilogy was ok. I wasn't thrilled by the New Jedi Order or the Corelian Trilogy, or the Black Fleet Crisis.
I just think it is a very difficult thing to come up with interesting villains and conflicts that weren't first established by George Lucas. Not that I think he is perfect, but a lot of the post ROTJ stuff seems counterfiet, and reads like soap operas.
The Clone Wars are altogether different though. The prequels didn't focus much on actually showing what went on in the battle field. But they did show enough so that the audience knew it was a full scale war on multiple fronts, so there are endless full scale battle scenarios that our heroes can encounter in the show.
I think the show drops the ball in one critical regard. The heroes seem to turn up victorious at the end of almost every campaign. I think that is hurting the suspense factor a lot. General Grievous was supposed to be a military genuis, who almost never lost a battle, save for when the Sith Lords set him up to loose. This cartoon doesn't really depict him in that light.
As for the Galactic Civil War, I used to work for the company that at one time made the Star Wars roleplaying game(early 90s; in fact, the big battle tank the clones use in Sith on Kashyaak was designed by our artists and was originally called a "Juggernaut").
Anyway, one point that was supposedly understood between Lucas films and our writers was that there was room for dramatic battles out at the galactic rim, where it was assumed the Empire could only deploy limited resources. Hence, you could have big battles where the rebels won (or lost) that would not effect the continuity of the original series. Might be some fertile ground to be explored there. I thought there was a live action series coming that would do exactly that, but haven't heard anything in a while.