Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is on its way this September, and here are two brand new clips from the new season. The first shows Darth Sidious landing on the planet Mandalore to conduct business unknown while a team led by Obi-Wan Kenobi jetpacks into a massive battlefield. The second clip picks up the storyline of the recently-not-dead-and-seriously-pissed-off Darth Maul and his cuz' Savage Opress teaming up to take vengeance on pretty much the entire galaxy.
If you’ve been watching The Clone Wars, you’ve probably noticed the quality of the visuals steadily increasing with each new season. I’m excited that this first look at the coming 5th season show that it will be no exception, with huge, epic environments and dynamic action sequences that made my eyes pop out. (Watch the clips in full-screen high-def if you can. It’s worth it.) Fans at Comic-Con last week got to see these clips before anyone else.
Another thing that occurs to me is that when The Clone Wars first premiered, I remember Lucasfilm personnel mentioning in interviews and whatnot that they envisioned the series lasting for five seasons total, to fill in the two-year story gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. I haven’t heard any talk along those lines in years, though, and since Cartoon Network’s not promoting Season 5 as “the final season,” I’m guessing the plan has changed. Still, the show can’t go on forever, and with the increasing darkness of the show’s storylines, it seems clear that we’re getting very close to the time of the third film. (Is it just me, or is Obi-Wan showing a bit more grey in his beard in that Mandalore clip?)
Meanwhile, Season 4 of The Clone Wars, subtitled “Battle Lines,” hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 23rd. This is the season that fans will forever remember for bringing Darth Maul back to the Star Wars universe. The three-disc set includes all 22 episodes and the same wealth of extra features that these sets are known for. Extras include five new episode commentaries and a collectible poster. Buy the Blu-ray edition and you’ll get access to the Jedi Temple Archives, which includes loads of behind-the-scenes materials like concept art, 3D character models, early test animations, and 20+ deleted and extended scenes.