It is becoming increasingly clear that “The Mandalorian” has become the canvas on which Dave Filoni he is retelling the next episode in the lives of the characters he created in his two animated series for the “Star wars” universe. This might already be reason enough to see «Clone wars» Y «Rebels», the series with which Filoni kept George Lucas’ galaxy alive while he took a break after finishing the prequel trilogy that told the fall to the dark side of Anakin Skywalker.
But beyond better understanding some scenes from the Disney + series, the two animated series created by Filoni are a different window to corners
sometimes ignored in the universe of «Star Wars». Its structure and duration, as well as the freedom that the animation medium allows, allowed the team of scriptwriters and animators to permanently mark George Lucas’s galaxy. During their development, both series left good reasons to dedicate their time, and now that they are available on Disney + there are no excuses not to dedicate the time they deserve.
They explore the space that movies leave free
Like «The Mandalorian» serves to connect the events of the original trilogy with the new Disney trilogy «Clone Wars» Y «Rebels» They do the same for the prequels and the original tapes.
“Clone Wars” occupies the space between “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” Y «Star wars episode III: Revenge of the Sith», Telling the story of the mythical clone wars the same as Obi Wan Kenobi mentioned in the original tape. This allows Filoni and company to delve deep into the famous participants of the war, from the Jedi to Mace Window O Yoda facing their new situation, where they must stop being guardians of the peace to become generals of war.
«Rebels» occurs between “Episode III” and the original tape, serving as a bridge between the two film series. In this case it tells the story of the crew of the Ghost, a smugglers ship that ends up being one of the central pieces in the formation of the rebellion against the empire. This allows us up close the tyranny of the empire, and to explore how it was gaining power in the years after the fall of the republic.
Ashoka Tano y Darth Maul
Filoni’s two main contributions to the Star Wars universe are of course Ashoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice and the reinvention of Darth Maul, main villain of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”
During the two Filoni series we can see Ashoka grow from the impatient apprentice who despairs of Anakin and Obi Wan to transform into one of the most trusted military leaders of the republic and then into a spy for the rebellion. It is also the prism through which we can see closely the arrogance of the Jedi, as well as the decisions that end up precipitating their downfall.
But in addition Filoni rescues Darth Maul and makes him one of the most interesting villains in the “Star wars” universe. In his hands, the villain who was only memorable for his final duel on his debut becomes one of the most interesting beings. Jealous, intelligent, ambitious and with the need not only to defeat his enemies, but to show that he is better than them. Special mention deserves its rivalry with Kenobi, whom he faces several times in both series to close with one of the most memorable lightsaber duels in the entire saga. Seeing it in both series is fascinating.
The Fall of Anakin Skywalker
One of the most striking points of both series is the handling of Anakin’s character and then that of Darth Vader. When we meet Patriarch Skywalker, he is a general as talented and compassionate as he is arrogant, although at times he is capable of moments of anger. The rest of the order shows respect towards him, and the clones accept his leadership as he is one of the few generals concerned to protect them.
The young Skywalker spends most of the series clashing with the Jedi, usually because of his willingness to risk the mission to protect civilians but at other times simply because of his ego or impatience. Seeing Anakin transform into one of the republic’s most successful generals informs and makes his downfall more tragic. Revenge of the Sith.
Already in “Rebels” the animation and the arrangement of his live show allow us to see a more monstrous side like Darth Vader. Despite having a child audience in mind, the team of these series does not shy away from the darker facets of “Star Wars” and its Vader is a representation of the oppression and evil of the empire.
The crew of the Ghost
Although the protagonists of «Clone wars» They are mostly known characters thanks to the film in its sequel the team dares to create a new cast, putting greater distance from the Skywalker saga despite the presence of Vader.
Sea Kanan, a Jedi knight who tries to hide his abilities to avoid being captured by the empire; Ezra, the young man who ends up becoming his apprentice; the exiled mandalorian Sabine Wren or the pilot Hera each one fulfills an initial function within the plot that expands to develop characters as interesting as any of the main saga.
The saber duels
One advantage the series has over the franchise’s live-action products is the freedom with which they allow themselves to tackle lightsaber duels. These action scenes are a fundamental piece of the franchise’s identity and both series approach them intelligently.
In the series of Filoni the jedi and the sith they move like human beings, faster and stronger than any live action choreography could accomplish. By removing the limitations that costumes or the age of the actors can put on the ideas of the filmmakers involved the results become some of the most interesting action scenes in the entire universe. «Star wars».
“Star wars: The clone wars” and “Star wars: Rebels” are available on Disney +