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Will The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Answer These 6 Burning Questions?

Will The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Answer These 6 Burning Questions?


For most hardcore Star Wars fans, the biggest crime of the prequel trilogies was inconsistency. Suddenly Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t as close of friends as we were lead to believe, Yoda wasn’t Obi-Wan’s first master, and Darth Vader turned out to be really just some lovechild of The Force, which when it hung out with midichlorians, apparently was less of a mystical energy field and more of a dead bead dad. If this wasn’t bad enough, the continuity of individual films—Episodes I, II, and III—don’t really work with each other. With all the rich mythology available, it’s sort of mind-boggling that things got as confusing as they did. But then, like a band-aid from space, The Clone Wars cartoon came along to fix everything.

Expanding on everything from Anakin and Padme’s relationship to the ways Clones interact with each other, to the mysterious Mandalorians, The Clone Wars has more than surpassed its rocky origins, and in the past few years, has truly been an impressive legitimizer of the prequel era as it relates to the classic films. But, now that’s its epic-run is coming to an end, there are still some continuity questions that need clearing up. On March 7th, Netflix will debut The Lost Missions, which will effectively end the story of The Clone Wars forever. Here are six burning questions we hope will be answered.

6. How and why do the Jedi turn into ghosts?

In The Phantom Menace, everyone gasped in disbelief when Qui-Gon Jinn didn’t simply disappear when he was stabbed by Darth Maul. Don’t Jedi immediately become one with the Force? Why did Qui-Gon still have a body? When Revenge of the Sith rolled around, Yoda mentioned casually to Obi-Wan at the end of the movie that he’s been in touch with Qui-Gon Jinn’s ghost and that there’s some stuff they need to go over. From here, the viewer is supposed to put it together that Qui-Gon Jinn figured out how to become a ghost and decided to teach Yoda how to do it too. Because the dialogue in Revenge is so short, all of this comes across pretty confusing. But, from the look of the previews for The Lost Missions, Yoda’s quest to figure out the spirit-world looks to be a prominent plot point! To make it extra-legit, Liam Neeson is voicing Qui-Gon!

5. What’s the deal with Sifo-Dyas?

In the film Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi discoverers the Clone Army was ordered wholesale by a Jedi named Sifo-Dyas. Mace Windu and Yoda are both like whaaat? NO! And Obi-
Wan is like okay, whatever. At that point, the movie is also like whatever, because the idea of this weirdo Jedi ordering the Clone Army is never really explained again. Was it really Count Dooku in disguise? Does he need a third name on top of the two he already has?

4.  What happens to the resurrected Darth Maul and his crazy brother?

In what seemed to be a desperate attempt at a grab for ratings, Darth Maul returned from the dead as an insane half-cyborg big-time jerk, hell-bent on getting revenge on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  A whole season earlier, it was also revealed Maul had a brother named Savage Opress, who briefly was hanging out with everyone from the Nightsisters to Count Dooku, to Asaj Ventress. The allegiances of these guys has shifted a lot over the course of the show. Where will they end up in the end?

3. Asajj Ventress?

Invented for the first version of the Clone Wars cartoon, Asajj Ventress has appeared in all sort of Star Wars media. From video games, to comic books, to novels, this one-time apprentice of Count  Dooku seemingly cant’ be killed off. And yet, there needs to be some sort of answer as to why she doesn’t appear in the rebellion era of the Star Wars story. Does she go into hiding? Could an older version of the character appear later? Exactly where is the Clone Wars going to leave her?

2. Will the events of the final episode of The Lost Missions match up with 2005’s Clone Wars?

The Genndy Tartakovsky version of Clone Wars was broadcast way back in 2005 just before the release of Revenge of the Sith. The last episode of that Clone Wars saw the Separatist Forces engaged in a full-on invasion of Coruscant, with General Grievous leading the charge to capture Chancellor Palpatine. The final scenes depict Mace Windu struggling to rescue Palpatine, while Obi-Wan and Anakin prepare to enter the battle, literally minutes before the film begins. With all of this already “established” will the new Clone Wars honor these events, re-write them, or avoid them all together?

1.What about Ahsoka!!!!!

Perhaps the heart and soul of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano’s journey from faux-padawan of Anakin Skywalker to straight-up greatest-person-on-the-show has been some of the best stuff to watch. The previous season saw Ashoka getting framed for being a terrorist, kicked out of the Jedi Order, then invited back in with a half-hearted apology. Tearfully, Ahsoka doesn’t actually come back into the Jedi fold, heading out on her own. Hopefully The Lost Missions will give us some idea of what became of Ahsoka. Will her lack of “real” Jedi status help her evade Order 66? Like her evil counter-part—Asajj Ventress—the removal of Ahsoka from the Jedi vs. Sith deal makes it easier to keep her alive. Which is pretty great, because since the show began, every single person has been worried that poor Ahsoka would have to die in order for the Star Wars canon to make sense. Maybe now this isn’t the case! How great would it be if the survival of Ahsoka post- The Clone Wars leads to her appearing in a post- Return of the Jedi spin-off novel? Or even better, maybe, if Ashoka survives The Clone Wars, a live action version of her could show up in one of the new films!

What are you looking forward to in the final episodes of The Clone Wars?

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Ryan Britt

Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths, forthcoming from Plume (Penguin) Books on 11.24.15. He's written for The New York Times, Electric Literature, The Awl, VICE Motherboard, Clarkesworld Magazine, and is a consulting editor for Story Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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