I have been a bit silent on the upcoming release of the Clone Wars this Summer. This is due mainly to the fact that it took me by surprise earlier this year. In the past, we knew a new a Star Wars was coming. There were three years worth of waiting on news, pictures, spoilers, music, and whatever else we could get our hands on.
For me, this movie has been a lot different. For some reason I’ve kept forgetting it’s coming out. (That statement is not an invitation to the naysayers to start bashing the prequels.)
However, in the shadow of the Dark Knight, while wanting to believe, and still basking in the glow that has been an awesome Summer of movies, I now turn my attention that galaxy far, far away that we all know and love.
There have been several trailers and TV spots, and every single one of them look better the one before it. A couple of tidbits of news that have excited me are things like a likeable Anakin who is truly good and doing the best he can, Anakin’s apprentice (who is obviously destined to die [speculation on my part, not spoiler]), some uber cool action sequences, and just getting immersed in the Star Wars experience in a new and fresh way.
I hope that everyone understands, though, how much these cartoons will be geared toward kids. In my opinion, that’s a good thing. For all the haters of the prequels out there, I know a young person who’s first exposure to Star Wars was The Phantom Menace. Guess what? They have a fondness for Jar Jar, and actually decided to hate him when they saw that it was “cool” to hate on the Gungan. So, let’s not ruin the experience for the kiddies and enjoy what’s coming, because I think it’s gonna be a great ride.
To that end, my friend and the designer of Geek Out Online’s awesome look (and forthcoming awesomer look) Michael Cohen is starting up a podcast devoted to The Clone Wars Series, so head over to www.clonewarspodcast.com to check out his new site and the widget for The Clone Wars that has some neat trailers and cool clips. Yes, friends, Frontlines: The Clone Wars Podcast is upon us. If his podcasting skills are half of what his web/graphic design skills are, we are in for an awesome time with Michael….and I’m sure you can expect me to pop in from time to time. (YOU HEAR ME MICHAEL? I’M GONNA BE ON YOUR SHOW!!!! WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT)
For other Clone Wars related news and opinions, there’s always Theforce.net and the newly redesigned official Star Wars homepage. Here at Geek Out Online, expect my takes on the movies, my defense of the prequels, and even my defense of the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy. My Star Wars geek juices are starting to flow…and you may just get swept up in the movement of the Force if your not careful.
Clone Wars here we come!