So, Star Wars: The Clone Wars went up on Netflix on Friday, and over the weekend I watched the movie and the first 5 or so episodes.
I will definitely keep watching.
The movie, as I had been warned, is truly awful. No exaggeration: it has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The dialogue was clearly written by a 5-year-old, and the plot advances only through incompetence (mostly the droids’) and convenient communications breakdowns.
Wouldn’t Dooku have sensed that the Huttling was not in the backpack? Why would you send troops into hand-to-hand combat with blasters and NO MELEE WEAPONS? Why isn’t Ahsoka dead at least five times? So many questions!!!
The two scenes I enjoyed: Obi-Wan’s stalling tactic and the Padmé-Anakin look at the end.
I don’t know if my preconceived ideas played a role, but the TV series was palpably better as soon as it started. The very first episode really nailed Yoda’s character, improved the dialogue, and had an intelligent story to go with the action.
I still find Ahsoka annoying a few episodes in (she’s kinda like Skye in Agents of SHIELD), but I assume that will change because everyone else seems to love her.
My favorite part of the show so far is all the cool planets and characters that I love from the EU coming to life. The character design and voice acting are pretty good, too. I even got my husband watching a little bit 🙂