Pwn’d by Clones – a “Star Wars” fan reborn

Junior Jedi Ahsoka Tano and her old mucker, Master Anakin Skywalker
Junior Jedi Ahsoka Tano and her old mucker, Master Anakin Skywalker

How did you fall out of love with “Star Wars”?  For many people – we’ll call them ‘normals’ – the transition from childhood to adult responsibility somehow comes with a jettisoning of any love that they had for George Lucas‘ sci-fantasy adventures.

For others, the prequel trilogy squashed their fandom out of them – by the time that “Episode III” rocked up in 2005 and did a generally decent job of relating Anakin’s final descent towards the Dark Side of the Force, a lot of fans had given up the proverbial Jedi ghost and found other things to entertain them.

I’ve always kept an eye on “Star Wars”, even though my relationship with the series is somewhat love-hate.  Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando novels found their way across my reading desk thanks to a recommendation from Penny Arcade, and I picked up the movie-which-wasn’t-really-a-movie, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”.  Didn’t watch it, being rather underwhelmed by the animation style and kid-skewing tone of the piece, but I still bought it.

I knew that something was up when I didn’t rush out to buy the prequel and classic trilogy Blu-Rays in 2011 – on the face of it, that particular addition to my HD film library was a no-brainer, so why wasn’t I more excited by it?  Why indeed?

It took something to reel me back into the fold and, wouldn’t you know it, that thing was those aforementioned “Clone Wars”.

I’ve begun watching the show in the UK on the CN Too channel and have been gorging my way through seasons for the past few weeks.  It’s every thing that I wanted from the “Star Wars” prequels, in bite-sized, 22 minute long chunks of Sith versus Republic goodness.

J.J. has a lot to live up to with the next three movies, let me tell you…