Miss the days when Star Wars was still cool? Here’s a short guide to the good stuff that’s out there, across three forms of media. Come get your fix…
TV: The Clone Wars
The highest compliment I can give to this show is it made me care about the prequel mythology. The stories in this series contain everything that was sorely lacking from the three films of which they’re derived. From the idea of repeating themes to fully fleshing out the entire cast, Clone Wars feels more captivating, and truer to the original films than the prequels could ever hope to.
Clone Wars take place between Episode Two, and Episode Three, and focuses on the many battles that comprised the often-referenced War in the mythology. The focus of the show is on Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Anakin’s new padawan, Ahsoka, but several of the episodes star other characters in the fiction, and a few have even focused on the clones themselves (one of which happens to be my favorite episode).
Once you drop your “too cool for school / I wear ironic t-shirts” armor, and give the show a fair chance, you’ll find yourself feeling like a kid again. Without question, these are not only some of the best Star Wars stories currently being told, but also one of the best shows on the air right now.
By setting Legacy over a hundred years after the end of the Movie, John Ostrander and Jaan Duursema have created their own little universe within the Star Wars mythology similar to KOTOR, in that it’s free of all previous continuity, and can flow and operate on it’s own terms.
The series stars Cade Skywalker, a descendant of you-know-who, as he lives among thieves and pirates, desperate to escape from the legacy of his namesake. Legacy has all the essential trappings of a classic Star Wars yarn- from heroes on the run to the sith corrupting and overtaking the political powers-that-be.
It’s a page-turner, and one of my favorite ongoings, month in and month out.
Games: Force Unleashed
With the KOTOR MMO still in the oven, and the sequel announced on the VGA’s this past weekend, what better game recommendation than Force Unleashed? It’s dirt cheap at this point, and while yes, it’s flawed, it still tells a fun and meaningful story within the universe.
Force Unleashed takes place between episodes three and four, and puts you in the shoes of Vader’s secret apprentice. The storytelling and execution is solid, but the game play and balancing leaves something to be desired. It’s a shame, because if the title didn’t fall short in a few fundamental ways, it would truly be one of the greats.
Despite it’s flaws, Force Unleashed is a fun play through with a good pay-off. And the price makes it mandatory for all Star Wars fans.