Outhouse ace reporter Chris Girolamo gets a sneak peak at the first episode of the hit show's latest season and offers up a spoiler-free review for anxious fans!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ season 5 is just around the corner, but I was lucky enough to grab a front row seat at the incredible season premiere last weekend. Sitting among thousands of screaming fans, as well as the stars of the show itself was truly an exciting experience. Thankfully the presentation itself did not disappoint. The event showcased the last two episodes of season 4 followed by the first action-packed episode of season 5.
Executive director Dave Filoni, through the last several years, has been telling lots of stories in a short 2 to 4 episode story arc format. A lot of these are very self-contained, and often have little to do with the arcs that surround them. This is why the season 5 premiere was such a surprise; it continues almost immediately where season 4 left off, which is something that has never been done between seasons in this show. It appears that the return of Darth Maul (voiced masterfully by Sam Witwer) last season has finally pushed the show into a larger narrative, dealing with a much larger scale and forcing the scope to expand as the stakes of the Clone Wars grow even larger and more personal for the main characters.
Without revealing too much, this episode delivers. We follow Obi-Wan and fellow Jedi Master Adi Gallia as they are forced to side with pirate lord and fan favorite character Hondo Ohnaka (voiced masterfully by Jim Cummings) after Maul and his brother Savage Opress attempt to manipulate him and use his men as their personal army. Obi Wan inevitably finds himself fighting the brothers once again, but is prepared this time. The fight is well choreographed and features some of the most brutal violence seen so far on the show.
All in all, fans of the show should be eagerly tuning in to Cartoon Network for the season premier on September 29th at 9:30. It does not disappoint, and it appears that the show is headed in a very exciting direction!