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Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII announcement or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
We’ve got an abbreviated version of the HoloNet Digest for you this week, and all of our stories relate to The Clone Wars. The sixth season of the Star Wars animated series, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” was released on Netflix last Friday and is already earning rave reviews. Because the entire series is now available on Netflix along with the bonus content, many fans are planning chronological marathons of the show. Should you choose to do so, you’ll be happy to know that Lucasfilm Story Group member and Keeper of the Holocron Leland Chee provided the official series chronology on Twitter.
You can check out my TFN reviews of “The Unknown” and “Conspiracy,” the first two episodes in the bonus content, which also form the first half of a four-part Order 66 story arc. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say that I was really impressed with these episodes. Right now I’m about halfway through reviewing all thirteen episodes –– I’m actually writing this post while coming up for air in between my reviews of the Jar Jar/Mace Windu duology. (You might be surprised at what I had to say about this story arc.) I’ll be staggering my reviews over the course of the next few weeks, and you can find them all at TheForce.Net.
The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni spoke to Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times for interviews that were released on the day that the bonus content hit Netflix. If you’re a fan of The Clone Wars, it’s worth reading both of these interviews in their entirety. Filoni discusses Ahsoka Tano, the possibility of seeing more material from The Clone Wars, and the importance of the Order 66 episodes. Here’s an excerpt from what Filoni told Entertainment Weekly about the Yoda story arc that now serves as the series finale:
One thing people ask year after year is when you are going to do more with Yoda. We tried several seasons to tell a Yoda arc, but the problem is he’d come in and be able to solve a problem in five minutes. In the end, George finally decided to tell a big story about The Force and the balance of The Force and what it means when some people appear after they die and some don’t. Fans have long wondered about that. This goes a long way to explaining that issue. These are things that were the backbone of his Jedi ideas. How can a Star Wars fan not get excited by that?
On Monday, Filoni wrote a blog post for The Official Star Wars Blog where he thanked fans for their support over the years and shared sketches that he drew during The Clone Wars story conferences. Several of these sketches offer tantalizing looks at what was going to happen in Seasons 6 and 7, including one drawing of Ahsoka talking to Bo Katan with the caption “Ahsoka appoints Bo Katan as provisional leader.” Check out all of the sketches at the blog link above, and scroll to the bottom of his post for information about a fan-favorite character that may surprise you.
Thanks for reading the 50th edition of the Unbound Worlds Star Wars HoloNet Digest. I’ll see you back here next week with the latest news and analysis from the galaxy far, far away.
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.