Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Star Wars: The Clone Wars Must End

This post is about the ending of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, this has nothing to do with the fate of Ahsoka Tano (How Lucas Could Save Ahsoka Tano), or of Captain Rex; the decision on their fates will need to have already taken place.

For many, the ending of The Clone Wars series isn't that difficult to figure out, in fact, believe it or not, it's already been wrote and in print for just over ten years now!

Ladies and Gentleman, say hello to Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno (Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Darth Plagueis)

The war is in the end game stages; Dooku, Grievous, and Sidious have played their cards and are now fine tuning their strategy for conquest; the Jedi are spread throughout the galaxy, their numbers running thin.

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are off chasing the Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, and the other Separatist leaders in the Outer Rim, in hopes of finding the mysterious Sith Lord.

Meanwhile back on Coruscant Grievous launches an attack upon the Republic capital and kidnaps Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.

Kenobi and Skywalker learn that their on a wild goose chase and that they need to get back to Coruscant, where war now rages.

So let's break this down. We can do two episodes with Kenobi and Skywalker running around in the Outer Rim and Grievous preparing his attack on Coruscant.

Another episode for just the attack and kidnapping. And of course the failed Jedi rescue attempt would be included (awesome battle on a train between Grievous and Shaak Ti).

And a final episode with Kenobi and Skywalker realizing they've been had, and now need to get back to Coruscant.

The series concludes as we watch Kenobi and Skywalker race towards the battle above Coruscant, but just before they reach the battle the screen goes dark and the words "To Be Concluded In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" appear.

And that is how Star Wars: The Clone Wars must end. That and if you remember those 5 minute Clone Wars shorts, they ended their run along these lines too.

There is a little bit more that goes on in the Labyrinth of Evil novel, but it'd be just as easy to read the novel than to have it adapted over to the animated series.

Can you think of any other way for The Clone Wars animated series to end? Drop a comment below and let us know.


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