Annlyel reflects on growing up with The Clone Wars
I still remember being a little girl and watching The Clone Wars. At the time, it was the closest thing I’d ever get to watch a new Star Wars movie.
I remember laughing whenever one of the clones said, “Sir, yes sir!” I remember watching the first episodes involving Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine Kryze and being surprised to learn that the Jedi actually had a love interest. The moment when she rubs his beard and tells him how she liked him without it so she could see his “handsome” face is seared into my brain. She might as well have kissed him for all I cared!
I remember, at the time, not being that fond of Ahsoka‘s character and feeling like she was a strange addition to Anakin‘s storyline (since she was a padawan) considering that she was never in the movies. And throughout the years, I vaguely got to see the seasons evolve and the characters’ stories grow. It wasn’t until a few years ago, as a teenager, that I finally got to watch all six seasons on Netflix and clearly…I had a blast. (And Ahsoka is now my favorite Star Wars heroine.)
Now, as a young adult going on my twenty-second birthday, it’s suddenly dawning on me that I have witnessed the end of The Clone Wars. Like the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which had encompassed most of my life and come to a resounding conclusion with Avengers: Endgame, I feel a sense of emotion knowing that these characters will never quite be the same again.
Gaps have been filled (Ahsoka Tano seeing her master, Anakin Skywalker for the last time.) We finally got to learn what Ahsoka faced during the tragic and traumatic moments of Order 66. And yes, I found myself in near-tears during several instances in the last couple of episodes.
When the final scene of The Clone Wars arrived featuring Darth Vader holding the very lightsaber he gave Ahsoka all those years ago; the same lightsaber that Ahsoka dropped in despair after the death of her soldiers, the clones that she had grown to love as more than comrades in war, but friends, I suddenly realized that a surprisingly important piece of my life had ended.
A chapter had been snuffed out like a candle in the vast makeup of my inner chamber. I didn’t know how much The Clone Wars had touched me over the years but now that it’s over…I’m going to miss it.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!