CLIP SOURCE: IGN
If you had asked me about fifteen or sixteen years ago what my expectations for the Star Wars prequels were, it’d have been fairly close to everything that is in this clip. Seriously, I’ve watched this thing over a dozen times now, and I have to say, my mind remains blown.
Now, I know that a lot of people gripe about how aspects of this show don’t mesh with continuity of the EU and stuff like that, but really, if you were around in the ’90s – before so much of what is now in the EU was even conceived – and can forget the last decade and a half of Star Wars lore has happened, then I’d be really surprised if at least a part of you doesn’t get a little excited by something like this.
Honestly, I’m not going to lie — since Attack of the Clones, I haven’t expected to see Mandalorians portrayed beyond the novels or comics. In the ’90s, we all thought they were going to be the “big bad” of the prequel trilogy. After all, the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back mentioned something about Boba Fett wearing the armor of troopers defeated by the Jedi in the Clone Wars (not a direct quote). In ’96/’97 there were a lot of wild rumors about Mandalorian soldiers showing up in the prequels. I remember in my pre-internet days various movie news magazines running speculation pieces wondering if we’d see armies of Boba Fetts fighting the Jedi (turns out they were right, from a certain point of view). Before any solid information was released, it was assumed that this was going to happen. Even the EU back then steered clear of the Mandalorian issue (I really don’t remember many mentions of them at all until one of the Young Jedi Knight books, but that could just be me).
When Season 2 of Clone Wars introduced Mandalorians into it, I thought, “Man, this is pretty cool.” I didn’t get too upset over contradictions with existing info, as I really do see the movies and this show as something completely separate from what else is out there. But then they didn’t do much with them. Sure, those initial three episodes were great, but I was expecting to see some all out Mando battles going on, as their mere presence reignited the expectations I’d had in high school. And in Season 4, while it was nice seeing them again for an episode, they still were feeling underutilized for my tastes.
Then, the Season 5 trailer hit.
CLIP SOURCE: Smoke Monsterable
My immediate thought was, “Oh man, I hope Maul raises an army of Mandalorians to his side and becomes a third faction to change it from the Clone War into the Clone Wars.” And now, after this new clip, I’m even more excited that this *might* be happening. That, added to what I’d always wanted to see happen in the films finally happening in a two minute clip, and yeah, I’m suddenly looking forward to Season 5 way more than I thought I would be.
So, kudos to you, Clone Wars team for putting this out there. Now, please, don’t hold this off to the second half of the season. Let this be up front in the first half, and let it deliver on the awesomeness that is promised above. That’s not asking too much, is it?