I’ve spent the last few weeks introducing my kids to Star Wars. Doing so has reinforced my own fandom, and prompted me to finally watch the Clone Wars movie. I feel odd about it, and that’s because almost everyone is doomed.
Most of the good guys are destined to become bad guys. Anakin becomes Darth Vader. Vader kills Obi-Wan. The clone troopers become the Stormtroopers. Padme Amidala dies during childbirth. Yoda dies. Meanwhile the bad guys stay bad guys. The bad droids stay bad, as does Dooku, Sidious, General Grievous, the bounty hunters and so on.
A pall of fatalism hangs over the series, as we know heroes like Obi-Wan, Yoda and Anakin are doomed. Especially Ahsoka Tano. Poor Ahsoka. Anakin’s padawan is a dead woman walking. She doesn’t appear in any other movie, nor is she even mentioned. From the moment I saw her, I knew something bad would happen to her. She’ll either die, turn to the Dark Side or go into exile, never to be heard from again.
The question becomes, does Disney have the nerve to pull it off? I’ve heard that the show isn’t listed on Cartoon Network’s roster for next season. Perhaps Disney will add it to Disney XD. Either way, the show is wrapping up and its writers have to deal with Ahsoka.
I’ll keep watching the series as I’ve heard it gets better in the later seasons. But it’s hard to get into a story when you’ve already read the last chapter.