Unaired arc of The Clone Wars screening at Celebration. Four episodes featuring clonetroopers Echo and Captain Rex will be shown Friday in Anaheim, followed by a Q&A with Dave Filoni, Dee Bradley Baker and writers Brent Friedman and Matt Michnovetz
The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.
Well, that’s an unexpected turn for this book. (…Or is it?) Hopefully Golden’s take romance here is less winceworthy here than what we saw in Fate of the Jedi…
Dark Disciple will be out in eBook and hardcover on July 7.
Dave Filoni talks further about the Rebels finale, the return of Ahsoka and what’s up next with IGN. There’s an interesting bit on how there was a lot of interest in exploring hercontinuing story in other media, where Filoni argues in favor of, basically, delayed gratification:
I always feel strongly that while we can have everything at our fingertips right now, something that made Star Wars so powerful to me growing up was we would go through a long period of time where we wondered what happened to Han Solo. He was stuck in carbonite. Now, everything’s instant. But I think we built a deep love and connection to our characters because, for lack of a better term, we dreamed about what they were going through. We wondered and we anticipated, so when the payoffs came, I think it was a lot better, a lot stronger, so I thought making people wait to find out what happened to Ahsoka just built up her mystique a little bit more, a little bit better until we nailed her down.
He also addresses the challenge of Vader, including the (inevitable?) Ahsoka confrontation, the Inquisitor, the larger Rebel Alliance and more.
UPDATE: The third part of Filoni’s StarWars.com interview is up as well.
While we’re talking Rebels, there’s also a rumor making the rounds about a familiar voice actor returning to play an established (though not unexpected) character.
Rebels heads into the finale with ‘Rebel Resolve,’ and Andi chats with Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Vanessa Marshall about their characters, and Dave Filoni reveals the likely fate of the courier droid. And Pablo answers two questions, including Hera’s exact relation to Cham Syndulla of The Clone Wars.
The second part of the finale will air March 2 on Disney XD – remember it won’t be on the app early.
Given that Lucasfilm really wants us to know that Grand Moff Tarkin is on Monday’s episode, ‘Call to Action,’ it’s probably not surprising that we’re hearing rumblings of more ‘special guests’ from The Clone Wars and original trilogy eras.
But first, here’s a clip of Tarkin in ‘Call to Action:’
Last weekend, a voice actor for a popular character who debuted on The Clone Wars revealed that he’s recorded for Rebels. Then a French website listed that a voice actor for an even more popular character would be returning… And Jason Ward at Making Star Wars has heard about three characters for the season 2 premiere – including one who’s already appeared on the show.
Don’t forget, the S2 premiere is due to debut at Celebration Anaheim in April, so a heavy presence of fan-favorites makes a lot of sense…
UPDATE: There is another “in talks” for a season 2 cameo.
But heading for the more immediate appearance, there’s another ‘Call to Action’ clip behind the cut. Continue reading
Dave Filoni talks about Mark Hamill’s role in The Clone Wars final season.
There are no books or comics on the horizon until next year, but we do have two long-awaited releases this week regardless, at least if you’re a The Clone Wars completeist. There’s the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions and the series’ soundtrack.
Hero Complex has a brief behind-the-scenes clip from the former.
The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Blu-ray and DVD sets coming November 11, per TV Shows on DVD.
They also reveal the title for the Christie Golden Asajj Ventress novel announced at SDCC: Dark Disciple.
Still no S6 DVD news, though I wouldn’t be surprised if those Utapau roughs make it on there.
Anyone in the mood for some vague pronouncements? Jedi News is teasing some sort of announcement for The Clone Wars this week. “Something so cool it could melt the ice off a Hoth mountain top” seems a bit strong for the expected ‘Lost Missions’ Blu-ray and DVD release (of which we’ve seen some sign lately) or even a complete series set.
I’m sure we’re going to see lots of folks hoping for some sort of series revival or surprise extra episodes – oh look, here’s one – but I don’t see that as at all likely at this point. Another book or comic series, perhaps? But don’t hold your breath, Clone Wars fans.