This is quite the week for Netflix. The series that turned them from a content provider into a content creator, House of Cards, will post its second season on the service tomorrow. That’s not the only big show coming soon. The final season of Star Wars Clone Wars will debut on Netflix. This is a huge coup for the provider, probably benefitting from their deal with Disney to stream their films and their upcoming partnership on four Marvel Universe series.Entitled “Clone Wars: The Lost Missions”, the final season will have 13 half-hour episodes tying up storylines that have run through the series from the previous five seasons. As fans know, there are a lot of questions to tie up before the animated focus shifts to the new Star Wars: Rebels series. Those who haven’t been along for the ride the whole way are in luck. The entire series will be popping up with “The Lost Missions” so newcomers and veterans alike can enjoy the entire run.
When Disney announced The Clone Wars cancellation, I was extremely disappointed. The series has been outstanding and really the flagship of the entire Star Wars franchise since the end of the prequels. Moreover, it improved every season and brought depth to the characters introduced in the prequels (particularly General Grevious) and introduced new characters like Asajj Ventress, Savage Oppress and Ahsoka Tano. The last of those characters, Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, is the focal point of much of the curiosity entering the final season. The assumption is that things don’t end well for the character as the series takes place between Episodes II and III and Anakin has no Padawan when he falls to The Dark Side. Also to be addressed are the Mandalorians, the resurrected Darth Maul and the very nature of The Force itself, brought to light in what I think is the best arc of the series “Mortis”.
I’ll paste the entire announcement from Netflix below. Less than a month until we get the grand finale!
In these eagerly anticipated episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. Fans will not only be able to watch the thrilling finale, they’ll be able to see more of “The Clone Wars” than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director’s cut of seasons 1 – 5.
“Star Wars is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “‘The Clone Wars’ marks an important moment as Netflix welcomes more and more first-run content from The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries.”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is the first time any Star Wars content has been available for Netflix streaming members. The deal follows a recent announcement from Netflix and The Walt Disney Company to bring multiple original series based on Marvel characters to the service in 2015. Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm beginning in 2016. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC Entertainment Group and Disney Channel films and TV shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.