TV News: "Begun, on Netflix, THE CLONE WARS Have..." Streaming Giants Acquire STAR WARS Series, Including Unseen Episodes

Written by Kris Heys Thursday, 13 February 2014

TV News

Expanding their relationship with Disney, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS, and will make all episodes available to customers on March 7th in the US. Even better, Netflix will also be the official home for THE LOST MISSIONS, the 13-episode "season" of episodes that Disney promised fans they'd still get to see when they cancelled the show mid production on Season 6 last year.

Now the above has only been announced with the US and Canada in mind so far, but it's unusual for a high profile Netflix purchase like this to differ too wildly in the UK. (Here's hoping anyway.)

And here's hoping that those STAR WARS fans that have always resisted the series due to a misconception that it's only for the younglings will take a chance on it.

From the Press Release:

"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 Star Wars: The Clone Wars than ever before as Netflix will also stream the director's cut of seasons one to five."

Here's a pretty interesting new clip from one of the upcoming episodes...

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In other STAR WARS news, producers on REBELS, the upcoming series created to replace THE CLONE WARS, have unveiled another of their core characters following last month’s CH-0P reveal. Meet Kanan, "the cowboy Jedi"...

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“Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor's Jedi purge and one of the main characters of Star Wars Rebels.
Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr., is a less traditional Force-wielder than fans are used to seeing. He carries a blaster, is a little sarcastic, and keeps his past a secret. "I like to call Kanan 'the cowboy Jedi,'" says executive producer Dave Filoni. As shown in this video, his Jedi robes are long gone, replaced with armor and a holster, though a samurai-like ponytail hints at his Jedi Knight origins.

In Star Wars Rebels, set between Episode III and IV, Kanan has been underground for years, evading the Empire. If the Imperials become aware of his existence "he's going to get killed," says art director Kilian Plunkett. He still has his lightsaber, but no longer uses it for fear of revealing his true identity -- and has ultimately forsaken the ways of the Jedi Order.
Star Wars Rebels will show Kanan's journey as he rediscovers himself, just as a rebellion begins to form against the Empire. According to Filoni, "He's a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and pick up the sword again, and fight for noble causes and selfless causes." But what will happen when he chooses to reignite his Jedi weapon, fighting once again for a greater purpose?”

STAR WARS REBELS debuts this Summer.

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