Saturday, February 13, 2016

Approximately 36 Clone Wars Stories Remained Untold

In previous posts from March 17, 2013 "Was Clone Wars Intended for 8 Seasons?" and from May 19, 2014 "Brent Friedman Shares Details on Clone Wars Seasons 6 to 8", information regarding the plan to have eight seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and that these episodes were already written has been shared.

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Seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars normally featured 22 episodes. Season Five of the series ended with only 20 episodes; however, three of the episodes that were originally intended for that season were not aired.

These three episodes "An Old Friend", "The Rise of Clovis,"and "Crisis at the Heart" were released as a part of "The Lost Missions" in March of 2014.  With this in mind, the other 10 episodes of "The Lost Missions" compromised almost half of the episodes originally planned for season six of the Clone Wars, before it was cancelled.

At that time, there were 12 episodes of season six and 22 episodes for season 7 and 22 for season 8, for a total of 56 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that were written and were unreleased in any format.  This is an approximate number of episodes based on seasons one through four.

In 2014, four episodes were adapted into the comic mini-series "Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir."  From the concept art images released, these episodes appear to have been intended for the season finale of season six.  They were labeled 621, 622, 623, and 624.  This release left 52 episodes unreleased in any format.

In the fall of 2014, four more episodes intended for season six were released as a part of the The Clone Wars Legacy.  The Crystal Crisis on Utapau Story Reels, featured four unfinished episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  These episodes can been viewed at StarWars.com and they were included as a bonus feature on the "The Lost Missions" Blu-ray.  Concept art for these episodes, appear to indicate that these episodes may have been intended to kick off season six with since they were labeled 601, 602, 603, and 604.  As of this release, there were 48 episodes that remained unreleased in any format.

Last year at Star Wars Celebration, four more story reels were screened.  In late April 2015, the four story reels for the "The Bad Batch" story arc were released via StarWars.com as a part of the The Clone Wars Legacy.  Concept art shows these episodes listed as 609, 610, 611, and 612.  With this release, 44 episodes remained unreleased in any format.

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In July 2015, eight episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars written by Katie Lucas were adapted into the novel "Star Wars: Dark Disciple," by Christie Golden.  This story about Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos was a fantastic, and it wrapped up some loose ends from the series.  From the concept art released, four of these episodes were intended for season six 613, 614, 615, and 616 and four episodes were intended for season seven.  If you have not read the novel, and if you're new to Audible, you can sign-up for a free trail that includes two free audio books to check out this awesome Clone Wars story.  With the release of this novel, approximately 36 episodes remained unreleased in any format.

What Clone Wars stories are we still missing?  Since the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, there has been additional information revealed in various interviews, at various conventions and on twitter about these other approximately 36 unfinished episodes.  On March 10, 2014, StarWars.com released some of Dave Filoni sketches from the final writers conference.  These sketches shows bits of pieces of some of the unreleased episodes, and a few of these are referenced below.

The biggest release of information regarding these stories came from Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  The Star Wars YouTube channel posted the video of the "Untold Clone Wars Panel" from the convention, on April 29, 2015.  The hour long video releases lots of details about the unreleased episodes.  The video is embedded below.


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Since the early days of talk of "Bonus Content," there has been lots of discussion of a bounty hunter story arc featuring Boba Fett, Cad Bane and Aurra Sing.  One of Filoni's sketches shows the Bounty Hunters walking down a street.  The "Untold Clone Wars Panel" revealed a clip of a story reel from this story arc.  The clip was shown from 8:53 to 10:47 in the YouTube video.  We learned that Cad Bane was mentoring Boba Fett, and they were on a mission to rescue a child from Tusken Raiders on Tatooine.

There has been speculation that these episodes may have been left out of the Lost Mission due some possibility of these stories contradicting other upcoming anthology films.  In any case, most story arc are four episodes, which would leave approximately 32 more unreleased episodes.

The "Untold Clone Wars Panel" focused on two other story arcs.  http://www.starwars.com/news/to-fans-of-star-wars-the-clone-wars-thank-you The first was The Wookiee story on Kashyyyk which would have featured the return of the Bad Batch.  Filoni and Hidalgo discuss how the Wookiees were able to commune with giant tree spirits, and that they asked their permission to ride them into battle against Trandoshans that were allied with the separatists.  Part of the battle plan was to burn a potion of the forest which caused some conflict between the Clone Troopers and the Wookiees.  A clip of a story reel from this arc was shown in the panel from 18:24 to 20:16, in the YouTube video.  There was confirmation of another Yoda arc by Brent Friedman on Twitter, and in one of the sketches shown in this portion of the panel, Yoda is shown with a Clone Trooper, with Yoda painted on it's helmet, and Chewbacca.  If this would have been another 4 episodes arc, that would leave approximately 28 more unreleased episodes.

There was also quite some time devoted to the episodes that became the Dark Disciple novel.  Two story reels clips were shown at 28:16 to 30:49 and at 35:31 to 36:35.  This story has now been told in the novel.

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During the lighting round potion of the "Untold Clone Wars Panel," they briefly touch on several stories, and they mention Ahsoka.  However, they did not talk about how many episodes she would have been a part of.  Footage was screened during the panel of Ahsoka riding a faulty speeder at 47:49 to 49:54.

In an interview with Dave Filoni on USA Today last March, he revealed that there were "12 episodes of stories that explored Ahsoka's history and what happened to her after leaving the Jedi order" (A Jedi returns in 'Star Wars Rebels' finale).  Filoni mentioned in his interview on "RebelForce Radio: March 13, 2015" that he has shown some footage of the Ahsoka stories, to the crew that works on Star Wars Rebels.  These 12 episodes have not been released in any format, which leaves approximately 20 episodes not referenced at this point, with approximately five story arcs.

The above mentioned "Untold Clone Wars Panel" at Star Wars Celebration shed some light on even more of the unreleased episodes.  Filoni and Hidalgo revealed several more stories, but they do not discuss the number of episodes for the stories.
  • Depa Billaba was going to appear in Clone Wars.
  • They show the design of Oppo Rancisis' lightsaber, which was similar to Dooku's lightsaber.
  • They show sketches of Senator Tikkes on Quarren.
  • They show a sketch of a Sith Temple that lies below the Jedi Temple and a creature that lives in this area.
  • They discuss a story arc that was described was Top Gun with Clones.
  • They show a sketch of a Yuzhan Vong scout ship that would have came to check out the Republic.  Hidalgo said it would have been like an alien abduction and like an episode of the X-Files.
  • They show a 332nd Clone Trooper that was loyal to Ahsoka.  The Clone Trooper helmet was painted with her facial markings.
  • They also confirm that the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars would have coincided with and gone beyond the event of Revenge of the Sith.
  • During the Q&A, Filoni reveals that he had a plan for Barriss Offee.
    Continue to tell Disney and LucasFilm that you want these untold stories from the Clone Wars.

    Think about it.  They have released 33 episodes in some format, since this amazing series was cancelled.  That's pretty awesome.  What other show has that happened for?  #SaveTheCloneWars

    Update:
    Thanks to Emma Blashington on the Facebook page, for pointing out that originally I left out the third Clovis episode "Crisis at the Heart," which changed the original total of untold stories of 35 to 36, which has been updated throughout the article.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    Dark Disciple is Available Now

    Dark Disciple: Star Wars based on eight unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, is being released today in the U.S.  It's available to order on Amazon.

    I will be listening to the book via Audible.  If you're new to Audible, you can sign-up for a free trail that includes two free audio books.  I would recommend Dark Disciple and Lords of the Sith.  Sign-up today.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    The Bad Batch Story Reels Now Avaiable

    The Bad Batch Story Reels that debuted at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim have been released to StarWars.com, as a part of The Clone Wars Legacy.

    The Story Reels include "The Bad Batch," "A Distant Echo," "On the Wings of Keeradaks," and "Unfinished Business."

    The 33 minute video from the Bad Batch panel at Star Wars Celebration was posted, as well.  The panel, hosted by David Collins, includes supervising director Dave Filoni, voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, and writers Matt Michnovetz and Brent Friedman discussing the story arc.

    StarWars.com also posted a Bad Batch Concept Art Gallery.

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Save The Clone Wars: Two Years Later

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    It has been two years, since LucasFilm announced the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and that they would release "bonus content."

    In that aftermath of this decision, the #SaveTheCloneWars website, Facebook page and twitter account were established on March 14, 2013.  Thanks again the thousands Clone Wars fans who have supported the campaign.  The Facebook page has over 10,000 likes, and twitter account.has over 2,300 followers.

    In the last two years, we have gotten a lot content, from this cancelled animated series.  After almost a year of waiting, in March 2014, Star Wars: The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" which consisted of thirteen fully animated episodes, were initially released on Netflix.  "The Lost Missions" were later released on DVD and Blu-ray, on November 11, 2014.

    From May to August of 2014, the four issues of Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic were released.  These comics were adaptation of unfinished episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The trade paperback collection of the Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir was released on October 1, 2014.

    In September of 2014, the The Clone Wars Legacy was announced, and four The Crystal Crisis on Utapau Story Reels were released at Star Wars.com.  These story reels were later released a bonus feature on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of "The Lost Missions."

    Dark Disciple, the Asajj Ventress & Quinlan Vos novel, written by Christie Golden, is based on unfinished episodes of  Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The novel is available for pre-order at Amazon, and it is scheduled for release by Del Rey on July 7, 2015 in the U.S.

    What is the future of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its characters?

    Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman took to Twitter in May 2014.  We covered the tweets in the article, "Brent Friedman Shares Details on Clone Wars Seasons 6 to 8."  Recently, mentions of the four episode story arc entitled "The Bad Batch" that would feature the return of Clone Trooper Echo have popped up again.  For more info, check out the Star Wars Underworld article.

    As recently, as yesterday's episode of Rebel Force Radio, information continues to come out about the unfinished episodes from season six and seven.  Filoni mentions two Clone Wars arcs that were shot that feature Ahsoka's continued story, and he mentions showing these arcs to his Rebels team.  When asked if more episodes of The Clone Wars would be released, he said that, if so, it would be like the Utapau story reels.  He also reveals, in the interview, that there will be "very exciting Clone Wars things" at Star Wars Celebration that is "all motivated by the fans staying so persistent."  Perhaps, some of these unfinished episodes will be shown at Celebration, or perhaps, an announcement will be made about a future release at StarWars.com.

    In addition to these stories, a very popular Clone Wars character returned at the end of season one of Star Wars Rebels, and although the character design is quite different, Ahsoka Lives!  Recently, Dave Filoni talked with USA Today about Ahsoka.
    In the article "A Jedi returns in 'Star Wars Rebels' finale" Brian Truitt wrote, "When Clone Wars ended last year, Filoni still had 12 episodes of stories that explored Ahsoka's history and what happened to her after leaving the Jedi order when she was around age 16 — many of them were worked on with George Lucas while he was still heavily involved in the Star Wars universe."
    In an interview with Eric Goldman from IGN, Filoni also recently stated the following.
    "But there are things happening in [Star Wars Rebels] Season 2 where I’ve thrown a line here and a line there that I know will land with the fans, and they’ll be like, “What is she talking about? What is that referencing?” I think it will drive them insane with curiosity, in the best way possible. People will start to piece it all together and then hopefully, I can one day tell these kind of stories that I want to. I myself am curious at what medium it will be in at the end of the day. I don’t know."   Read More:  (Star Wars Rebels Co-Creator on Season 1's Big Death and Big Return and Where Season 2 Will Go)
    There are still stories to be told, and Dave Filoni wants to tell them.  Let's continue to let Disney and LucasFilm know that there is an interest and a demand for these stories!

    Also, thanks once again to Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio for sounding the alarm and being the first to encourage Clone Wars fans to contact Disney and LucasFilm and ask them to #SaveTheCloneWars.

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Dave Filoni Interview RebelForce Radio March 13, 2015

    RebelForce Radio​ has released a great interview with Dave Filoni​.  They talk more about Ahsoka Tano than anything else.  Take a listen to this informative episode "RebelForce Radio: March 13, 2015."

    A few highlights:
    36:56 - The Dave Filoni Interview begins.  They talk more about Ahsoka than anything else regarding Star Wars Rebels.

    46:58 -   He mentions showing the Rebels team some footage of Ahsoka from season 6 and season 7.  Dave mentions that there were several episodes in production, and that the ones that were released as season six, were the ones that were completed.  He thinks its exciting that there are scenes out there may create a lore around these things, like the long rumored Luke building his light saber scene.

    47:49 - He mentions putting out the unfinished Utapau arc online, because "fans have such a tremendous devotion to the show," and that it was a "direct response to LucasFilm seeing the love that fans have for the show."

    48:20 - He says there is a lot of work that remains unfinished.  He again references the arc that they had shot that was continuing Ahsoka's story that had complicated action.  He mentions the scripts that they have written, and some of the history, scripts that have been written, have changes a little bit.

    49:22 - He says that in the beginning of the series, there was almost a black and white rule that any new characters introduced would have to be eliminated by the end of the series, but the stories evolved along the way.

    50:20 - He says that there will be things that were referred to in Rebels will make fans wonder what they are talking about.  These mysteries will be from the history, that we as fans we don't know, at least at this point.

    51:55 - Jimmy Mac asks if we will get more episodes of Clone Wars?  He says that, if anything, it would be more the Utapau form unfinished.  He tries to honor the stories and represent the work well.  A big key for him is if they have the final cast recording, instead of temp tracks.

    57:13 - Vader vs Ahsoka?  Obviously, Dave cannot answer this question.

    1:11:00 - There will be some "very exciting Clone Wars things" at Star Wars Celebration that is "all motivated by the fans staying so persistent.  There really isn't a time that you can go anything mentions about Rebels and not have #SaveTheCloneWars people fragging it.  It's really awesome!  It's enjoyable.  It's really endearing."  He also says that he asked if he could put things together for Clone Wars fans at Celebration.

    1:15:22 - The Dave Filoni Interview ends.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    12 Episodes of Ahsoka Stories Left Uncompleted

    USA Today is reporting some interesting news about #StarWarsTheCloneWars that were not completed.
    The article states, "When Clone Wars ended last year, Filoni still had 12 episodes of stories that explored Ahsoka's history and what happened to her after leaving the Jedi order when she was around age 16 — many of them were worked on with George Lucas while he was still heavily involved in the Star Wars universe."  Read more at USAToday.com.
    Will this stories be revealed in some format as a part of the "Clone Wars Legacy?"

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Amazon Deal of the Day: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5

    The Amazon.com deal of the day is the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Seasons 1-5 box sets!  Today, you can save 39% on Blu-ray and 42% on DVD. Merry Christmas!
    Today only, save up to 42% off "Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Seasons 1-5" on Blu-ray and DVD. Offer ends December 24, 2014 at 11:59pm PST and while supplies last. Applies only to products sold by Amazon.com. Does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site.