Season 5, it seems, has taken a few steps into the world of the strange and the experimental when it comes to its approach to storytelling. Something that has had pretty mixed results as far as I’m concerned. When you’ve been watching this series non-stop for months on end, it can be easy to get some form of tunnel vision with it.
That being said, I’m certainly happy that it isn’t simply telling the same old war stories that the first few seasons did. But in a way, it makes it seem like the people making the Clone Wars were already itching to grow beyond it at this point.
This is going to be something of a mini-review. I’m only going to talk about the one episode to break up how the future storylines pan out. So let’s get into it and talk about the Season 4 episode: A Friend in Need.
I’m kinda surprised, jumping into season 4, the series feels like it’s kind of regressed in some regard. These opening six episodes of the season seem to be going back to the tone and content of the earlier parts of the show. Albeit with much better art and animation. Being more of an anthology and less self serious about telling an ongoing story.
It’s not to say I’m disliking what I’m seeing, I just kind of assumed the series would continue getting darker and leaning into telling longer-form narrative as it aged. Although this season still has plenty to go to still get me all worked up.