I got a little fed up with Clone Wars last season, the show became very much focused on Anakin and Obi-Wan and the storylines felt rather pointless. There were some great episodes and some excellent animation, but overall the major story arcs felt flat.
But now, they’re back! The first two episodes of this season stretch back to episode 5 in season one, “Rookies” an episode that introduced Echo, Fives and Heavy to us and an episode that really proved that The Clone Wars was going to tell dozens of different and interesting stories from across the Star Wars universe.
Clone Cadets is the story of how Domino Squad manages to go from Zero to Hero by working together as a team. It takes us through how the clones come by their callsigns and what they were like before we met them in episode 5. Ultimately the episodes ending is clear from the beginning but it’s still a nice tale and it sets up ARC Troopers perfectly.
In ARC Troopers Kamino is under attack from the Separatists. Ani and Obi turn up to help out, but it is the Clones who are the most defiant, defending the only homeworld they know by any means necessary. The episode sees some great sequences including a fight between Grievous and Obi-Wan that is visually spectacular. The episode ends with Fives and Echo being commissioned as ARC Troopers.
Both of these clone-centric episodes give me renewed hope for an exciting and varied new season, which will take us on a journey across the known universe.