Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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I don’t know why, but I’m not feelin’ the new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I do love the look of the animation, and there’s plenty of awe-inspiring spectacle, as usual, in the Lucasverse. But I’m not sure if I’m going to care enough about the story. Something about Darth Sidious/Senator Palpatine embroiling Obi-Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi in a war sparked by the kidnapping of Jabba the Hutt’s son.* The stakes just don’t seem high enough, especially since we know already how this all plays out (the movie takes place during the gap between Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The second half of the trailer is all battle scenes and explosions, and while I’m always up for some lightsaber dueling (Darth Maul may have died in Episode I, but his double-bladed ‘saber is apparently still wreaking havoc), I’m worried that the film will consist largely of action sequences meant to distract from busy plotting and thin characterizations.

Not that any of this is going to stop me from lining up to see the movie on Aug. 15, mind you.

Tell me, PopWatchers, am I being overly pessimistic? The Clone Wars TV ‘toon was really good, but it came in small doses. Can the feature be as involving? Are you more willing than I am to give the Lucasfilm team the benefit of the doubt, especially after geeking out on this clip? Comment below, my young padawans.

*Um, so how do you kidnap a Hutt-sized creature? And Jabba has a son? Does that mean there’s a Mrs. Jabba? How do Hutts reproduce, anyway? And do I really want to know the answer to that question? Ewww.

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