On January 7, Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns from its mid-season break with the first of 11 new episodes, and, judging by this trailer Lucasfilm provided exclusively to EW, they’re making the jump to lightspeed. Set to John Williams’ Wagnerian “Duel of the Fates,” the video emphasizes action and mythology, a change of pace from the first half of season 3, which included more cerebral, dialogue-driven episodes about that Galaxy Far, Far Away’s slippery political landscape (read our recaps here). And while so far this season Anakin Skywalker has played second fiddle to lesser-known characters (Sy Snootles, anyone?), the future Darth Vader is clearly the star from here on out, as the series gets ever closer to the events of Revenge of the Sith. Not glimpsed is the new Big Bad, Savage Opress (a relation of Darth Maul!), whose three-part arc, supervising director Dave Filoni tells me, kicks off Clone Wars’ January return. That hardly matters, because we’re in for a more chilling sight: Anakin’s earnest young Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, eyes yellow like a Sith, consumed with rage and battling her master! Take a walk on the Dark Side and check it out.

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