Last month we learned that the conclusion of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” would come in the form of a Dark Horse comics miniseries called Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. The reason for this move was the sudden cancellation of the show when Disney took over the series, but it turns out we’ll get to see some of the last season after all.
Today Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Netflix has picked up the sixth and final season of the animated Star Wars series and will make it available in the United States and Canada beginning on March 7th. The new season, called “The Lost Missions,” will run 13 episodes, and here’s a quick preview of what’s to come:
And if you’re one of those Star Wars fans who just hasn’t gotten into the series yet, there’s even more good news, because Netflix also picked up all five of the previous seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” including several director’s cut episodes that have never been on TV. And for good measure, the theatrically-released computer animated feature film will also be available through Netflix as well.
So what can we expect from these final episodes? Netflix says:
“In these eagerly anticipated episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.”
There’s no direct mention of Darth Maul, so we’re betting that the Dark Horse comics deal is adapting the teleplays of episodes that were yet to be finished before Disney and Lucasfilm pulled the plug. That’s a real shame, but we’re glad fans will be able to see most of the final season in its proper form.
In the bigger picture, this is also likely a good indicator of the deals Disney is likely to strike with Netflix in the future if they decide to create any new Star Wars series. It probably also paves the way for the Star Wars films, both past and future, to hit the subscription service at some point as well. After all, “Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm beginning in 2016.” Maybe they’ll make it easier to watch the original, untouched, non-special editions? We’ll have to wait and see.
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