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To Binge or To Savor: How Will You Watch Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

To Binge or To Savor: How Will You Watch Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

 

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Finally, we get to witness the last season of a wonderful animated series that ended when it was in its prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The Emmy winning series has chronicled that legendary moment in time first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in his hut on Tatooine.  Thanks to the Clone Wars, viewers get to experience the majesty, adventure, intrigue, and events that we have wondered about since 1977.  In fact, it could be argued that this groundbreaking series added much needed gravitas, characterization, and pathos to not only the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but fleshed out the Prequel era in a way we all dreamed they would when we first learned that the story of Anakin Skywalker would be revealed.  This is in no way to demote the value of the Prequels (I love them, albeit in a different fashion than the Original Trilogy), but to laud the achievements in animation, storytelling, and character that George Lucas, Dave Filoni, and company accomplished through this Emmy award winning series.

Anyone reading this Blog will no doubt agree with the premise presented here.  More than likely, you were also one of the millions rejoicing on February 13th when Star Wars gave us the early Valentine’s Day present which revealed that on March 7th, the sixth and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be released on Netflix in the US and Canada.  Not only that, but we also get several director’s cut episodes, as well as the first five seasons and the feature film.  Our melancholy from last March has been replaced by ebullience and enthusiasm.  Fans have been promised thirteen new episodes, including arcs featuring new information on Order 66, as well as a powerful arc featuring Yoda and the heretofore previously unknown origins of the Sith.  The trailer alone (released on 2/24) has started an onslaught of speculation, celebration, and consternation regarding what will happen next.

However, this revelation has led Star Wars fans to a new quandary heretofore not previously explored …how do we watch the new season?  Do we binge, or do we savor?  This is an intriguing dilemma, to be sure, but one with considerable consequences.  Much like the Jundland Wastes, this decision should not be traveled lightly.

To Binge: in the Netflix era of entertainment, marathon viewing of TV seasons has become quite popular.  Take a weekend to peruse a season of your favorite program, and experiencing the instant gratification of discovering where character arcs will delve, as well as avoiding that cliffhanger sensation that the ambiguity of having to wait an entire week can do to a person’s psyche.  For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, agonizing over what will happen to our heroes in the interim, the pangs of pondering what the fate of Fives will be, and just what is going to happen on Dagobah to our beloved Jedi Master, when he himself might his impatience eliminate with a wave of his or her remote control.  You have waited over a year; don’t you deserve to have your curiosity appeased?

With binge viewing, you get to settle down on your favorite couch or easy chair, and experience The Clone Wars instantly, the way you have been dreaming about since last February.  No more waiting, no more speculation, and no more unknown.  Plus, you get to watch the episodes in any order you wish.  The possibilities are endless; you get to decide how these new chapters of Star Wars are disseminated, and you can immediately open up discussions of the saga in new and exciting ways.

Indeed, this is a tempting avenue to explore.  However, have you considered the alternate option, to savor?  This does not currently appear to be the viewing style du jour, but have the merits properly been considered?

To Savor: Perhaps the reason this is the most beneficial is that if the Lost Missions are savored, you are looking at experiencing the 13 Bonus Episodes over 13 weeks.  Consider that for a moment: you waited almost 13 months for new episodes of the Clone Wars.  Now you get to watch a new episode each week for a tad over 3 months!  That gives you a relatively small amount of time to wait for Star Wars Rebels to debut, and you get new Star Wars every week for over three months!  A staggering notion, considering how long the wait has been for fans clamoring for more of Dave Filoni’s incredible storytelling.

While it is true that this option would require Palpatine levels of discipline and restraint, the benefits of savoring and enjoying the last season of The Clone Wars far exceed any instant gratification that marathon viewing may provide.  Binge viewing will bring a more immediate influx of knowledge and joy, but will make the wait for Rebels that much longer, and increase the gap in time with which you will have to wait for new Star Wars material.

hqdefault The only problem with this strategy is, of course, the internet.  Any Star Wars fan who spends a portion of his or her day perusing Twitter, Tumblr, or myriad Star Wars sites knows full well that the internet will be replete with musings, speculation, and … wait for it … spoilers!  Any listeners of Coffee With Kenobi knows that we are not a spoiler Podcast, and try to avoid them like Stormtroopers avoid precision marksmanship; this makes binge viewing more permissible, but less satisfying in the long run.

Personally, my plan is to savor the Lost Missions, and while I may watch an entire arc in one fell swoop, I would like to think that I will savor each new episode of The Clone Wars at a leisurely pace.  I was one of the millions who wrote to Disney and sent in a voice mail, expressing my sincere desire to keep the series alive.  I am as eager as anyone to ingest this seemingly poignant and promising close to The Clone Wars series.   Whether ‘tis nobler to view the series marathon fashion, or to take arms against adrenaline and savor each new episode like a fine wine is up to you.  Whatever your choice may be, may you enjoy each and every moment of this fantastic series.  May the Force be With You!

How will you watch Clone Wars: The Lost Missions?  Comment below, and let your voice be heard!

 Dan Z.

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17 Comments

  1. Jay Krebs
    February 27, 2014 at 15:44 Reply

    Binge, I will, as much as possible!
    I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly happy this Netflix announcement has made me. I literally went through the whole grief process when the series was canceled. My family thought I was insane for weeping… Yes, WEEPING over the loss of Clone Wars. Not just because of the show and its storylines, but the beautiful artwork it was. I wept for everyone involved with the series: Voice actors, designers. Everyone.
    But now I rejoice! I hope to be able to binge, but with my crazy life the way it is right now I might be forced to savor just a bit more. That’s OK! I’m just as pleased as a Java in a junkpile!

    1. Jay Krebs
      February 27, 2014 at 15:46 Reply

      … That should have said JAWA in a junkpile! Darn auto correct. ..!

      1. Craig Dickinson
        February 27, 2014 at 17:09 Reply

        I’d love to savor, but as I’m way behind on seasons one through five, my dilemma is whether to catch up and then do season six or binge-watch season six and then go back.

  2. Al Patrickson
    February 27, 2014 at 15:59 Reply

    I’m gonna watch all 13 final Clone Wars episodes when they get released on March 7th in 1 day for all 5.5 hours and then I will savor the episodes and watch them over and over again.

  3. unmutual
    February 27, 2014 at 16:33 Reply

    My plan is for something in-between–I’ll probably watch one story arc at a time, then take a short break before the next one.

    (Does 24 hours count as a “short break”…?)

  4. Max Nocerino
    February 27, 2014 at 16:42 Reply

    I will do a combo. I will watch one arc and then a brief period off and then another arc. I will however watch the director’s cut episodes in a binge. I also want to note that I am happy they are finally over. They destroyed continuity, and even disabled some movie canon. The Clone Wars supplementary material post 2008 was far more creative and epic. The Clone Wars cartoon before it was far better. TCW pales in comparison to it. I shudder to think of the horrors Disney will do to Star Wars. I also lament what Dave Filoni will do to The Force Unleashed franchise. Instead of an epic Starkiller driven Rebellion founding, it will be a stupid crew of cuddly cartoon characters creating the Rebellion in Star Wars Rebels. I’d rather have a story on the adventures of Jaxxon then all these changes. Im glad at least they didn’t CGI-ify puppet Yoda in the Original Trilogy re-releases.

  5. Devin
    February 27, 2014 at 17:44 Reply

    Is anyone really going to spread out watching these episodes over 13 weeks? REALLY???

  6. Jeff M
    February 27, 2014 at 18:28 Reply

    I like your idea about binging on story arcs, that will probably be my MO, ill finish an arc, then re-watch it an ep at a time to catch nuance and easter eggs. Either way, I know I’m going to feel silly for owning the entire series on blu ray, but always watching it on Netflix because I don’t have to get up from the couch. I make America proud.

    1. Melinda
      March 1, 2014 at 09:29 Reply

      My husband laughs and shakes his head at me every time he walks into our Star Wars Room, finds me watching one of the Star Wars films that is airing on television, and says: “You know, we have that movie on dvd/Blu-ray. It won’t be edited for television, is in letterbox form (our preference for movie form on dvd/Blu-ray) — and has NO commercials. Why are you watching it on television like that?”
      “Too much trouble to get up and pop it in the Blu-ray player, change all the inputs, etc.,” I reply.
      He gave a hearty laugh when I read him your message here. 🙂
      It’s nice to know there are others like me out there. 😉
      Happy viewing! 🙂

  7. Aaron Harris
    February 27, 2014 at 22:04 Reply

    Great blog! As much as I would like to savor each episode, I am gonna have to binge watch all the episodes as many times as possible during the free trial for Netflix. I can’t wait to see the episodes!!!!

  8. Lisa
    February 27, 2014 at 23:07 Reply

    At some point – hopefully not all that far into the future – I’ll binge on all the seasons! I did see seasons 1-5 during their run on Cartoon Network, but I won’t be able to see season 6 since I don’t subscribe to Netflix. That being said, I totally understand that Netflix is ‘the thing’ nowadays – so I get why they’re going that route.

    Be sure to post spoiler alerts!! 😉

  9. Joyce
    February 28, 2014 at 11:42 Reply

    I’ll probably watch one arc a month since I have limited internet where I live. The one I want to see first is the one with Yoda. The Clovis one looks interesting too.

  10. Melinda
    March 1, 2014 at 09:15 Reply

    Savor. 🙂 While I don’t know if I will watch only one episode per week, I will want to stretch the enjoyment out for as long as possible. That being said, like you, Dan, I may watch 2 or more episodes at a time if they are in the same arc.
    Another reason why “savoring” will be more in line with the way we watch the new episodes is I will wait for Tom to be home — and both of our schedules to be free — to watch. Also a big Star Wars fan, he watched the entire series with me, and I know he is looking forward to this final season. I just couldn’t watch without him.
    Maybe I’m just more patient than some. 😉 Well, some of the time. lol

  11. Melinda
    March 1, 2014 at 09:15 Reply

    Wonderful blog, by the way. 🙂

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  13. Joe Taylor
    March 9, 2014 at 19:59 Reply

    I am in the midst of watching the Clone Wars from the beginning and I’m currently in the middle of Season Three. Can’t wait to get through the rest of the seasons. I watch 2 or 3 via Netflix while I’m at dialysis, or via the DVD’s when I’m home

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