On July 11, StarWars.com reported:
[T]oday The Star Wars Show is the first to announce the exciting line-up of creators and cast members heading to the panel stage to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars… Dave Filoni, supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will be joined by producer Athena Portillo; composer Kevin Kiner; the voice of Ahsoka Tano herself, Ashley Eckstein; and the man who brought Anakin to life, Matt Lanter.
Earlier, Filoni’s own tweet (which linked to an earlier announcement) fueled everyone’s imagination:
— Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) June 26, 2018
Since then, there’s been much speculation as to the nature of the panel:
- Will it be purely retrospective?
- Will it thread the Star Wars three (canon-level) animated series?
- Will there be a special announcement?
Beloved Star Wars voice actors Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, and Stephen Stanton fanned the flames of imagination, as well:
Soooo, I *might* have designed a fashion collection to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Star Wars The Clone War and I *might* have invited my friends over to the office today to model it for me… #starwars #clonewars #sneakpeek #comingsoon #sdcc pic.twitter.com/elvWhwLmX6
— Ashley Eckstein (@HerUniverse) July 12, 2018
— Dee Bradley Baker (@deebradleybaker) July 12, 2018
#CloneWars still remains #StarWars prequel era's saving grace 10 years later! And who knows Thursday's 10th anniversary panel at #SDCC2018 may bring more revelations about untold stories. https://t.co/oqzD3b4zy5 via @CNET
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) July 15, 2018
Meanwhile, the referenced story by CNET hit the nail on the head, particularly in terms of the show’s importance to the Saga’s overall story, and the details The Clone Wars fills in between the Skywalker films:
The fact that the show, which, merits a underscores its importance to Star Wars fans. Over the course of six seasons, it evolved from a computer-animated kiddie tie-in — serving as a bridge between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith — to a core part of the franchise, spawning successor shows and fan favorite characters… If you need proof, look no further than the in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which featured a key character who couldn’t have appeared if not for developments in The Clone Wars.
But what might be in store for fans wishing for a completed volume of The Clone Wars, which was abruptly shelved in 2014? Just a sampling of MSW’s own hosts shows how vital The Clone Wars are to much of the varied fandom (and how high the hype has raised expectations):
Don't talk to me about anything but Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
— Amanda Ward (@realAmandaWard) May 18, 2018
But what do you think is MOST LIKELY?
— Steele Wars Podcast (@SteeleWars) July 13, 2018
I am spending way to much time looking on Reddit for theory’s on new TCW episodes being announced next week. It probably won’t happen but I’m crossing my fingers and can dream. I’m still very excited for just a 10 year look back at the series but if something is announced…… pic.twitter.com/eJNoUJuZiG
— Corey Van Dyke (@Corey_WolfPack) July 13, 2018
Of the close connection between The Clone Wars and its fans, CNET’s Sean Keane wrote, “Countless fan voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced when The Clone Wars was canceled after Season 5, but the untold stories managed to survive in one form or another…
“The follow-up show, Rebels, is set years later, in the era of the Galactic Empire, but it picks up on several dangling plot threads from The Clone Wars and offers some incredible emotional payoff, especially with its Season 2 finale.
“Thursday’s 10th-anniversary panel at Comic-Con might bring more revelations about untold stories, and it’ll no doubt be an emotional experience for those who’ve watched the show,” added Keane.
MakingStarWars.net’s own Jason Ward will be on the ground at SDCC, and I asked my editor-in-chief what his own expectations are for the panel as he covers the con:
If you’re going to SDCC make sure to check out the @BlkSeriesRebels panel with @Breznican and Steve Evans from Hasbro! Free pins and your wildest dreams will come true! Rumor is the Ramones are playing after too! Bowie should be there. #PWJasonSentMe pic.twitter.com/VW2wrUSA8M
— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) July 15, 2018
“I’m hoping the panel reflects on The Clone Wars in a fulfilling way,” said Jason on Monday. “Hopefully it’s presented in a fulfilling way that lets us remember where we’ve been but then looks forward to Star Wars Resistance.
“That way we can think about where we’re going…”
Can’t wait for Thursday! JB