Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Anticipation Mounts for Comic-Con’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Panel

Are there Star Wars surprises in store on Thursday at SDCC?


On July 11, 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:

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:

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 wrapped up in 2014, merits a 10th-anniversary Comic-Con panel 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 surprise cameo 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):

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.’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:

“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


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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