“Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” is out on home video Tuesday, but Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive sneak peek at a clip from the bonus features.
“The Clone Wars,” set in the years between “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” was a fan-favorite series and widely praised for its sophistication and scope. After five seasons on Cartoon Network, “The Clone Wars” was canceled last year without a satisfactory conclusion after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, ultimately making way for the new Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels,” which takes place in the time between “Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”
Thirteen “Clone Wars” episodes that never made it to air before the show was canceled were released via Netflix, under the moniker “The Lost Missions.”
“The Lost Missions” follows a rift in the Force caused by Ahsoka Tano’s departure from the Jedi Order and the growing menace of Sith lords and apprentices throughout the galaxy. Although executive producer Dave Filoni was not able to execute his plan to dovetail the “Clone Wars” series directly into the opening of “Revenge of the Sith,” he did manage to ensure that the new episodes delve further into the mythology of the Force than ever before.
“What’s important to me that came out of ‘Clone Wars’ was to learn from George [Lucas] about big portions of this time period” in the “Star Wars” universe, Filoni said earlier this year.
And as Filoni explains in the exclusive video above, the Lucasfilm Archives proved a boon to “The Clone Wars” writers.
“One of the greatest assets we had at the ranch was the Lucasfilm Archives,” Filoni says in the video. “It is the heaven that every Star Wars fan wants to visit. It’s the barn where all of your childhood dreams sit, and we would use it to do research.”
At this point, Filoni and his creative team have moved on to “Star Wars Rebels,” which takes place in the time between “Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”
“While I know the fans might not get every answer they want … we now have all these stories that I believe will come out over the next decade in one form or another,” Filoni said.
The home video release, out Tuesday, includes a 16-minute documentary about the series, and the Blu-ray also features four additional story reels from “The Lost Missions.”
— Noelene Clark and Patrick Kevin Day | @LATHeroComplex
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