You've heard of us. We're almost mythical. We're very hard to find. You can't exactly spot us quickly in a crowd, and you'd most likely fail if you were trying to pick us out in a line-up. But I thought today would be the perfect day to come clean with all of you.
Yes: I'm one of the very few who watched the original Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie in the theater.
And ... I loved it.
Truth be told, I didn't love all of it. The introduction of Ahsoka Tano was more than a bit clumsy, as was the whole logic behind giving a Padawan to a Padawan (that was the subject of some controversy online at the time. It was a small point -- so far as this viewer is concerned -- but given that it came down with approval from the Jedi Master himself (aka George Lucas) who was I to authentically debate the issue? If it was good enough for George, then it was good enough for me.
Though I'm quite fond of the Prequel Trilogy, I did agree with those who said it kinda/sorta missed the boat on having some of the kid-friendly fun atmosphere of the Original Trilogy, and that's part of why I think I embraced this movie so much: it clearly put Star Wars back in the minds and hearts of the youngest among us without resorting to JarJar level antics. With The Clone Wars, Star Wars had found its way back to the place it occupied in my heart when I was 12 years old seeing it for the first time; and I was thrilled to have it back.
Here's the film's plot summary as provided by IMDB.com:
"After the Republic's victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, must rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt. Political intrigue complicates their mission."
I even dragged an old college buddy of mine to the theater to watch this one with me as the wife wasn't much interested. However, once I introduced her to the subsequent television series, she's gone on to love this one as much as I do.
As always, thanks for reading ... and may the Force be with us!