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In my previous article we looked at what we are actually getting from the new season 7 of The Clone Wars. Here we’re going to look at what else we could get from The Clone Wars.

The Clone Wars is returning to our screens on February 21st via the Disney+ streaming service and while they are marketing it as ‘The Final Season’, there was in fact approximately 40 more episodes in various stages of production that George Lucas and Dave Filoni had planned before the original run of The Clone Wars was cancelled in 2013. This original release schedule was intended to total 8 seasons.

So just what else could we get from The Clone Wars should they choose to complete further seasons. Here’s a rundown of the unfinished episodes from the original release schedule.

Season 6

Some of season 6 was released as The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions but it wasn’t the full season.

Here are the two arc’s we’re missing:

Bounty Hunters arc 

A four episode arc, written by Matt Michnovetz, with original production codes 5.22, 5.23, 5.24 and 5.25. Filoni describes this arc as “Cad Bane teaches Boba Fett to be a real bounty hunter”.

The arc would follow a very similar plot to the movie ‘The Searchers’ of which George is a fan of. It would see Cad Bane and Boba Fett team up to rescue a kidnapped child from a tribe of Tusken Raiders on Tatooine.

Cad Bane would receive a new character model, as well as a new ship called the Justifier. At some point Boba would finally don his iconic Mandalorian armour and it’s believed that he may also have retrieved his ship Slave 1 from Hondo Ohnaka, with Aurra Sing likely being involved in this. Other characters that would have returned in this arc include Todo 360, C-21 Highsinger, Seripas, Embo, and Bossk.

It would be revealed in this arc that Cad would have know Boba’s father Jango and that they were rivals. It was always a dispute between them who was better, which they never got to find out. So secretly that is why Cad is training Boba, as he feels if he can train Boba to be as good a Jango then he’ll finally be able to find out who is better.

Concept art has also been shown of a Tusken Shaman character who wears a baby Krayt Dragon skull as a mask.

Full voices recorded and animatics completed were completed for this arc and two clips shown at several convention panels over the years. The first clip is Boba and Bane being attacked by Tusken Raiders and the second clip is of a Western style, fast draw, gunslinger duel between Boba and Bane.

Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc

This arc was previously released in story reel form on starwars.com and later as a bonus feature on The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Blu-Ray release.

The production numbers and title for these four episodes are:

6.01 – A Death on Utapau

6.02 – In Search of the Crystals

6.03 – Crystal Crisis

6.04 – The Big Bang

In this arc Obi-Wan and Anakin go on a mission to Utapau to investigating the death of a Jedi. Here they would encounter some Sugi arms dealers, one of whom was voice by James Hong. The resulting adventure becomes a race between our heroes and the Separatists to secure a massive kyber crystal that could be used in a super weapon.

Given how this arc now ties in well with kyber crystal element of Rogue One and that the full voices recorded and animatics completed I’m surprised it wasn’t release with the upcoming new season 7.

Season 7

Dark Disciple arc 1

This arc was adapted into a novel by Christie Golden released in 2015 (also available as an audiobook).

Dark Disciple: Star Wars
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  • Golden, Christie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 03/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)

The production numbers and title for these four episodes are:

6.13 – Lethal Alliance

6.14 – The Mission

6.15 – Conspirators

6.16 – Dark Disciple

Written by Katie Lucas, Matt Michnovetz and Dave Filoni, this is the first part of a 2 part story consisting of 8 episodes, 4 episodes in season 7 and 4 in season 8.

This arc would see the return of fan favourite characters Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, who were also favourite characters of George’s.

Ventress would get a new character model with a mohawk haircut and new ship called The Banshee, based on an unused Republic Gunship design by Doug Chang. The model for this ship was then later reused for Ketsu Onyo’s Shadow Caster in Star Wars: Rebels.

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Vos would also get a new character model from when we saw him last in The Clone Wars, that was much more like his outfit in some of the Republic comics. The events of this arc would also cause Vos’s characterisation to become darker and brooding as he was portrayed in the comics. It would also be revealed that Vos was trained by Master Tholme, just as he was in the Expanded Universe.

The premises of this story is also not to dissimilar to Vos’s story in the comics, he is given a mission by the Jedi to assassinate Count Dooku, a mission that will bring him dangerously close to the temptations of the Dark Side. In order to carry out this mission these episodes see him join forces with Ventress who’s hatred for Dooku still rages. Throughout the course of the mission the relationship between Vos and Ventress develops with many unexpected consequences for both of them.

Animatics with temp voice tracks were completed on this arc, with a clip being shown at Celebration Anaheim of Ventress chasing a bounty through the streets and rooftops of Pantora where she then meets Vos.

Kashyyyk arc

This arc would feature Yoda, the Bad Batch and Wookiees including Tarfful, Chewbacca, and new Wookiee character called Major Clawzeetoe. They would battle on Kaskyyyk against Separatist forces lead by a Trandoshan called Barvar Venimor.

The troopers would paint their helmets with Yoda’s face similar to how they do with Ahsoka in upcoming Siege of Mandalore arc.

In order to get the Separatists out the tree cities they had occupied, the Republic would have to burn a portion of the forest which was very distressing to the Wookiees.

There would be a scene with Tarfull asking the forests permission to go into battle which comes from George’s early notes about the Wookiees ability to communicate with nature and the trees in an almost force like ability.

Original production codes for these episodes are 6.17, 6.18, 6.19, 6.20.

At least partial animatics with temp voice tracks were done for this on this arc, with a clip being shown at Celebration Europe II in Essen and Celebration Anaheim, of the Bad Batch and Wookiees riding giant monkey like “tree spirit” creatures through the lower depth of the forest. Here they are attacked by some insect like creatures called Netcasters that were based on Kinrath’s from the Knights of the Old Republic video game.

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Son of Dathomir arc  

This arc was adapted into a comic mini-series, originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 2014 and later reprinted by Marvel Comics.

Star Wars - Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir
  • Jeremy Barlow (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10/17/2014 (Publication Date) - Titan Books Ltd (Publisher)

However it’s such a big part of Maul’s story not to do on screen it just seems like we’re missing so much by not having this in animation form.

It picks up where we last left Maul in season 5, captured by Sidious. He’s now being held captive in the Spire, a Separatist prison on Stygeon Prime, which we would later see as an Imperial Prison in Star Wars: Rebels.

This arc would tell the story of how Maul escapes from the prison and rebuilds his Shadow Collective. Its would feature some epic encounters between characters including Maul, Mother Talzin, the Night Brothers, Sidious, Dooku and Grievous. Some of these battles are too good to be left on the comic book page and just need to make it to screen.

The production numbers and title for these four episodes are:

6.21 – The Enemy of My Enemy

6.22 – A Tale of Two Apprentices

6.23 – Proxy War

6.24 – Showdown on Dathomir

Return to the Jedi arc

 

In the is arc Ahsoka would venture down to level 0 of Coruscant and discover that the Jedi Temple there was actually built upon the ruins of a Sith Temple.

Ahsoka would discover “unknown nefarious entities” at work in the depths of Coruscant, that have gone so far as to endanger Yoda.

She would contact the Jedi to warn them of this threat, then join Anakin and Obi-Wan in this search for Yoda

This unknown threat was possibly even Darth Sidious as we know from concept art that Ashoka would encounter him from the other side of a door to the Holocron vault in the Jedi Temple. Sidious trying to break it down with force lightning and Ahsoka trying to weld it shut with a lightsaber.

The Sith Temple would look similar to the Sith Temples we saw in Star Wars: Rebels and our heroes would encounter giant skeletal, “Kaiju” type sleeping monsters, presumably guarding this temple.

Season 8

Dark Disciple arc 2

This arc also formed part of the 2015 novel Christie Golden that was adapted from these scripts.

Again written by Katie Lucas, Matt Michnovetz and Dave Filoni, this arc followed on directly from where the first part left off in the previous season.

Vos has now been captured by Dooku and Ventress must rescue him.

The production numbers and title for these four episodes are:

7.05 – Saving Vos Part 1

7.06 – Saving Vos Part 2

7.07 – Traitor

7.08 – The Path

At least partial animatics with temp voice tracks were done for this on this arc, with a clip being shown at Celebration Anaheim of Dooku being attacked on Sereno by bounty hunters, including Boba Fett, Bossk, Latts Razzi, C-21 Highsinger, and Embo. The action sequences in this scene were inspired by the Time Bandits film.

Rex/R2 Top Gun arc – Described by Filoni as “Top Gun with clones”. It was basically the army clones got in an argument with the pilot clones and their astromechs also got involved in arguments. R2 insulted a clone pilot’s astromech and it became this thing where Rex ended up having to fly a fighter with R2 as his copilot. But Rex doesn’t fly so he was mad at R2 for getting them into this situation, they end up crashing and are stuck with each other.

Yuuzhan Vong arc – Very little known other than it was described as an X-Files, alien abduction type story. Yuuzhan Vong scouts abduction people, maybe clones, in order to try and assess the strength of the Republic and what the Jedi were.

Return to Mon Cala arc – Padme and Anakin return to Mon Cala to meet with Lee-Char. They visit an above water Quarren city to meet with Tikkes to try and gain support from the Quarren to remove Palpatine from office.

Original production codes for these episodes are 7.17, 7.18, 7.19, 7.20.

With so many more unfinished episodes remaining, all of which were developed with The Maker himself George Lucas, this doesn’t have to be the end for The Clone Wars. Fans saved it before and we can save it again. Nothing speaks like numbers, so if The Clone Wars gets the viewing numbers and Disney+ get the subscribers then that will speak volumes.

Matt Bell
Matt’s fandom continued to grow even more with the Star Wars resurgence of the 90’s. Reading the Expanded Universe and West End Games supplements, playing the LucasArts computer games and being active in fan groups and forums since the early days of the Internet. Matt began to write his own Star Wars reference books and character guides. Today his collecting focus is on Star Wars literature and items from the 90’s.