Saturday, October 20, 2012

Opinion: All Good Things...

By: David Gremillion
How Might it All End?

There is a topic that is lying just under the surface of the internet. Something lurking just beneath the posts and tweets. Something in the "underworld" of all our minds. Let's have a little chat about the Clone Wars, shall we?

Now I do not work for Lucasfilm, Lucasarts, or Lucasbooks (although I am always open to offers!). I do not have Dave Filoni's number on speed-dial, although I did see him without his famous hat. All I have is my experience, my wits, and my trusty magic 8-ball. Hey, it told me that Anakin was going to turn to the dark side, who saw that coming?

For any television series to reach one hundred episodes is a significant milestone. It is considered a true benchmark of success. The Clone Wars will hit the century mark in this season with an episode called "Point Of No Return".

What else happens with one hundred episodes? People start wondering when (and how) the series will end. If I dare quote Spock from Star Trek: "It is a reminder to me, that all things end." Everything comes to an end, but how and when?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, West Wing, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, they all lasted exactly seven seasons. Harry Potter ended up with seven books. The magic number for the Clone Wars just might be "seven". They were able to inject some life into the series by bringing back Darth Maul, but how much farther can the writers go?

Assuming this series doesn't assume a South Park (16 seasons) or Simpsons (23 seasons) type of run, I can see the Clone Wars lasting only seven seasons. The final episode airs, a record three million fans tune in...only to see no resolution at all. Dave Filoni ends the series on a giant cliffhanger.
What's next? How might it all end? Imagine, the announcement comes at a Star Wars Celebration that the Fantastic Filoni will unleash The Clone Wars Movie II. This movie will wrap up the series, throw a lovely bow on it, and (most importantly) allow the fans to shell out more money.

The first movie scored a box office hit of over $68 million. After years of the series attracting fans, it is not unrealistic to expect a second movie to fetch over $100 million. Then, of course, comes the DVD and Blu-Ray sales, which would add to the legacy. The movie might answer a large number of questions including the fate of Ventress and Ahsoka Tano. The two movies would be a "book-end" for the series that will probably sit on our shelves someday.

How might it all end? My magic-8 ball might be on the fritz (again), but admit it, we would all want to see another Clone Wars movie. One that redeems the first movie and doesn't leave a sour taste in our mouths.

One that makes us beg for more.

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This article is an opinion piece and represents the views of the writer, and not the entire Star Wars Underworld organization.


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