STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Premiere Brought Awe, Teases
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS S4 Premiere
Since the opening episodes of season four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars take place underwater, it only made sense to host the premiere at an aquarium. The cast and crew from the series, costumed characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions, press, and families gathered at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California on Saturday September 10, 2011 to kick off the season in style.
When discussing season four with the cast and crew, one word came up repeatedly: Umbara. The planet that sits in constant darkness will be the setting of an upcoming episode arc that both Dee Bradley Baker and Matt Lanter specifically mentioned looking forward to. Captain Rex will be key to the story, and Bradley Baker is especially excited for the audience to see what happens with one of his favorite clones. Lanter said that Anakin will return to the "darker place" (no pun intended) in his character, similar to where we saw him go in the Mortis trilogy in season three, that deeply explored the mythology of the Force. From the technical side, Matthew Wood stated that some of the more interesting noises he's created for the series will come up in the Umbara arc.
voice of Ahsoka TanoSeason four will also bring more changes to the relationship between central characters Anakin and Ahsoka. Lanter said that Ahsoka "isn't really a kid sister anymore." She's become a trusted friend, and Anakin is comfortable with her abilities. He says that when something – whatever it will be – happens to Ahsoka (who is notably missing from Star Wars: Episode III, the next story chronologically in the saga after Clone Wars) it will be another reason for why he falls to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.
Likewise, Ashley Eckstein stated that season four will show how strong their Padawan/Master relationship has become. Ahsoka adores Anakin, and she thinks the best of them. Eckstein doesn't even think Ahsoka is aware of Anakin and Padmé's relationship simply because "she doesn't believe Anakin would break the rules." She'll be breaking off more on her own in the upcoming season, too. She's absorbed the training she's received, and she doesn't second guess herself as much anymore, Eckstein told us. She'll also be experiencing some teenage angst, and she'll have to deal with some personal situations.
Filoni also mentioned that they will continue presenting stories in three to four episode arcs when it makes sense to do so. As they've gotten more sophisticated with what they're able to do, they've challenged themselves to do more – not just with the visuals, but with the stories. He says something that's helped is that they "collaborate more." They have a writer's room now, and they're able to sit down with Star Wars mastermind George Lucas and toss around ideas and sketches as a group. He thinks that lends to "better" and "more creative" ideas.
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