Archive for ‘The Clone Wars’

E-Mails Between Master & Padawan About Ahsoka’s Decision

Ashley Eckstein | March 6, 2013


By now, I’m sure you’ve all had a chance to digest what happened in the Season Five finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was very emotional and like I teased all season long, I’m sure you now have more questions than answers about what happened and what’s going to happen next.

Imagine being in my position, having to keep this a secret for so long! The suspense has been killing me! We recorded these last four episodes a year ago and I was definitely shocked when Dave Filoni told me that Ahsoka was going to walk away from the Jedi Order. It took me awhile to digest this news and I clearly remember, like it was yesterday, when it finally hit me that Ahsoka’s life and my life was changing forever. Dave Filoni sent me an email about recording the final scene with Matt Lanter. The word “final” hit me like a ton of bricks. We’ve been recording The Clone Wars for seven years now. I’ve grown extremely fond of my time in the recording studio, especially getting to record the scenes between Anakin and Ahsoka with Matt. They had become routine, commonplace and when I realized that the final scene of the season was the final scene with Ahsoka and Anakin, it broke my heart. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that change.


Chronicling The Clone Wars #8

Leland Chee | February 15, 2013

Giant monster! Notorious espionage! The second battle of Geonosis begins!

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“The Zillo Beast” (S218)

The Republic’s new superweapon awakens the fearsome Zillo Beast of Malastare. Now the Jedi have a new problem on their hands — how to contain the deadly creature.


Shining a Light on Shadow Conspiracy

Jason Fry | February 4, 2013


About a year ago, Scholastic approached me with one of those offers you can’t refuse.

By then we knew Season Four of The Clone Wars would conclude with the return of Darth Maul, last seen tumbling — in halves, no less — into a pit on Naboo. But we didn’t know the tale would continue with Maul’s rescue by Savage Opress and his rematch with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Nor did we know Season Five would give us a four-episode arc in which Maul rallied the galactic underworld, recruiting Black Sun, Death Watch, the Hutts, and other criminals to his banner.

Scholastic’s question: Did I want to write a young-adult novelization of those episodes?


Join Us Saturday, Feb. 2 for The Clone Wars Google+ Hangout!

Ashley Eckstein | February 1, 2013


I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING the Darth Maul episodes and you are in for an amazing and dramatic finale this Saturday! The fun doesn’t stop with the episode though: make sure to join us afterwards for our first ever Google+ Hangout! At 10:30 a.m. PST come and join me, Matt Lanter, Sam Witwer, and Dave Filoni for a special Q&A moderated by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo and’s Christian Blauvelt! We are going to chat about Darth Maul, the season finale arc which involves Anakin and Ahsoka, and we’ll answer YOUR questions! Things are about to get CRAZY on The Clone Wars and this is your chance to ask questions and maybe get some hints… :o


Chronicling The Clone Wars #7

Leland Chee | February 1, 2013

Holocron in action! Travel to Mustafar! Embo!

Holocron Heist

“Holocron Heist” (S201)
Cad Bane infiltrates the Jedi Temple and attempts to steal an ancient Jedi Holocron. It’s up to Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan to stop the bounty hunter from escaping with the valuable Jedi artifact.

“Cargo of Doom” (S202)
Anakin and Ahsoka intercept Cad Bane’s warship, hoping to recover the stolen Jedi Holocron.


The Force Is Strong with the USO and MCAS Miramar!

Ashley Eckstein | January 25, 2013

In front of an Osprey at MCAS Miramar on our USO Tour!

As a voice on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I’ve recorded several episodes about keeping the peace and fighting for the Republic. I pretend to be a character — a hero — fighting in a war and protecting the innocent from the Sith.

The key word in all of this is “pretend,” because the cast of The Clone Wars recently had the honor and privilege to do a USO tour last week at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California, where we got to meet real-life heroes who are fighting to keep us safe everyday. The amazing staff for the USO and MCAS Miramar hosted us on-base where we got to stay and tour the facilities. We even got to go inside a real life Osprey!


The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Predator

Bryan Young | January 14, 2013


Back at Star Wars Celebration V, I thought I was being clever when I asked Dave Filoni what films they’d been looking to draw inspiration from for episodes of The Clone Wars that had not yet aired.

We talked for a while and he gave me quite a list of films that I would expect to be inspiration for an all-ages cartoon adventure. And then he hit me with one that dropped my jaw: Predator.

The R-rated, Arnold Schwarzenegger action/sci-fi movie?

The very same.


Chronicling The Clone Wars #6

Leland Chee | January 7, 2013

Blue Shadow Virus unleashed!  The Battle of Ryloth!


“Mystery of a Thousand Moons” (S118)

The fatal Blue Shadow Virus is released, infecting Ahsoka, Padmé and many clone troopers. Anakin and Obi-Wan must race against time to find the antidote.

Much of the action in this episode takes place on Iego, a planet mentioned in The Phantom Menace. We even see one of the Angels that young Anakin describes in the film. This is the first time we see reprogrammed battled droids in the series, though we’ll see repurposed battle droids notably in Seasons Three and Four.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars — 100 Episodes; My Photo Album

Ashley Eckstein | January 4, 2013

As an actress, you get used to change, and attachments are never easy to form because you are constantly going from job to job. However, as I sit here writing about The Clone Wars reaching 100 episodes, I feel so blessed to have spent the past 7 years of my life working on the same show with the same cast and crew. They have become my family and, it’s too late, I’ve definitely become attached. I have so many amazing memories from the past several years and as I look back, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos with you!

I'll begin with this photo because this is where it all started! After two years of working on the show, we finally got to share our secret project with the world! We had no idea, the ride that we were about to go on. This photo is also very dear to me because I am right next to Ian Abercrombie. I feel so blessed to have worked with such an amazing man.

I'll begin with this photo because this is where it all started! After two years of working on the show, we finally got to share our "secret project" with the world at the movie premiere! We had no idea of the ride that we were about to go on. This photo is also very dear to me because I am right next to Ian Abercrombie. I feel so blessed to have worked with such an amazing man.


The Clone Wars: Top 5 Moments of 2012 Team | December 20, 2012

As The Clone Wars goes on, it continually advances the Star Wars mythos in new ways: it introduces new characters, it explores relationships, and it pulls back the curtain on things only glimpsed at or mentioned in the six-film saga. In 2012, The Clone Wars delivered these advances in spades.

The Team selected its top moments of the year for the groundbreaking animated series; check them out, and let us know what you think in the comments section. (Spoiler warning: Plot points will be discussed, so stop here if you are not caught up!)