Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Clone Wars, Including Lost Missions, Comes to Netflix

The 13 never-aired episodes of The Clone Wars, as well as director's cuts of seasons one to five, will begin streaming on Netflix on Friday, March 7, StarWars.com announced today.

The press release reads:
The Galactic Republic, Disney/ABC Television Group, Lucasfilm, and Netflix Inc. today announced the highly anticipated debut of the sixth and final season of the Emmy(r) Award-winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars exclusively to Netflix members in the US and Canada on Friday, March 7. Accompanying the 13-episode new season dubbed "The Lost Missions" will be the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga, which includes several director's cut episodes never seen on TV as well as the feature film. This multi-year agreement also makes Netflix the exclusive subscription service for the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
It also goes on to describe the episodes, which sound just like the rumored arcs: "An intrepid clone trooper discovers a shocking secret, Anakin Skywalker's closest relationship is tested to its limits, and what Master Yoda discovers while investigating the disappearance of a Jedi could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy."

This is the first time any Star Wars content will be available on Netflix streaming. The announcement follows another recent Netflix - Disney partnership in which "multiple original series based on Marvel characters" will begin streaming in 2015.

I for one will enjoy having the entire The Clone Wars series at my fingertips. I thought it was highly probable that Disney would use Netflix or iTunes, easily accessible and convenient services, to bring the bonus content to the fans. Netflix is preferable to iTunes in that the only cost is that of the Netflix membership, not of seasons or episodes individually.

In addition, fans can brush up on The Clone Wars before Rebels premieres this summer. I'll be going back and watching the Ryloth arc to search for clues among the Syndulla clan.

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