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Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have today released a quartet of never-before-seen episodes taken from the unfinished sixth (and thus final, depending on how one views the situation) season of their hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dubbed collectively as The Lost Missions, those instalments of Season Six which were completed before the axe fell on the show were released on the United States' Netflix service - much to the elation of the saga's seemingly limitless fandom - earlier this year.
That StarWars.com only saw fit to début the aforementioned four-part Utapau story arc on YouTube today might seem disconcerting to say the very least on this basis, yet all's certainly not lost. It's true that the programme's final outings - titled "A Death on Utapau", "In Search of the Crystal", "Crystal Crisis" and "The Big Bang" - aren't quite up to the usual visually-staggering standard of their immediate predecessors (or indeed the generally acclaimed original five seasons), instead sporting somewhat underwhelming partially-rendered CG visuals as a result of their unique production status (hence why they're being branded as "Story Reels" rather than full-blown chapters of The Clone Wars), but all the same, the endearingly accomplished performances of leads Matt Lanter (Anakin) and James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan) shine through effortlessly, as does the inert structural intelligence which became a defining asset of the show's increasingly audacious narratives as the years progressed. Take a look below to watch each of the four instalments in their entirety and, as ever, be sure to let us know your thoughts at the usual social networking domains!
Star Wars: Rebels, the spiritual successor to Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the first fully canon entry in the franchise's newly-rebooted Expanded Universe, will première on Disney XD with its feature-length series opener, "Spark of Rebellion", this October 3rd.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Story Reel: A Death on Utapau on Star Wars Video
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Story Reel: In Search of the Crystal on Star Wars Video
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Story Reel: Crystal Crisis on Star Wars Video
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Story Reel: The Big Bang on Star Wars Video