Yeah, I've always wondered how a seemingly respectable Jedi came to order a secret clone army that was later of use to the Sith. Was S-D a sith? Was he a pawn? Were the clones ordered honestly? Did Palpatine use his position on the military appropriations committee (or whatever) to rig the whole thing, or find out about someone else's plan to re-militarize the Republic?
Well, that particular backstory is not essential to "AotC", which did need to move at a good clip and not explain too much. I'm just surprised that it didn't come out in the "Clone Wars" TV series, where they could have taken an episode to uncover the whole business.
That is true there was potential to explore it in the CW series; but I never really watched that. Personally I am not a big fan of anime stuff even if it is good. A friend had me watch rebels and I thought the story and characters were pretty good but still had a hard time setting through the show just because of the anime. IMO action scenes look cheesy and unimpressive when animated. but the voice acting, story and characters was solid and I hear Clone Wars was better than Rebels so I may have to take a look at some point.
I think the major thing holding me back is Maul; I find it so cheesy that they brought him back after being cut in half (not matter how they justified it) the dude was cut in half and fell down a huge endless pit he was dead as dinner. Why did it have to be Maul why couldn't it be his brother or son or friend (anything) seeking revenge. I mean anything would have worked better. I hated his presence in Rebels and I think i would hate in CW too.
Oh, you never watched all of "Clone Wars" either?
Then for all we know... they DID take an episode to explain the Clone Army backstory!!!
And BTW I liked what I saw of that show, except for Anakin's padwaman who got too much screentime. I just worked odd shifts then, so I could never commit to watching regular episodes, or to set the VDR out of sheer laziness.
Yeah, they may have covered it more fully in Clone Wars; but I was more interested in it in the actual film and not in supplemental material.
I really dont think "AotC" would have benefitted from more exposition, it was a fast-paced fun film.
But yeah, Lucas could have put the info somewhere else.
I do not agree that it was fast paced; it was jarringly paced from a plot (Obi-won's investigation) that started slow and gradually grew to medium paced but mixed it with a slow crawling (uncomfortable) romance. A little more exploration into the mystery and conspiracy might have done the film some good. But I think for that to work it would have had to be mixed in somehow with The Phantom Menace.
It was poorly executed but there was real potential; such as leaving it a mystery longer who hired the assassin; it was NOT a good choice to reveal it was the bounty hunter because you know it is him as soon as Obi-wan meets him on Kamino; sort of ruins the surprise too early and you already know more than the characters (which is a problem if you are trying to a film-noir type of plot, which they were).