Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is currently in the midst of its final season exclusively on Disney+, isn’t known for its morally complex heroes and villains. The series is told from the perspective of members of the Jedi council protecting the Republic, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. Nearly all of the villains featured in Star Wars: The Clone Wars are one-dimensional, even though the Republic was deeply flawed and served as a precursor for the Galactic Empire. A new fan theory on Reddit makes the convincing case that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is essentially Republic propaganda.
The Redditor notes that The Clone Wars essentially served as the foundation for the “militaristic xenophobic authoritarian Galactic Empire.” Despite that, the separatists are always portrayed in an antagonistic light while defenders of the Republic are always seen as the good guys. The Redditor mentions that whenever the Republic does something questionable, it is often overlooked. This includes invading Umbara and knocking out the power generator in Ondoron. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chancellor Palpatine seems like an entirely different character with no sinister motives, while Count Dooku seems far more evil than his cinematic counterpart. The clones are also humanized in Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a way that is never seen in the prequel trilogy.
The Redditor ends by speculating that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is told through the perspective of Admiral Yularen following the fall of the Republic, who views the Jedi as flawed but generally good and the separatists as evil incarnate. The Redditor notes that every single episode starts with a WWII propagandaesque broadcast from a narrator. While the theory became extremely popular on the Fan Theories, many Redditors in the comment section disagreed with the original post and expressed their own points of view.
One Redditor mentioned there are multiple episodes in Star Wars: The Clone Wars in which the intentions of the Republic are morally questionable, making the claims of the original fan theory less credible. Another Redditor claimed that if Star Wars: The Clone Wars was Republic propaganda, there’s absolutely no way Ahsoka’s entire arc would be included on the show. A couple of Redditors poked holes into the original theory by pointing out that there are scenes in which the audience knows things that the characters don’t, and if the show was entirely Republic propaganda, then we wouldn’t be seeing these scenes. Redditors also made the point that not all of the separatists are portrayed as villains, as there are members of the Separatist Senate who don’t want the war to continue, but it is being engineered by Chancellor Palpatine and Count Dooku.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars protagonist Ahsoka Tano has been confirmed for the second season of Disney+’s hit series The Mandalorian and will be played by Daredevil star Rosario Dawson. In addition to Tano, Star Wars: The Clone Wars showrunner Dave Filoni hinted that The Clone Wars alum Captain Rex will appear in the second season of The Mandalorian.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. A new episode arrives each Friday.
A new fan theory on Reddit made the convincing claim that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is Republic-propaganda.