I'm not making this thread to bash on the newer Clone Wars, I love that show as well, but I just need to gush about this absolutely incredible and widely forgotten piece of Star Wars. If you don't know what this is, I very highly recommend it, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube in about 2 hours: This show. This show is just the best. I really don't even know where to begin, so I'm just going to break up the main talking points into different sections. Plot in general: For those of you who don't know, the 2003 Clone Wars was created by Genndy Tartakovsky, the man behind "Samurai Jack" and "Primal", and it really shows in Clone Wars. The animation and general style of storytelling are very similar. In Clone Wars, there is very little dialogue, and it works so well. Tartakovsky uses visuals to get the idea across and develop characters, specifically Anakin Visuals: The art for this show is amazing. It's heavily stylized, but it just looks so good on everything. Tartakovsky also greatly exaggerates battle scenes and force powers, which can be argued is inaccurate, but it displays the magnitude of the war very well and reminds us that the Jedi and Sith are the most capable warriors in the galaxy, and are talked about just as mystically as the Force itself. Anakin: Like I said before, the main development of Anakin's character is shown through his actions. This version of the character is actually pretty different than the 2008 Clone Wars version, and is one of my issues with the newer show. In both versions of the Clone Wars, they begin shortly after the events of Attack of The Clones. But in the 2008 Clone Wars, Anakin behaves rather differently than he did in AOTC. He is still reckless, but he's more like a young dad (if that makes any sense) than a teenager. And yeah, AOTC Anakin was pretty annoying, but it kind of irks me that they changed his behavior that much in that short of a time gap. However, 2003 Anakin is largely the same as his AOTC self, just dialed back. He still feels that Obi-Wan and the Council don't appreciate his ability, and he is still hotheaded, but it's a lot more bearable than AOTC. Early on in the series, Darth Sidious sends Ventress to "kill" Anakin (she's actually being used as just another step in Anakin's turn, and is a really nice attention to detail in showing the Emperor's ultimate plan). And turn closer to the Dark Side he does, throughout the battle, Anakin gives into anger quite often, and the visuals show this. Anakin uses Ventress's own sith lightsaber to kill her, foreshadowing his fall. I also like how Anakin's skill progresses as the series moves on. He is becoming the powerful Jedi that we see in ROTS. We also see him several times with Padme, showing his near-infatuation and deep love for her, reinforcing their tragedy in ROTS Obi-Wan: Obi-Wan has remained largely the same in the media he's appeared in, and his 2003 self is no different. Still sarcastic, still great at giving banter, and still a wise teacher. I quite like that Tartakovsky showed the conflict between him and Anakin's poor choices in the earlier parts of the series, as well as their brotherhood. I also really love a line he gives shortly before he and Anakin's forces are deployed to Muunilist, "I doubt even Master Qui-Gon could have prepared a Jedi for this". It shows the magnitude of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan's feelings of insufficiency to train Anakin, and even Anakin's eventual turn to the Dark Side. Dooku: There isn't too much to say about Dooku's 2003 appearance, as he actually isn't in the series too much. But the series does show that he is a very powerful Sith Lord, despite only being a pawn in Sidious's game. His ability to easily best Ventress and, more impressively, Grievous (more on that later) is incredible to watch. Sidious: Sidious doesn't appear too much, except towards the very end. What they show of him early on is great as well. He is always thinking of his master plan, and manipulates everyone with an almost unnatural skill. At the end of the series, we get an actual showing of the battle on Coruscant's surface (!!!!!) and Palpatine's "kidnapping". I'll talk about it a bit more later, but all throughout the chase scene with Grievous, Sidious disguises his true nature so well. As Grievous battles the Chancellor's last two Jedi bodyguards, Palpatine steps back into the dark with a smirk on his face, more evidence of Tartakovsky's incredible visual storytelling. Grievous: Holy crap, Grievous is an absolute beast in the show, so much more terrifying than ROTS and the 2008 Clone Wars. In the early half of the series, Grievous battles a total of SIX Jedi at the same time and easily wins (as a hilarious nod to Shaggy from Scooby Doo, one of the Jedi, Sha'a Gi, breaks under the pressure and is killed by Grievous). His ability is again shown when he kidnaps the Chancellor, killing and entire room of clones (and a senate guard) in a matter of seconds, and easily wiping out the Chancellor's Jedi bodyguards. In another great reference, Mace Windu attempts to defeat Grievous by crushing his chest, giving him the cough he has in ROTS. Clone Troopers. I love the clones in the series. Rather than having unique personalities in the 2008 series, which was actually a cool take on the clones, the troopers in this series are the obedient, efficient soldiers they were portrayed to be in AOTC. We also get our first appearance of ARC Troopers in this series as well, led by the OG "cool clone trooper", Captain Fordo. Fordo is just legendary in this show, really reminding us that every clone is a copy of the most dangerous bounty hunter at the time, Jango Fett. We also need to talk about the Lancer Battalion. During the Battle of Muunilist, Obi-Wan tells his troopers to "mount up" to face the bounty hunter Durge's group of IG-Lancer droids. This is pretty self-explanatory. We get a full on medieval lance battle in Star Wars. It is just so cool to watch and really gives a meaning to clone troopers' nickname: The White Knights of The Republic. Minor Jedi Characters: This is a short section, but it has to be talked about. It an awesome reference to the Cantina aliens Hammerhead, Wolfman, and the Talz named Muftak in "A New Hope", Jedi characters of the same species were created: Roron Corobb, Voolvif Mon, and Foul Moudama. Yoda: Another shorter section. Yoda is shown to be fitting of his title as Jedi Grand Master in this series. Effortlessly destroying battle droids, but also wise in the ways of the Force. He also rides a noble steed in the series, a Kybuck he received as a gift, which is pretty awesome. Okay, this is the last section, I promise Battle of Coruscant: This series leads directly into ROTS with the Battle of Coruscant. It begins with Yoda meditating and opening the window to see thousands of droid starfighters and transports pouring into the city. He and Mace quickly spring into action while Master Saesee Tiin is called to lead the forces in space. It's a small moment, but I love how Mace and Saesee wish the Force upon each other as they part, showing the camaraderie between the Jedi. As Master Tiin enters space with his squadron, we see literally thousands of Republic and Separatist cruisers duking it out, yet another instance of Tartakovsky's mind-blowing visuals. On the ground, we get a fantastic chase scene with Grievous and the Jedi. A great moment in this scene is early on, when Shaak-Ti, one of the Jedi bodyguards, hears Grievous approaching and immediately recognizes the sound, a great callback to her terrifying encounter with him earlier in the series. The show ends with Anakin and Obi-Wan being called to Coruscant to rescue the Chancellor, kickstarting ROTS. Anyway, sorry if that was long-winded, but this series is the hidden gem of Star Wars and I cannot recommend it enough. Hope you enjoyed and feel free to discuss the show in the thread. Edit: Forgot to mention, but in the cover art for the series, as you can see in the thumbnail of the YouTube video, Anakin is shown in half of the light side, and half of the dark, just another fantastic example of his character development.