Season 2 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars just had its first show (well, two shows back-to-back) tonight. My thoughts?
After last season, the creators said that the next season would pick things up a bit. Did things pick up?
Well, I'm reasonably sure the first season was rated PG. Few troopers ever died; it was mostly droids getting wasted.
This season is PG-13. For good reason. In the first show, we saw troopers get directly shot, taking multiple hits before dying. In the second, we saw lots of troopers get killed; one had his helmet blown off by weapons fire and his body was subsequently shown floating off in the weightless environment. And we saw a Jedi get tortured to death, full pain displayed, and all on-screen. This is going WAY beyond lightsaber duels.
Many people don't like The Clone Wars because it's animated. But it's not a kids show. If you like Star Wars movies, you'll like this. If you can get past that it's animated. (It also means that parents of younger kids should use the same caution they would for any other fast-paced, action-oriented, war-themed TV show. It's called Star Wars for a reason.)