Star Trek spinoffs, any attempt to add to this saga after he's gone just won't count.
To be fair, I should mention a few disappointments. Most of the voice overs are not the original characters (Anthony Daniels a notable exception as C-3PO), but they are generally ok except for Yoda - his voice sounds flat as a pancake. On the other hand, both the voice and acting ability of Anakin Skywalker seems to have improved since his film debut (wink)
. I originally thought the recap narration at the start of each episode was corny, until I realized that 1) the idea is the same as the words at the beginning of each film that famously move up and off into the distance, and 2) this was how Lucas imagined those words sounding all along because he's hearkening back to the old movie serials of his generation like Buck Rogers. As the emperor would say, so be it!
2-D manifestation of clone wars they tried a while back. I have to admit, I have not seen a single episode of those and don't even know how closely they match the current series. I've heard they are 3 minutes long - how do you do anything in 3 minutes? But consider this... If part of the fun of Star Wars is realistic looking special effects, you can't really get that if they are hand drawn. At least with 3-D animation, you are working in the same medium as is now part of live action film. The ship battles and other effects in these 22 minute Clone Wars episodes look more legit than the characters, and that at least lends it some weight.
If you decide to dive in and watch this stuff, you don't even have to view the 2 hour pilot first. It is just one of many subplots in which Jabba the Hut's son gets kidnapped, and it probably would have worked better as a 22 minute short like the rest, but it does do a good job of introducing all the main characters. And be sure to catch the first episode of the short length series. It provides a rare showcase of Yoda's Jedi skills. That little dude really packs a punch!