George Lucas has shared his favorite episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
As an Emmy Award-winning, technologically groundbreaking, and (arguably) trilogy redeeming show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has garnered its fair share of attention over the last decade (most of it positive), culminating in the series revival that unfolded over the past few months. The final arc was amazing.
He’s recently pitched in his public thoughts on the show as a whole.
A recent Q&A featuring Dave Filoni and George Lucas helped to illuminate more on the production of the show.
In the Q&A, Filoni and Lucas discussed animation, direction, and the intense level of technical rigor that came with the making of movie-level thrills on a weekly basis on television.
Most intriguing, however, was Lucas’ response when asked what his favorite episode of the show was.
Here was his response:
George: It’s the one with the droids.
Dave: Oh, where they’re out in the middle of nowhere?
Dave: (Laughs) Oh my god, really?
George: It’s THX white limbo in Star Wars land.
Dave: That one’s up there, because who in the world would make that? You were describing this to us, and I was drawing those images in the story meeting, of these bleak landscapes and droids questioning whether they were real – just really bizzare.
George is, of course, referring to “A Sunny Day in the Void,” the 99th episode of the show.
I’ve written on the episode before, and suffice it to say that I’m not a huge fan of it; it honestly might be my least favorite episode of the show. “A Sunny Day in the Void” was deliberately designed to be an episode about nothing, and a sense of purposeless nihility permeates throughout.
But to each their own, I guess. Part of what made the show great, albeit at the expense of its ratings during it’s initial run, was its compulsive need to experiment. This came in the form of its direction, with consistently improved animation, camerawork and voicework, but also in the form of its storytelling.
As an unfortunate side effect, however, we get episodes like this sandwiched between Darth Maul’s return and his takeover of Mandalore. People seem to forget that this show was intended to be an anthology; if it were not for the fact that this episode is part of a four-part arc, “A Sunny Day in the Void” would be an unfortunate return to the show’s roots.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is available in its entirety on Disney+.