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Lucas, G. (Producer).  (2009).  Star Wars, the clone wars: The complete season one.  United States: Lucas Film Ltd. & Warner Home Video.Interest Level: 5-8Genre: Science Fiction, AnimationSubjects: Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Interplanetary voyages, apprentices, war, robots, clones, Jedi,Language: English, French, German, SpanishSubtitles: English, German, SpanishRated: NRRunning Time: 484 minutes

Lucas, G. (Producer). (2009). Star Wars, the clone wars: The complete season one. United States: Lucas Film Ltd. & Warner Home Video.
Interest Level: 5-8
Genre: Science Fiction, Animation
Subjects: Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Interplanetary voyages, apprentices, war, robots, clones, Jedi,
Language: English, French, German, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
Rated: NR
Running Time: 484 minutes

“Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure.” – Blue Shadow Virus (ep.17)

Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One package is a wonderful collector’s item. The disc case has the appearance of a high quality hard cover novel with 3 discs on inside of both covers and between is a 68-page booklet to tickle the fancy of any Star Wars geek young and old. The booklet is jam packed with original pre-production sketches in black & white and full color and corresponding artist notes. The discs include 22 episodes, 7 director’s cut episodes, 22 behind-the-scenes featurettes with director and cast interviews, and the Jedi Temple Archives which is a database of the initial animation process, concept art, and 3D turnarounds. If you’re getting a little bored of the Milky Way galaxy, then a “galaxy far, far away” with The Clone Wars is just what you need.

The Clone Wars is produced by George Lucas and Lucasfilms. This is a spin-off series set between Episodes II and III of the live feature films and fits perfectly after Yoda’s comment to Obi Wan near the end of Episode II, “the shroud of the Dark Side has fallen, begun the Clone War has.” The clones have not yet become enemies of the Jedi, and the series begins as war is already raging between the Republic and the Separatists, the clones and the droids.  The first episode will have anyone watching enthralled and laughing with the slap-stick humor of the droids and in awe observing everyone’s favorite Jedi Master Yoda needing piggyback rides and using a cane yet able to be victorious over an entire battalion of droids with his ever impressive Jedi acrobatics. And the viewer gets to meet Ahsoka Tano, a young light saber yielding girl with a quirky personality, dedicated heart, and Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. Anakin Skywalker (nicknamed “Sky Guy” by Ahsoka) is almost always accompanied by Ahsoka and Obi Wan Kenobi, offering characters of both genders and various ages that will easily appeal to tweens and those younger or older.

The series offers plenty of options for discussion or personal reflection as each of the episodes begins with tidbits of Yoda wisdom. And though The Clone Wars and anything Star Wars is far from realistic, there are plenty of themes and lessons to learn from the show as the Jedi with the aid of the clone army try to return peace and order to the universe. Some themes that resonate strong are duty, morality, individuality, friendship, hatred, grief, segregation, secrets, and courage. The depth of the characters, animation design, foreshadowing, and intriguing and addictive storyline, will keep fans and those new to Star Wars wanting to own and re-watch each of the current four seasons already released on DVD and possibly books from DK such as; Star Wars The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, Star Wars The Clone Wars Visual GuideStar Wars The Clone Wars Visual Guide Ultimate Battles, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Incredible Vehicles, and Star Wars The Clone Wars New Battlefronts The Visual Guide. If viewers are looking for an entirely new story featuring evil armies, royal twins, and a mysterious warrior destined to bring peace to the kingdom, they may enjoy the 26-episode anime series Guin Sagaor a world ravished by war between nations in which people can manipulate the elements in Nickelodeon’s series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Capps, J. (Producer), Jones, J. (Producer), Michie, J. (Producer), Murphy, J. (Producer). Fraiman, E. (Director), Hawes, J. (Director), Moore, D. (Director), Orme, S. (Director), & Webb, J. (Director). (2010). Merlin: The complete first season [TV series]. United Kingdom: BBC Worldwide America.
Interest Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Merlin, King Arthur, Camelot, Magic England, Action & Adventure
Number of Seasons: 5
Number of Episodes: 59
Season 1 Episodes:
1 – The dragon’s call
2 – Valiant
3 – The Mark of Nimueh
4 – The Poisoned Chalice
5 – Lancelot
6 – A Remedy to Cure All Ills
7 – The Gates of Avalon
8 – The Beginning of the End
9 – Excalibur
10 – The Moment of Truth
11 – The Labyrinth of Gedref
12 – To Kill the King
13 – Le morte d’Arthur

“In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young boy. His name… Merlin.” – The Dragon

Merlin, a popular BBC TV series (aired on Syfy in the USA) is a hit with tween and young adults alike. It revolves around the adventures of the young Merlin and relationship with Prince Arthur, heir to the throne at Camelot in the mythical Kingdom of Albion. Still, this is not the typical Merlin-Arthur legend.

Young Merlin is a teenager, discovering and then learning to master his magical gift. Magister Gaius, King Uther Pendragon’s court physician to whom he’s assigned as humble page, teaches him medicine, coaches his magical self-study, and warns him of King Uther’s strong aversion to magic. Merlin becomes a servant to the noble but arrogant crown prince, Arthur after saving his life from a sorceress bent making Uther suffer for the loss of her son whom he executed for having magical abilities. Both Merlin and Prince Arthur’s fates is linked with Merlin like two sides of the same coin as he is told by the last dragon held captive by King Uther.

Merlin is played by Colin Morgan is the awkward and lovable warlock in training. The Dragon voiced by John Hurt offers constant advice to Merlin as well as making him aware of his destiny. Arthur Pendragon played by Bradley James. Gaius the court physician is played by Richard Wilson and secret magical art teacher of Merlin. Nimueh, the sorceress determined to exact revenge for the terror Uther exacted on those with Magic after he blamed magic for the death of his wife is played by Michelle Ryan. Mordred, the young Druid boy and prophesied to be Merlin’s nemesis is played by Asa Butterfield. And, Gwen, Morgana’s servant is played by Angel Coulby. Morgana, King Uther’s ward is played by Katie McGrath, and Uther Pendragon is played by Anthony Head

This series will appeal to those of all ages and age appropriate for all. Merlin is a new fantasy, action-adventure drama series that reinvents the story of the English Arthurian legend. Not only is this TV series about Merlin’s destiny, but that of the future king, Arthur. This legend has been slightly modernized with a multicultural cast and contemporary language. This new series adds new aspects to the legend such as Morgana as Uther’s ward, Gwen, the future queen, Merlin a warlock in hiding. The series is highly addicting and fast paced. The viewer will love re-watching the episodes over and over again along with the three newer seasons. If you enjoy myths, legends, medieval times, and magical shows BBC’s TV series Merlin will not disappoint. Even those that enjoyed Smallville’s coming of age story of Superman  and learning of his abilities will find similarities in the development of characters in the series Merlin.