Note: I originally posted this in the Ep. III Spoilers forum and was directed here (didn't even know the Small Screen Forum existed! Hello all!) Why exactly is it that so many people are reacting negatively to the announced Clone Wars cartoon? I am 30 years old, and have been a Star Wars fan since the very beginning. Back then--excuse me while I put on my Long White Beard(tm)--we (that is, my Star Wars-loving friends and I) were excited to the point of ridiculousness by the prospect of anything new in the Star Wars realm. Yes, even the Holiday Special was, at the time, seen as an occasion that ranked right next the Christmas. We loved ANYTHING Star Wars! We played on the swings and pretended we were flying X-wings through the Death Star trench. We read the old comic books (anyone remember the "Crimson Forever" storyline?). We didn't have "canon" debates. We eagerly looked forward to each new movie with the anticipation of a starving man in a restaurant. We watched the Droids and Ewoks cartoons. We watched the Ewok TV movies. We ate up everything we were served, because it was Star Wars. We didn't have the Internet to tell us how much it all sucked. We enjoyed it because it was part of what we loved. It satisfied an appetite. Sure, it wasn't Chateau Briand, but when you're hungry, even a McDonalds cheeseburger tastes good (lots of food references here... can you tell I haven't had breakfast?). When the Special Editions came out, we (that is, those of us that hadn't grown out of Star Wars...poor saps...) were so excited to see our favorite movies on the big screen again. "Hey, look! There's Jabba! And Boba Fett!" we'd say. And it was cool to feel like a kid again. The feeling was the same when Episode I arrived. Just the excitement of a NEW Star Wars movie. Sure, it turned out it wasn't quite the movie we'd all hoped for since 1983, but it was new Star Wars, which, in my opinion, is better than no Star Wars. So now, we've had Episode II. We liked it better than Episode I, but probably still not as much as the OT. But it was still new Star Wars. And we felt like kids again. Yoda kicks buttock! Oh my God, the Clone Wars! Now, we get the announcement that we're getting a series of Star Wars shorts on Cartoon Network. And suddenly, a lot of fans are looking at it negatively. Negatively! How can this be a bad thing? Are "fans" so jaded now that they can't just be excited by something that, when I was 10, would have been the coolest thing ever? Is quality the problem? Are you worried that their going to suck? Look, I watch Samurai Jack, and I can tell you that Genndy Tartakovsky (the guy who is bringing the Clone Wars to TV--how cool does THAT sound?)will provide us not only with a stunning visual experience, but can pack more real emotion and intelligence into 3 minutes than Hayden Christensen did in a whole movie. Is the problem that they're going to be too short? I have the feeling that we could get 30 1-hour films, and people wouldn't be happy. That's because we all want more Star Wars. And we're getting it. It's better than we had for 15 years. It's even better than we had between 1999 and 2002. All I'm saying is, give it a chance. Just remember what it's like to be a kid again (those of you who actually aren't). Feel giddy! We're getting more Star Wars! Eat up this little appetizer (food again) and take it for what it is. It's more Star Wars. Don't take Star Wars fandom so seriously! It'll turn you into a Trekkie! Soon enough, there won't be any more. Treasure what we've got. Enjoy it while you can. I'm done now. Sorry for the length. You may fire when ready.