Before I get into my points and opinions, please remember that they are just my opinions. I do not want to offend anyone, and if you know you're going to hate this thread, please exit out of it instead of commenting. But, I would really like you guys to hear my points. Also, this isn't just about the Clone Wars animated series, I will also discuss elements of the microseries as well. The story of Star Wars is, in my opinion, the story of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as portrayed through the eyes of R2D2 and C3P0 (they serve as the Rosencratz and Guildenstern of the series if I must bring a literature example in). The Jedi all die in Order 66, and the empire begins, we know how it ends. The Clone Wars Expand Universe (IE, not the Microseries or the Animated series), do not portray very well, in my opinion, the friendship and real story of Anakin and Obi-Wan. I read the comics and the novels, and Anakin seems like an absolutely terrible person, not in the sense of pure evil, but a whiny, irresponsible, twisted, cold hearted teenager with one single minded ambition - power. It portrays Obi-Wan pretty well, as a good guy, but it's clear he still believes, or acts, himself the role of master to Anakin when he becomes a Knight. That doesn't match up at all with Obi-Wan's description of Anakin in A New Hope, he viewed Anakin as a good friend, or his best friend. Even when they were still master and student at the beginning of the war in the comics, it still doesn't feel right between them. Obi-Wan seems too war minded, not at peace with himself and ignoring Anakin's issues, like him wanting to be a Jedi Knight. It's like he completely overlooks Anakin's evil standing right in front of him. The microseries and the animated series show this, the most crucial aspect of the Clone Wars for the viewer, perfectly. The microseries began us with Anakin as a Padawan learner. It shows Anakin and Obi-Wan as Master and apprentice, bickering and calling eachother out, even going to the point of him calling out Obi-Wan for not being as good as Qui-Gon. Now, you're probably asking yourself, how is that any different from the EU Clone Wars? Obi-Wan actually comforts Anakin, and you can see the smile on Obi-Wan's face when Anakin is knighted. He's proud of Anakin, and he loves Anakin as his son, and they will become brothers. Cue the 2008 animated series, Anakin is a Jedi Knight now, and Obi-Wan sits on the council. Watching the series, you can tell just how much different the friendship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is, it's believable, workable. They joke around, and it's clear they're the best of friends, they work together as one. Anakin though isn't without flaw, but instead of the obvious evil Anakin has in the EU Clone Wars, we see what we should - hints of it when he's in his darkest moments, or fears the most for the ones he loves, or more importantly, the grief he feels when he looses a loved one, that's when he looses it. We now get a new character into the mix with Anakin - Ahsoka. Ahsoka is the daughter Anakin will never have. Now we enter the point of this discuss where my opinions on things we already know about the Clone Wars becomes wild speculation. It is obvious though that Yoda and Obi-Wan assigned Ahsoka to Anakin to teach him a lesson - to let go of the ones he loves. Something horrible is going to happen to Ahsoka that will cause Anakin towards the end of the series that will completely destroy Anakin mentally, right before the events of Revenge of the Sith. He will also probably do something horrific to someone in retribution to her death, and Obi-Wan will bare witness to his best friend and brother at his darkest, his most horrific hour, to the point were Obi-Wan and Anakin don't mention Ahsoka for a while, as the shock is so heavy, so hard on Anakin's heart. Obi-Wan also won't mention Ahsoka again, in fear of seeing Anakin unleashing his hatred and fear again. Ahsoka's eventual fate will be the real trigger for Anakin's fall to the dark side, and obsession with immortality. First, he lost his mother, then he lost his student, the being equal to his daughter. He believes, not matter what the cost, he will learn to stop people from dying to save Padme somehow, by becoming as powerful as he can be. Watching Revenge of the Sith after watching The Clone Wars makes me really feel for Anakin's fall, instead of thinking 'Oh good, that sick bastard had it coming' like I would after reading the comics, it makes me feel sorry for Anakin. He's lost his mother, he will by the end of series have lost his student, and in doing so it drove him to the dark side, believing that it can strengthen him to save Padme. He's already seen how with Darth Maul's survival that it can sustain people, and now Sidious has furnished the idea in his head that if Darth Plagueis could learn the secret, so can we. We all know what happens, Anakin Skywalker dies - and Darth Vader is born. It was Vader who, immersed in the dark side, killed his own wife once he saw Obi-Wan emerge from her ship to face him. It was Vader, immersed in the dark side, who put the final nail in his coffin. Obi-Wan sees this, and that's why he tells Luke that Anakin Skywalker is dead, because from his point of view that is absolutely true. Now, does The Clone Wars have its downsides? Certainly, because the story is about Anakin and Obi-Wan. It's not about senators talking politics, or Jar-Jar running around being an idiot. It's their story, and that's why you see so many episodes focusing on them. We get to see Anakin and Obi-Wan become brothers, far more realistically than you would see in the Expanded Universe Clone Wars. Each of their actions reflects the others. So, that was a bit of a read, I know. But I hope you guys understand how I feel and hopefully feel different about this show. I understand that it doesn't live up to your expectations, or you feel the script is poorly done, because it's written as such. But the above is George Lucas's vision, and the stuff you see that you don't like is a direct result of the fans wants and needs, because the episodes that show anything other than Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka are all because the writers and directors wanted to make nods to the Expand Universe, not George Lucas. He really doesn't care about the expanded universe, and The Clone Wars is his take on it.