After a slightly lacklustre movie, the first season of The Clone Wars does a decent job of fleshing out the new characters and the current state of the galaxy far, far away. It's a lot of fun getting to meet various additional Jedi and flesh out General Grievous as a character, but the actual narrative strikes a weird balance between standalone plots and multipart episodes. Right from the start of the season we get sequences that directly lead into one another, but then in the middle we just jump all over the place. Just because it's a show aimed at kids doesn't mean we can't get a clear narrative.
I'm also not a fan of making Kit Fisto Jamaican, but maybe that was already canon. It certainly fits with the mildly racist undertones of a lot of other Star Wars races from the prequel era. Speaking of, The Clone Wars continues to prove that Jar Jar Binks is a terrible character and clearly a Sith Lord. It's remarkable how irritating he is and how all of the other characters in the show agree on that point too 😂
Still, whilst it lacks the beautiful animation and the incredible flair of the original Clone Wars series, The Clone Wars (I hate that they did this with the naming 🤦♂️) is starting to bring back some elements of its predecessor well. In particular, the episodes that focus on the actual clones tend to stand out, and I love that we're getting recurring characters within their regiments with their own personalities and nuances. More of things like Rookies please! I'm also enjoying the introduction of some new characters, like Cad Bane the bounty hero. Overall, then, it's a solid "meh". It's enjoyable enough but it still lacks the substance of other shows like Avatar or the visual elegance of the original Clone Wars, but it's definitely improving, and I'm slowly beginning to feel comfortable with it's animation style.