Note: Full spoilers for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season premiere follow.
The Clone Wars began in a different manner than ever before this year, with the Season 5 premiere actually picking up the same storyline (with most of the same characters) as the season finale that proceeded it. Considering how big a deal Darth Maul’s return was, that felt quite appropriate. Just having the opening narration inform us that Maul and Savage Opress were committing “murder and pillage at every turn” was a reminder that this show can be pretty dang brutal - especially where these two are concerned. 8.7/10