Star Wars Insider #114 Excerpt - Dave Fioni Talks CW Season 2

Bespin refugee - December 16, 2009 presents an excerpt of an interview from Star Wars Insider #114 with Supervising Director Dave Filoni on Season Two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

Star Wars Insider: The first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a massive hit that defied everybody's expectations. Did that help you with Season Two, or did that add pressure?

Dave Filoni: I think that the main thing for me was I knew that we would have an audience, and I just wanted to find a way with my team to meet that audience's expectations. I think that's the hard part.

I know Star Wars is going to grow a new audience -- plus the fans that it already has -- and that makes it a difficult thing because you're going to be serving these two different groups of people. I think the entire audience likes all like the action, adventure, drama, and the characters that Star Wars has presented fans with for over 30 years. It wasn't going to be a problem, it was just meeting the expectations and maintaining the quality. I think that as a crew we had our own expectations having grown up with Star Wars, and we wanted to push things. And really, because we work so far ahead, by the time we see the audience reaction we were well on the way with Season Two. It was more validating because we saw people talking about things that they might like us to do better or that they were confused by and we were already improving that stuff, so we knew we were at least on the right track going into Season Two.

Was there a lot in Season Two that you couldn't have done in Season One?

I would say, technically and story-wise: absolutely. Mainly because we have more action figures -- so to speak -- at this point [laughs]!

You know, when they released the original set of action figures, you had Luke, Han, Leia, a stormtrooper, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2 and maybe Chewbacca. Actually, it was kind of exotic as a kid if you even had Chewbacca! You could only do certain types of story, but you certainly didn't have any Rebel Fleet Troopers. When the TIE fighter pilot came out I almost fell over! It's been the same thing working on this show. For a while all we had was clones and battle droids for the most part. Getting a whole cast of individual characters like Cad Bane or Robonino into one episode was a really big challenge. But we were very committed to figuring out how we were going to do that, and it's just opened up tons of possibilities for us story-wise, tons of possibilities for us in the environments, and it's really improved a lot of things we can do.

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