While The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005) gave Star Wars die-hards mixed signals, a currently non-canon interstitial series gave fans a great perspective of the prequel era with Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars (2003-2005).
The series was made for Cartoon Network and the first nineteen episodes were only three minutes long, while the twentieth was eight minutes long. George Lucas was impressed by Genndy Tartakovsky’s animation skills and storytelling for Samurai Jack (2001-2017) that he hired Genndy to do an animated series based on the iconic franchise. After Chapter 20, the Clone Wars was supposed to end, but George Lucas contacted Tartakovsky to do five more episodes that are fifteen minutes long each and connect directly to Revenge of the Sith (2005).
The first twenty episodes (2003-2004) showcase the beginning of the Clone Wars and how the conflicts found throughout the Clone Wars get resolved. It also introduced Star Wars fans to Asajj Ventress and General Grievous.
The introduction of General Grievous in Chapter 20 was horrifying yet filled with awesomeness. In that particular scene, he was attacking and killing defenseless Jedi Knights at Hypori. That scene was so memorable that it might have inspired the Darth Vader ending from Rogue One (2016), where he attacked and killed weak Rebel soldiers with his lightsaber.
Even though the 2003 Clone Wars were removed from the current continuity, they serve as inspirations for Disney’s present and future ideas.