Yeah, there's something about the toons that has a genuine charm like the classic films does. It tells me that Lucas is more to blame for Star Wars losing a step than anything else. I'm still not fond of two actors in particular in the prequals though, but ultimately it's Lucas who just doesn't seem to have the same "knack" he did in the classic trilogy to make a movie that had nothing "forced" on you but was fluid and worked on all levels.
The cartoons have that... They have some terrible moments too though, where you can see the creator's imaginations getting out of hand... The "crap" superlaser for instance... The incessant use of lances as weapons (I don't get this personally... Someone's watched too many camelot flicks).... Propelling Durge to super-human (or whatever he is) feats like lifting an AT-TE with a lance and a speederbike...
To me, these are the dumber things shown, but for every dumb thing there's been 10 neat things.
I mean, I can't even wait to make a figure of that weird cat guy that hosts Dooku to watch the arena battle. I don't know why, but I like that guy and he's as boring as anything... It's an excuse to buy an extra Imp. Dignitary I guess, and I like cat people.
Anyway, on the Durge thing with the lance... I know some people actually dug that, and I'm not saying Durge isn't even cooler than I'd anticipated, but it's still crap because (and this is very nerdy of me, I know):
a) there's no way in hell a single guy could lift the AT-TE... We're just pushing Durge as a character too far, and making him "too strong". Seems silly to me...
and b) His bike, and or lance would've both broke upon impact... Maybe he's that strong, but unless his bike and lance are made of indestructable materials all of a sudden, that just doesn't jive to me.
It's like most EU though, in that it has some overly creative imaginations at work that maybe don't take into account that part of Star Wars' charm is that it "looks real", and it "feels real". It looks like it COULD be... Beyond the Force, there wasn't much that made you go "Wow, how'd they do that!?" when you watched those films. It just made you think that it was your own world.
If it's my own world, then maybe Durge is that DB at the gym that I can't stand who's always powerlifting and swearing constantly while he puts up his weight, then walks around like he has a stick up his butt all day showing off. Maybe that guy can pick up an Abrahams tank while riding his Harley?
Nah... Durge just shouldn't be able to do that stuff. Cheapens his character.
He's still cool though, and translated into the 2nd greatest (maybe even greatest) Star Wars action figure of all time.