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As Dave explained, he and TCW Season One head writer Henry Gilroy had assumed early on that Obi-Wan and Anakin wouldn't play a big role in TCW. Their original idea for the main characters was to have a Twi'lek Jedi and an apprentice fighting piracy and mercenaries around the galaxy. Because cost was important, they would only trot out Anakin and Obi-Wan for high-profile battle scenes every so often. Dave mentioned that the creators of the TV show Firefly made "smart filmmaking" decisions by sticking to only one or two shooting locations, and that he wanted to keep The Clone Wars landscapes to a minimum for rendering and conceptualization reasons. George Lucas, however, had other plans. He didn't want to keep TCW small. As Dave says, "Asteroids do not concern George Lucas." With The Maker's blessing for a new animated series on a grand scale, TCW became what we've seen for the past two seasons.*Buy Star Wars Lego minifigs at Amazon.