'Clone Wars' premiere party goes underwater

Since the opening battles of the next "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" take place underwater, Lucasfilm held its premiere screening event at an aquarium. Ever seen a light saber battle in a fish tank?

A young fan meets General Grievous at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for the premiere of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," season four. John Scott Lewinski/CNET

LONG BEACH, Calif.--The Force has never been as damp as it will be when season four of " Star Wars: The Clone Wars " kicks off on Cartoon Network with two undersea storylines. So it made sense that Lucasfilm swam with the fishes at the Aquarium of the Pacific for the show's big premiere party this weekend.

The show's voice cast joined costumed characters from the 501st Legion fan group for the first screenings of "Water War" and "Gungan Attack," the undersea stories kicking off season four 8 p.m. Friday, September 16. Both adventures feature Anakin Skywalker and his Clone Troopers taking on Separatist forces to save the likes of Captain (soon to be Admiral) Ackbar and his fish-like race.

The episodes were shown in a special "4D" screening room, complete with wind, water, and lightning effects to enhance the onscreen mayhem.

Those in attendance were asked to bring along a new, unwrapped Star Wars toy to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America. Kids from local chapters of the youth-based charity were on hand to meet their favorite characters, enjoy the aquarium attractions, and take on light saber lessons from on-hand Jedi Masters and video games from a galaxy far, far away. Even the aquarium's main tank hosted "Clone Wars" props and divers doing battle with their Jedi weapons.

Every kid in attendance received their own toy light saber, creating an interesting scene of hundreds of jacked up little ones rushing around multi-million dollar marine environments while hacking and slashing at their friends. But only fish from the Dark Side were in any danger.

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