Daily Archives: August 28, 2011

The Clone Wars Season One Retrospective

As we look forward to the fourth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Battle Lines, we take a look back at the previous three seasons and point out some of what we think are the best and worst episodes of each season. First up this week is Season One.   What do you think of our lists?  What are some of your favorite and least favorite episodes of Season One? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

The Best:  “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”

Rookies (1.05):

Commando Droids, Droids doing their best Han Solo on the detention level impersonation, a Rex-Cody adventure, the introduction of Heavy, Echo and Fives, awesome combat scenes, and it all ends with an induction into the 501st.  Captain Rex takes center stage and provides some good action and comedy in this episode and it introduces Echo and Fives who become two fan favorite characters.  I thoroughly enjoy the Clone-centric episodes.

Cloak of Darkness (1.08):

I love the Dooku/Sidious/Ventress interaction in this episode.  We get the introduction of the Senate Guard to the series, betrayal and some great lightsaber action.  A very satisfying story that ties into the events of Gungan Jedi, but it is a  self contained story.  A guest starring role by James Marsters was great.

Jedi Crash (1.13):

Visually this is one of my favorite episodes from Season One.  The atmospheric battle between the Republic Cruisers and the Separatists is great looking.  We also get the puberty inducing Aayla Secura character model.  Couple the great visual action with a good dramatic score and this show has one the best opening acts of the season.

Honorable Mentions:

Trespass (1.15) introducing Riyo Chuchi and some cool snow scene.  Ambush (1.01) Yoda and some cool interaction between Yoda and the Clones.  The Ryloth Trilogy (1.19-1.21) much better than the Malevolence Trilogy and a signal of things to come with more multiple episode story arcs or mini-movies that will occur in the series future. Hostage Crisis (1.22), Enter Cad Bane.

The Worst: “I have a really bad feeling about this.”

The Gungan General (1.12):

I actually like Jar Jar Binks, just in small doses.  In truth I have a rubber Jar Jar Halloween mask, so I would hardly consider myself a Jar Jar hater, though he is at least partly to blame for Palpatine’s power grab, but I digress.    I’m sorry but a Sith Lord and two Jedi should be able to take down a small pirate band in about five minutes, not two episodes.

The Hidden Enemy (1.16):

Unfortunately the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie wasn’t particularly good.  Hidden Enemy brings us back to Christophsis in a prequel story.  A hint to TCW team, revisiting Christophsis is probably not the best idea. 

The Blue Shadow Virus (1.17):

You know when you are watching episodes of The Simpsons and they get to a Lisa or Marge episode.  That is how I often feel about the early Padme episodes.  Plus anything that kills Gungans is a good thing, at least for Prequel haters.

What do you think of our list?  What are some of your favorite and least favorite episodes of Season One? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Check back next week as we take a look back at Season Two.