The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup: October 6th

Welcome to this weeks TCW weekly roundup for the first week of October.

Last week on TCW we saw a fun Gungan-centric episode and this week we get some comedic relief as C-3PO, R2, and The Wolffe Pack go on a Mercy Mission.

The comedic relief of the Star Wars universe C-3PO and R2-D2 have previously had their own cartoon series, Droids.  On TCW when we get a C-3PO or R2 episode it usually marks a fun diversionary story.  Last season we got the misadventures of the droids looking for some fruit in the Coruscant farmer’s market.  This season we get some relief work related hijinks to the planet Aleen populated by the diminutive reptilian Aleena.

“Understanding is honoring the truth beneath the surface.”

After groundquakes have devastated the planet Aleen, a Republic relief effort arrives, including the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. When the native Aleena’s pleas go unheard, it becomes the duty of the droids to embark on a surreal journey through Aleen’s subterranean world to save the planet.

One of the cool things that TCW can do is weave the films and the EU together.  The Aleena Ratts Tyerell was a podracer in Episode I, the Aleena Bogg Tyrell was in a speeder with a Dug during Anakin and Obi-Wan’s speeder chase through Coruscants skies in Episode II, and probably most notably the mad Jedi Master Kazdan Paratus appeared in The Force Unleashed video game and tie-in materials.

Paratus appeared on the junkyard planet of Raxus Prime and was one of the cooler boss fights in the video game.  Not only did he construct mechanic imitations of the Jedi Council but he also fashioned himself an extra set of mechanic appendages.

The use of the Aleena in TCW is much like one of the recent alterations to the Star Wars films in the Blu-ray release.  In Return of the Jedi in Jabba’s palace there is now a Dug present.  There are so many species of aliens in the Star Wars universe that it would be easy not to re-use the same aliens, but by re-using the same species it on a subconscious level makes the universe feel more connected.

I look forward to this weeks episode, even with Commander Wolffe and his creepy eye.  You can watch a preview clip from this weeks episode Mercy Mission on Starwars.com.

In conclusion we here at the Star Wars report would like to extend or sympathies to the family of Steve Jobs, the man not only behind the magic of Apple but also behind Pixar.  Computer generated animation is a hit in large part because of the massively successful line of Pixar films. The Clone Wars and all other CGI features owe some small debt to Jobs and the original folks at ILM that Pixar grew out of.