Daily Archives: October 16, 2011

Drew Karpyshyn and Timothy Zahn to pen new Star Wars novels

Some very interesting news indeed.

Just announced at our Del Rey Star Wars books panel: Drew Karpyshyn will write a fourth novel that will tie into The Old Republic for Fall 2012 and Tim Zahn will write a new novel starring Han Solo set in the classic films era. More details to come on both as they develop.

 

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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 5 Review

Hello and welcome back once again to The Star Wars Report’s The Clone Wars reviews! Today we’ll be looking at C3PO and R2D2’s latest adventure when they stumble upon a mystical land beneath the surface of an alien planet, after earthquakes ravage the surface in Mercy Mission.

The episode starts with Republic cruisers arriving on the planet Aleen after massive earthquakes have killed thousands of the Aleena and destroyed much of the buildings. Naturally, our favorite droid translator C-3PO has been brought along to assist in communicating with the natives while R2D2 downloads a program that will detect the earthquakes. Soon enough, 3PO and R2 get themselves into some trouble (as they always do) and look to solve the mystery behind the earthquakes from where they originate underground. It was kind of strange to see an episode without any real villain. There were no Separatists, no Sith, and no bounty hunters to be found. I thought was a nice change; it really was a step away from the war entirely. Even the creatures underground causing the quakes weren’t really trying to hurt the surface dwelling creatures, they even helped 3PO and R2 solve the problem. Now, I would not like for this to be a consistent theme in season four at all, but every once in a while its good to see what else is going on in the galaxy, and a 3PO episode is the perfect setting for that.

This episodes biggest strength is that it was a very visual episode. There were lots of sequences with cool lighting, character models, and environments. Above ground everything was scaled to the height of the Aleena, so it was pretty cool to see the clones having to crawl through the hallways instead of everything being their size. The underground setting was very “Mortis” like in that the plants glowed beautifully and lit up the rest of the dark surroundings. But this time, the plants talk! 3PO and R2 confront a gang of mystical trees that lead them to an alien named Orphne, who was also a very strange and mystical creature. This episode was very fantastical, due to the visuals, the soundtrack, and even the basis of the episode. I think that Star Wars could always use more mysticism, and while I wasn’t a huge fan of Mortis because of the conflicts it created, I certainly appreciated the tone, the setting, and the symbolism we got to see in that arc, and Mercy Mission seemed very similar, just without as much impact on the galaxy and our characters, unfortunately.

This brings me to a few complaints I had about Mercy Mission. What was the point? I think we’ve surpassed the time in Clone Wars where standalone episodes mean nothing and the characters were basically the same at the end of the episode as they were in the beginning. I know I said before that getting away from the war was good, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t still affect something. I mean its great that 3Po and R2 saved the Aleena on the surface from the earthquakes, but how is that going to impact the future of the galaxy, what did 3PO learn from his experience?

Mercy Mission had great visuals and neat ideas, but at the same time felt like a filler episode. I still liked it, but not as much as the other episodes we’ve seen in Season 4 so far. What did you think of 3PO and R2’s latest adventure? Did you like it? Hate it? Leave a comment below and let us know! Thanks for reading and may the force be with you…always.

-Ryan

 

 

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 4 Review

Hello and welcome back for another Clone Wars review! Today we’ll be reviewing not one, but two episodes since I never released a review last week. So watch for a second review for Mercy Mission on the site today as well. And with announcements aside, let’s jump into the episode! Below is my review for episode 404 Shadow Warrior.

Going into this episode I was aware that it was going to be another Jar Jar episode. I had flashbacks in my brain of Bombad Jedi and the Gungan General. So naturally I was expecting a comedic episode, one extremely light in tone. This was not the case for a good half of the episode. This episode started out with lots of Jar Jar type jokes, (most of which I thought were hilarious) from Jar Jar being forced to impersonate a high ranking official in the Gungan government, to having a conversation with none other than General Grievous aboard a separatist ship. Then the tone suddenly darkened with an awesome fight which had a few surprises. First, Tarpals dies, which once again shows how willing they are to kill off characters, even from the films which kind of shocked me. Then, General Grievous actually gets captured! This was a nice change from seeing Grievous running and escaping, of which he seems to do a fair amount of. To be honest, I felt this episode had way more impact than any episodes we’ve seen so far on season four, and I had been expecting this episode to be a lighthearted comedy!

And the surprises don’t end there! Anakin is in pursuit of the episodes supposed villain, Minister Liu, when he finds out the true schemer behind the failed war between the Gungans and the Naboo. Turns out Dooku was behind it the whole time, big deal, Dooku is always behind this kind of stuff. But it’s what Dooku reveals that perked my interest. He mentions that he was part of the first battle of Naboo, which would be around the same time he left the order. Was he really part of the planning behind the events of the Phantom Menace, or was he representing the Sith in general? Was he already Sideous’s apprentice at the time of the battle of Naboo? It brings up so many questions about how far back Dooku really goes in the history of the Clone Wars. On a side note, I noticed that the hologram of Sideous was animated to be far less sinister than previous versions in terms of facial expressions and voice, it seemed a lot more true to the movies instead of overdone with evilness.

And lastly, the trade. I totally expected that, but was it good for the overall story? When confronted with the dilemma to trade Anakin for Grievous, I think it would’ve been better for Padme to have had someone advising her against the trade. Both Jar Jar and Boss Leone were there to tell her it was the right thing, but I think there needed to be a part of her the represented her inner sense of duty to the Republic, which meant refusing the trade and serving justice to the droid general, which would in turn end the war. But what if that had happened? What if Anakin had been taken prisoner by the Separatists? I think that would’ve sparked another story of how Anakin (and Grievous) escape their captors instead of finding the quickest way to tie up the episode.

All in all, I thought this was a great episode. We certainly learned a lot about Dooku, the Gungans, and the fate of a somewhat important character from the films. Leave your thoughts below and let us know what you thought of the episode! Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you…always.

-Ryan