Daily Archives: November 17, 2011

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 9 Review

Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! This week, Fives, Hardcase, and Jessie disobey the sinister General Krell in order to destroy a Separatist supply ship in Plan of Dissent! This episode is the third episode in the “Umbara” arc and pretty much sets the stage for the end of the arc in next week’s episode.

Last week, the clones fought to take over an airbase, commandeering two Umbaran starfighters to help the advance. It was a dark, intense, and extremely fast paced episode. This week however, was a little different. Plan of Dissent had a very different mood than the rest of the episodes in this arc, but the danger still loomed over the heads of the clones. This episode was a good point in the arc for Rex, Fives, and the rest of the clones to think about their situation, and decide what they we’re going to do about it independently, rather than being on the move in the jungle with constant blaster fire around them. It gave us a good chance to see what actions specific clones took, even to the point of disagreeing with one another’s ways. This episode primarily revolves around Fives, our last survivor from Domino squad, who is now an ARC trooper. Fives believes in completely disobeying Krell, which he’s been suggesting since Krell arrived. Whereas Rex still seems to have at least a little faith in his oath, if not his superiors. When Rex is arguing with Fives about their oath, you could even see in Rex’s eyes his faltering trust. Rex seems to be thinking more of the long run, that soon enough Anakin will return and take charge again. But Fives wants immediate action, no matter the consequences. This creates a divide between Fives, Dogma, the clone who want to expose Five’s plan, and Rex who is somewhere in the middle and can’t decide between his men and his orders. This episode was a fantastic way to address the tension between the clones that has been going on throughout the arc.

Now that we are out of the wilderness of Umbara and inside a captured Umbaran base, there are plenty of interesting designs and technology that I thought I would mention. Firstly, there was a new ship design, I believe, for the supply ship. Certainly something we haven’t seen in Clone Wars before; I was thinking it could have detached straight off from one of the trade federation control ships, and come into the atmosphere, and though it might not be that at all, I’m glad they designed it like that so it would at least get me thinking. Another great design was the Hologram tech that the Umbarans use. Its cubic like nature reminded me a lot of the designs we saw on Cristophosis. And again, I must say, their starfighters are extremely awesome, especially now that the missiles they shoot are almost like an acid that just eats away anything it hits within seconds, a perfect fit for the exotic world they live in.

The end of this episode was quite tragic, not only did we lose Hardcase, who courageously blew up the supply ship, but now there is a possibility of Fives being executed by Krell in the next episode, which will bring this amazing arc to an end next week. I have a feeling though that Rex isn’t going to let Krell execute anyone. This wraps up our review for this episode! What did you think of Plan of Dissent, and how do you think this arc will end? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you…always!

-Ryan

 

Signed Star Wars Clone Armor Helmets to be Auctioned!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAN DAYS 2011 STAR WARS HELMET EBAY AUCTIONS ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles, CA – November 15, 2011

 

On Black Friday, November 25, 2011 the “Fan Days 2011” autographed Star Wars Clone Helmets will be put up for auction on ebay at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The auctions will be listed under the seller name JaingSMandoMercsPO and will run for 10 days. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit “Princess Leah” and her family. This is your opportunity to own a rare, unique piece of Star Wars memorabilia.

The Republic Commando and the Animated Clone Trooper helmets were made and donated by Nick Bishop and his Thylacine Squad of the 501st in Tasmania.

Over 45 Star Wars actors, directors, editors, writers, artists and more signed each helmet. To document and authenticate the signatures, a photograph was taken of each person signing. These photos have been made into two photo collage posters and will be a part of the ebay auctions.

Kevin Ward of the Clan Murraan Mandalorian Mercs and his wife, Kelli, created one of a kind stands for each helmet. The base of the stands are engraved with the logos of four costuming groups who have been instrumental in helping raise awareness and donations for Princess Leah. They are: 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion and The Dark Empire.

A video documenting the signing of the Fan Days 2011 helmets created by Taylor Andriotis, aka LadyVader66, is available for sharing and viewing online via youtube.

Baby Leah Esquenazi and her parents, Zev and Frani, have spent most of the last 8 months in the PICU at UCLA hospital. “Princess Leah” as she has come to be known in the Star Wars community was struck by a mysterious illness that causes uncontrollable movement and breathing problems. She has had multiple surgeries including the removal of cataracts in both eyes and has to spend much of her time on a ventilator. Over 60 doctors, hundreds of tests and $2.5 million later, little Leah continues to struggle for survival.

For auction updates and more information via Facebook please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Stanton/142208022510169

To view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFWV_aVNMDU&feature=youtu.be

For more detailed information on Princess Leah and other ways you can help please visit:

http://www.princessleahdiaries.blogspot.com/

 

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