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

 

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