Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup 12/1

This week in TCW news we have a look ahead to the second part of the Slaves of the Republic arc, TCW scheduling news and links to some great Clone Wars content.

In this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin and Ahsoka trade in their roles of Master and Apprentice for the roles of Master and Slave.  Ahsoka also trades her action outfit for a Slave burka and a flashy slave girl outfit.

Official Site Description:

“Those who enslave others inevitably become slaves themselves.”

To locate the missing colonists, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka go undercover to infiltrate the slavers on Zygerria. Anakin struggles with his emotions as a wily Zygerrian queen forces him to take questionable actions in order to carry out his mission.

MTV Geek has a pair of preview clips from this week’s episode, the latter clip is almost directly lifted from the comic book story.  It is only missing the Ewok slave from the comic and substitutes a Twi’lek instead of a human boy as the slave who Ahsoka stands up for.

 

 

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I am really interested to see this episode, as it should be Anakin heavy as he wrestles with his past and his strong emotions regarding slavery.  Anakin and Ahsoka are going undercover, and Anakin has to pretend to be that which he hates so much.  The Zygerrian Queen presents Anakin with some dark choices to make, as his flaw of attachment to his friends leads to him taking some very difficult decisions.

If TV Guide is to be believed, we are going to be getting at least a week off between Slaves of the Republic (4.12) and Escape from Kadavo (4.13).  According to TV Guide we will be seeing a re-run of Darkness on Umbara on Friday December 9th.   Will we jump right back into Escape from Kadavo on Devember 16th?  Stay tuned to The Star Wars Report and we will let you know as soon as the future becomes more certain.

James over at Club Jade has a terrific and wide ranging interview with TCW actress Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala) where they touch on her work in the Star Wars universe, her personal fandom, and her charitable efforts.

James: While we know the future of Padmé in the movies, tell us more about her character progression on the show. Is the war changing her character? What are some things we should be looking for this season?

Catherine: The war is taking a toll on everyone. For Padmé, she has struggles and frustrations, but I don’t think her resolve is ever shaken. She experiences betrayals and disappointments in others, but I think both she and Obi-Wan, actually, are two characters who have a goodness and a strength to their cores that is unflappable.

Please visit Club Jade to read the rest of this very nice interview.

Also, kudos needs to go out to Stephen Stanton (TCW’s Captain Tarkin and Mas Amedda) and all the folks behind the charitable Clone Trooper helmet auction to benefit Princess Leah Esquenazi as Leah’s parents have announced that the Maker himself is stepping up to the plate and signing the helmets.  The two helmets are up for bid individually on ebay and the Republic Commando helmet is currently at $1,525 and the Clone Trooper helmet is currently at $1,425.  Great job to everyone who has contributed to getting these helmets signed.

Well, that is it for this edition of TCW Weekly Roundup, until next time remember:

Mishuk gotal’u meshuroke, pako kyore. – Pressure makes gems, ease makes decay. ~Mandalorian Proverb.

-Pete

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 11 Review

Hello and welcome back to another exciting Star Wars: The Clone Wars review! This week, when a Togrutan colony starts negotiating with the separatists, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka are sent to the colony to investigate. When they arrive, the only inhabitants of the planet are Droids, slavers, and bombs set to blow up the entire city, and the colonists with it! Read my review for Kidnapped below.

Having departed the Umbara arc, and finally knowing the whole story of what happened to Krell and the 501st, we are taken to an adventure of a completely different nature and atmosphere. Instead of the dark and mysterious forests of Umbara, we now arrive in a peaceful, elegant city of the Togrutans. Not to mention it’s completely empty, which adds an awesome layer of creepiness to the episode. The buildings resembled a lot of the Togrutan traits and features, and made this episode look very appealing to the eye. In addition to brilliant designs for the colony, both the Republic and the Separatists had some new machinery on the battlefield. When the Jedi first arrive on the planet, we see a new addition to the speeder bikes, a side car. Not that it’s a huge deal or anything, I just thought it made for a cool fight scene to have Ahsoka be fighting the commando droids while still flying through the city at quite a fast rate. Probably the more effective and interesting design was that of the sniper droids, which look like Droidekas with a blast shield over its face instead of a shield generator. (It’s really cool to see that they’re making variants based off the same model droid.) Still, I can sense that we’ll be seeing a lot more of these in the future, which makes me glad that there are finally droids that can actually cause problems for a Jedi. Also because it really makes me want a Clone Wars version of Battlefront even more.

Speaking of causing problems for Jedi, the fight scenes in this episode were fantastic! Not only did we see Anakin and Ahsoka have to work together while being pinned down by snipers and while racing against the clock to defuse the bombs, but Obi Wan in a hand to hand fight with a slaver!? This episode puts our Jedi heroes in almost every possible combat type imaginable, all in twenty-two minutes. With anything from fighting droids, to speeder bike chases, to giant monsters, and to the best part of the episode, Obi Wan’s fight, (Which, with no lightsabers or force powers I thought was a great introduction for Obi-Wan this season.), the strong point of this episode is definitely the action. Most of the fights had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen, and if the slaver was going to get away. (On a side note, I thought the slaver drew a lot of inspiration from the 16th century Spanish and a little from the Cathar, cat-like species from the Knights of the Old Republic series.)

Kidnapped also felt like an episode that was meant for foreshadowing the future of the arc, and its characters. Several things in particular felt this way, one being that this arc is going to be revolving a lot around Anakin in the coming episodes, judging from what we know about his past and how he feels about slavers. You know something bad is brewing immediately when you hear that imperial march theme in the background! And although we didn’t see a whole lot of Anakin tuning into his darker side this episode, as soon as they encounter more slavers you just know that it’s going to get worse. Also, another point I kind of missed on my first watch of the episode was Yoda’s hint about a possible connection to the rise of the Sith using slavery as a tool. Now, when I think of that, and how this arc connects to Anakin’s past, it makes me wonder whether the slaves are just a tool to turn Anakin to the dark side, not just for labor purposes. I can’t wait to see this unravel as the arc continues!

Kidnapped was a very good episode. It had excellent action, the start of some character development in our main character, and a decent story. A great start to a new arc! What did you think of this episode? Did you love it? Hate it? Let us know by leaving a comment below! I think that wraps up my review, thanks for reading and may the force be with you…always!

-Ryan