Daily Archives: January 12, 2012

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic War – #1 Review

Happy Birthday John Jackson Miller! Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – War #1 (of five) hit the stands yesterday! You remember that little comic strip right? Knights of the Old Republic? That comic set before the games of the same name. Well, after fifty issues it’s back, and back with a BANG!

Mandalorians! They are everywhere! And what’s worse, they are winning! This is what spurs many Jedi into defying the Jedi Council and ‘covertly’ going to war. Typical to the series, Zayne Carrick finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then has a series of similar encounters with fate. While the story is Zayne’s, he’s not the only one. The Mandalorians themselves were a huge part of the story. Maybe it’s the uniformity of the Neo-Crusader uniforms most of the Mando’ade are wearing, but they are a threat that has to be reckoned with. Though as one character shows us, not all ways of coming to a reckoning are morally right. Dallan Morvis, ahh Dorvis. Still a jerk. And for a first issue, they really drive that point home! He is certainly no hero! His type of personality is key to the events of this story, however, and The Mandalorian Wars were not pretty. Hence the reason so many Jedi falling to the dark side along with Revan and Malak.

We met Jedi fighting the good fight, most notable among them Dorjander Kace. I liked him, disliked him, and liked him again, and wound up LOVING HIM. This character’s journey seems to jump right off in this issue, and it allowed for some personal character philosophy for the reader with the different points of view on the issue confronting the galaxy…. What do we do with the Mandalorians?

Just when we think we have an idea of where events will carry history, we learn that the Mandalorians have sprung a trap. But that’s not the best part, which is…. *pause for dramatic effect*  The Mandalorian Knights!

Yes, you heard me correctly.
Mandalorian….
Knights.

But these Rogue Jedi are none other than Kace and his group. Volunteers to the Mandalorian side, and now captors of Morvis’s crew, Morvis and Zayne. What’s it like to be drafted by the Mando’ade? Well we’re going to have to wait for issue two of this five part adventure to know for sure! One thing is certain, things have become a lot more interesting. This is one addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe you will want to follow!

~ Mark

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 13 Review

Hello and welcome back to another The Clone Wars review here at the Star Wars Report! After a six week break for the holidays, The Clone Wars has returned with the conclusion of the Slaves of the Republic arc! Anakin sets out to escape from his Zygerrian captors and free his friends from certain doom! This is episode thirteen titled Escape from Kadavo, which leaves us with only nine episodes left in the season. If you haven’t already, check out Pete’s awesome Clone Wars roundup which shares some information on what we’ll see coming up!

The episode starts with Obi-Wan trapped on Kadavo with Rex. It’s fairly interesting to see the situation that he’s placed in; under the electric whip of the Zygerrian guard, Obi-Wan is not able to stand up and fight, for himself or for the Togrutan slaves surrounding him. I think one reason this episode worked well was using one of the Jedi’s few weak points, selflessness. By the guards not only punishing the Jedi, but also the slaves for Kenobi’s actions, it forces Obi-Wan to turn that Jedi lifestyle of helping others in need into, well, almost a selfishness in order to spare the slaves any more brutality because of his actions! We saw his spirit begin to break over the course of the episode , (though never really snap) fulfilling the Queen’s alleged plan for an army of broken Jedi slaves.

This brings me to a few questions and speculation I have of our villains. There was a fair amount of scheming and secret plans being discussed in this episode, yet not many answers were given. We first see it with Sidious and Dooku, requiring the need of slaves, because ‘many Sith empires have been built on the backs of slaves’. But why, specifically, would Sidious and Dooku need slaves at this point in the game? I wonder if this will come into play later, or if it’s just a device by Sidious to shake things up and send Dooku after the Jedi. But what if it isn’t? Could we see the use of slaves for the creation of another super weapon in a future season? I’m not talking about a tank or an ion cannon, I’m talking about a planet destroyer. Could we possibly see the Force Harvester in the series, or something similar? Sidious mentioned that many empires in the past have been built upon the backs of slaves, it just reminds me so much of how the Star Forge in The Knights of the Old Republic was built by a slave race. Something to ponder, anyway!

I’d like to mention the Queen’s plan to make an army of Jedi slaves. I’m fairly certain that was just a hoax that she made up in order to keep Skywalker with her. Or perhaps she truly was going to betray Skywalker and hand a broken Obi-Wan over to the Separatists. (Which didn’t seem likely considering her attachment to Anakin, and the promise she made to him if Anakin stayed behind.) The Queen’s character, I thought, played out well; I liked that we finally saw her true role beneath that of the queen of a slaver empire, and maybe at heart she wasn’t as much a ruthless villain after all, despite her desires to rebuild her empire. Though I admit I would have liked more discussion between her and Anakin, with whom I wished we’d seen more character development or reflection on his past in this episode, and was disappointed, as for me this was an arc that ties right into the Chosen One’s past.

That wraps up this weeks review! This episode was good, I thought, it was action packed, very well made, and created a decent conclusion to the arc we started in November, even though I would have liked a little more time to successfully wrap up the Queen and Anakin’s story arc. Let us know what you thought by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you… always!

-Ryan