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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 14 Review

Hello and welcome back to yet another review of The Clone Wars here at the Star Wars Report! This week the Death Watch returns as Ahsoka tries to save season 3’s Lux Bonteri from the Mandalorian terrorist group led by Pre Vizsla after Lux seeks their help to kill Dooku in the episode A Friend in Need!

The episode starts out with negotiations on the neutral planet of Mandalore, and very quickly elevates into a shootout between Republic guards and Separatist commandos after an unexpected interruption from the returning character of Heroes on Both Sides, Lux Bonteri. Later we find that this was a plan to get the location of Count Dooku from his hologram transmission. Ahoska and Lux travel to the planet of Carlacc where Lux meets up with the Death Watch. This planet is absolutely stunning! The snow, the trees, the villages, the colors all have a very Feudal Japan feel about them, which is perfect considering this is an episode about a group who’s history is a culture that fights for honor, rather reminiscent of the Samurai.

When we first see the Mandalorian camp, I found it somewhat difficult to relate this new Death Watch to the Mandalorians of old, even the past generations of their own group at times. Yes, I can understand burning villages, and their ruthless grip over the planet, the Death Watch is the more barbaric and bloodthirsty of the Mandalorians, but the target practice on the defenseless droids just seemed too easy for these warriors. I couldn’t help but think that they were just thugs wearing Mandalorian armor. In my opinion, even the splinter group they are a part of would have seeked out a tougher challenge when training, or even when it’s just for fun. Mandalorians are about being the best, right? I’ll let it pass though since the droids play into the story later. And where these thuggish Mandalorian recruits might take away from the Mandalorian experience is immediately redeemed by our returning villain Pre Vizsla, who is a much darker, intimidating, and ruthless villain than when we last saw him. He is almost unrecognizable from the Concordian governor we met in season two. A complete visual transformation is included in some of the new attachments to his already incredible helmet, I love it!

Remember the droids the Death Watch had been using for “target practice”? While I was a little hesitant to accept the fact that the Mandalorians were lowering themselves in my opinion by shooting unarmed droids, I did like how it tied into the climax neatly, and we also see how much the battle droids, and R2, can put their alliances and differences behind them to help someone in need. But whether these droids were reprogrammed by the Mandalorians to erase their objectives, or really did forget that their duty was to march, shoot at clones, and die, is left to our imagination. You can’t deny that a battle between Mandalorians and a makeshift army of now re-armed battle droids was the coolest thing to come out of season 4 so far! Especially while Ahsoka and Pre Vizsla have an awesome lightsaber duel in the midst of the battle. That is what The Clone Wars is all about!

In the end, Ahsoka and Lux escape, after fighting off the Mandalorian excellently voiced by Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica and 24 fame. It all seemed to work out, and they can finally get to Coruscant, when Ahsoka finds out that Lux is going back. So not only did we witness cool battles, the destruction of villages, and the iron fist of the Death Watch, there is powerful emotion between our two main characters! There have been a lot of really good character relationship moments in this series (romantic and not), but Lux going back to face the Mandalorians after saving Ahsoka was one of the best of them all. Could he be going to certain death? Probably, but hopefully we’ll see him again. Even if we don’t, this ending was the perfect place to leave the Ahsoka/Lux relationship. Whether it’s for good, or for sometime in the distant future, we’ll just have to wait and see.

A Friend in Need was much more enjoyable than I expected. There aren’t too many one episode story arcs that can have that much character, action, story, and memorable moments packed into twenty two minutes. The designs were amazing, Pre Vizsla was as menacing as ever, and the cliffhanger for Lux and Ahsoka was truly great. I really can’t say enough about this episode and I can honestly say it’s one of my new favorites. Well done Clone Wars team! What did you think of this episode? Did you love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you…always!



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!



2011 Year in Review: The Books – SWBTF #2

Welcome back to this, the second episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode, Nathan and Mark discuss the books and characters of the Star Wars expanded universe from 2011!

They enjoyed Shadow Games, and that gives me an excuse to use this picture of Dash Rendar……

The discussion runs at a fast and furious rate on such topics as: Jaden Korr, Crosscurrent, Knight Errant, Deceived, Ben Skywalker, the Fate of the Jedi series, how authors handle various scenarios and characters differently; has “the ship sailed” on books focusing solely on “the Big Three”?

What authors do you like, and do you prefer their writing when it’s centered around certain characters or time periods?

What about their point of view on the Force? And how it affects their writing? What do you like learning about in the Star Wars expanded universe?

Do you like clone stories?

New characters vs old? How can someone, as a writer, learn to incorporate both?

Being a writer must be hard!


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Top Ten Coolest Clones in The Clone Wars

Top Ten Coolest Clones from The Clone Wars TV Series

The Clone Wars is coming back on Friday!  In anticipation, let’s give a little love to the clones.  Everyone loves Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan, but are we forgetting who the real stars of the show are?  It is called The Clone Wars, not The Jedi Wars.  We have had plenty of clone-centric episodes in this series, and many of the clones have stood out and become fan favorites themselves.
Warning: This post does contain spoilers including certain character deaths from The Clone Wars TV series.

10. 99


The clone known as 99 was thought to be defective and was regulated to maintenance work on Kamino.  While he was there, he became familiar with the members of Domino Squad and even talked Hevy out of leaving the Grand Army of the Republic.  When push came to shove, 99 showed that he was more valuable than anyone thought he could be.  When Kamino was attacked, 99 used his knowledge of the armory to help the other clones stay equipped throughout the battle.  Giving his life in the defense of Kamino, 99 gained the respect of the other clones he fought beside.
What sets him apart? Considered a “bad batcher”, 99 looked very different compared to the other clones.  He stood much shorter, was hunched over, and appeared to have aged further.
What episodes is he in? You can see 99 in the Season 3 episodes “Clone Cadets” and “Arc Troopers”.

9. Boba Fett


This one may come as a bit of a surprise, but Boba was as much a clone as any of the others.  In The Clone Wars we get to see him post watching his father die and pre bounty hunter in armor.  He was basically a kid who had a lot of pent up anger toward the Jedi, specifically Mace Windu.  In the show he pretended he was a clone cadet to get close to Windu to try and kill him.  His plan (Or was it Aurra Sing’s plan?) eventually failed and he was captured.  I have a feeling he won’t be in prison too long, and we will see a return of Boba Fett.  Is he still too young to fit into that armor?
What sets him apart? Boba Fett was still young so he looked like the young clone cadets much more than the older troopers.  He was distinctive because of his longer hair, looking much like he did in Attack of the Clones.
What episodes is he in? You can see Boba Fett in the Season 2 episodes “Death Trap”, “R2 Come Home”, and “Lethal Trackdown”.

8. Cut Lawquane


With an army as big as the clone army there are bound to be deserters.  Cut Lawquane deserted shortly after the Battle of Geonosis when a transport he was on was shot down.  He soon married and settled down, but it wasn’t long until the war found him again.  While on a mission to track down General Grievous, Captain Rex was severely injured.  The other clones brought Rex to a local farm to recover and it just happened to be Lawquane’s farm.  Rex initially saw Cut as a coward but soon learned that Cut’s choice to leave the army was a choice to not kill for a living.  This opened questions in Rex’s mind about loyalty and free will, themes that have been revisited in the current season.  Rex and Cut eventually had to fight along-side of each other to repel an attack on the farm.  Having a new-found respect for Cut, Rex decided not to report him as a deserter and let him live in peace with his family.
What sets him apart? Cut Lawquane no longer wore the armor of a clone which made him very distinctive.  He also had a receding hairline and longer, reddish hair.
What episodes is he in? You can see Cut Lawquane in the Season 2 episode “Deserter”.

7. Hevy


The Clone Wars has introduced us to many clones, but no group of clones stand out more than Domino Squad.  Season 1 episode “Rookies” was a fan favorite and introduced us to the squad of rookie clones who had been stationed at a listening post on the Rishi moon.  Hevy was the aggressive clone of the group and loved big weapons.  When an invading fleet came and the listening post was attacked by Separatist commando droids the clones were forced to escape their post.  In their attempt to reclaim the station Hevy was trapped inside.  He decided to sacrifice himself and destroy the station, destroying the invading droids as well as getting the attention of the Republic.  The other clones in the squad like Echo and Fives may have gone on to great things, but it was Hevy who allowed for them to escape the moon alive.  Oh, and Rex and Cody were there too, so he pretty much saved their lives as well.
What sets him apart? Hevy was on his first off-world assignment so he hadn’t done any customizing of his armor yet.  He still had the basic Jango Fett haircut but did sport a couple tattoos that came from either side of the back of his neck and ended at his cheekbones.
What episodes is he in? Hevy was in the Season 1 episode “Rookies” and the Season 3 prequel episode “Clone Cadets”.

6. Waxer


There are some moments in The Clone Wars that remind us that the clones are more than warriors, they are also human and have emotions.  More than one of those moments included the clone, Waxer.  Waxer along with his buddy Boil were a part of Ghost Company under the command of Obi-Wan Kenobi during the liberation of the planet of Ryloth.  When they were separated from the other clones they ran into an orphan Twilek girl named Numa.  Boil wanted to leave her behind, but Waxer had compassion on the girl and did not want her to be killed by the droids.  Because of his kindness, Numa helped the clones find hidden, secret passages which led to the success of the mission on Ryloth.  Waxer and Boil also were present at a battle on Geonosis where Kenobi’s transport was shot down, they fearlessly ran across the battlefield without cover to bring Kenobi back to safety.  Sadly, Waxer had one of the most tragic deaths ever depicted on The Clone Wars. During the events on Umbara, because of treachery by a fallen Jedi, the clones were tricked into firing on each other.  Waxer was mortally wounded.  Upon learning that he had possibly killed some of his brothers, he shed a tear as he died.  I may have shed a tear too.  Ok, I did.
What sets him apart? Waxer had a completely shaved head with a bit of hair beneath his lower lip.  He kept track of his droid kills with markings on his helmet and shoulder guard.  He also added a cartoon illustration of Numa on his helmet to honor her.
What episodes is he in? Waxer’s major appearances are in the Season 1 episode “Innocents of Ryloth”, the Season 2 episode “Landing at Point Rain”, and the Season 4 episode “Carnage of Krell”.

5. Echo


Echo and Fives were the only two members of Domino Squad to survive the events at the Rishi moon (see #7).  After the listening station was destroyed, the two clones were inducted into the 501st Legion.  Eventually, they were both involved in the defense of the planet Kamino (see #10) and because of their actions there they we made ARC troopers (becoming an ARC trooper meant you got the cool armor).  We had been following these clones since Season 1 and it was great to see them get to this level.  Then, The Citadel story arc came, and it was time for another Domino to fall.  Echo and Fives were both part of a team sent to the Citadel prison to free Jedi Master Even Piell and Captain Tarkin.  When trying to escape the prison, the group was pinned down by heavy fire from a laser canon.  Echo tried to make a run for the shuttle to give the group a chance for escape, but the shuttle was destroyed killing Echo in the process.  Many fans were not happy to see Echo go out this way, as he had become a fan favorite.  I guess not all clones can die in a heroic fashion. Here is what Dave Filoni had to say about it.
What sets him apart? Echo didn’t show his individuality with tattoos or a haircut.  His armor did have a unique marking, a hand print in rishi eel blood given to him by Captain Rex while they were on the Rishi moon.  This may be my favorite clone armor marking.
What episodes is he in? Echo can be seen in the Season 1 episode “Rookies” and the Season 3 episodes “Clone Cadets”, “ARC Troopers”, “The Citadel”, and “Counterattack”.

4. Hardcase


Hardcase was a member of the 501st Legion.  He was an aggressive clone who preferred a Z-6 rotary cannon to a normal blaster.  He claimed that he was hyperactive because there was a leak in his cloning tank.  Hardcase was part of the group of 501st clones that went looking for General Grievous’s escape pod that landed on the planet Saleucami.  He was instrumental in making sure Captain Rex survived after being shot by sniper fire.  Later in the war, Hardcase was with the 501st when they attacked the planet Umbara.  During the battle, along with clones Jesse and Fives, Hardcase disobeyed orders from Jedi General Krell and flew Umbaran starfighters up to destroy a Separatist supply ship.  The plan was to fly inside the ship and take out the main reactor a la little Anakin.  Once in the ship, Hardcase’s starfighter was damaged, and he ordered the other clones to fly to safety.  He manually ejected the missle tube from his fighter and maneuvered it into the reactor area.  Throwing the missile into the reactor, he said “Live to fight another day, boys.  Live to fight another day.”  The ship exploded, killing him, but allowing the rest of the 501st to continue their attack on the capital city of Umbara.
What sets him apart? Hardcase had a shaved head and a tattoo that ran from the back of his head, over the top of his head, and over his right eye.  He also had a tattoo pattern on his chin.
What episodes is he in? You can see Hardcase in the Season 2 episode “The Deserter” and the Season 4 episodes “Darkness on Umbara”, “The General”, and “Plan of Dissent”.

3. Fives


Fives was the last surviving member of Domino Squad.  He was involved in the events at the Rishi moon and the defense of Kamino.  Because of his heroics on Kamino he, along with squad-mate Echo, was given ARC Trooper status.  As the war raged on, Fives was temporarily assigned to the 501st to help with the attack on Umbara.  During this battle, the Jedi General Krell made numerous tactical blunders and Fives was the loudest voice in questioning his command.  Fives, along with clones Jesse and Hardcase, directly disobeyed orders from Krell, and even though their actions were successful, Fives and Jesse were to be executed as punishment.  The other clones did not carry out the execution though, and it was soon discovered that Fives was right about Krell the whole time.  The Jedi was under the influence of the Dark Side and was purposely sending the clones to their deaths.
What sets him apart? Fives wore the armor of the elite ARC Troopers and had a small “5” tattoo on the right side of his forehead.
What episodes is he in? Fives has been in 10 episodes of The Clone Wars so far, “Rookies” from Season 1, “Clone Cadets”, “ARC Troopers”, and the Citadel story arc from Season 3, and the Umbara/Krell story arc from Season 4.

2. Cody


Clone Commander Cody is one of the clones we knew very well before The Clone Wars show started.  He was in Revenge of the Sith and had appeared in novels and comics.  In The Clone Wars, he is the Clone Commander mostly seen with Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Cody was with Obi-Wan at the liberation of Ryloth, at Point Rain, tracking Grievous on Saleucami, and transporting Duchess Satine on the Coronet.  He was also with Captain Rex at the Rishi moon and at the defense of Kamino.  These are just a handful of adventures he has been a part of in The Clone Wars.  Cody was a loyal commander for Kenobi, but unfortunately his loyalty to the Republic and following orders meant more to him.  As we saw in Revenge of the Sith, when Order 66 went down Cody didn’t hesitate in shooting Kenobi in the back.
What sets him apart? Cody had customized armor with orange markings.  His visor and shoulder antenna were a couple things that made his armor unique.  He didn’t have tattoos or a special haircut but did have some scaring around his left eye.
What episodes is he in? If my count is correct, Cody has appeared in 19 episodes of The Clone Wars.  Some of his more memorable appearances were in the Season 1 episodes “Rookies” and  “The Hidden Enemy”, Season 2 episodes “Legacy of Terror” and “Voyage of Temptation”, the Season 3 Citadel story arc, and a whole bunch of others.

1. Rex


Without a doubt, Rex is the clone we’re supposed to root for in The Clone Wars.  He is almost as important a character as Obi-Wan, Anakin, or Ahsoka.  He is brave, loyal, heroic, compassionate, and, aside from the weird cat ears, he has pretty cool armor.  He has survived run-ins with Asajj Ventress, commando droids, a dark Jedi general, and even a rishi eel.  He is a dead-eye with a blaster and even survived a sniper shot to the chest.  He is a clone’s clone and is everything you could want in a hero character.  The most intriguing thing about Rex though is that we don’t know his fate.  Will he turn on the Jedi during Order 66?  Will he survive the war?  Will he stay true to his friends and refuse to follow Order 66 then start a life of his own?  My guess is we will find out in Season 7… or 8.
What sets him apart? Rex had extremely short cropped hair that is dyed blond.  His armor had markings in 501st blue.  Some unique aspects of his armor are the pauldron on his left shoulder and the rangefinder on his helmet.  He preferred to carry twin DC-17 hand blasters.
What episodes is he in? Rex is in 40 episodes of The Clone Wars.  Most recently he was featured in the Season 4 Umbara/General Krell story arc.

Honorable Mentions

KeeliSuch a wasted clone design.  Keeli was a dual blaster wielding clone who went down fighting.
Gree –  Another Ep 3 clone. Gree had a double mohawk hair design and kicked Argyus’s butt.
Wolffe - Cybernetic eye, awesome scar, great armor design.
Boil - Waxer’s buddy. Sweet mustache.
Jesse - Most normal clone name. Best clone tattoo by far, the Republic cog tattooed across his face.

Who are your favorite clones?  Let us know in the comments below.

Aaron Goins

References: StarWars.com, Wookieepedia

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.