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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 12 Review

Hello and welcome back to another exciting  The Clone Wars review! This review is a little late I know, but it is a busy time of the year for all. And seeing that The Clone Wars is now on break (unlike some of us), the late posting shouldn’t impact too much. Okay, with the announcements out of the way, let’s talk about the episode! This week we’ll be discussing the second installment in the “slave” arc with Slaves of the Republic! In this episode, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex travel to Zygerria in order to find the missing colonists, who have been taken into slavery.

Slaves of the Republic felt greatly refreshing after the dark events on Umbara. It felt like a classic Jedi adventure that we didn’t see much of in the movies. What I mean by that nothing galaxy shattering went on, like winning a major battle, or destroying an evil empire, this was an adventure that placed the Jedi in the roles they were supposed to be, keepers of the peace, and upholders of justice. Fighting for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Also, we get to see some very cool battle scenes, such as Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting off a dozen Zygerrian guards (who have lightning whips) in a giant arena. One thing that I thought was strange about this episode was that the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin seemed to be swapped. Now we have Anakin as the diplomat, and Obi-Wan as the one who does the tough work. I thought this was good, it gave us the opportunity to see Anakin’s inner character more when he’s talking with the Queen, rather than if he had been in battle. Also, Anakin’s smooth talking skills? This shows growth in Anakin since The Attack of the Clones.

I’d like to discuss the Queen as a villain, and how Anakin reacts to her. I think it’s interesting how this is set up. We have Anakin, whose past has given him a hatred for slavers, yet here he is making conversation with the Queen of a slave empire. Like I said before about the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin being swapped, it’s also strange from a character perspective as well. You would think that Obi-Wan would’ve gone to be diplomatic with the Queen, seeing as Anakin’s past would’ve gotten in the way of successfully infiltrating here inner circle, especially since Anakin has trouble keeping his emotions in check. But on the other hand, the Queen isn’t what she seems either. She is definitely not your conventional villain, at least not on the surface. She has not shown a great deal of hostility toward Anakin himself, but certainly Obi-Wan and Ahsoka. You could almost say that at times she’s kind to Anakin, and legitimately interested in getting to know the Jedi. Even promising to let his friends go if he volunteered to stay. Could it be actual feelings on the part of our villain, or convincing manipulation? I think this is what intrigues me the most about this arc, and certainly the highlight of the episode.

All in all, this was another good episode! There was action, the great design of Zygerria, and character development, lots and lots of character development going on. It left off at an awesome cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see how our characters will get out of the situation! Alright, there are no more episodes for a few weeks, so until then, let us know what you thought of this episode, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you…always!

-Ryan

 

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

 

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup 11/18

Welcome back to the Weekly Clone Wars Roundup. Well, we haven’t been very regular lately, but that is the Separatist’s fault.  Really I blame the Sepies.  Not my fault at all….but I digress, let’s get into it.

Beware readers, there be Clone Wars Spoilers below…

Rex reacts in the Carnage of Krell. From Starwars.com

Carnage of Krell:

A rapid reaction to Carnage of Krell, one of the best episodes of the series yet.   At least we know the title wasn’t intended as misdirection.  This episode had tons of carnage.  It was possibly the most fun episode of a cartoon series I have ever watched, and if you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading and go watch it.

Krell is like General Grievous, except with the ability to use the Force and with a backbone.  The lightsaber action in this episode was incredible!  I can’t say enough about how much fun this episode was.  I do have some lingering questions about the end of the episode and how the Clones and Jedi will react to it going forward.  I loved Krell giving the Clone the Bane-Batman treatment.

There were some absolutely brutal deaths in this episode.

The story of the Clones is so compelling, and it is great to see Dee Bradley Baker get to play around with the range of characters and emotions that he got to deal with in this episode.

Dig into the episode guide now and watch the episode on Starwars.com Saturday.

Kidnapped Preview:

Togruta Concept Art from Starwars.com

 

StarWars.com and the Cartoon Network have up an extended preview of a scene from next week’s episode, Kidnapped (4.11) the first episode in the Slaves of the Republic arc.  The scene we see in the preview is an extension of the brief speeder bike chase we saw in the Season Four Teaser Trailer.  It is neat to see the ‘big three’ Jedi back in the show, but I wish they would go back to the actually cut up trailers instead of simply previewing entire scenes.  It seems like they are going for the quick and easy path,  but maybe some fans prefer this style of preview.

More Clone Wars in the EU?

Suvudu.com contributor Eric Geller talked to new Senior Editor at LucasBooks Jennifer Heddle, who had the following to say regarding The Clone Wars in Star Wars publishing;

Are there plans to integrate future EU novels more closely with The Clone Wars animated series?

I think that with the evolving continuity of The Clone Wars, we all feel that there’s a responsibility for us there, to make sure the pieces fit together as much as possible as we move forward. But if you’re asking whether there will be further Clone Wars novels, I don’t think that’s been decided just yet. ~Suvudu.com Interview

I detested the trade sized paperbacks that Karen Millers Clone Wars novels came in, but I would be interested to see TCW explored in a deeper way in the EU.  I think Cad Bane is just crying out for a novel to tell his back story.  I understand the continuity concerns, but as TCW animated series winds down, I think we will see some EU stories flourish in the timeline to fill in the gaps and flesh out some minor characters that fans may become attached to.

Well that is all for this time, until next time keep your Buy’ce on and an eye on your Jedi, you never know what may happen.

~ Pete

The Clone Wars Review Season 4 Episode 8 Review

Hello and welcome back to another Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review! This week we’ll be talking about season 4, episode 8, The General. When Rex and the 501st are sent on a suicide mission by the relentless General Krell, the clones must find a better way to take an Umbaran airfield on their own without reinforcements, or the support of General Krell.

Just as the last episode ended, we start off with this episode in the midst of a battle. This time the clones fight not only Umbaran foot soldiers, but uniquely designed starfighters too, which look very sleek and are able to weave through the trees in a fashion that is very strange for a fighter. The designs make this episode so incredible! Everything from improving the environments we saw last week, to the new weaponry that the Umbaran people unleash on Rex and his men, this episode would not have worked at all if it weren’t for some of the unique tanks and other machines of destruction. I’m of course referring to the deadly and amazingly designed caterpillar type war machines that create one of the most suspenseful, action packed, and hectic battle scenes we’ve seen in The Clone Wars. And the fact that it was not another droid sent by the separatists is going to make me miss episodes like these that have original and unique features, and weaknesses, after we go back to the run of the mill battle droids.

This episode was a lot more centered on Captain Rex and his development over the course of the episode. He starts out with the attitude of following his oath, no matter what the cost, he knows “the price of victory”. He has a duty to his men, but overall he has his duty to obey his superiors, the Jedi. That is what he understands. But over the course of the episode, and especially because Rex stays behind with the men in the middle of a perilous fight against unbeatable odds while Fives and Hardcase go off to do the heroic stuff, I think Rex gained a better understanding of Krell’s wrongdoings and misguided tactics. He went along with Krell’s flawed plans uneasily in the first episode, and then went off plan in this episode by sending Fives and Hardcase to take over the starfighters, which saved a lot of clones and won the battle. I think from now on we’re going to see a Rex that will put his men before his oath, or even himself. It’s only a matter of time before Rex completely disobeys Krell. In the ending of this episode, we see Rex clench his fist when Krell mentioned “the price of victory” which meant that Rex is starting to lose his patience and trust in his general when it comes to mindlessly following orders. This brings us closer to a possible ending of the arc, whatever that may be.

On a side note, I also thought that the scenes of Fives and Hardcase saved this episode from being completely dark and depressing. Their witty humor and Hardcases, “hyperactive” trigger finger, created a nice break in between all the destruction and chaos. And not to mention the hilarious climax where we get to see them pilot the enemy starfighters, that had me laughing along with the clones. Definitely a highlight of the episode for me.

And that wraps up my review for The General! Overall, I thought this was the strongest episode of the season in almost every way. From character, to action, to design, it was all around a fantastic episode! Let us know what you thought of this episode by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you… always

-Ryan

 

 

 

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 7 Review

Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 4! This week we’ll be talking about the first episode in the “Umbara” arc, Darkness on Umbara. The episode is very clone centered and brings up many interesting points, possibly even  foreshadows to order 66. Below are my thoughts on the episode.

When the Republic attacks the shadowy world of Umbara, Rex and the 501st are placed under the command of the legendary General Krell, a by the book, battle hardened Jedi, after Anakin has been called to Coruscant. The first fifteen minutes was what I’ve been wanting to see in The Clone Wars since Season 2, another full scale invasion. I was very impressed with how original it felt compared to some of the other landing sequences we’ve seen, mostly due to how hostile the environment itself is. With large, Sarlacc-ish creatures underfoot, and the clone’s visibility diminished by the hazy atmosphere, it put our characters in even greater danger than they were on Geonosis or Ryloth. What I liked about it were all the traps and looming dangers that we, and the clones, could not even expect coming. Another aspect that made this episode so great was the camera work, one shot in particular that was almost a first person perspective of a clone, which I can’t recall ever being used before in the show, and could symbolize the perspective we’re supposed to be viewing this arc from (hint: it’s the clones).

On a similar note, I thought the designs and lighting of this episode were very appealing for a battlefield setting. Everything from the environment, to the enemies they fought. (In which I was so glad they weren’t all droids; in my opinion the episode would just not have worked the same if they had fought only battle droids.) Also, the creatures seemed to have there own unique traits, and even Krell himself was very well done with a new, folding, double bladed lightsaber; they all seemed to match the mood perfectly. Another part of the design was the clone armor, which we have seen very little of this season. I was immediately blown away by the pictures we saw of Rex’s new gear in Pete’s last The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup. This was a great episode to introduce Rex’s, Fives’ and the rest of the 501st’s ROTS armor (could it possibly help foreshadow the events of the movie?).

This brings me to the most important part of this review, and the biggest question I have about the arc, its characters, and the impact. Is there a larger, more secretive motive by Krell than just being the most ruthless General in the order? It’s been hinted at in the episode by Fives, but is there any truth behind it? The first red flag I’ve got was in the very beginning, Anakin is sent back to Coruscant at the request of the Chancellor, could this be a plot created by Sidious himself? Could Rex be a danger to Sidious’s plan to turn Anakin? How is Krell involved? All I know is that there is something going on, and I have absolutely no clue how it will unfold, and this has only happened a few times in Clone Wars for me. Which is definitely a good thing.

I felt that Darkness on Umbara was Clone Wars tale-telling at its best. Even for an episode that’s just supposed to establish the story and set up later episodes, I would say that this is my favorite in season 4, so far. It had a great story, great animation, and great character. I liked that we did get to see some of season 2’s The Deserter shine in through Rex throughout this episode as he protects his fellow clones from the dangers of Umbara, and General Krell. Well, that wraps up my review for Darkness on Umbara! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment below and let us at the Star Wars Report know what you thought about this episode! May the force be with you…always

- Ryan