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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup!

A good Sith Master imparts bits and pieces of Dark Side knowledge to his Apprentice.  This practice serves to make the Apprentice a more valuable tool for his Master’s will, and prevents the Apprentice from learning all his Master knows and quickly attempting to murder him.  At the same time it builds up the lust for more knowledge and power in the Apprentice as he seeks to learn what is being withheld.  In many ways we fans are like that Apprentice, we receive dribs and drabs of information regarding the Clone Wars, and sometimes what we see is just enough to get us really excited without revealing much substance.

This week the Sith Lords at Lucasfilm confirmed the premier date for Season Four of The Clone Wars and posted a new extended trailer that shows us some clips we have seen before but also reveals a brand new story arc based off of a comic book.

As we speculated in our July 27th Roundup based on the Canadian Premier of TCW, we learned earlier this week that Season 4 will premier in the United States on Cartoon Network on September 16th as well.  The premier will be a one-hour special showing the first two episodes of the season, which are the first two parts of the three-part Mon Calamari arc.

If September 16th sounds familiar it should, it is the same day that the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray set will be released.  It will be a busy day for Star Wars fans and in the interest of the Nation’s economic productivity, we should probably just make it a Federal holiday now because there will be lots of distracted geeks that day.

While the official StarWars.com Episode Guides for Season Four Episode One and Two are not yet posted, we did learn the episodes titles.  Episode 4.01 is “Water War” and Episode 4.02 is “Gungan Attack.”  I’m an intrigued as too what the Gungan’s from Naboo would be doing on the Mon Calamari home world.

Accompanying the announcement we also got an extended Season 4 Trailer.

There is a ton going on in this trailer and what looks to be a glimpse of multiple story arcs. The caveat is that it always seems like these trailers are coming from the entire season when usually they are cleverly cut from more like 4-5 episodes.  To my eye, it looks like we have around four story arcs taking place and I am not sure where all the scenes fit in yet.

My best guess at this point are; Arc  1: Mon Calamari arc, Arc 2: Umbara/General Krell arc, Arc 3: Death Watch/Lux arc, and Arc 4: Slaves of the Republic arc.

Finally it looks like we are getting a heavy dose of the Mandalorians that we expected in TCW.  I love the Japanese influenced architecture, it’s the Samurai Mandos., err Death Watch I mean.  I would assume this arc involves, the Lux, Ahsoka, and Starbuck-Mando clip that we have previously seen.  It also looks like Pre Vizsla got a new set of armor.

The Slaves of the Republic arc looks to be epic.  It includes the two best lines of the trailer, Darth Sidious appearing via hologram to Count Dooku aboard Dooku’s ship, discussing the history of Sith Empires being built upon slaves.  The other line is Obi-Wan cautioning Ahsoka to keep an eye on Anakin because of Anakin’s inability to let go of his past, i.e. slavery.  It also looks like we get a Clone Wars interpretation of the Zygerrian species, minus the red hair and wielding lightwhips in this arc.  Anakin and Ahsoka look ticked off at the Togrutans being enslaved.  It looks like I am going to have to get my hands on Dark Horse Comic’s Slaves of the Republic comic this fall to compare it to the show.    It also appears we get Anakin rescuing a Princess of some sort.

Where do Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters fighting battledroids and Grievous fit in? Where does the Anakin versus Dooku battle take place?  What are Ahsoka, Anakin and R2 demolishing?  Where does the speeder bike chase fit in?   Aaron Goins has some great in-depth analysis and speculation that you can read here.

Later this week look for my break down on the best and worst from The Clone Wars Season One as we build up to the Season Four premier September 16th.

Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

– Pete

 

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup!

 

Will you be in Toronto, Canada from August 25th through the 28th?  If so you should stop by the Fan Expo Canada convention and you could get a chance to see the first episode of TCW Season Four on August 27th.  The screening will be hosted by TELETOON in conjunction with Fan Expo.  For attendees the screening will be held at 5pm in Room 718 of the convention center.

Unfortunately we won’t be in Canada during the convention but we will cover reactions to the screening and any interesting news that surfaces.

For adult Star Wars collectors or kids with really big allowances, artist Grant Gould is selling a limited number of his hand drawn Star Wars Topps sketch cards.  The cards which are normally sold for between $200-250 are being sold for $100 and include some Clone Wars favorites like Ahsoka, Asajj, and the bounty hunter trio of Rumi, Sugi, and Embo.

Soon we will find out episode titles for the premier trilogy and possibly information regarding other episodes in Season 4, but until then let’s take a look back at the first three seasons of TCW .  Screen  Junkies lists three of their favorite episodes of TCW; “Lair of Grievous,” “ARC Troopers,” and “Nightsisters.”

Next week, we will examine what I think are the best and worst episodes of TCW Season 1 along with any other Clone Wars news that breaks.

Until next week, keep  your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Pete

 

 

 

Clone Wars Adventures

Back in our June 13th TCW Weekly Roundup we mentioned a cool feature added to Sony Online Entertainment’s Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures on-line game.  The folks at Sony have been working with the Lucasfilm team that develops The Clone Wars animated series and is integrating events that will be happening in the show into the game.

This summer Clone Wars Adventures launched a bridge story leading up to the Season Four premiere of The Clone Wars.  The “Mission on Iceberg Three” campaign consists of four mini-games: Iceberg Approach, Race to the Tower, Emergency Evacuation, and Frozen Showdown.  As your intrepid Clone Wars correspondent, I signed up for Clone Wars Adventures and took on the Separatist menace for some Clanker killing good times.

While Clone Wars Adventures is technically a free game, you need to purchase a membership in order to play all four of the levels, only the first one, Iceberg Approach, is available for non-members. The Clone Wars Adventures is also geared to a younger audience and as such the games have simple controls that, once mastered, makes them easy to win.

Iceberg Approach may be the most fun of the games, you are in a Jedi Star fighter in an arcade style dogfight with Separatist fighters and cruisers. Strategy is largely irrelevant; simply hold down the fire control bottom and you can shoot your way through the level.

Race to the Tower looks like an old side scrolling Atari game with better graphics.  You move your 2D LAAT up, down, back and forward on the screen and destroy all the different Separatist ships and droids that get in your way.  Once you destroy a target it leaves behind a bonus that you need to try to collect.

Emergency Evacuation is a tower defense game that gets a little repetitive as you are wading through seven waves of clankers.  But it does hearken back to The Empire Strikes Back’s battle on Hoth, as you are fighting a delaying action simply to allow time for your transports to escape.

Frozen Showdown is a lightsaber duel game where you take on General Grievous.  Using the directional arrows on your keyboard, a series of arrows appears on screen that you need to match quicker than the computer does.  If you input the commands the quickest your character will score a blow and a point versus Grievous, if you mess up or take too long entering the commands then Grievous will score a blow.

Truth be told, I didn’t play the Iceberg Three campaign for the game play, I really wanted to find out what plot points it might have leading into the Season Four Mon Calamari trilogy of episodes.

The story begins with Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Plo Koon receiving a holographic transmission from a new character, Mon Calamari King Yos Kolina.  Apparently the Republic is receiving a special metallic ore from the Mon Calamari which is used to strengthen the armor on their warships.  The loss of the Mon Cal system to the Separatists would be a blow to the Republic’s war efforts.

What the Jedi do not find out until the task force led by Plo Koon, Clone Commander Wolffe and the 104th Battalion (Wolfpack) arrive is that the situation in system is far worse then they realized.  Grievous has overrun almost the entire system; the race begins as the Republic forces must reach the final communications post not in Separatist hands to inform the Jedi Council of the situation, then they must fight a delaying action to allow Republic transports to remove civilians from Iceberg Three before the planet is overrun by Separatist forces.  Even though Grievous is eventually defeated in personal combat on Iceberg Three, victory soon turns into defeat as it is learned that Mon Calamari King Kolina has been assassinated.  The Mon Calamari home world of Dac is on the verge of civil war between the two dominant species on the planet the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. Apparently the King was a great unifier keeping the two peoples together.  In wake of the King’s death the Republic is sending Senator Padme Amidala and Jedi General Anakin Skywalker to the planet as Representatives to attempt to avert civil war.  Unfortunately for our heroes, the Separatists are also sending an envoy, Riff Tamson, a Karkarodon to cause trouble.

Tamson has appeared in some of the Season 4 teaser material, he is the shark-like alien who is having an all you can eat calamari buffet.

The cut scenes also mention a few locations, such as Sector 327 and the planet Mon Eron which is in the Calamari system.  Captain Wolffe gets some sick snowtrooper gear, Master Plo gets some nifty mittens, and we also see Captain Rex and some scuba troopers hanging around.  On Iceberg Three we get to see some AT-RTs and an AT-TE walking around.

I have a feeling that the events covered in the game will be the content that makes up the news reel at the beginning of the season premier.  Hearing the new dialogue was enough to get me craving a new episode of The Clone Wars, Season Four cannot get here soon enough.

Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

-Peter

 

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup!

If you have been living under a rock, you may not have heard about a little gathering of fanboys and fangirls of the popular arts that occurs every July in San Diego, California called Comic-Con. This little get together generated lots and lots of news regarding the best animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TCW).

To kick off the week we finally found out the character that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck) will be playing. Though no name has yet been given, we learned that Ms. Sackhoff will be playing the role of a female Mandalorian commando who is part of the Death Watch terrorist group.

 

EW.com and subsequently Starwars.com both posted a Season Four teaser trailer entitled “Death Watch.” This not only marks the debut of Ms. Sackhoff’s character, but also marks the return of Lux Bonteri. Lux made his debut on the season 3 episode “Heroes on Both Sides” and took part in exchanging playful banter with Ahsoka Tano. Lux enabled Ahsoka to gain a different perspective on theSeparatists, but in Season Four could there be friendship or even teenage romance in their future? We will have to wait and see.

We also learned that the story arc will also feature the return of actor/director Jon Favreau as Deathwatch leader Pre Vizsla and that the episodes should air roughly mid-season.

If one new teaser trailer wasn’t enough, we got a second one entitled “Water War” which comes from the season opening Battle of Dac trilogy. Scuba Troopers, alien-shark dudes, and full scale underwater battle royal between the Quarren-Separatists and the Mon Cal-Republic.

We learned a lot about what characters, locations and storylines will be appearing in season four.

The Besalisk Jedi previously seen in the Season Four Teaser trailer is named General Krell and he will factor into a storyline involving the Clones and their view on the war and the Jedi.

We will also see the return of Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, The Nightsisters, Cade Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett, Commander Wolfe, ARC Trooper Fives, and non-Delta Squad Clone Commandos. We will also see the debut of Dengar, one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back.

For planets we will see the Mon Calamari home world of Dac as well as the planet of Umbara. Umbara is the home world of Palpatine’s aide Sly Moore, and is a planet of perpetual darkness. It sounds like we will see some really weird technology on Umbara.

Bonnie Burton on The Official Star Wars Blog has some interesting details on how Season 4 will portray the clones in general and Captain Rex in particular.

New Clone Trooper Story Arc with Captain Rex:
Umbara is a new planet shrouded in darkness & for the first time you get to see clone troopers killing non-droids, but infact humaniods that live on the planet. All the technology the Umbarans fight with weapons you’ve never seen before. Fans have actually seen Umbarans before; Palpatine’s creepy aid is an Umbaran. And a lot of the favorite troopers who have survived so far like Captain Rex and Fives will show up in this episode.

New Faces and Armor:
They changed the look of a lot of the main characters like Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, so this season they upgraded the facial expressions on the clone faces and changed some of the armor as well. Captain Rex doesn’t like the new armor because he thinks it’s too disposable so he makes a hybrid of his old armor welded together with his new armor. He’s worried that the Republic looks at the clones as more of a disposable army.”

I can’t wait for the show to continue to explore the moral issues associated with the clone army, and I hope we see storylines similar to those in the Republic Commando novel series.

At TCW panel at Comic-Con they also showed some early animation for a scene involving Nightsisters using lightsabers and battling battle droids. This really has me intrigued. In January on Lightsaber Rattling I speculated about the destabilization of the balance of power in the galaxy with the introduction of the Nightsisters, Savage Opress and the potential return of Darth Maul. Could this third power base in the galaxy create yet another way for Palpatine to prolong the war for his own ends? The Nightsisters in conflict with the Separatists certainly has interesting story possibilities following up on what we saw in Season Three.

For our friends north of the border who watch TCW on Teletoon, we got a little write up blurb about season four in that networks promotion for the fall season.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four
Premieres Friday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Heroes rise, enemies return and battles intensify in an all-new, action-packed season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order, their efforts continue to be met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, the scope and scale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues to grow with exotic adventures and enhanced animation strengthening ties to the Star Wars Saga. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress. As unexpected alliances are formed on both sides of the battle, the action explodes and the course of the war takes an unforeseen turn. Critically-acclaimed and unlike any other animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars season four: Battle Lines brings viewers right up to the front-lines of the massive galactic conflict, revealing the stories that forged the Star Wars galaxy.

Will we see a September 16th premier in the United States as well? We will let you know as soon as we find out. Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Pete