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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Welcome! This is the first of many reviews I will be writing for each The Clone Wars episode this season, and hopefully many seasons to come! Below is my review for the premiere of The Clone Wars season four.

Let’s start off with some initial thoughts and the build up to this season. Season 3 had just ended, leaving fans with mixed feelings for about half of the season. We had a significant amount of political intrigue and mystery that made viewership and ratings drop for the first few months. Then came the Savage Opress story, the Mortis arc, and a great finale featuring Ahoska being captured by Trandoshan slavers. We left the season feeling good about the future of the show and knowing at least a little bit of the awesomeness that would ensue in season four. The animation was pretty good, a solid improvement from the previous seasons, and a much needed update of character models for Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Anakin. Over the summer, several trailers were released showing the potential for great action, adventure, story, and extraordinary animation. This brings us to our current episodes, Water War and Gungan Attack.


The story goes like this: Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, and Kit Fisto aid the Mon Calamari after a civil war breaks out between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. After the King of Mon Cala is mysteriously murdered, his son, Prince Lee-Char, tries to lead the people as best as he can even though the Quarren are set against him. When I saw the trailers, which showcased this episode a lot, I wondered how similar this arc would to be to the Genndy series. We have already seen episodes of The Clone Wars that relate to some other clone wars material out there. The season premiere last season was believed to be taken from the Republic comics. However, that turned out to be a lot different from what we were expecting, so this time around I was thinking it would also just be coincidental. In the case of Water War and Gungan Attack, it turned out to be different, but not so different from how the battle of Kamino was changed from the comics. The characters were mostly the same, the concept of a civil war between the Quarren and the Mon Calamari was the same, but that was about it. To me it seemed like the Genndy episode of Kit Fisto’s underwater battle could’ve almost been a part of Water War. Filoni and crew did a great job vastly expanding the storyline from what it originally was, without contradicting anything major with the Genndy show. It’s episodes like these that give me hope that the two series can live in harmony (if you paid close attention, there were a few shout outs to the old series). I’m not sure how much I would’ve enjoyed a complete re-do of the battle on Mon Cala without retaining at least a little bit of its roots. As far as the story goes for Water War, I enjoyed it. There was no deep meaning or unexpected reveal  that shatters the universe, but it puts our main characters in a unique situation that stretches their ability to function. Anakin losing his helmet is a perfect example, for obvious reasons. Pit him against our villain Tamsen, who is native to the water and therein lies an unusual challenge. This episode also created a number of fairly original fight scenes, the one that I remember the most was the climax; all our heroes fight in a whirlpool while being attacked by an shark type alien who can eat right through clone armor, how awesome is that!? This situation also allows us to see the best in characters, such as Kit Fisto. Water War and Gungan Attack did Kit Fisto tremendous justice, and stayed true to the original Clone Wars, and makes him probably the best character in the arc so far. I also think they’re doing a pretty good job of progressing the prince’s character along the path of being a hero, or at least a good leader, which we’ll be seeing (hopefully) in the next episode.


Now, my favorite part of the episode, the animation. Absolutely stunning! Some scenes could easily have been mistaken for one of the films (the space scenes particularly). At San Diego Comic-Con, the panel TCW  had showed how a lot of the character movements have changed and it shows. It’ll be hard to go back to season 1 after seeing how beautifully everything moves in season 4! Another thing I noticed was when the Republic ship exploded, the explosions they had looked very colorful, nice, and new. Also, the lighting was well done, that, along with the sound design (which was also phenomenal) really set the tone and made this underwater world believable.


There wasn’t much I didn’t like with this episode, but one thing that bothered me was the lightsabers not being affected in any way, shape or form by being underwater. It’s not a huge deal, but it threw me off a little. It’s probably just me still clinging to the Genndy series after all these years. That and the king’s death not being brought up at all after the first three minutes of the episode, and the characters not connecting that event to the separatist takeover were the only issues I had while watching.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this brief review of The Clone Wars season 4 premiere! Season four is shaping up to be a wild ride, and I can’t wait for the next episode! Expect these reviews to get more in depth as the episodes of season 4 get more in depth with their stories. Thanks for reading!




Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope! – SWR #5

After a few technical difficulties, (Cursed phrase, I know.) we present you with The Star Wars Report, episode #5!

On this episode we speak of some rather old news as I had a little trouble with our editing software. Boba Fett movie!?!?!?! The hosts express many points of view on the baddest (in the good way) bounty hunter in the galaxy.

On a more serious note, we discuss the plight of little, Baby Leah, a baby girl who has been hospitalized for months with an unknown disorder. Her parents, Zev and Frani of the Mandalorian Mercs, need our help in supporting this galaxy’s  Princess Leah. You can find a donation link and more about Leah here.


Also, a stormtrooper trekking across Australia for charity!? EPIC WIN!!

We discuss other topics as well, including The Old Republic pre-order. (And *GASP!!* Bethany and Riley disagree while conversing about it.) Listener Jesse starts us off on an interesting discussion, and Bethany calls Riley a sexist (in jest). Mark rants about an elitest society, and the hosts have way too much fun discussing Star Wars. Enjoy listening!!

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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.





The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

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

After taking a break last week because of a relative lack of news, we are back and we are back big, so let’s jump right in.

For kids, collectors and those young at heart McDonalds has started including a new set of Star Wars The Clone Wars Toys in Happy Meals. There are six toys in total. A Walking AT-TE, Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber, Mace Windu’s Lightsaber, Yoda’s Lightsaber, Yoda Levitator and a C-3PO Keeper. All six toys either move, light up or make a sound.

Massively has an interesting scoop on the Mon Calamari episodes for next season as well as some news regarding The Clone Wars Adventures on-line game. Apparently, The Clone Wars Adventures will feature a prequel story to the Season 4 Invasion of Mon Calamari story line, that will feature Plo Koon, Commander Wolffe, the Wolfpack, and a place in the Mon Cal system called Iceberg 3. The key nugget for TCW television fans is what we learn about how many episodes will be in the story line and when they will air.

It all leads up to what starts beginning of season four. When players watch the first three episodes of season four they’ll recognize that it fits with what happens in the game.”

So it looks like we will be getting a full born Mon Cal Trilogy as the season premier for Season 4 of TCW. I am very excited and can’t wait to see Ackbar in action.

On Cartoon Network Friday July 22 (airing the weekend of Comic-Con) at 7 p.m. will be premiering a 30-minute television special entitled, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. The story is set during the Clone Wars, and I would not be surprised if the voices of the characters are familiar for viewers of TCW series. The description of the mini-movie is:

A routine Jedi Academy field trip is turned into a rip-roaring comic adventure in LEGO Star Wars™: The Padawan Menace™. Tour guide Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that one of the younglings secretly boarded his ship…and has a taste for adventure! Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. As the evil Sith prepare to wreak havoc, it’s up to Yoda and the droids to ensure that their young charges aren’t torn to bricks!”

Last but certainly not least, we have some Clone Wars panels and panelists at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. For Thursday July 21st, we have the Big Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview at 4:45-5:45 P.M. in Room 6BCF which will feature Dave Filoni and Joel Aron and will be he hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Thursday will also see Ahsoka Tano actress Ashley Eckstein hosting a Her Universe panel from 6:00-7:00 P.M. in Room 25ABC. TCW writer Steve Melching will also be appearing on the State of the Geek Report panel at 3:00-4:00 P.M. on Thursday.

Friday’s main TCW panel is Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars and again will feature Dave Filoni, Joel Aron and by hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. This panel will take place from 3:00-4:00 P.M. in Room 7AB. TCW producer Giancarlo Volpe will be appearing on the Green Lantern: the Animated Series panel from 2:00-3:00 P.M. in Room 6BCF. From 1:00-2:00 P.M. The Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars panel will feature Dave Filoni among other giants of the EU in Room 7AB.

On Saturday, TCW writer Steven Melching will be appearing on two panels, The Return of Action-Adventure Animation from 10:30-11:30 A.M. in Room 8 and The Write Stuff III: Writing for Genre Television and Beyond from 3:00-4:00 P.M. in Room 23ABC.

Concluding Comic-Con on Sunday, Bonnie Burton will be hosting a Star Wars Crafts panel from 12:00-1:00 P.M. in Room 30CDE, and Steven Melching will be appearing on the Starship Smack down XIIX from 3:00-4:00 P.M.

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



The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

This Week in The Clone Wars

Welcome to the first edition of The Star Wars Reports’ weekly The Clone Wars (TCW) roundup.

On TheForcCast.net’s  Weekly ForceCast the hosts interviewed TCW actor James Arnold Taylor who let slip that he believes Tom Kane is the voice of Ackbar on the new Star Tours ride.  Might this be a hint as to who will be voicing Ackbar in Season 4 of TCW?

On the home video front we still have not received official confirmation of the U.S. release date for TCW S3 DVD and Blu-ray sets but the Canadian release date is October 25, 2011 which is in line with the previous U.S. release dates (November 3rd and October 26th).

San Diego Comic-Con is happening July 20-24th and Star Wars will have a large presence there.  I would expect a good deal of TCW news out of the convention including a possible official announcement of the home video release.

E3 the video game industry convention occurred this past week and Massively provided us with some new details regarding expansions to Sony Online Entertainments’ Clone Wars Adventures  on-line video game.  Including a new tower defense game called “Galactic Forces.”  The coolest thing about Clone Wars Adventures is that they added weekly updates to the game based on events and characters introduced into the TV series.  Hopefully they keep up that trend during Season 4 of the show.

This week also saw the release of issue #5 of Titan’s Star Wars The Clone Wars Magazine. Included in this issue are two comic tales “Repel All Boarders!” and “A Trooper’s Tale.”  There are also two episode guides for Episode 3.20 “Citadel Rescue,” and 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt.”  Features on Slave I, Jedi Master Saesee Tin, an Infinities look at what would have happened at the Nightsisters used their magic on Asajj Ventress instead of Savage Opress, and a profile on five characters who are “Ones to watch in Season  4.”

Aside from the comic stories I am most intrigued by the  “Ones to Watch in Season 4,” article which includes Cad Bane, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Pre Vizsla, and Savage Opress.  The show has built up a great stable of character models at this point and the trailers we have seen for Season 4 show even more new characters, I can’t wait to see what TCW crew has in store for us.

This week on Starwars.com you can get your TCW fix by watching Season 3 episodes, 3.08 “Evil Plans” and 3.09 “Hunt for Ziro.”  I just wouldn’t recommend eating during the episodes, Sy and Ziro are enough to turn even a Wookiee’s stomach.

Check back each week to The Star Wars Report as we scour the Holonet for all the latest news on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.