Saturday, September 17, 2011

Water Wars/Gungan Attack Review

I must say, the Season premiere exceeded my expectations one-hundred fold. The plotting for these episodes was very well though out and there was plenty of action.  
Prior to the Season premiere I was under impression that these episodes would be nothing more then a clever re-telling of the Season Three premiere "Clone Cadets" And "Arc Troopers" set on Mon Cal rather then Kamino. I was wrong. 
Riff, a Separatist commander, was an awesome antagonist made up of raw power and rage, say the wrong thing and he'd eat you up (literally). 

The animation, as always, was breath-taking and the way the character's movements were prolonged and exaggerated recreated an organic underwater feeling which I'm very pleased with. The Clone Wars production team has taken what they learned in "Padawan Lost" and "Wookiee Hunt" and improved upon it to make something even more grand.  One of the only things that I thought could use a little improvement was the way Fisto's tentacles moved with the underwater currents, they always seemed to be suspended above his back simmering like seaweed. Also, the fact that the Qurren and Mon Calamari communicated vocally in their underwater environment seemed a little strange to me, then again this is George Lucas's universe and he can do whatever he wants with it.


Ahsoka Tano played a large role in this episode acting as a mentor for the Mon Cal prince. I'm impressed with how much she's maturing and passing her wisdom on to others. The student has become the master you might say, although Everyone's Favorite Padawan still has a lot to learn. Her scuba-gear, along with Anakin's, was awesome. And Master Kit Fisto and his signature pearly grin only completed the group of heroic Jedi.  

And who could forget Admiral (well . . Captain) Ackbar? While they didn't included that all to iconic line of his "It's a trap!" they did settle for a substitute that fit well into the episode: "It's an attack."

The Hydroid Madusas, giant cybernetic jellyfish creatures from Riff's home-world, were truly menacing weapons against the Jedi and Mon Calamari with their highly conductive tentacles and eerie silent movement.

The climatic battles between our heroes and the menacing Riff which ensued within the the swirling mechanical tentacles of the Trident droid ships was a truly artistic moment. Among the whirling currents of underwater cyclones created the perfect environment in which several tension filled fights proceeded.      

These episodes not only supplied a great amount of action, they also had great morals at their core which backed up the the fighting and gave it substance. Tension was built from the first scene and was sustained, and amplified, though the course of both episodes with masterful brilliance. These episodes may surpass "Padawan Lost" and "Wookiee Hunt" as my favorite episodes. And the cliffhanger ending was perfect. After seeing the preview for the next episode "Prisoners" I'm pumped up for whatever Dave and crew have in store for us. And this is just the beginning! Until next time.    

2 comments:

  1. Great point about the aquatic species using their voices underwater. It did take away from the realism a bit. But it's not like they spoke any differently in the Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo.

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  2. i honestly don't think there are many aquatic species in the SW galaxy at all. very interesting. :)

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