Friday, January 27, 2012

"Friends and Enemies"--Review

Honestly this arc isn't really grabbing my attention. This episode just seemed relativity uneventful.

I might point out, though, that Indian Jones's iconic hat did make an appearance in this episode.
I don't really have a whole lot to say; the bounty hunters were awesome but they're just not my thing.

I'm sorry I just don't have much to offer in this review.

Friday, January 20, 2012


One of the more complex episodes in my opinion.

The overall idea of a Jedi, Obi-Wan in particular, going undercover posing as a bounty hunter to learn about, and thwart, a terrorist plot against Palpatine reminded me of something that our own CIA might do in the real world.

Seeing Obi-Wan bald and without his signature beard was a little strange for me; and when they transformed his face, I'm assuming with nano-bots, it somewhat reminded me of a scene from "GI Joe: Rise of Cobra".
Seeing him play the villain was very interesting and at one point his morality was, in a way, questioned when he refused to kill a non-clone Coruscant official. How this whole thing plays out will be very interesting.

This episode saw the return of Cad Bane, Boba, and an improved Bossk along with one Eval (his first name escapes me). Boba, who only had one scene, has grown since we last saw him back in Season Two and is now a defensive teenager.
I love the improvements to Bossk's model; now he's much more reptilian whereas in the Season Two finale he looked more like a cheap plastic toy.

Anakin, not being in on the whole ruse, behaved with furious anger towards the whole matter. Some might say his emotions and expressions were overly exaggerated. We saw similar rage in the "Slavers Arc" towards the Zygerrian slavers.

Being the first episode in a four part arc this episode only gave us the initial deceptive rouse of Obi-Wan and the jail break. 

This episode felt hollow. Perhaps because this is only the first episode in a larger story and nothing is really at stake . . . Yet. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of this arc and can't wait until next week. Until then may the Force be with you.

Friday, January 13, 2012

"A Friend in Need" Review.

This was an awesome episode I have no doubt about that in my mind.

We got a look into the inner workings of the sinister Death Watch. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Ahsoka and Lux in this episode and their relationship has really blossomed since their first meeting back in "Heroes on Both Sides". Lux's desire to avenge his Mother's death was a driving force for him here and it pushed him to trust anyone who might be able to help him--even terrorists.
The serine, snowy, planet of the Mandolorians was the perfect setting for this episode.

This episode also deepened Ahsoka's character as well and the scene where Pre was about to execute her was done spectacularly. And her escape, with the help of R2 and some reluctant droids, was also extremely well done.

I held my breath when Lux kissed Ahsoka to conceal her babbling about his plans. A ploy I've seen appear a few times.

Bo Katan. Pre's second in command. Like Boba in the Original Trilogy we don't know must about her and we didn't even get to see her face.

The climax of the episode, I thought, was the fight between Pre and Ahsoka. That girl has some mad lightsaber skills.

The local people the Mandos kept as sub-servants reminded me of the nomadic Huns from the Alps and they practically grew out of the environment. The scene where the Mandos , in tyrannical manner, burn the local's village and Ahsoka is forced to reveal that she's a Jedi was probably my favorite scene in this whole episode. The contrast of the fire against the slowly falling snow was breathtaking.

In the end this was a well orchestrated episode with plenty of complications and plot twists. I can't wait  to see next week's episode.

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Escape from Kadavo" Review

This was an awesome conclusion to the "Slavers Arc". Maybe a little slow at first but still good.

The slave processing plant on the sinister Kadavo, I thought, carried echoes of the underbelly of ancient Roman baths with the furnaces and eerie red lighting. That was possibly the most horrific set concocted by the Clone Wars crew.

The operation to rescue the Togruta slaves was totally awesome even though Plo and the Wolfpack were once again rescuing the main cast.

The death of the Zygerrian Queen at Dooku's hand was rather intense and, in the end, she realized that even she did not hold all the power. Despite her position as an antagonist her death still struck an emotional note for me.

The action in this episode was really epic and not at all hollow. The lives of innocent people hung in the balance and kept the suspense high and on edge.  I wish they would have included a subplot about one of the Togruta colonists; it would have added that much more suspense to this awesome arc.

When the aged Togruta governor asked to have a private conversation with Ahsoka I was half expecting him to tell her she resembled his long lost daughter or something of that nature. I was a little disappointing when he didn't.   

While this arc had nothing on Umbara it was still awesome, I'd say, slightly above average I can't wait for next week's episode. Until then thanks for reading.