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Clone Wars Episode Review

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  • Hi all!  Azure Moon here.  I'll be writing reviews of each Clone Wars episode that airs on TV starting with this week's episode "Tipping Points".  Enjoy!

    WARNING!  There may be spoilers in these reviews, so if you don't want anything in the story to be revealed before you watch, BEWARE!

    This is also MY OPINION, so feel free to agree or disagree with me!  These will also be posted on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule.

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 5, Episode 5, "Tipping Points"

    Moral: "Disobedience is a demand for change."

    Main Character Focus:  Ahsoka Tano

    Overview:  Story Arc Episode 4 of 4.  The rebels of Onderon have now rescued the former king Ramsis Dendup and are now ready to take the fight to the Separatists and the tyrannical King Rash.  Now they must all unite to overthrow the Separatist puppet King Rash and free Onderon from Count Dooku's clutches!

    Review:  Overall, this is a very good episode and story arc.  It wrestles with the concepts of patriotism vs. terrorism, democracy vs. tyranny, and freedom vs. oppression.  It also has enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, but not too much that it loses the focus of the story.  There is also a bit of romantic tension between Ahsoka, Lux Bonteri, and Steela Gerrera, which adds a little spice to the story.  It makes you wonder who Lux will get with and how Ahsoka will handle her feelings towards him, especially since she is forbidden by the Jedi Code to fall in love.  The story arc in general was consistently good on all of these points.  

    As for the episode, it was very good.  It was neat to watch an untrained band of misfits transform into an organized rebel army.  It was also refreshing to see someone other than clones or a couple (or bunch) of Jedi fight the droid army.  I realize that the series is called The CLONE Wars, but it is nice to mix it up once in a while.  It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire episode and when someone made the ultimate sacrifice, it was not the person I thought it would be.  I actually expected to see the brash Saw Gerrera die from day one, but I was very surprised to see that it was Steela who sacrificed her life to see Onderon free.  It's sad that she died, but nice to know that you didn't see something like that coming from a parsec away.  It's also nice to see new bad guys such as Super Tactical Droid General Kalani.


    My only cons for this would be the fact that Hondo Ohnaka seemed to be put into the story rather randomly and that the story could be a little complicated for a younger audience.  Question:  Who do you get to deliver weapons onto a Separatist occupied world when you can't?  Answer:  Pirates.  Specifically a pirate named Hondo Ohnaka.  Hondo's presence seemed...well...random.  It's almost like the people who wrote this said, "Hey, Hondo is a very likable character.  Let's add him in!"  Like I said...random.  It seemed awfully convenient that he would be near enough to Onderon to send in rocket launchers that could blow up super powerful gunships.  He also didn't seem to transition well into the story.  Now, don't get me wrong, I really like Hondo, but his presence in the episode just made me think, "Really?"  As for the story, it at times seemed a bit overly complicated.  Adults could appreciate the complicated, deep story line, but kids might find it a little confusing.  Such as why the Jedi didn't help out more, or why Ahsoka couldn't help the rebels more than she did, or even why the rebels were sometimes referred to as "terrorists".  I could be wrong about this, but it just seemed that way to me at times.  Like I said, adults would like and understand this, but there was a possibility that some concepts might pass over some kids' heads.

    Rating: 8 out of 10

    Story Arc Rating: 8 out of 10

    I hope you enjoyed my very first Clone Wars review!  If you have any questions or suggestions on how I might make the reviews better, just leave a comment for me!  Thanks!

  • Wow! You really stepped up to the challenge Azure! I loved how everything had it's place,  and how you didn't shy away from letting us know what you thought. It is YOUR review after all! Anyway, this review: 10/10

    Steela's death did come as a surprise. Like you, I had Saw pegged for dead as soon as I saw him. Good to know they're shaking things up in the story department. And while I can never get to much Hondo, he definitely seemed...Out of place.

    Now for a technical question: will you be posting next week's review in this thread? I think it would be simpler that way, but I just need to know whether or not to make this thread sticky.

  • Thank you!  I was mulling over this format for a week, so it's great to know that I did pretty good!

    As for the technical question, yes I will be posting the next review in this thread.  I figure it would be easier too.

    Yeah, I really like Hondo, but he was a out of place to me.  Although, I really liked it when he tried to hit on Steela and when the droids came guns a blazing and he said, "Oh!  Would you look at the time?"  and then he ran off.  That was pretty funny.

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 5, Episode 6, "The Gathering"


    Moral: "He who faces himself, finds himself." 

    Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano and Master Yoda

    Overview: Story Arc 1 of 4.  Ahsoka Tano must escort 6 Jedi Younglings to the icy world of Ilum, so that they may undergo a crucial rite of passage.  There, they will learn from Master Yoda how to create their own lightsabers. However, they must each first find their lightsaber crystal before the ice wall of the Crystal Caves covers the entrance and traps them until the next rotation!

    Review:  This is a very cute episode.  Now whether you like "cute" or not can determine how much you like this episode.  I liked the fact that you learn a lot about Jedi tradition and it teaches good lessons.  Each youngling learned something about his or herself during their rite of passage.  Katooni learned about confidence, Zatt learned about trust, Ganodi learned about hope, Byph learned about courage, Gungi learned about patience, and Petro learned the big one: selflessness.

    My main con on this one is it's cuteness.  I like cute as much as the next gal, but when the episode seems to be filled with cuteness, it tends to be a little "kiddy".  It's not so cute that it makes me want to roll my eyes and never want to admit to anyone that I watched this episode, but it does seem to be leaning more on the lighthearted side of things. Actually, maybe it's not such a bad thing, because we did just get off a serious 4-part story arc, so maybe this will sort of even things out.  Speaking of 4-parter, this will be a 4-part story arc, so one half of me says, "Yay!  These kids are adorable and I want to see them grow as Jedi!"  then the other half of me grimaces and shudders at the thought of 3 more episodes of uncertain, weepy, fearful children.  Hopefully the storywriters will prove the latter wrong and the former true when I see the next three episodes.
     

    Gungi is officially the cutest thing I've ever seen.  He gets a 10 out of 10!

     

    Rating: 5.5 out of 10

     

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