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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.
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
9.5 out of 10.
I liked it a little more. Maybe a 7.5. The visuals were very impressive, and the younglings while whiny, ended up being likable. The young Ithorian Byph was probably my favorite. His eyes were adorable! The role Yoda played was an interesting one too, he demonstrated that stretching the truth is acceptable when it's for the greater good. A common Jedi practice. Time will tell whether or not the next three episodes can maintain my interest.
Well, I rate it a little bit higher than average. I'm hoping that my rating will go up for the story arc as the story unfolds, but as of right now, it's just...ok.
Gungi is friggin' cute! I don't care what anybody says lol.
Episode: Season 5, Episode 7, "A Test of Strength"
Moral: "The young are often underestimated."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano and Hondo Ohnaka
Overview: Story Arc 2 of 4. As Ahsoka and the younglings return to Coruscant from Ilum, they are attacked by Hondo Ohnaka's band of brigands! The reason for this attack? Lightsaber crystals. The children and Ahsoka must now fight to protect themselves by using their wits or they will perish at the hand of merciless pirates.
Review: Overall, this was a good episode. Better than the last in my opinion. Now the kids must create their lightsabers and I must say it is very interesting. I've always wondered what all went into creating a lightsaber, so this episode was definitely a treat for me. Another treat was the fact that the kids aren't annoying (thank goodness!), so it was definitely an improvement over the last episode rather than a step down.
I was wondering how the kids were going to defend themselves against a band of bloodthirsty pirates without lightsabers. They fight by using their wits and they were definitely witty. Using a faulty lightsaber to trick some pirates into blowing themselves up? Ingenious! Using lightsaber training drones to attack unsuspecting pirates? Inspired! Rerouting power to the engines so that the docking tube gets ripped off of the ship causing a vacuum that sucks out all the pirates into space? (Takes in deep breath.) Pretty smart, except for the part where AHSOKA GETS SUCKED INTO HONDO'S SHIP WITH THEM! Seriously, I was like, "Oh crap! Ahsoka! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!" Yeah. As you can see, I about came unglued there. I'm curious to see how the kids are going to handle their situation now without Ahsoka's guidance. They're smart kids, so I have faith that they will come up with something.
These people must REALLY love Hondo. There have been, what, 3 story arcs so far in the season, and he's been in EVERY ONE. Seriously, Hondo is not a character that usually gets this much screen time, so it's sort of strange seeing him all the time. At least he actually fits in with this story arc better than in the Onderon story arc. I can definitely see him attacking a ship full of Jedi younglings to steal their lightsaber crystals so that he can sell them for big credits on the black market. That's Hondo for ya. Though, I wonder who could have tipped him off about the younglings and their crystals? Hmmmm....the plot thickens...
Rating: 7 out of 10
As you say, better than the last one. I thought the lightsaber making was handled very well, although that professor droid seemed to come out of nowhere. It was also interesting to see Hondo in a more grouchy mood than usual.
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Episode: Season 5, Episode 8, "Bound for Rescue"
Moral: "When we rescue others, we rescue ourselves."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano, Hondo Ohnaka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous.
Overview: Story Arc 3 of 4. Ahsoka Tano has been captured by Hondo Ohnaka and his devious gang of pirates! The younglings must now use their wits and quick thinking to make a daring rescue!
Review: This episode was about the same as the last one for me. At least it's not getting worse. These kids have proven themselves time and again and I'm now officially impressed. They started out as a group of whiney, uncertain little kids and now they are growing to be more confident in themselves. So far they haven't gotten annoying, so that's a great thing. I was afraid they would be, but they have actually started to grow on me. As much as I've started to like these kids though, it's nice to see Obi-Wan and Cody. It's a good change of pace. Too bad Obi-Wan is too busy fighting Grievous (as usual) to help Ahsoka out. I guess it would be a short story arc if Obi-Wan had to go and save the day...
Sorry kids. Obi-Wan is a bit busy right now...
As far as the reason for me not scoring this any higher is the fact that the story is not getting worse, but it isn't getting any BETTER. I'm starting to find that this story arc is more amusing and funny than it's predecessor, the Onderon story arc, however it's not as good as the Onderon story arc, especially when it comes to the hard hitting issues and action. So it's more of a "do you like humor and cuteness or drama and action?" kind of thing. I'll go into more details once I watch the last episode of this story arc.
Speaking of humor, let me pose a question. What do you do when your chaperon gets kidnapped and you need to rescue her? Well, apparently, you join a carnival, perform for the pirate gang that has your chaperon hostage, and distract their leader while you rescue her. Seems simple enough, don't you think? Well, it is when the pirate leader is so drunk that he can't hardly stand! Seriously, I laughed my head off at Hondo's drunken antics! I think that was the funniest thing I've seen so far this season. I guess we'll see if Hondo sobers up in the next and final episode next week!
I must admit I facepalmed when the kids dressed up in clown costumes, but then Hondo stole the show. He needs to get drunk more often.
Seven out of ten is a very fair score. Now I just wan't this arc to be done with!
Episode: Season 5, Episode 9, "A Necessary Bond"
Moral: "Choose your enemies wisely, as they may be your last hope."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano, Hondo Ohnaka, and General Grievous
Overview: Story Arc 4 of 4. General Grievous attacks Florrum! As the Separatists occupy Florrum, the Jedi younglings and pirates must unite in order to escape the system and General Grievous!
Review: This episode was good. I don't think it was as good as the previous two, but still good. The younglings have come a long way since going to the crystal caves on Ilum. They have gone through a crucial rite of passage, created their lightsabers, were attacked by pirates, rescued Ahsoka from said pirates, faced a droid army and General Grievous, and the best part of it all is that they not only lived to tell the tale, but grew as Jedi in the process.
The greatest part of this story arc is that you got to see many facets of how the Jedi Order works. You see the Jedi fight in battle and you see them show their diplomatic skills as well, but you hardly ever see anything that explains HOW the Jedi become, well, Jedi. So I found this particular story arc interesting because you saw how 6 young, promising Jedi Initiates found their lightsaber crystals, created their own individual lightsabers, and actually applied what they learned in their lightsaber training in a real life situation. Another thing that was good about this story arc was the overall "cuteness" of it. It was also humorous at times. The last story arc (Onderon) was more serious and dramatic, whereas this story arc is more cute and humorous. Some may like cute and humorous, some may like serious and dramatic, so it all depends on which you prefer on how much you liked the story.
The cons of this story was the general cuteness of it and the length of it. Now, I know what you are thinking, "Azure, you just said that the cuteness of it is what makes it GOOD." Well...yes and no. It depends on what you like. As I said above, some prefer cute and humorous, some serious and dramatic. Depending on which you like, the cuteness of the story could be a good or bad thing. For me, cute only goes so far, so I rated this story lower than the previous story, because I preferred the seriousness and drama of it over the cuteness and humor of this one. The story also seemed to...meander...a bit. I think it was due to the length of the story. Even though this was a good story, I didn't feel that it deserved 4 episodes. I truly think that this story could have been told in less episodes. As for the meandering thing, this story just didn't seem to have a lot of focus at times. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if the story had been shorter and more condensed, it may have gone over better. That's just me though.
Overall, the Young Jedi story arc is good, but not the best story arc that I have seen. If you like cuteness, humor, and seeing Jedi customs, then you would definitely like this one.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Story Arc Rating: 6.5 out of 10