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Do you like Star Wars? are you a megafan who feels strongly about a particular movie or character? or are you just into the starfighters and lightsabers?. Whatever category you fall into, you'll find something here.
Phew! Thanks for slogging through that Azure. Your reviews have been consistently great, despite the not-so-awesome episodes.
Here's hoping we get more exciting arcs soon!
Thanks! It was a little late because my Thanksgiving was crazy too. Anyway, I'm about to do the next review.
WARNING! This review may contain spoilers!
Episode: Season 5, Episode 10, "Secret Weapons"
Moral: "Humility is the only defense against humiliation."
Main Character Focus: R2-D2
Overview: Story Arc 1 of 4. R2-D2 and a team of other Republic droids led by Colonel Gascon must undergo a critical mission to obtain an encryption module from a Separatist dreadnought. There are plenty of risks and obstacles on this mission, but the worst may be inflated egos! Can they work as a team or will they fall?
Review: This episode, to be honest with you, was hit or miss for me. There were some really good parts, but there were some pretty bad parts too. The things I liked about this episode were about most of the characters, the moral of the story, and the humor. The things I didn't like were the other characters and the kiddy humor.
When making a story all about droids, you can't go wrong by adding R2 to the cast of characters. R2 is a beloved droid, so it was a delight to see him in the spotlight. I also liked the other droids (with the exception of of WAC-47) and their unique abilities that they brought to the mission. It was also cool to see another Super Tactical Droid (like General Kalani in the Onderon story arc). As far as the moral of the story, it was executed very well. The bickering between Colonel Gascon and WAC (or their egos I should say) perfectly taught the lesson that one must have humility or they will get humiliated. Once you put your egos aside and work together, you can accomplish much more than you originally could. The other thing that I liked about this story was the humor. This was definitely meant to be a bit more of a humorous, cute episode. Most of the humor was well executed into the story, from the mad-scientist cliche that was Dr. Gubacher to the various humorous antics of the droids to the droids tricking the Separatist battle droids into thinking that they were on their side.
The main thing I didn't like about the episode were some of the characters, namely Colonel Gascon and WAC-47. They were SO ANNOYING. I admit that WAC got better as the episode went along, but between Gascon's Napoleon complex and WACs infernal need to blow hot air and prove himself, it was just too much for me. When you create characters that no one can stand it tends to kill the story and unfortunately it did that for me. It's one thing to make a bad guy that no one can stand, but it's a completely different story when it's the main characters. As for the story, it was meant to be humorous, but sometimes the humor was really kiddy and goofy. There were a few times where I rolled my eyes, one part in particular where WAC turns and smacks into a wall. It was really too comical and kids might get a few laughs from that kind of stuff but adults might find it a bit...well...dumb.
Overall, this was a descent episode that had some good qualities, but it also had some bad qualities too. I'd say hit or miss on this one.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Episode: Season 5, Episode 11, "A Sunny Day in the Void"
Moral: "When all seems hopeless, a true hero gives hope."
Overview: Story Arc 2 of 4. After being damaged in a comet storm, D-Squad's ship crash lands on a barren planet! Now the squad must find a way off of the planet and back to Coruscant with the encryption module they stole from the Separatists.
Review: This episode is so far my least favorite out of all the episodes that I have seen this season. There were some good parts, but it was mostly not a very good episode in my opinion. The beginning started with a comet storm that was pretty cool and the suspense as the ship gets torn up was pretty good. I was biting my nails a few times when the astromechs were fixing the ship and a few of them started to float out into space. Thankfully they all get back in only to find that the ship has to land on a nearby planet. That's where it all started going downhill.
After they crash land on a planet called Abafar, they realize that they have landed in a barren "void". Arguments happen about how to get off the planet ensue and it didn't take long until tempers flared. They then start wandering about and then arguing, wandering about, arguing, wandering about, arguing...until they finally find what looks like a settlement after a bit of wandering, arguing, and a little bit of hallucinating. And that's it. That's the episode. I don't normally describe the entire episode, but I felt it was necessary for my next statement. The main problem with this episode is that I suffered from EPIC BOREDOM. Seriously, that was all that really happened. They wander around and argue for basically the whole episode and the planet wasn't exactly an interesting environment. I just found that between the rinse and repeat cycle of wandering and arguing, the annoying characters (see the "Secret Weapons" review for more on that), and the bland surroundings of Abafar it was just not a good episode. To be honest, I found this episode in general to be annoying. I felt myself saying throughout the entire thing, "GET ON WITH IT." It was awful. I never thought that I would say something like that about one of my favorite series, but I did, sadly...
When it comes to the characters, I admit that WAC-47 is less annoying, but Colonel Gascon is as annoying as ever, if not more so. The good news is that by the end of the episode, the two find a new found respect for one another. The bad news is that they were annoying the rest of the time. The main thing that I have against Gascon is that he has a very typical organics-are-better-than-droids kind of attitude. He's seen as the egotistical organic leader of the group who is, of course, better than the droids simply because he is a "living being" and not a pile metal run by programs. I don't like him because of that, and also because we've seen this a MILLION times. It's just not ORIGINAL. I realize that it probably would have been boring to have someone who saw droids as equals be Gascon's character, but it's just not that great or original to have the opposite like what Gascon's character really is. I don't know how else it could have been done without being cliche or boring, but all I know is that Gascon is my least favorite character of probably the entire season so far.
What I find interesting about this episode is that I read on Wookiepedia that Dave Filoni said in TheForceCast that this episode was influenced by Moebius' artwork style. For those who don't know, he is a very famous French comics artist. I admit that I am not really too familiar with his work, and that may be why I didn't like this episode too much. I may have had a different view on this episode if I were more familiar with his work, but since I'm not, my view on this episode remains the same. Sadly, it remains as a poor episode in my opinion :( .
Rating: 3.5 out of 10
Sorry for the late reply. I agree with you 100% that this episode lacked....Something. I just didn't find it entertaining, and that makes me sad.
Cool find about Filoni's inspiration though. Wish I had known that before I saw the episode!
Hmmm. Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to avoid this thread for a while as I've completely missed the past two seasons of The Clone Wars.
My pull list
Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.
Episode: Season 5, Episode 12, "Missing in Action"
Moral: "A soldier's most powerful weapon is courage."
Overview: Story Arc 3 of 4. D-Squad finally comes across a town in the void, but unfortunately it is under Separatist control. They must enlist the aid of a clone with amnesia if they are to escape Abafar and return to Coruscant with the encryption module!
Review: I'd like to take this time to announce a very joyous event! "Missing in Action" is the 100th episode of the Clone Wars Series! Wooooooooo!
Alright! Back to the review. This episode, I have to say, is the best of the story arc so far. It's not GREAT, but it's good, definitely an improvement over the previous two. I liked the fact that the characters are getting less annoying, that's definitely an improvement. The addition of Gregor into the story was good, I liked him and his story. I found it interesting to add a clone commando who had amnesia to the story. It sort of reminded me of Cut Lawquane in the second season (only he didn't have amnesia). I loved the fact that he eventually learned the truth about himself and was able to help D-Squad, even though, sadly, he sacrificed himself to save them.
The main reason that I don't rate this any higher, is that this story arc has gone on WAY TOO LONG. This story, in my opinion, is just not worth 3+ episodes, I'm sorry. Half of the characters are bearable at best, the story still leaves much to be desired, and frankly I'm just ready to MOVE ON. Let's wrap up this story and move on to the next, please. I don't know about you guys, but that's just the way that I feel.
Overall, this episode is the best of the 3 episodes shown so far, but it's only fairly good.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Episode: Season 5, Episode 13, "Point of No Return"
Moral: "You must trust in others or success is impossible."
Overview: Story Arc 4 of 4. D-Squad finally get off of Abafar only to find themselves on a Separatist-hijacked Republic Cruiser! Now they must save a vital Republic Conference from a disastrous Separatist attack. Can D-Squad pull off their toughest challenge yet?
Review: This is it folks! The final episode of this story arc! Finally...Sorry, it's as I've said before, this arc went on WAAAAAAAAAAY too long. Overall, this is probably the weakest story arc of the season so far, however this episode is pretty good (in fact it is the best of the arc).
The episode itself was actually pretty good. By this time, Colonel Gascon and WAC are getting along MUCH better than before and they are A LOT less annoying. You meet some new droids such as BNI-393, an LEP servant droid, and some others on the Republic Cruiser. That was pretty good, when you see the same characters all the time, it gets a little boring, so it's nice to mix it up once in a while. You also get to see Separatist Buzz droids, which, if I'm not mistaken, has only been seen on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Another character addition that is great is seeing Obi-Wan and Anakin again. They were definitely a sight for sore eyes! I was very happy to see some Jedi again after seeing nothing but Gascon and droids for nearly 4 episodes...
So, other than characters, the highlights of this episode were that D-Squad finally got to finish their mission and saved a vital Republic conference while they were at it, there was plenty of action (such as the cool fire perimeter scene in the pic above), and the fact that Artoo was a bit more prominent in this episode than in others (I'll explain my thoughts on that in a bit). The low parts were that the arc went on for too long, the characters were still a little bit annoying (but they are much better, I promise), and seriously? how much trouble can a pack of droids get into?! Someone must have REALLY liked this story for it to have gone on for so long. It almost seemed to be like someone was really having to work hard to get 4 episodes out of this one story. That's the way I see it anyway...
As far as the arc itself goes, it was definitely the weakest of the whole season. It started out with an ok episode that would have been a good stand-alone (in fact, I actually initially thought it was a stand-alone! My bad!). That then goes into my main hang-up with this arc. I'm going to be very blunt: THIS ARC DID NOT, I REPEAT, DID NOT DESERVE 4 DANG EPISODES. I'm sorry if that offends some of you, but that's the way I feel about it and I'm actually sad to say it because this story arc featured one of the most beloved characters in the whole Star Wars Universe. I am, of course, talking about R2-D2. What gets my goat about that is that they made a big deal about this story (being a 4-parter) and they even made the logo blue to honor R2-D2, but he only had a descent role in the first episode, just seemed "one of the droids" in the second and third, and then finally got a fantastic part in the fourth. One of the biggest mistakes the writers made is just that. Artoo was not really the "main" focus of the story, sadly. It focused mainly on Colonel Gascon (who was an annoying, better than all you droids kind of character) and WAC (who was the annoying loudmouth with something to prove). Artoo was just one of the background droids most of the time. Sure, he had his heroic moments and even sacrificed himself in the end (he was fixed, don't worry!), but he was just sort of...there...the rest of the time. The writers had a great opportunity here to truly feature this amazing character, but they blew it in favor of other, weaker characters. Overall, this story could have been great if they had shortened it and made Artoo the REAL focus of the story.
So, to sum up, the episode was pretty good (the best of the arc in my opinion) and the arc was a real hit or miss. Half of the episodes were ok to poor (first two) and the other half were good to pretty good (the last two). I personally felt that the arc was leaning on not so good, whereas others may find that it leaned on the good side of things. I'll let you, the reader, decide!
D-Squad signing out!
Rating: 7 out of 10.
Story Arc Rating: 5 out of 10.
Hooray! This arc really tested my dedication. fingers crossed that we can move on to Maul or Mandalorians for the next one.
It looks like it will be about Maul and the Mandalorians next time, according to my research. Let's hope that these will be great or at least good episodes...
I think another story arc I've heard about is one about Rush Clovis, a representative of Scipio that had a major crush on Padme in the 2nd season. He turned out to be in league with the Separatists and they led you to believe at the end of the episode that he was killed by battle droids for losing the plans to a Separatist droid foundry to the Jedi. That should be interesting if he were to return...
Yep. He was in the season trailer. Anakin throws him into a glass table. Yep.
Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark...
Episode: Season 5, Episode 14, "Eminence"
Moral: "One vision can have many interpretations."
Main Character Focus: Maul and Savage Opress
Overview: Story Arc 1 of 3. Savage and Maul join forces with Pre Vizsla and the Mandalorian Death Watch! They both seek revenge against Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and have decided to overthrow Duchess Satine! However, they need an army in order to take down Satine and the New Mandalorians and they get it by recruiting the most dangerous criminals of the Underworld!
Review: He's baaaaaaaaaack! Sorry, this is the first review I've done with Maul in it and I couldn't help myself...Anyway, what I really want to say is FINALLY, some serious episodes! We've been seeing so many cute, humorous, silly episodes lately that it's just feels great to watch a gritty, serious episode! Overall, it was GREAT. It boasts a great cast of characters, lots of action, some intrigue, and it's a 3-parter and not a 4-parter! Yay! The only things that I didn't like were some knit-picky stuff (I'll explain in a bit), it's a bit violent in some parts (again, I'll explain), and I have a bad feeling that this story will be a bit predictable.
Among the good things, the cast is excellent. This episode not only features Maul, Savage, and Vizsla, but it also has Jabba the Hutt, Embo, Sugi, Latts Razzi, and Dengar. One of my favorites is Sugi and I was very happy to see her again! I was also very happy that Maul didn't kill her (or anyone else) in that bounty hunter vs. Nightbrother/Deathwatch battle. You also get to see new species (at least new to the show), like the Faleen and the Pykes. The action is great in this episode. It starts out a little bit slow, but the intrigue between the Nightbrothers and the Deathwatch starts off pretty quick. You can see that the two factions want to work together toward a common goal, but each one wants to kill the other when the smoke clears. When that happens, it makes you wonder: will the ex-Sith Lord and his monster brother prevail or will Vizsla, whose victory track record is unfortunately nothing to write home about, be on top? We shall see...back to the action, it starts up and it doesn't stop till the end! The reason for that is because Maul wants to have an army full of criminals, so what does he do? He goes to organizations like Black Sun and the Hutt Clans and demands armies from them. Well...that doesn't go over real well. While Maul is doing this, I can't help but shake my head and say, "Silly Maul! Don't you know criminals don't like to be bossed around?" Unfortunately for him, he has to learn that the hard way. The last bit of good news is that this will be a 3-parter! We're taking a slight break from 4-parters, however, I can't help but feel that I wouldn't mind this being a 4-parter...*sigh*
Deathwatch and Nightbrothers join forces!
Now, on to the bad things. There were a few knit-picky things that I noticed, for example: Since when has Black Sun been exclusively run by Faleen? I realize that one of the most notorious Black Sun leaders in the Star Wars Universe was Prince Xizor, but I was under the impression that Black Sun was run by and employed many different alien species. I could be wrong, but that's just what I thought. I mentioned something about violence earlier. There was apparently a scene where Savage throws his double bladed lightsaber and decapitates the Black Sun Council. On Cartoon Network, they censored that scene so that you don't actually see the decapitation, but they lead you to believe that it did happen. The only thing "wrong" with this is that it could be a bit too violent for younger kids, censored or not. It would definitely be fine with adults and ok with older kids, but it may be a bit too much for the wee ones watching. According to Wookiepedia, the scene will be uncensored for the Blu-Ray release. My final complaint is that I have a suspicion that this story arc will be a bit predictable. We know just from the first episode that Maul wants to kill Vizsla when all is said and done and Vizsla wants to kill the brothers when they have served their purpose. I just have this feeling that the story is going to go like this: Nightbrothers and Deathwatch join forces, they get an army, they invade Mandalore, they fight Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan kicks butt and takes names, then Vizsla and the brothers try to kill each other. I sincerely hope that the writers can keep it from being predictable, because they have actually done a pretty good job of keeping you guessing this season and I'd hate to see them fail us now! Besides, it's not as much fun when you have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen...
So, overall, I feel that this episode was excellent. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Rating: 8 out of 10.
Whoo! We're finally out of the dulldrums! Good job digging up that censoring bit. I would never have guessed, but I'm glad that the show is developing a darker tone.
Good review as usual Azure:)
Thanks! This story arc is really good so far! As far as the series getting a darker tone, I like it, yet I kinda don't. I appreciate that they are going down a more mature path and leading up to the dark tone of story that was Revenge of the Sith, but I kinda liked the lighter tone the show had in the beginning. Maybe I'm just sad because realistically speaking, they can only cram so many stories in a 3 year period (how long the Clone War lasted) and I don't want the show to end. Not saying that it is, but still...good news is, Dave Filoni announced that as long as people are watching, the show will go on, so there's no "it's got to end at this certain point" kind of thing going on...
Yeah, the show getting dark I think is both a good and bad thing in my opinion...