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Past Clone Wars Episode Review

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  • Awh, we don't want you to cry. :) Luis and I was just expercining a glitch in the forums. Orochisama can fix it easily. I can tell you pour your heart into your writing material because they are well made and look good. I know I keep saying this but you manged to find this perfect balance of maintaining a professional tone while still having a vibrant personaltiy. I'll always enjoy your stuff, Azure Moon. ^.^

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 1, Episode 2, "Rising Malevolence"

    Moral:  "Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction."

    Main Character Focus:  Plo Koon, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, General Grievous, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 3.  The Separatist have a secret weapon and it is tearing through the Republic fleet!  Jedi Master Plo Koon faces the terrible might of this secret weapon and he and his clone troopers must survive until someone comes to rescue them!  However, it will not be easy, as the Jedi Council is skeptical of Plo Koon's survival and to make things worse, battle droids are now hunting the survivors!

    Review:  This is a good episode.  It kept your interest up, there was a bit of humor, it featured a cool Jedi Master, and it had an interesting look into Jedi politics.  The only downsides to this would be that Ahsoka was a tiny bit annoying and there wasn't just a lot of action.

    To start off, this was a pretty good episode to start off a 3-part story arc.  It kept your interest up by making you wonder what the "secret" weapon was and when you figured out what was going on, you wondered how Plo Koon and his clones would make it out of the situation alive.  Another thing that I liked about the episode was the little nuggets of humor.  Whether it was some of the comments the clones made, the battle droid hunter humming as he was about to crush a life pod and kill everybody in it, or when Grievous laughed in glee as he tore through the Republic fleet with his new toy, you'll find something to at least smile about in this episode.

    I think the biggest thing about this episode that I liked was Plo Koon's introduction.  I really like this guy.  Not only does he look and sound awesome, he also has a pretty cool personality.  He's wise and strong in battle, but he's also benevolent and fair to the troops under his command.  He shows this when he speaks to his troops and tries to raise their spirits during their seemingly hopeless situation.  I also liked the fact that he was the one who found Ahsoka as a child and brought her to the Temple, which made Ahsoka even more determined to find him.  I thought that was a very nice touch.  The other thing that I found interesting in this episode was that Anakin is not only teaching Ahsoka to fight and use The Force, but he's also trying to teach her how Jedi protocol and politics work.  When Ahsoka spoke up during the conference with the Supreme Chancellor and the Jedi Council, she learned as valuable a lesson as she would on the battlefield.  I liked the fact that you got to see that in her training.

    Plo Koon:  Jedi Master, General, and overall pretty cool guy

    Speaking of Ahsoka, was it me or was she a bit annoying?  It seems in these earlier episodes she is a bit more brash and annoying than she is later on.  Although, I have to admit, this was when she was a still a bit green, and she hasn't really found her way as a Jedi yet.  She's also still young, so she still has a few childish mannerisms.  Even still, some may find the banter between Anakin and Ahsoka to be a bit on the annoying side, but I promise, it gets better with time!  Another small thing is that this episode had a few action sequences here and there, but a lot of the episode was either dealing with survival or politics.  To some, that might come off as a little bit boring, but I think it's very minor because the survival story and the mystery in the beginning keep it from getting boring to me.  Then again that's just me...

    Overall, this is a good episode and a great start to a 3-part story arc!

    Rating:  8 out of 10.

  • *starts jumping down with happiness* YESSSS!!! We get another review from Azure!! Man, I love these. Keep them coming. Your writing style is very nice to read and your dedication to the Star Wars universe is wonderful ^.^ AS USUAL... You created something awesome. Good job!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 3, "Shadow of Malevolence"

    Moral:  "Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by ego."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Plo Koon, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 3.  Republic Medical Bases are in danger!  The Separatist warship Malevolence is terrorizing clone medical facilities and the Jedi take action!  Anakin Skywalker leads a Y-wing bomber squadron in a bold strike mission on the Malevolence itself before it can take the lives of more troops.  Can he make it in time to rescue the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, and if he does, can he destroy the monstrous Separatist flagship Malevolence and General Grievous?

    Review:  "Shadow of Malevolence" was a solid second episode in this 3-part story arc, and I found it a little better than the last.  The first episode focused on introducing Plo Koon and the Malevolence to the story and this episode focused on the Jedi taking action against the super-weapon.  What I liked was that it still had a compelling storyline, the cast of characters was solid, you get to see some pretty cool creatures, and the overall moral of the story was great.  The only things that I didn't like was that Ahsoka was still a touch annoying and the Malevolence was a tad bit too easy to take out.

    This story was pretty good.  As I said above, it was a very nice transition from introduction of the problem to actually doing something about it.  I liked the tension of wondering if Shadow Squadron would make it in time and watching the ensuing battle with the monstrous warship.  I also liked that it wasn't really "kiddy-fied" in that everyone made it out alive and they saved the day.  They saved the day but at a heavy cost and I really appreciated that kind of realism.  As to the cast, Plo Koon accompanied Anakin and Shadow Squadron and he added a pretty good element to the cast of the clones and Anakin and Ahsoka.  Grievous and his droids were also good additions to the story as the antagonists and to be honest I felt it was about time for a non-Sith to be the bad guys this round.  Grievous and his droids were in the last story, but they were led by Count Dooku.  This was the first time that Grievous was THE main antagonist of the story.

    Another little thing that I liked about this episode was the wildlife.  I thought that it was pretty cool that there were these gigantic flying creatures hanging out in a nebula out in space somewhere.  It was an interesting concept.  I think the main thing that I have to applaud this episode for was the general moral of the story.  When Anakin was attacking the Malevolence he originally planned to hit the bridge where General Grievous was, but he instead hit the ion cannon and it overloaded and blew up.  The reason for this was that after losing almost half of his squad to the cannon, he realized that saving lives was more important than attaining victory.  I thoroughly enjoyed that.  It was a great lesson for younger audiences and it was something that older audiences could definitely appreciate.

    Speaking of the ion cannon, was it just me, or did destroying that seem a little too easy?  I was like, "Wow...that was quick."  We're in the second episode and we have ALREADY disabled this big, bad "super-weapon".  That always sort of bothered me.  Then again, you have to realize that the first season was a bit more efficient in its storytelling than the seasons to follow.  Things happened more quickly in the first season and I think that was because they didn't do a lot of big story arcs like they seemed to focus on in later seasons.  Another tiny little thing was that Ahsoka was still a TINY BIT annoying.  She was much better in this episode than she was in the last, but there were still some moments where she was a bit grating.

    Overall, this was a solid "part 2 of 3" episode with a great moral and cool wildlife!

    Rating:  8.5 out of 10

  • You gave that a 8.5 well.. I'm giving you a 10 out of 10. Keep it up!

  • Thanks!  I was going to give it a 8.0, like the first part, but while writing the review I had a hard time finding much wrong with the episode.  Then after comparing it to the first, I came to the decision that it was a little better than the first part.  It's not perfect, but it's still a pretty good episode.

  • Hm alright! Thanks for giving more insight on why you gave it that score!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 4, "Destroy Malevolence"

    Moral:  "A plan is only as good as those who see it through."

    Main Character Focus:  Padme Amidala, C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous

    Overview: Story Arc 3 of 3.  The Malevolence has suffered a critical blow!  Now it retreats as the Republic cruisers relentlessly attack.  With the hyperdrive damaged, the Separatists conceive a plan to take Senator Padme Amidala hostage after she has fallen into a trap leading her to the Malevolence!  Now, with the Senator's life at stake, the Jedi must form a plan of their own to not only save her life, but to destroy the monstrous warship once and for all!

    Review:  "Destroy Malevolence" was the third and last installment of this story arc and I have to admit, it was not as good as the first, unfortunately.  It wasn't a bad episode, but there were some things that made it not live up to the first two parts.  The good parts were the action, there was some good humor, there was some romance, and the ending was a blast (literally!)!  The bad part was that it was a bit "cluttered", the rest of the humor was very childish, and Padme seemed to be out of place with the rest of the story.

    Well, one of the good things about this episode was that it was very a very action-packed last episode to a story!  From start to finish, there was something exciting going on, although, as I'll explain later, that was a bit of a good, yet bad thing.  I also liked some of the humor.  About half of it, to be exact.  The banter between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme was amusing, as well as Threepio's and Artoo's banter.  The droids' antics were also sometimes pretty amusing.  One thing that makes this episode stand out is that it is one of the few episodes that you get to see some romance between Anakin and his wife, Padme.  Out of the 5 seasons that I have seen, I can think of probably less than 5 episodes that you get to see this.  It's quite refreshing to see and the romance makes the episode that much more interesting!  So, I very much appreciated that.  Lastly, the end of this story was spectacular!  So, what happens when you are shooting at a gigantic ship with big guns and you still can't quite destroy it?  According to Anakin, you should get on board, rig the ship's navicomputer to ram into a nearby moon, get off the ship, then watch the fireworks.  I thought that was absolutely BRILLIANT.  I liked the fact that the writers didn't take the easy way out and just let the Republic cruisers shoot the Malevolence to pieces.  I liked Anakin's idea to make it look like the hyperdrive was repaired only to find, to the droids' horror, that it was on a collision course with a nearby moon!  That was AWESOME and very clever!

    One of the few times you get to see Anakin and Padme as husband and wife!

    The unfortunate part about this episode was that, yes, it was action-packed, but it was also very "cluttered" and sloppily done.  This episode just didn't run as smoothly as the other two.  There was WAY too much going on and it seemed to not transition fluidly from sequence to sequence.  Another thing that bugs me is Padme.  Don't get me wrong, I love Padme, and I think she's a wonderful character, it's just that I don't necessarily like her in THIS episode.  She just seemed way too convenient.  Her presence in the story was way too convenient and I felt that it was a little forced.  It was almost like the writers were sitting around and then said, "Hey, we haven't seen Padme in a little while, why don't we throw her in this episode somehow?"  I mean, that's what her presence in this episode felt like to me.  It ended up working out in the end, but I still felt that her sudden presence in the story was a little...odd.  Having her in the story never really made COMPLETE sense to me...The last thing that I didn't like in this episode was that half of the humor was good, but the other half was just plain childish and a bit stupid.  I realize that both kids and adults watch this show, but sometimes I find some of the childish humor to be stupid.  For example, there was one instance where Padme's ship blows up in the main hangar of the Malevolence and some firefighter droids go to put the fires out.  One droid's water hose goes out of control and sends him flying around the hangar.  Another part is when Threepio gets lost on the transits of the ship.  Some of those times were, to me, just silly and a bit stupid.  The dialogue was sometimes a bit cheesy as well, especially between Anakin and Padme.  Some remarks were cute, but some were a bit cheesy and didn't come out naturally.  Little kids might like this kind of awkward, slapstick humor, but I'm afraid most adults would just end up rolling their eyes and shaking their heads.

    Overall, this was a bit of an awkward but explosive (I'm so sorry guys, I can't help myself ;)! ) end to a great story arc!  -EDIT- I'm so sorry guys!  It's been so long since I've reviewed a multi-episode story arc that I forgot to talk about the story in general! Sorry!  As far as the story arc goes, this is a strong one.  For me it epitomizes the Clone War and the struggle between the Republic and the Separatists and the Jedi and the Sith.  It had strong characters, lots of action, good amounts of humor, a touch of romance towards the end, and a spectacular ending!  The only thing wrong with this would be the somewhat awkward last episode didn't really live up to the previous two episodes or transition well from those episodes, but other than that, it's a GREAT story arc!  -END EDIT-

    Rating:  7 out of 10.

    Story Arc Rating:  8 out of 10.

  • Lol finally!! Azure writes something and puts a ";)" in it again! Hahah I'm just joking. I appreciate you doing this, Azure. Its always nice to see something you write. Great job... as usual. Lol and this review was funny. I was laughing with you as I read it. One of my favorite lines in the review: "Don't get me wrong, I love Padme, and I think she's a wonderful character, it's just that I don't necessarily like her in THIS episode.  She just seemed way too convenient.  Her presence in the story was way too convenient and I felt that it was a little forced.  It was almost like the writers were sitting around and then said, "Hey, we haven't seen Padme in a little while, why don't we throw her in this episode somehow?" Hahah that was priceless!

  • LOL, well that's how I felt about it!  It was just weird that she's just all of a sudden in the episode.  To me it was a bit far-fetched and like I said, I think the writers just wanted an excuse to put her in there somehow...

    This sort of reminds me of a review I did at the end of the Onderon story arc in the fifth season.  For that one, Hondo Ohnaka was all of a sudden in the story and I was like, "Hondo?  Where did he come from?"  The only difference with that one was that he was in the episode for like, 5 minutes.  It was still a little weird and forced though...

  • Lol!!! I just reread the edited part! Nice, Azure!!! You're very professional about this while keeping a easygoing mentality. Thanks for telling us your thoughts on the general story!

  • Thanks so much for understanding!  I was right in the middle of my reply to you when I thought, "Wait....OH CRAP!  I forgot the story arc review!!!!!"  So, I just tacked it on at the end.  Like I said, it's been a while since I've done a review on a multi-episode story arc so I completely forgot about it.

  • Hahah thats awesome ^.^

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 5, "Rookies"

    Moral:  "The best confidence builder is experience."

    Main Character Focus:  Captain Rex, Commander Cody, and General Grievous

    Overview:  Stand Alone.  The Republic base on the remote moon Rishi has been attacked!  BX-series commando droids have infiltrated the base for General Grievous and the only ones left to take back the base are Captain Rex, Commander Cody, and three "shinies".  Rex and Cody must somehow lead the rookies in a daring mission to save the Republic from a devastating invasion, but will their inferior numbers and lack of experience be enough?

    Review:  I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.  This would have been a perfect episode if it weren't for a minor blemish, however what I loved about this episode was that it had a pretty good story, some new enemies, a lot of action, and it focused almost exclusively on clones.

    Well, Grievous is up to no good again.  He's trying to invade Kamino, but first he must get past the Rishi moon, which is where this great story takes place.  The story is mainly about some rookie clones that are bored out of their minds and them getting their wish in a way that they didn't expect!  I liked this story very much because it was different than a lot of the typical war stories you see in this series.  It seemed to focus more on these inexperienced clones and how even they can make a difference in the war, and I think that sent a great message.  I also liked that it focused pretty exclusively on clones.  You see Anakin and Obi-Wan, but they weren't the focus of the story.  This story was about Captain Rex, Commander Cody, and some rookie clones trying to take back a lost base.  I LOVED that the story writers didn't make the Jedi the heroes this time, I loved that the writers showed us that the clone troopers weren't helpless without the Jedi.  I also appreciated the fact that they made them more....human.  As I said on the review for the first episode, they are moving away from making the clones mere cannon fodder and giving them stories and personalities, and just making them more relatable.  "Ambush" was good about this, but "Rookies" is even better!

    BX-series battle droid:  Not your typical run-of-the-mill dummy battle droid

    I also liked the addition of the BX-series battle droids.  These things were bad to the bone (or circuits, as it were)!  I liked that they seemed a lot more serious and well...not dumb.  Regular battle droids aren't too terribly bright and that's great for comic relief, but sometimes their stupidity is, for lack a better word, dumb.  I liked that these things were actually somewhat intelligent and MAN can they fight!  They can also change their voices (I mean, how cool is that?)!  As you can tell, I really like these droids, in fact, they may be my favorite Separatist droids.  Speaking of fighting, there was quite a bit of action in this episode.  There wasn't too much, but there was enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and your eyes glued to the television.

    Now, about that "blemish" I said earlier...I WAS going to give this a perfect 10, but I can't.  Let me tell you guys a story:  When I got this box set, I watched this episode and as I was watching it, my ear perked up and I suddenly said, "What did he just say?"  So I rewound a bit, and there it was.......this episode had profanity!  My jaw dropped and I was like, "But wait!  This show is supposed to be aimed at not only a mature audience, but a juvenile one as well!  What the heck?!"  But as I watched, sure enough, there it was not only once, but twice!  Two times someone said the word "hell" and he didn't mean the literal one!  Now, this may not be a big deal (or any deal) to an adult, but this is could be a big deal to kids and more importantly, their parents.  In fact, according to my research, it wasn't censored on Cartoon Network the first time, but it was after that, due to complaints from parents.  So, I need to warn you, this episode has two instances of profanity that may not be appropriate for younger audiences, but if you are an adult, then it's up to you whether it's a big deal or not.  Just sayin'.

    So, overall, this was a NEARLY PERFECT episode that featured clones and a new deadly enemy, however it does contain some profanity, so be warned!

    Rating:  9.5 out of 10

  • WOW! NICE!! This review nearly got a perfect score! Lol I really luv how you put your personality into the stuff you write. It makes it amusing and much more enjoyable to read ^.^ Commander Cody = awesome Grievous = a guy with a cool name Azure Moon = epic writer and friend!!! :)

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