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  • Azure just crushed my hopes of watching. One thing though: is Chi Cho more unlikable than Jar Jar Binks?

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  • Hahaha I luv reading reviews of episodes you hate. Chairman Chi Cho sounds incredibly unlikable and he ruined the episode for you.

  • Yes.  Without a doubt, Chi Cho is A LOT more annoying than Jar Jar.  Jar Jar is just clumsy, a bit dense, and childish.  This guy is a jerk, he's bossy, he's arrogant, he thinks that as long as it is in HIS system, he owns it, he thinks that more primitive races like the Talz are beneath him, making him a bit on the racist side.  What else?  He chooses war over diplomacy without a second thought, he treats the senator to his planet like she's an idiot, and he's just really an unpleasant fellow.  I'd definitely watch a Jar Jar episode over this guy ANY DAY.

    Thanks Warrior!  Yeah, he ruined it for me.  Good news is that the next episode should be pretty good!  :)

  • HAHA I still can't get over how weird Jar Jar's language makes me. But thanks for the heads-up! I haven't watched much Star Wars in a while.

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  • No prob!  :)

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 16, "The Hidden Enemy"


    Moral:  "Truth enlightens the mind, but won't always bring happiness to your heart."

    Main Character Focus:  Captain Rex, Commander Cody, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Asajj Ventress.

    Overview:  Stand-alone.  There is a spy in the heroes' midst!  During the campaign in Christophsis, the Jedi and Clones realize that someone has been leaking intel to the enemy!  Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi decide to infiltrate enemy lines while Captain Rex and Commander Cody search for the spy at the base.  What will Obi-Wan and Anakin find at the enemy camp?  More importantly, will Cody and Rex find who is responsible for betraying them to the enemy?

    Review:  After watching some ok episodes and not-so-ok episodes, we finally get to one that is actually very good!  I love the "who-dunnit" vibe of the show, the focus on the clones was a breath of fresh air, the identity of the traitor wasn't overly obvious, and the action was pretty great.  I couldn't really find much wrong with this show, to tell you the truth, except for the fact that the timing was a little weird.  I'll explain a little more about that later.

    This was an extremely good episode!  After muddling through some not-so-great episodes and ok story arcs, we finally get to see one that is actually pretty fantastic!  I think one reason I like this show in particular is because of the "who-dunnit" kind of vibe.  Now, I realize that a "who-dunnit" is usually like a murder mystery, like the TV show "Murder, She Wrote", but this episode focuses more on finding a traitor rather than a murderer.  Still, I liked that general mystery vibe, and I personally think that you don't see it enough in this series.  Another thing that I loved about this was the fact that even though this show is made for both kids and adults, they didn't make the traitor too terribly obvious.  I liked that a lot.  In order to pull off any good mystery, you need to keep the guilty party a secret as long as possible and I think they managed that fairly well in this episode.  I kinda wondered if it was it who actually was, but until they slipped up and said something they shouldn't have (which is what usually happens on "Murder, She Wrote"! lol!), I wasn't really sure.  I appreciated that the writers didn't take the easy route and make it overly obvious for the kids' sake.


    Another thing that I liked about this show was that even though Anakin and Obi-Wan had big roles in this show, it seemed to focus more around the clones' investigation of the traitor, rather than the Jedi's fight against the Sith.  I find that to be a breath of fresh air, because the clones usually take supporting roles to the Jedi heroes in this show, so it's nice to see the clones get some lead role action every now and again.  This reminds me of how different this series is to the previous animated series and the movies.  This series actually "humanizes" the clones in a way the previous series and the movies never did.  You get to see the war from their point of view, and to me, that's pretty dang great.  Another thing that I find great is the action.  Even though this had a lot of mystery and suspense, it wasn't light on the action.  In fact, the episode starts off with plenty of action.  The action continues later with the Jedi's fight against Ventress, and then again when the traitor is revealed.  That turncoat put up one heck of a fight, leading up to a great climax!

    When it comes to the negatives of this show, there is only one little thing that I can say is a bit of a con.  You see the picture above?  If it looks familiar, it should.  Not only did you see this in this episode, but this landscape is the same as was at the beginning of the Clone Wars Movie.  Welcome back to Christophsis, only that is a bit incorrect.  I should say "Welcome to Christophsis", because this is actually, chronologically speaking, the first time you "see" it (although, now that I do some more research, there may be an episode later on that is before even this one!).  Still confused?  Well, so was I.  One of the weird things about the show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is that unlike other TV shows, time seems to be a bit of an abstract concept.  Most shows you watch run in a straight chronological timeline with the occasional flashback and backstory here and there, but not Star Wars: The Clone Wars!  The Clone Wars likes to jump around the timeline, and even though this is a lot more apparent in the third season, it actually happened as early as the first season, with this show being the perfect example of that.  This show, technically speaking, actually happened BEFORE the events in the Clone Wars Movie.  So this happened before Obi-Wan and Anakin even met Ahsoka, and as you can see at the end of the episode, before General Loathsom is captured and made a prisoner of war.  Now, you may ask, "How is this bad?" and I would answer very simply, "Because it's confusing."  Before I realized that this happened before the movie, I would always wonder why they went back to Christophsis after liberating it and why General Loathsom was out on the battlefield.  It wasn't until later that I figured out that the timeline was all out of whack, and then everything made so much more sense!  Even still, the confusion was never really cleared up in the show, so when people watch this it can be confusing, so that is why I think that this is a bit of a minor con.  :(

    So, overall this is an almost perfect episode!  It has a great "who-dunnit" vibe, it's not light on the action, and it focuses more on the clones, however it can be a little confusing because of the series' out of whack timeline.  Other than that minor setback, this show is excellent!  :)

    Rating:  9.5 out of 10

  • YAY!!!! An episode that Azure actually liked :D I love reading the reviews of episodes you don't like because you are very funny when you make fun of those episodes. I still like your reviews of episodes you like, too :D

  • Yeah, this one was a pretty good one.  I enjoy watching this episode.  :)

  • I have an announcement to make!

    SEASON 5 OF THE CLONE WARS IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!  YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I might write a review later today, we'll see.

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 1, Episode 17, "Blue Shadow Virus"


    Moral:  "Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure."

    Main Character Focus:  Padme Amidala, Jar Jar Binks, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Captain Rex

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 2.  A deadly virus that ravaged the galaxy generations ago has risen from the dead!  A deranged scientist, Dr. Nuvo Vindi, has brought the infamous Blue Shadow Virus back to life, now more powerful than ever!  Senator Padme Amidala and Representative Jar Jar Binks have found his lab in the Naboo swamps and have been captured!  Soon Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano, along with Captain Rex and his troops, go in to rescue the two politicians, but Dr. Vindi is trying to get away with the virus!  Will the heroes save Amidala and Binks and stop this mad scientist?  Or will they fail, and allow one of the deadliest viruses to ever exist sweep across the galaxy?

    Review:  This is a fairly intense episode!  It's definitely one of those episodes that leave you on the edge of your seat most of the time.  The pros with this episode are that there are impressive battle scenes, good, well-placed humor, plenty of suspense, and a funny, if a bit deranged, villain.  The bad parts about this is that it can be a touch slow in the first quarter of the show and here comes some more Jar Jar!!

    This is a pretty solid episode!  One of the things that I really liked about it was the fact that it was pretty suspenseful most of the episode.  I'd say that from about the time the assault on the lab happened up until the end of the episode, it left you on the edge of your seat biting your nails.  It's bad enough that the mad scientist had Padme and Jar Jar as prisoners, but he made it worse by trying to run away with a deadly virus and setting all of the bombs with viruses in them to blow in only a few minutes.  From then on it was a race against time to find Dr. Vindi, have the bomb squad deactivate all the bombs, and to top it all off, find the ONE MISSING BOMB and deactivate it before it blows!  So, yeah, most of the episode was a pretty intense and well managed race against the clock.  Another thing I found to be intense were the fight scenes.  This episode is note-worthy because a lot of the fighting was pretty close quarters.  There were some pretty good close-quarter combat scenes in this episode, from Jedi and Clone alike.  When you mix intense close-quarter combat and a frantic race against time, you get a pretty solid recipe for a good show. 

    One of the other things I liked about this episode was the humor.  I found the humor to be pretty well balanced.  Yeah, you have some fairly silly humor, like when Jar Jar was trying to eat the blue bug in the droid parts room at the beginning of the episode, but you have some good, dry humor mixed in too, like when Anakin asked Ahsoka at the end of the episode if Padme was alright, and Ahsoka responded, "She's right next to me.  I'm ok too, thanks for asking."  So, the humor was well done in this episode, not too silly, but not too sarcastic and negative either.  Speaking of humor, the villain, Nuvo Vindi, is something else...he's not the greatest villain to grace the Star Wars Universe, but he is pretty humorous and he also has a healthy dose of insanity too, which makes him even funnier!  Everything from his mannerisms, his body language, and even his "anti-German" accent (You know?  Like when he says anything that starts with a "V", he pronounces it with a "W", instead of how the Germans pronounce things that start with a "W" with a "V"?).  That was PRICELESS!  I just loved it when he talked about bringing back the Blue Shadow Wirus, then started laughing (YEAH-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah!!!!).  His reasoning was nuts too.  He seriously thought that the original Blue Shadow Virus was "murdered".  Yeah.......you definitely can't blame this guy for not being colorful or memorable...


    When it comes to the negatives, there really weren't many.  There were only two that I could really say were cons.  The first was the fact that about the first quarter of the show was a little slow.  It wasn't bad, I've definitely seen worse, but I guess in comparison with the other frantic, suspenseful three quarters of the show, it was a bit slow.  You have to build the story somehow, and unfortunately building the foundation to a good story usually starts out a little slow.  So that was a little bit of a con.  The other one is the fact that Jar Jar is pretty prominent in this story.  Yes, he's back...again.  Fortunately, he wasn't OVERLY annoying in this episode, but we are talking about JAR JAR, so you can imagine some of the silliness that went on.  This is another one of those, "I've seen worse" moments, but it's my duty to warn all the Jar Jar haters that he is in this show, so WATCH WITH CAUTION.

    Overall, this show is pretty good.  It has great action, well-placed humor, a colorful villain you won't soon forget, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat!  The only downsides are that it is a little slow starting up, and Jar Jar haters BEWARE!

    Rating:  8.0 out of 10.

  • Hahaha. I totally love your writing. You oughta get paid for this. Like, seriously.

  • Thanks!  I wasn't expecting this one to be that great, but then again, I hadn't seen it in a while.

    I also wanted to mention a little something about Season 5.  Apparently, the order of episodes is a little different in this DVD release than was on TV.  The difference is that "Revival", the episode that was about Savage Oppress and Maul recruiting pirates from Hondo's gang and being chased by Obi-Wan, was originally aired first, but in the DVD release it's episode #13, just before the story arc about Savage and Maul joining up with Death Watch.  Other than that, everything seems to be in aired order.  Now instead of having "Revival" as the first episode, it's "A War On Two Fronts", the first of the 4-part Onderon story arc.

  • Azure, you know your suff :)

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 18, "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"


    Moral:  "A single chance is a galaxy of hope."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Padme Amidala, and Jar Jar Binks

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 2.  The Blue Shadow Virus has escaped!  After the assault on Dr. Nuvo Vindi's laboratory, a droid took one of the Blue Shadow Virus vials and put it in a bomb.  After the explosion, many that were still inside became infected, including Anakin Skywalker's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Captain Rex!  Anakin's wife, Padme Amidala, was also in the lab, along with Jar Jar Binks!  Now, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi must find some Reeksa Root on Iego in a race against time if they are to save their friends!  However, if they think that this will be a simple retrieval mission, they will be sorely disappointed if Drol, the ghost of Iego, has anything to say about it!

    Review:  This is a pretty good episode.  Some of the pros include the pretty good action, the suspense, and the emotional tension in Anakin.  Some of the cons include the fact that Jar Jar is in this episode, this sort of feels "tacked on" to the first episode, and there are moments of minor cheesiness.

    This was a pretty decent episode.  I have to admit, one of the things that I noticed about this episode was that it wasn't as action packed as the first, but it's still pretty great in the action department.  Between Ahsoka and Rex busting up battle droids in Vindi's lab and Anakin and Obi-Wan desperately fending off some of Iego's wildlife, you definitely won't be bored.  The thing that I think was the focus of this episode was the suspense, more than the action.  In the first episode, the focus of the show was taking down Nuvo Vindi and saving Jar Jar and Padme, but in this one it's about trying to get an antidote in time to save Ahsoka, Rex, the other clone troopers, and later Padme.  So, I feel that the major focus on this one was more the suspense, because you're constantly on the edge of your seat wondering, "Will Ani and Obi make it in time?  How will they get past Drol?  And will Ahsoka and Rex destroy all the battle droids before they tear open the lab and release the Blue Shadow Virus on Naboo?"  So, when it comes to suspense, this was pretty great.  It definitely keeps your attention.  Another thing that was big in this episode was Anakin's emotional response to Ahsoka, Rex, and Padme getting infected by the virus.  This show truly showed Anakin's emotional attachments to his padawan, comrade, and wife, and his difficulties in hiding them.  This was a trial for Anakin and it showed in what I thought was a well-executed way.  I love how the writers showed Anakin's emotional turmoil between protecting those that he loved and putting the greater good first before his feelings.  That, I thought, was well done.


    Jar Jar: "Ima gonna be trained!"

    Rex: "I am NOT training HIM."

    Well, as you can see in the picture above, Jar Jar is in this episode, so for all the Jar Jar haters out there, BEWARE!  As for the other cons, one of the major things that I have against this episode is that it feels kind of...tacked on.  What I mean by that is that there are times when you have a pretty great solid episode that ends pretty cleanly, and then BAM, something happens and now the story continues.  With this episode, it's almost like the writers said, "Hm, we need more episodes for this season.  Hey, what if we have it where one of the Blue Shadow Virus vials blows up and everyone gets infected?"  Yeah, sometimes thats what I feel happened in this show.  I do admit, though I feel that this story could have ended with the first, the second episode was actually a pretty decent show.  I've definitely seen worse.  One example of "worse" is the D-Squad story arc in the 5th season.  That's an EXCELLENT example of when a 4-part story arc goes 3 episodes too long.  I feel that this story arc was pretty decent as a 2-parter, even though it still would have been good as a stand-alone.  Another little minor thing that I didn't like was that some of the dialogue was a bit on the cheesy side.  It's not as bad as some, but there were moments where I nearly rolled my eyes.  In all, the cheesiness was pretty subdued, but it was still there.

    Overall, this was a decent episode with a good amount of action, pretty good suspense, and great emotional turmoil in Anakin!  The only downsides are that this show had Jar Jar in it, it almost feels "tacked on", and there were some moments of minor cheesiness.

    Rating:  8.0 out of 10

    Story Arc Rating:  8.0 out of 10

  • YOU MADE ANOTHER REVIEW!!! *starts dancing happily* AWWW YEAHH!!! Lol its about freaking time, Azure! This review was fun to read. I'm glad you enjoyed it but was able to spot some flaws! Great job!

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