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WARNING! This review may contain spoilers!
Episode: Season 5, Episode 15, "Shades of Reason"
Moral: "Alliances can stall true intentions."
Main Character Focus: Maul and Savage Oppress
Overview: Story Arc 2 of 3. Maul and Vizsla attack Mandalore! In order to undermine Duchess Satine Kryze's political standing, Maul and Vizsla come up with a plan to have the crime lords attack Mandalore and to have the Deathwatch be the "saviors" the people desperately need! Will the people back Deathwatch or stay loyal to to Satine? And will Maul and Savage still cooperate with the Deathwatch when they control Mandalore?
Review: This story is getting good! The plot thickens as Maul and the Deathwatch make their move against the New Mandalorians! I think this is probably one of the best episodes of the season thus far! It has a great deal of action and a healthy dose of intrigue and we get to see some familiar faces!
I love it when you get a story where two people join together to achieve a common goal. Especially if one wants to overthrow a "weak" government and take over an entire planet and then kill their partner and the other wants to take over the planet in order to create a base of operations for his new underworld empire and then kill his partner afterward. *Takes deep breath* And that's what just happened! To be honest, I didn't think Deathwatch would pull it off, but they did, proving that Maul is a pretty brilliant guy. Which is a little surprising to me...I didn't think Maul was dumb or anything, it's just that I never saw him as being THAT smart. Maybe it was because before all this happened he not only was Palpatine's (aka Darth Sidious) errand boy (let's be honest here folks) he was also overshadowed by him (because Sidious is the most brilliant evil genius EVER). Now that he's not tethered to his master, Maul is unexpectedly proving to be quite the brilliant little mastermind himself. Anyway, back to Mandalore...so now that Vizsla has the people's support, tensions between him and Maul come to a violent climax, a climax that I thought would come later. I was a little surprised to see Maul and Vizsla duke it out so soon, but the fact that I didn't see it coming is a good thing. It means that the writers are keeping us surprised because, as I said before, one of the things that can kill a story is predictability.
Speaking of predictability, there was one character that I did not expect to see. We see Satine of course and her new prime minister, Armatan (who was originally the minister of the interior before Almec was arrested) but we also see, wait for it...Almec! Yeah, that's one I never expected to see again. I didn't expect to see him, much less see him be Maul's choice to be Mandore's new puppet ruler! Yep. Never saw that coming...which is awesome! Not the fact that a guy arrested for corruption is reinstated as Prime Minister, but the fact that the writers are keeping us guessing, just to clarify.
As far as cons go, this episode had relatively few bad points. The only thing that I would possibly say is not so great is that things seem to be moving a little fast. As I said above, I didn't think the Maul and Vizsla showdown was going to be this soon. I also didn't expect Vizsla to be killed so soon either. It's funny, we've been slogging through so many long stories that didn't deserve to be long, yet we come to one that actually seems to be getting to the point and I think it's going too fast, lol! Still, I would have thought that Vizsla and Maul would have their reckoning later, but what's done is done. Another thing that would be a con is the fact that Obi-Wan is the center of both party's hatred and yet we haven't seen him. Next week will be the last episode of this story arc (I'm pretty sure) and yet we have seen nothing of him since the story started LAST week. As central as he is to the story, I expected to see him at least by the second episode. In any case, Obi-Wan fans might be a little disappointed by the fact that he will only be in one episode of this story arc.
Overall, this is a great episode full of intrigue and action!
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.
Bo Katan is officially my new favorite character. I wonder what role she'll play in the coming episodes...
Episode: Season 5, Episode 16, "The Lawless"
Moral: "Morality separates heroes from villains."
Main Character Focus: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Maul, Savage Opress, and Darth Sidious
Overview: Story Arc 3 of 3. Maul, shadow ruler of Mandalore, lures Obi-Wan into a trap! He allows Satine to send an urgent message to the Jedi, and Obi-Wan comes to Mandalore to save her! However, he has come alone because the Jedi Order cannot interfere with the affairs of a neutral system. Will Maul finally have the revenge that he has been waiting for for over a decade? Or will Obi-Wan prevail, and deny him his vengeance?
Review: Wow. Just wow...This is by far the most mind-blowingly amazing episode of the season! It's one of the most important episodes in the series, in my opinion.
This episode has a lot of good things in it. It has a ton of great action, some surprising revelations, some familiar faces, two big characters get killed off, and you get to see one of the most amazing fight scenes in Clone Wars history. This episode is absolutely action packed! If you love action, you'll love this episode! When it comes to surprising revelations, one of the things that made my jaw drop was the fact that Bo Katan is Duchess Satine's sister! Wow. Did NOT see that one coming! AT ALL. I'm still reeling from that one. Some of the familiar faces that you will see are Corgi and his friends, and they have grown up a lot! You remember Corgi? He is Satine's nephew. He and his friends found out that Almec was a corrupt jerk with the help of Ahsoka in the 3rd season. They've come a long way since then, and it shows!
Here are the BIG things that made this episode remarkable. Two, not one, but two big characters die in this episode. The first is unfortunately Satine. And the really bad part about that was that Maul killed her right in front of Obi-Wan! If that ain't evil, I don't know what is! I almost cried because of Obi-Wan's reaction. He truly loved Satine and she died in his arms! *Tear drop* RIP Satine...The next on the list was Savage Opress. Yep. The monster was slain, and it's not by who you think! Oh, no...I'll tell you guys who did it, and it was in one of the most amazing battles the series has ever seen. If you say Obi-Wan versus Maul and Savage, you would be wrong. It was Maul and Savage versus...........Darth Sidious! I'm gonna let that sink in...Maul and Savage go up against Darth Sidious, Master of the Sith! That battle was, in one word, EPIC. So, I've been wondering for a while what Sidious was going to do with Maul, and apparently he's got plans for him, but he doesn't want him back as his apprentice (Ouch! That's gotta hurt!). His plans also don't include Savage, so he killed him. I was kinda sad for him, because I REALLY liked him before the Nightsisters turned him into a monster, and you got to see the original Savage right before he died. So, RIP Savage...Before I get into the story arc rating, I'm going to say this here: there weren't a lot of bad things with this episode (unless you liked Savage or Satine) and the bad things that were there I'll explain in the story arc rating.
Darth Sidious: There's a reason why this guy is the Master of the Sith, and the Nightbrothers just found out the hard, painful way.
As far as the story arc is concerned, this is probably the best of the season so far. It had lots of great action, plenty of intrigue, some familiar faces came back as well as new ones being introduced, there were a lot of big characters, 3 major characters died, and you got to see a battle of epic proportions! I've talked about the first four in the individual reviews, so I'm not going to reiterate them, but I will expound on the last two. First of all, I think that in all of the Clone Wars Series history, I have never seen so many big characters die in one story arc. And two of them died in one episode! The first one to bite the dust was Pre Vizsla in the second episode. The second was Duchess Satine in the third. The third was Savage Opress in the third episode as well. That's a lot of major characters to kill off in three episodes, folks. Like I said, I think it's a new record...Lastly, the epic battle I am referring to is the showdown between Darth Sidious and Maul and Savage. That was huge, guys! I think I can only name two times that I have ever seen Sidious actually do battle. One was the battle between him and Yoda in Revenge of the Sith. The second was his battle with Starkiller in The Force Unleashed (the first game). And that's it. I don't think I've ever seen him truly fight any other time. I guess one can argue that he fought Luke in Return of the Jedi, but he didn't really "fight" Luke. At least I don't consider someone zapping you with Sith lightning and cackling at your pain a "fight". Besides, that was more of a Vader vs. Luke fight. Anyway, back to what I was saying, this will be the third time I have ever seen him do battle and HE IS AWESOME! You can definitely see that they don't hand out the title of "Sith Lord" to just anybody!
So, the bad things...well, there weren't that many to be honest. The good points of the story far outweighed the bad, but there were some bad things, nonetheless. One thing was that there were a few minor knit-picky things that I didn't like. For example: In the first episode, they showed the Black Sun organization as being completely run by Falleen, and as I said in that review, I thought Black Sun was run by multiple species, not just Falleen. The other thing was that I have never seen Sidious dual-wield before. Since when did Sidious dual-wield? Not that it wasn't awesome, it was just a "huh?" moment when I saw him pull out not one, but two lightsabers. When you think about it, it makes sense because he fought off two opponents, one that had a double-sided lightsaber (Savage) and the other that had a lightsaber and a dark saber (Maul). So, it makes sense to have two in order to fend the both of them off, but still...
Anyway, the second thing is a bit more complicated. As some of you know, The Clone Wars series messed up Mandalorian culture. I personally don't know all of the details, but it was something that a lot of people could not (and would not) forgive. So, when CW makes episodes about Mandalore, things get real complicated, real fast. There are some, like me, who don't really mind it, but there are others that are automatically going to turn off the TV when a Mandalorian episode comes on. It's that big of a deal to some folks. As I said, I don't really mind it, but I do think that these episodes suffered because of the way the Mandalorians were handled. Let me explain. One little thing that I noticed about this story was that it was a little messy. I can't really explain that in full detail, but I did sort of get that sense of messiness when I saw these episodes. Add the fact that they killed off two major Mandalorian characters (Satine and Vizsla) and all that happened to Mandalore, and it made me wonder. Did the writers do all of this in order to clean up a mess they made seasons ago? I may be taking a shot in the dark with that, but it makes me think...What if they decided that they made a mistake and now they are going to fix it by destroying everything that they built about Mandalore? Like I said, I may be way off base with that, but think about it when you watch these episodes again.
Overall, this story was fantastic! It's definitely one of the best so far! If you're going to watch one story this season, I definitely recommend watching this story.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Story Arc Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Episode: Season 5, Episode 17, "Sabotage"
Moral: "Sometimes even the smallest doubt can shake the greatest belief."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker
Overview: Story Arc 1 of 4. The Jedi Temple has been bombed! Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, are sent to investigate this heinous act, and as they search for the truth, they must come to terms with the possibility that a Jedi swayed to the Dark Side could have been involved!
Review: This was a really good episode. This 4-parter started out strong! The good sides of this episode are the story, the iconic characters, a great war scene, and insight into the war and how the Jedi are perceived by the general public. The bad sides of this are relatively few, but one major one could be the fact there there is not a great deal of action after the initial war scene, so it was a little slow in some parts.
Among the great things of this episode, I would have to say that the story was really good and strong. I like the general plot line and the whole "futuristic crime drama" approach to it. I think we've only seen one or two episodes in the entire series that have been a mystery oriented episode, and I admit, I really enjoy them. The two I'm specifically thinking about are "The Hidden Enemy", the episode in the first season when one of the clones ends up being a spy paid by Ventress, and "Senate Murders", the episode in the second season when Senator Onaconda Farr dies and Padme searches for the truth behind his death. Unlike these two episodes, which were stand-alones, this episode is the first of four parts, so it should be an interesting story, especially since they've already "caught" the person responsible. Somehow, I think there is more to this story than what's been revealed, so I'm anxiously awaiting the next chapter of this mystery.
As far as the iconic characters go, I'm glad that we've turned the focus back on the two main characters. I hate that you saw Rex for only a few minutes, but he did have a battle to attend to. Speaking of war, in the first 5, maybe 10, minutes of the episode you see a battle on Cato Neimoidia, and it brought back great memories of some of the earlier episodes that focused on the events of the war (I mean, it is called the Clone WARS, after all), and it was a pretty good sequence. It especially brought a smile to my face when Ahsoka saved Anakin's hide. Just like old times...Anyway, the last thing that was interesting was the insight into people's general view on the Jedi and the Clone War. When word got out that a Jedi might have been responsible for the attack, people wanted answers, and that was demonstrated by the mob outside of the Temple. The High Council wanted answers as well, but they mainly wanted answers in order to quell the people's anxiety. What I found interesting was the fact that at the beginning of the series, the war seemed to be more in favor of, but now it seems that the war is getting less and less popular. It seems that the end of the series and the beginning of the Revenge of the Sith is not too far off now...
Who could be REALLY responsible for this?
The bad parts...well, to be honest, there wasn't much bad about this episode. The main thing that I noticed that people may not like is the fact that after the initial war scene, the action sort of died down. It was a little slow and boring at parts, but I think it was due to the fact that this episode focused more on the "who-dunnit?" aspect of the story and it was also probably laying the groundwork for the rest of the story as well. Sometimes a first episode can suffer because of that and maybe this one did a little.
Overall, this was a great episode and a strong first chapter in a hopefully great 4-parter!
Rating: 8 out of 10
Episode: Season 5, Episode 18, "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
Moral: "Courage begins by trusting oneself."
Overview: Story Arc 2 of 4. Ahsoka is accused of murder! When visiting Letta Turmond, the woman responsible for bombing the Jedi Temple, Ahsoka witnesses her murder! When Ahsoka tries to explain what happened, she is accused of murdering Letta Turmond instead!
Review: This was a decent episode. There wasn't anything particularly bad about this episode, but I did feel that it was a little drug out. Some of the good things about this episode is that you see some familiar characters that you haven't seen in a while and you get a little deeper into the plot of this mystery.
As far as good things go, there were two main ones. The first is that you get to see two characters that we haven't seen in a while. The first is Barriss Offee. The last time we saw her was in the second season shortly after the Second Battle of Geonosis. Her appearance was interesting this episode, because she lost a friend in the explosion and after looking at her, you can tell something is up. I think she knows more about what happened than she lets on. We'll see in time...The second person we haven't seen in a while is Tarkin. We haven't seen him since the third season. That was an interesting character. The first time his character was seen in the Star Wars Universe was not a few years ago, but back in the beginning in 1977 as Grand Moff Tarkin, one of the main antagonists in A New Hope, and the one responsible for later destroying the planet Alderaan. 20 years before that, he was an officer in the Republic military, and he is back and at odds with Ahsoka. He didn't like Ahsoka the first time when she was rescuing him from the Separatists and now he still doesn't like her too much now that she is being accused of murder. Go figure...
There's two familiar faces!
The next good thing is that we dig a little deeper into what's going on. So, to update, we know that Letta Turmond killed her husband by feeding him nano-droids that exploded in the Temple Hangar. After Letta was captured she lets on that there is more going on than the Jedi know. This turns out to be the truth because Letta wished to see Ahsoka in prison and confesses that a Jedi is behind the grisly turn of events. Unfortunately, Letta is killed before she can reveal the Jedi's identity and it looks like Ahsoka murdered her. Can we say "set-up"? Ahsoka is incarcerated and she breaks out......And that's it. That's the episode. You may ask, "Azure, is that it?" Well, pretty much. There's a pretty decent escape scene at the end, which takes up about 10 or 15 minutes of the episode, but yeah, there's a funeral, Ahsoka meets with Letta, Letta dies, Ahsoka is accused, then Ahsoka escapes prison. That's the episode in a nutshell...
That leads to the bad part. There is only one thing I don't like about the episode and that's the fact that it was really drug out. They seem to be really stretching this story, big time. I'm sorry, I just don't think it takes 30 minutes for all of the above summary to happen. It isn't that the story is boring or anything, it's just that sometimes the show seemed to drag on and on. It was especially bad during the escape scene. That took FOREVER. Other than the fact that the show sometimes drug on, there wasn't anything particularly bad about this episode. I do wonder though. Who brought the key and Ahsoka's lightsabers to her cell? I'm pretty sure it wasn't Anakin, but if it wasn't him then who? Hmmmm.....
Overall, this is a decent episode, even if it did drag in some parts.
Rating: 7 out of 10
That episode was my favorite this entire season, even better the Maul ones.
I don't know...It just felt right. The acting was there, as well as Anakin and Ahsoka, but more importantly, Clones! This is the bloody "Clone Wars" after all!
Oh, and did you catch The Fugitive reference with the sewer tunnels? If Anakin had said something about Peter Pan, I would have died.
I didn't catch that, no! As far as the episode goes, I felt it was the weaker of the two. Like I said, it seemed awfully drawn out. The next episode got better as far as that goes. I'm about to tell you all about it right now!
Episode: Season 5, Episode 19, "To Catch A Jedi"
Moral: "Never become desperate enough to trust the untrustworthy."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Anakin Skywalker, and Plo Koon
Overview: Story Arc 3 of 4. Ahsoka, now a fugitive, flees to the Coruscant Underworld! There she hopes to find an answer to who bombed the temple, killed Letta Turmond, and framed Ahsoka for her murder. She will encounter many challenges and gain a very unexpected ally in her search for the truth!
Review: This episode was excellent! The last episode was a bit draggy, but this episode is nothing of the sort! This episode had a good pace, the cast of characters was excellent, and you get closer to the truth of what happened. There were extremely few things wrong with this episode, but I'll expound on that later.
This episode definitely picked up the pace and didn't let up! It was a very good pace, because it kept going, but it wasn't too fast. So that was a job well done for the Clone Wars folks. The big thing that I really loved about this episode was the cast. One cast member in particular kicked this episode up a notch. Yes, guys, she's back! The bald-headed femme fatale herself, Asajj Ventress! You may be wondering, what is her stake on this story? Well, long story short, Ahsoka has a bounty on her head, and Ventress is a bounty hunter. Only, Ahsoka makes a deal with her and she helps her out. So, for a good chunk of the episode, Ahsoka and Ventress, once deadly enemies, are now partners. So, didn't see that coming...When it comes to learning the truth, you learn a little bit more, but not much. You learn that there is an abandoned warehouse on Level 1315 that has a great deal of nano-droids in it and you actually get to see the mysterious Dark Jedi. Well, you actually don't SEE them, because they steal Ventress' helmet and lightsabers, but Ahsoka does fight him/her (I think it may be a her). That was a very good duel. Unfortunately, that's all you really learn this episode, but all will be revealed in the next and last episode!
Now this is a partnership I never saw happening...
As far as the bad things go, there wasn't much there. This was an episode with VERY few flaws. The only thing I can think of that would be "bad" is that they are really leading you to believe that Barriss is behind all of this. Am I right? Or is it just my imagination? I really like Barriss, so I hope that the story writers are just leading us on. It also just goes back to the whole "I don't like predictability" thing. I'm hoping that the writers are not going to go with the obvious and that they will surprise us with the last possible person we would think of. But, this show is not a "murder mystery" or "crime drama" kind of show, so they may be making it obvious. I guess we'll see next time.
Overall, this is a fantastic episode! I hope the story arc continues to impress next week on the last episode of the arc and the season! See you till then!
Rating: 9 out of 10.
Episode: Season 5, Episode 20 (Season Finale), "The Wrong Jedi"
Moral: "Never give up hope, no matter how dark things seem."
Main Character Focus: Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress, and Barriss Offee.
Overview: Story Arc 4 of 4. Ahsoka has been captured! Now she goes on trial for crimes against the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. Anakin tries to find the truth, but will he find it in time to prove his padawan's innocence?
Review: This was a spectacular episode! It had drama, action, and plenty of suspense! I held my breath the entire episode, from start to mind-blowing finish. This episode and story arc in general was Grade-A material.
What was really great about this episode was that it combined the drama of Ahsoka being tried for crimes she didn't commit, the action of Anakin trying to find the REAL traitor, and the suspense of how it was all going to go down. There were plenty of unexpected surprises, such as Ahsoka being kicked out of the Jedi Order and then being tried by the Republic Courts. The only thing that wasn't surprising to me was the fact that it was Barriss who did it. They pretty much banged you over the head repeatedly with that one, so I wasn't too happy about that being predictable. Other than that, the episode was perfect. The biggest surprise of all was Ahsoka's decision to leave the Jedi Order at the end. That. Was. Incredible. I sat and stared at the screen as Ahsoka walked away from Anakin and the Jedi Temple and gaped. I had a creeping suspicion at the end that it might happen, but I never dreamed it would. So, it's official. Ahsoka Tano is no longer a Jedi Padawan.
As far as the story arc goes, it was possibly the best of the entire season. It had plenty of action, drama, suspense, and a fantastic roster of characters. I would say that it had plenty of mystery, but that is unfortunately not true. That was one of two major flaws. Since the second episode, they have pretty much been pretty obvious with who did it. The other major flaw was that it drug in some places. The second episode in particular. Overall, this was an amazing story arc with relatively few flaws.
I'd like to take this time to discuss what is in for the series in the future. Ahsoka and Anakin have been Master and Padawan since the beginning of this fantastic series and we've seen them both grow and change over the years. Now that Ahsoka has walked away from the Order, what do you think is in store for the series now? How will Anakin cope with the loss of his padawan and dear friend? What will Ahsoka do now? How will this earth-shattering turn of events affect the series?
Personally, I'm excited. I've been feeling that the series has been in a bit of a slump these past few seasons, and I wondered if it would ever get any better. In my opinion, this turn of events is just what the doctor ordered. I think Ahsoka leaving the order is just the kind of thing to mix things up and to keep the series from becoming stagnant. I'm curious now to see what they are going to do with Ahsoka. Are they going to give her a break for a while and focus on Anakin? Or will they show plenty of Ahsoka trying to find her way in the universe? I guess we'll see come the Sixth Season...
September 11, 1934 - January 26, 2012
I'd also like to take the time to remember Ian Abercrombie, the voice of Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. May he rest in peace.
He will be replaced by Tim Curry and his first performance was on the Season 5 Finale "The Wrong Jedi".
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Story Arc Rating: 9 out of 10
Hey, Darth! I have a proposal that I want to throw out there if you're interested!
Of course I am! Lay it on me:)
So what do you think of me writing a review for EVERY Clone Wars episode to date? Starting with the movie. I wasn't sure if anyone would be for it or not, but it would be something that I could do while we wait for the next Clone Wars episodes to come out (and I'm sure they will come out in some form or another). I had thought of doing this when the last season ended, but I wanted to take a break for a while.
So what do you think?
I think it's a great idea, and a wonderful way for us to not only remember the past episodes, but to also make the wait for the new ones a bit easier. (Not to mention the movies)
Can't wait to see what you do:D
Great! Thanks! Next question: do you think I should start a new thread? I think it may minimize confusion to have another thread dedicated to the old episodes and just have this one for the new. What do you think?
That would probably be best. When you post the new thread, (take your time of course:) I'll un-sticky this one, and replace it with the new.