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Past Clone Wars Episode Review

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  • Thanks!  So, what episode is your favorite so far?  I still think "Ambush" is perfect, but if it weren't for the profanity in "Rookies", I might choose it.  There's still a lot more episodes to go though, but so far it's "Ambush" for me.

  • I'm keeping it a secret ;D I have something planned for my favorite episode announcement... :D

  • Oh, I see.  :)  Well, my official one hasn't come up yet, so I guess that's fair.

  • Hahah mhmmm. I got something up my sleeve ;D

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 6, "Downfall of a Droid"


    Moral:  "Trust in your friends, and they'll have reason to trust in you."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, General Grievous, and R2-D2

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 2.  R2-D2 has been lost in battle!  After a ferocious battle with the Separatists, Anakin finds himself in the medical bay and soon finds out that even though he survived, Artoo was not so lucky.  Convinced that his astromech partner is still out there, Anakin searches for the missing droid!

    Review:  This was an ok episode.  It's definitely not one of the best, but it has its moments.  I really liked some of the battles and the music was unique in this episode.  Some of the not-so-good points were that some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy and the whole "Goldie" situation was kinda annoying.

    I think that overall, this was a cute concept.  Artoo goes missing and Anakin has to go find his friend before the bad guys do.  It's a cute concept, but I guess it depends on if you like "cute" or not.  I definitely think that this episode was made a little more for kids, but adults could appreciate it too.  There were a lot of shining moments with this episode.  For one, this has two GREAT battle scenes.  The first was the battle in the asteroid field in the beginning of the episode.  Having the Separatists be lured in and then attacking them from behind from the actual asteroid itself was GENIUS!  It remains as one of the most memorable battles in the series due to Anakin's brilliant tactics.  The next battle was the battle on Gha Nachkt's ship between Anakin and Ahsoka and the two assassin droids.  That was a pretty exciting battle to watch.  Another thing that I really liked about this episode was the music.  The music in this episode, to me, was very unique.  I especially liked some of the electronica music that was playing when Artoo was trying to get off of Gha Nachkt's ship.  I really wish you could hear some of this music more often.

     

    Now for the not-so-great things.  For starters, the dialogue in this episode is a bit cheesily written.  This reinforces my opinion in that this episode is aimed towards younger audiences, coupled with the "cuteness" of the plot.  Most of the time it's bearable and sometimes funny, but I often found myself sort of rolling my eyes at some of the remarks.  Another thing that I really didn't like was the "Goldie" situation.  After Ani lost Artoo, he had to have a replacement.  Enter R3-S6, aka "Goldie".  When you first see this droid, you think, "Oh, that's cool!  A black and gold droid!"  When you see him in action though, you're then like, "Wow, this is, like, the dumbest droid EVER."  It isn't until the next episode that you understand more about him and his dark little secret...However, for now, with Goldie's screw-ups coupled with Anakin's horrible attitude, paired with Ahsoka's "poor little baby" remarks, the episode sometimes gets kind of annoying.  I sometimes wanted to say, "Dude, take a chill pill.  I realize it's upsetting to lose one of your best friends, but seriously, you don't have to be a complete jerk about it!"  So, yeah, the dialogue was probably the worst part of this episode.

    Overall, this is a cute episode with some good battles and music, but it was a bit cheesily written and annoying at times.

    Rating:  6 out of 10

  • Hahaha nice review, Azure! It sounds like you were kinda disappointed with this episode! I'm sorrry that you didn't like it. This review was really fun to read. Good job and keep up the good work ^.^

  • Yeah...if it weren't for the memorable battles and the awesome music (both of which were FANTASTIC points), I probably would have scored this lower.  It's just not that great.   Now the NEXT ONE is going to be interesting to write about...

  • Awww yeahhh! I'm excited for your next piece! I'm not joking when I say you're one of my favorite writers. :)

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 1, Episode 7, "Duel of the Droids"

     

    Moral:  "You hold onto your friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, R2-D2, Captain Rex, and General Grievous

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 2.  R2-D2 has been captured by General Grievous!  Anakin, after receiving a message from his lost droid, is on a mission to destroy Grievous' listening post and to rescue his little partner!  Will he be able to save him, or will there be unforeseen complications on the mission?

    Review:  Wow.  I don't know if I've ever seen an episode do a 180 like this one before.  The first episode was not so hot, but this episode rocked!  It has great battles, a very clean and active story line, and much improved dialogue.  The only thing I really have against this is that there are still remnants of the first episode's poor dialogue and overall cuteness.

    Well, this episode sure had a lot more going for it.  One of the things that I really have to applaud is the dialogue.  It's still just a LITTLE cheesy at times, but it is MUCH more improved.  I wondered if the same people who wrote the first episode wrote this one, I was so impressed.  I also liked the battles, especially the battle between Ahsoka and Grievous.  That was BOLD.  I was thinking the whole time, "Hun, you know this guy has killed knights and masters, right?  Are you NUTS!?"  Still, I think I understand her reasoning, because she did have to distract him while Rex and Denal had to plant the explosives that would destroy the listening post.  It at least made for a great battle.  Another battle I liked was the one between Artoo and Goldie.  The whole time I was like, "Yeah!  Get that little traitor, Artoo!  Teach him who's the more awesome droid!"  So, that was a great fight.  Others that deserve a mention are Anakin's fight with the MagnaGuards and the fight in the hangar.  The one in the hallway with Ahsoka and the clones vs. the droids, and then later Grievous, was pretty good too.  Overall, the fights in this episode were excellent and well written.  The other thing I like about this story was story itself.  We went from a cute and cheesy "I gotta find my droid" story to "I gotta find my droid and destroy a Separatist listening post" kind of story, and frankly, this story was FAR superior to the first.  I liked how well it seemed to flow, even with all the twists and jumping around between characters that was happening.  I gave the episode "Destroy Malevolence" a lower score because it seemed to not flow well, but this episode was a good example of how to make an episode flow, even with a lot going on.  I also liked the little twists, such as learning that Goldie was working for Grievous or how Gha Nachkt was killed by Grievous (which he honestly should have seen coming).  They weren't the greatest plot twists in the world, but they were at least decent.

    Yeah, he really should have seen THIS coming...

    As far as things that were NOT so great, well, to be honest, there wasn't really much wrong with this episode.  I think my biggest complaint was that the first episode was vastly inferior to the second, and when that happens, you get remnants that follow into the second.  For example, even though the dialogue was much better written, sometimes it was still a little cheesy.  The overall "cuteness" was still there, but it seemed to be a lot more improved as well.  Really, other than that, it wasn't that bad.

    I seriously jumped the first time I saw this!

    As far as the story arc goes, it's a bit of an interesting situation.  The first episode had a few awesome qualities, but overall it wasn't that great, but then you get the second episode that was pretty awesome.  I almost felt like I was watching the results of two different teams of writers at work.  I don't know what happened, but the fumble they made in the first episode was corrected in the second, therefore making this a decently good story arc, instead of a fantastic or poor one.

    Rating:  9 out of 10

    Story Arc Rating:  7.5 out of 10

  • Anakin and Ashoka.... ^.^ Good job, Azure!! Sorry it took me so long to comment. Thanks for the review!!

  • Thanks and no prob!  And what's up with the "Anakin and Ahsoka... ^.^" thing?  Something I should know about?......

  • Hahah nah, nah. Its nothing. You're, oh, so welcome.

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 8, "Bombad Jedi"


    Moral:  "Heroes are made by the times."

    Main Character Focus:  Jar Jar Binks, C-3PO, Nute Gunray, and Padme Amidala

    Overview:  Stand Alone (although, this can also be seen as part 1 of a loosely connected 3 part story arc).  Rodia is in trouble!  Due to the war, the citizens of Rodia are low on supplies and are in desperate need of help.  Senator Padme Amidala and Representative Jar Jar Binks are sent on a mission to negotiate with Senator Onaconda Farr, the leader of Rodia.  However, when she arrives she learns of Farr's alliance with Nute Gunray and the Separatist Alliance!  Now she has been captured and it is up to Jar Jar, of all people, to rescue her! 

    Review:  You know, before I watched this episode, I thought, "Bombad Jedi?  Oh yeah, this is going to be ranked low."  But after watching it, I honestly have to say, there are a lot of good qualities to this episode.  For one, it actually has GREAT quotes and decent dialogue, especially considering the audience this was intended for, it has a pretty interesting plot, and the locale is very interesting.  The cons are that this episode is very juvenile and Jar Jar haters beware!

    The bad thing about this show is that it is VERY obvious that kids were the target audience for this episode.  The good news is that for an episode that is clearly aimed at a younger audience, the dialogue was surprisingly decent.  In fact, some of these quotes were pretty dang good.  Some of my favorites include, "There is always a choice!  To live in fear is no life at all!" by Padme, "The ship has been destroyed."  "Battle droids?"  "No."  "Jar Jar?"  "Jar Jar." by Threepio and Padme, and "Far too often we forget that our most important allies are not the most powerful."  by Padme.  These are some pretty great quotes and the rest of the dialogue wasn't as childish and corny as you would think.  Another good thing about this episode was the plot.  It's actually an interesting story.  This is one of those episodes that proves that battles aren't the only things going on during a war.  In war, innocent civilians can be adversely affected, like the people of Rodia, and sometimes leaders have to take drastic measures in order to keep their people safe.  What I liked the most was the plot twist at the end.  I loved the look on Gunray's face when Padme and Farr revealed their "secret" about Farr never intending on leaving the Republic and them luring Gunray there to be arrested, which was brilliant, because what was better bait for Gunray than Amidala, the woman that practically ruined his life, herself?  I also liked the swamp planet of Rodia.  That was a very interesting alien setting for the story.


    When Jar Jar does stuff like this...

    ...stuff like this happens.

     

    The major bad thing about this episode is Jar Jar.  You know, I'm not a "Jar Jar hater", but this episode was CRAZY!  As I said above, this episode was clearly aimed toward a juvenile audience and that was made even more apparent by Jar Jar's antics.  You guys thought that he was bad in The Phantom Menace?  OH. MY. GOSH.  He was WAY over the top in this episode.  Admittedly, I got a few chuckles here and there, but most of the time I was like, "Wooooooooooooooooooow..............."  So, yeah, all the "anti-Jar Jar" folks better STAY AWAY from this episode.

     

    Overall, this was an episode made for kids that had a surprisingly good story and dialogue but Jar Jar's presence made this an episode that I personally wouldn't write home about.

    Rating:  5.5 out of 10.

  • HAHAHAHAH!!! Another review full of Azure Moon's vibrant personality!!! Good job, Azure. You really had me laughing during this review. You are so good and funny at this. I smiled at the rating. Hahahahha! Great job!

  • Yeah, I thought about putting this at a 4, but after watching it, I said, "Yeah, this is a LITTLE better than a 4."  So, thanks!

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