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  • You are totally one of my favorite writers!! Keep it up, Azure!!!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 9, "Cloak of Darkness"


    Moral:  "Ignore your instincts at your peril."

    Main Character Focus:  Asajj Ventress, Ahsoka Tano, Nute Gunray, and Luminara Unduli

    Overview:  Stand-Alone (although, this could be seen as part 2 of a loosely connected 3 part story arc).  Nute Gunray has been captured by the Republic and now he is being escorted to Coruscant for trial!  Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Master Luminara Unduli are set to guard the prisoner when Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's assassin, comes to rescue Gunray from captivity!  Will the two Jedi prevail against this deadly Sith assassin or will the war criminal Nute Gunray get away?

    Review:  I'll be perfectly honest with you guys, I'm not a huge fan of this episode, I'm not sure why, but I have to admit, it is an absolutely EXCELLENT episode when you really think about it.  It has an excellent plot, the fight scenes are EPIC, and the characters are incredible.  The only con that I really saw with this episode was the fact that Ahsoka was a bit...abrasive, at times.

    This was a truly excellent episode, it's not one of my favorites (I think it's because I REALLY don't like Ventress), but it's really fantastic.  One of the best things about this episode was the story.  I really liked the idea behind it, and the plot twists were fantastically executed.  When I saw that Captain Argyus ended up being a bad guy, I was like, "HA!  I KNEW IT!  I KNEW there was something about this guy I didn't like!"  I really enjoyed that part :) .  I also liked the fact that the bad guys actually won instead of the good guys, that was a nice change of pace.  I also liked the fact that even though there was quite a bit going on, the story was never muddled or messy.  I really appreciated that, because the story could have EASILY gotten confusing.

    Another thing that this episode really had going for it were the battle scenes.  There were some pretty epic duals and fights in this episode.  The two I liked the most were the battles between Argyus and Commander Gree and the fight beween Ventress and Ahsoka and Luminara.  I liked the fight between the traitor Argyus and Gree because it's not often you see two guys who AREN'T Jedi fighting and I also liked the plot twist of learning that Argyus was working with Ventress.  I also didn't see Gree losing the way he did to Gunray, of all people!  I totally didn't see that coming!  The other battle between Ventress and the two Jedi was good because it was not only set in a dramatic battlefield (the burning engine room of the ship), it also was just very well executed and exciting to watch.  That leads me to the next pro to this episode and that's the great cast of characters.  A few new characters were introduced, such as Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Clone Commander Gree, as well as old favorites such as Ahsoka and Asajj Ventress.  I liked the new faces, even Captain Argyus, and they were portrayed very well.  Luminara Unduli isn't my favorite Jedi Master, but I can't deny that she is one BAD CHICK.  You can tell she wasn't a Master for nothin'.  I also liked Commander Gree.  Even though he was a clone, he was very distinctive and very witty.  I even kinda sorta liked Ventress in this episode.  I have to admit, she rocked it with her deadly combat skills and sadistic personality in this episode.  I also loved the fact that in this episode some of the characters grew and learned something about themselves.  Ahsoka and Luminara in particular.  Ahsoka learned to not be so brash and not rush into things, while Luminara learned to not be so stiff and to not underestimate her enemy.

    You know, I'm starting to notice a pattern with these Separatists...

    I think the only con that I can think of for this episode would be Ahsoka's...brashness, I guess is the word.  Actually, I think I may prefer the word abrasive.  She was just abrasive in this episode.  The worst times were when Ahsoka threatened Gunray at lightsaber-point and when she basically told Ventress she would give her a merciful death.  When I heard her say that, I was cheering her on but at the same time I'm like, "Geez, girl, that's sadistic!  You're training to be a JEDI, not a Sith!"  These early episodes really showed her when she was a diamond in the rough.  She showed a great amount of potential, but it was still VERY obvious that she had a long way to go...

    Overall, this was an amazingly near perfect episode!  It's definitely one of the highlights of the season and one that I would definitely recommend watching (especially if you are a Ventress fan)!

    Rating:  9.5 out of 10

  • Hahaha you're vibrant personality makes reading your stuff very enjoyable!! I love this review!! I'm glad you enjoyed the episode! 9.5 is a really high score :) I luved it when you said: "I think the only con that I can think of for this episode would be Ahsoka's...brashness, I guess is the word.  Actually, I think I may prefer the word abrasive.  She was just abrasive in this episode.  The worst times were when Ahsoka threatened Gunray at lightsaber-point and when she basically told Ventress she would give her a merciful death.  When I heard her say that, I was cheering her on but at the same time I'm like, "Geez, girl, that's sadistic!  You're training to be a JEDI, not a Sith!"  These early episodes really showed her when she was a diamond in the rough.  She showed a great amount of potential, but it was still VERY obvious that she had a long way to go..." HAHAHAHAH!! SOO GOOD!!

  • Thanks!  This was a weird review for me to write.  I personally don't like the episode that much (I still think it's because I HATE Ventress in general), but it is really good.  Ahsoka has definitely grown A LOT in the series, because if you look at her now, and then look at her in the 5th season, it's like looking at two different characters!  She grew SO MUCH in this series.  Like I said, it was weird to review, but even though I don't personally care for the episode that much, I decided to not let my personal feelings have the upper hand in this review, and I tried to look at it as objectively as I could.

  • Wow... You're very professional :)

  • Thanks.  Even though my reviews are technically my opinion, I don't want to ever give an episode a bad or favorable review because of my INTENSE dislike or like for a character.  I'm kinda looking forward to writing reviews with Cad Bane (my all-time FAVORITE Star Wars character!) in them, but I'm kinda not...some of those reviews will be VERY highly rated, but I promise they won't be highly rated solely because I love Cad Bane.  They will have other very good and valid reasons for being rated high.  :)

  • Hahahah you are too awesome, Azure. TOO awesome. I can't wait to read more of your sutff!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 10, "Lair of Grievous"


    Moral:  "Most powerful is he who controls his own power."

    Main Character Focus:  General Grievous, Kit Fisto, and Count Dooku.

    Overview:  Stand-Alone (although, this could be seen as part 3 of a loosely connected 3-part story arc).  Nute Gunray has escaped!  The Sith Assassin, Asajj Ventress, has rescued Gunray from the Jedi, but the Republic has been able to track Gunray's whereabouts!  Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former Padawan Nahdar Vebb have tracked Gunray to a castle on a moon of the Vassek system, but they soon find out that Gunray is no where to be found and that they have stumbled upon something even more dangerous than they ever could have imagined!

    Review:  This episode has to be one of my all-time favorites!  I think it is the second episode to attain "perfect" status!  It has incredible battle scenes, awesome characters, very great lessons, it's a dark (but not too dark) and interesting story, and it gives you a very interesting insight into one of the Clone Wars' biggest villains!

    First off, I think I'll talk about the story.  This is the end of what you could consider a "loosely connected" 3-part story arc concerning Nute Gunray and his "almost capture" by the Republic.  "Bombad Jedi" was a bit of a disappointing start to this series of events, "Cloak of Darkness" was an IMMENSELY better, but not perfect, episode describing the capture and then escape of Nute Gunray, but "Lair of Grievous" ends the story with a BANG with an awesome episode about The Jedi, Count Dooku, and General Grievous playing a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse!  This was an episode where I couldn't keep my eyes off of the TV, and I think one of the main reasons for that was the suspense of wondering who was the cat and who was the mouse!  Honestly, I think almost everyone involved played both roles at some point in this episode, and I think that one of the most interesting parts of watching this episode was that exchange of roles throughout the story.  It also helps that the roles were played by exceptional characters such as Kit Fisto, an awesomely cool Nautolan Jedi Master, Nahdar Vebb, an eager young Mon Calamari Jedi Knight, Count Dooku, the master manipulator of this game, and most importantly, General Grievous, the evil cyborg warrior intent on killing all Jedi.  They all played wonderful roles in this story, and not just for themselves, but with each other, particularly between Nahdar and Fisto.  I loved some of the lessons and morals you learn in this story, the big one being the idea that if you have power, you should restrain yourself from using it, or else corruption will set in.   Another lesson was the idea of not seeking revenge, such as Nahdar did, because it can blind you, consume you, and potentially even kill you.

    Another thing that was excellent about this episode were the battle scenes.  Grievous proves MULTIPLE times in this episode why he is so feared by Jedi and clone alike!  This is one skilled dude!  There were scenes of not only Grievous vs. Fisto (and at one point Nahdar), but between him and Fisto, Nahdar, AND a handful of clones!  At the same time!  There was also a pretty intense battle between Fisto, Nahdar, and Clone Commander "Fil" vs. Gor, Grievous' pet roggwart.  So, there's pretty much a lot of crazy awesome action in this episode.  The last thing that was great about this episode is that you get to see a bit more about what's going on with Grievous.  He's actually a character you don't really hear too much about when it comes to his past or what goes on when he's not gallivanting around the galaxy slaughtering Jedi.  It was neat to see what his "home" was like, finding out that he had a pet monster named Gor, and that he had a cranky medic droid that repaired him when someone messed him up.  It's also cool to see statues of him as he was before he was "improved".  Like I said, it's neat to see some insight into a character who's past is a bit of a mystery.  :)

    As for the cons, well, there AREN'T any.  The one thing that I thought might have been a con was the fact that this episode is a bit......dark.  I wondered if I would have to knock the rating down a half a point, but after watching this episode, I thought that, yeah, this is a dark episode that adults would like, but it's not TOO dark for kids to watch and enjoy.

    Overall, this is a magnificently PERFECT episode with awesome characters, morals, battles, and last but definitely not least, a terrific story!

    Rating:  10 out of 10.

  • AWWW YEAHHH!!! This episode got a perfect score! Grevious is pretty bada** and tough! I'm glad you love this episode so much!

  • Oh yeah, this is definitely one of my favorite episodes not only of the season, but of the entire series!  I thoroughly enjoyed watching this again and after watching it, I found no reason to not give it a perfect score.  :)

    Like I said, I ALMOST dropped it down a half of a point for being a bit dark and potentially scary for the wee ones watching, but I decided that it wasn't too bad for them to watch, so I went ahead and gave it a 10.

  • Hahah "the wee ones"? So cute! :D

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode: Season 1, Episode 11, "Dooku Captured"


    Moral:  "The winding path to peace is always a worthy one, regardless of how many turns it takes."

    Main Character Focus:  Count Dooku, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 2.  Count Dooku, powerful Sith Lord and leader of the Separatist Alliance, is being hunted by the Jedi!  Anakin Skywalker and his former Master Obi-Wan Kenobi are on the hunt for the elusive Sith Lord.  After Count Dooku thinks that he has gotten away from his Jedi pursuers, he soon finds himself in the custody of a band of Weequayan pirates!  Will the Jedi be able to bargain for Count Dooku from the pirate captain Hondo Ohnaka, or will the Count be ransomed back to the Separatists?

    Review:  This is an episode that leads into an interesting story arc, however I felt that this was definitely the weaker of the two part story.  The major good thing about this story was the introduction of a great recurring character, Hondo Ohnaka, and some other good things were the fact that this was a great change of pace, the pirate section of the story was very interesting and engaging, and I loved the music!  The cons to this is the fact that this episode seemed like it was the latter half of one story and the beginning of another later on, the dialogue, particularly between Obi-Wan and Anikin, was VERY corny, and this was a prime example of why having a short web comic lead into a TV episode sometimes doesn't work.

    So we finally meet the dastardly pirate captain Hondo Ohnaka!  I gotta say, I really like this guy.  He's not only funny, but he's smart (in a devious, criminal sort of way), charismatic, and he has a neat voice, compliments of legendary voice actor Jim Cummings.  So, as you can tell, he's a major pro for this episode.  Another pro is the fact that the series is seeming to have a bit of a change of pace.  I love all the war-related battles and political intrigue, but sometimes there are episodes like these that seem to take a break from all of that and have an interesting story come out of it.  I was especially impressed with the "pirate" section of the story.  When the pirates capture Dooku and take him to Florrum, that to me was when the interesting part of the story truly began and when you start to really take notice and wonder what happens next.  I'll explain my reaction to the first part of the episode in a little bit.  After that there was also the great pirate HQ music.  I especially loved the tavern song!  It's one of my favorite songs in the series, and one that gets in my head and doesn't soon come out!


    As for the cons for this episode, there were a few glaring ones.  One of my biggest complaints with this episode was the fact that this episode seemed to be "chopped in half" between two stories.  The first part of the episode was a story about Anakin and Obi-Wan trying to capture Count Dooku for the Republic and the second half was about Dooku instead getting captured by pirates after he gave the Jedi the slip.  In my opinion, the second half is FAR superior to the first.  The first part of the story was a bit weird in that it pretty much seemed to dump you right in the middle of the story with Obi-Wan going and rescuing the "captured" Anakin Skywalker on Count Dooku's frigate.  When I first watched that episode, I was like, "Wait...did I miss something?"  And apparently I did.  In the first season, before an episode would air, they would post small web comics that would be a prelude to the episode being aired.  Apparently, there was a little story about how Anakin had been captured by the Separatists on purpose in order to get on Dooku's frigate.  Fortunately, that was explained in the first few minutes of the show, so it wasn't really THAT big of a deal, but it still always made me feel that the episode was somehow...incomplete.  Other bad things about the first part was that the action sequences were not that great, the story itself is not that strong, the stories didn't really transfer from one to the other that well, and the big one for me was the dialogue.  The dialogue, especially between Obi-Wan and Anakin, was really quite corny.  Painfully and wince-inducingly corny...ironically enough, I actually liked Ahsoka's dialogue (IT'S A MIRACLE!  AZURE ACTUALLY LIKED AHSOKA'S DIALOGUE!!)  *Clears throat*  Yes, I actually thought her lines were very witty, which is ironic, because I normally think that Ahsoka is the character that often gets the cheesy lines.  The problem was definitely with the boys this time around, from their greetings to their "witty" banter.

    Overall, this episode for me was about half and half.  I didn't particularly care for the first half of the episode, but the latter half became immensely better.  So, yeah...about half and half.

    Rating:  5.5 out of 10

  • Okay, first off... I am SO sorry it took me so long to post a comment! I just realized you posted a review! And, man.... This review is awesome!! Lol you're so good at writing, Azure. This review was very fun to read. Full of life and comedy. Your personality is covered in this review ^.^ A 5.5? HAHAHAHAH XD My favorite part: "The dialogue, especially between Obi-Wan and Anakin, was really quite corny.  Painfully and wince-inducingly corny...ironically enough, I actually liked Ahsoka's dialogue (IT'S A MIRACLE!  AZURE ACTUALLY LIKED AHSOKA'S DIALOGUE!!)  *Clears throat*  Yes, I actually thought her lines were very witty, which is ironic, because I normally think that Ahsoka is the character that often gets the cheesy lines.  The problem was definitely with the boys this time around, from their greetings to their "witty" banter." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!! That was gold. I'm nearly crying from laughing!

  • *Dramatic gasp*  How DARE you make me wait!?  LOL.  JK.  ;)

    Thanks!  That made my day!  Yeah, I imagined when I said that I liked Ahsoka's dialogue, that the entire audience would be all :O (dramatic collective gasps).  Really, it's true though, Ahsoka's lines were really nice and witty and the lines that were given to Obi-Wan and Anakin were SOOOOOOOOOOO CHEESY!  They really made them sound like a couple of dorks.  I have to admit, this may be the worst dialogue to date on their part.  It was THAT bad...

    As for the rating, I did feel that this one was split down the middle.  The first part I felt was very poor, but once the pirates come in, it's like it's a whole new ball game.  It was excellent after that.  Even the poor dialogue seemed to get immensely better, it's still not perfect, but the cheesiness did seem to get toned down A LOT.  It kinda makes me wonder if two teams of writers just decided to mash their stories up for one episode or something...

  • Hahahha your last comment is making me laugh again!! Hahaha you're very funny!

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