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  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 12, "The Gungan General"

    Moral:  "Fail with honor rather than succeed with fraud."

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

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 2.  Obi-Wan and Anakin have been captured!  The pirates that captured Count Dooku have now gotten their hands on the two Jedi!  Wanting to triple their payday, they are planning on ransoming not only the Sith Lord Count Dooku, but also Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi!  However, this exchange will prove to be more difficult than Hondo Ohnaka bargained for...

    Review:  This is definitely the better of the two episodes.  I found the pros to be the fact that the dialogue is much more improved, the story keeps your interest, Hondo Ohnaka has proven himself to be an amazing character yet again, and Jar Jar is surprisingly tolerable in this episode.  The cons are the fact that Jar Jar is in this episode (so Jar Jar haters beware!), the story was a LITTLE cluttered, and there were a few mildly intense torture scenes.

    Well, this is definitely an improvement over the first episode, that's for sure.  The main difference I noticed was the fact that the dialogue in this episode was IMMENSELY better!  No more eye-rolling or wincing from me!  The story is also better.  This is a continuation from the last episode where the Jedi are having a few drinks with the pirates and then they suddenly find themselves in a cell with Dooku in this episode.  Between watching Jar Jar and the clones trying to get the ransom to Ohnaka, watching Dooku, Anakin, and Obi-Wan trying to escape from the pirates, and watching the traitorous pirate Turk try to get the spice all for himself, you're definitely not going to be bored with this episode!  Not only is the story pretty good but Hondo also stole the show, yet again.  He's definitely proved himself to be a good, solid recurring character, and not only just a recurring character, but a good character in general.  I think why he is such a great character is because a) he's funny b) he's smart c) he's charismatic and d) he's not your stereotypical villain or criminal.  This guy, for a pirate, is really honorable, and he is also the type to not shed blood if it's not necessary.  Because of many of these traits, he is definitely a memorable character.  Speaking of characters, Jar Jar is in this episode, and he was surprisingly tolerable.  Yes, he's still a walking disaster waiting to happen, but in this episode he proved that he's not all clumsiness, in fact, he is actually a bit smart.  Some of the things he does and says are actually pretty intelligent, such as the time when he and the clones hid in the crater that spewed out acid.  His reasoning was that the creatures in the area would run when the geyser was about to blow, and because of this, it ended up saving all of their lives from Turk and his traitorous band.  Another good idea he had was when the pirates left with the spice, he had the bright idea to use the creatures as mounts to catch up with them.  Yeah, I definitely looked at Jar Jar differently after this episode.  I'm beginning to think that he has a brain after all...

    Commander Stone: "Don't worry.  He's smarter than he looks."

    One of the bad things about this episode was the fact that Jar Jar was in this episode.  I admitted earlier that he was a lot more tolerable, but Jar Jar is still Jar Jar.  Mayhem ensues when he enters the scene, and I actually found it quite funny that Commander Stone was smart enough to know that if you just point him in the direction of the enemy, bad things start to happen, lol.  Even still, there are some that can't stand Jar Jar at all, so I will warn all Jar Jar haters to STAY AWAY.  Another thing that I think hurt the episode a little was the fact that even though the story was good, I felt that it was a little cluttered.  I've definitely seen much worse, but I think it could have been a little better executed.  One of the things that kinda bothered me was the very first scene.  If you pay attention to the very last scene of the previous episode you will notice that Obi-Wan and Anakin used The Force to switch out their drugged drinks with their neighbors.  Now, all of a sudden, they're in the dungeon, and I'm thinking "What the flip?!"!  Well, that was a web comic thing again.  Apparently, after they switched out their drinks, the Kowakian monkey-lizard Pilf Mukmuk tried to drug them multiple times after that.  He eventually accomplished that and that's how the two ended up getting captured.  So, that's another incidence where the web comics didn't work well with the episode, because if you didn't read the comic, then you would have been a little confused.  That was just one instance where the story was a little "choppy", and the rest wasn't real bad, but it still could have been a bit smoother between story lines.  Another mild con were the torture scenes.  Hondo ties up Anakin and Obi-Wan and then tortures them via electrocution, and even though I actually thought that it was very mild, I still thought it deserved to be mentioned.  It's probably not that big of a deal to most, but it still might be a little graphic for young kids.

    Overall, this was a good episode with an interesting story, an even more interesting antagonist, and Jar Jar actually using his head!  There were some Jar Jar and story clutter issues, but as I said, overall it's pretty decent.  As for the story arc, it started out real rocky with a somewhat uninteresting story and HORRIBLE dialogue, but once Hondo and his pirate gang enter the story, it gets MUCH better!  Even though there were some choppiness and cluttering issues in the story, it was still pretty decent, and personally, I find Hondo Ohnaka to be one of the most interesting and likeable characters in the series, so that definitely didn't hurt its rating!

    Rating:  7.5 out of 10

    Story Arc Rating:  6.5 out of 10

  • Thanks for the review!! Sorry it took so long! I was on vacation! NICE REVIEW!!!

  • Thanks and welcome back!  :)

  • Awh! Lol I missed you, too!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 13, "Jedi Crash"

    Moral:  "Greed and fear of loss are the roots that lead to the tree of evil."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Rex.

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 2.  While fighting in a battle to rescue fellow Jedi Knight Aayla Secura, Anakin Skywalker gets injured!  While in the process of taking him back to the Jedi Cruiser for medical attention, the group unexpectedly jump into hyperspace and end up crash landing upon a strange planet!  Now, Ahsoka Tano and Aayla Secura must find the local people to try to save their wounded comrade, but it will not be as easy as they hope!

    Review:  This was a pretty decent episode.  One of the high points was that it definitely started off with a bang!  Other positives are that they introduce the popular Aayla Secura to the series, the action scenes are pretty good, and there are some good lessons and philosophical discussions in this episode.  The cons are the fact that sometimes the episode treats you like an idiot and the Lurmen philosophy and traditions rub me a little wrong.

    Well, I have to give this episode credit, it has one of the most memorable battles in the series right in the beginning.  They start you off on the edge of your seat with the intense aerial battle over Quell, and it was non-stop action from there until the Jedi and Clones crash on Maridun.  Speaking of action, this episode has some pretty good action sequences that range from Jedi and Clones fighting battle droids to them trying not to crash into a star, to them fighting off large wingless griffon-like creatures on a hostile planet.  Overall, the action was pretty good.  The other thing that I would give this episode credit for would be the philosophical lessons you learn about from Aayla Secura and the debating of philosophies between her and the leader of the Lurmen, Tee Watt Kaa.  I liked that even though this episode had plenty of action, it also made you think too.  This episode is a prime example of how the series is very action oriented, but not COMPLETELY so.  The last thing that I loved about this episode was the introduction of a fantastic (and popular) character to the series, Aayla Secura.  I REALLY like this girl.  Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous (and stylish!), but she's intelligent and wise, and a heck of a fighter.  She's also just cool all the way around, and I thought she was a great choice to be sort of a role model and temporary replacement master to Ahsoka while Anakin was out of commission.  After watching this, I definitely wanted to learn more about her, and I plan to eventually read some of the comics that she is in!

    The cons of this episode were relatively few but a bit major for me.  One thing that I didn't like was a specific part in the episode where one of the clones finds a tablet on the ground of Maridun that shows some type of people under a gigantic tree.  After talking a bit about what to do next, Ahsoka, in her brilliance, makes the comment that the people seem to live near big trees, and then Aayla congratulates her for being so perceptive.  Now, I realize that this show is aimed at adults AND kids, but this nearly made me face-palm.  I was thinking to myself, "Yeah, we get it.  We saw the tablet with the people and tree on it too."  It was also not so much the fact that they pointed it out, it was the WAY they pointed it out like it was some kind of huge discovery.  The thing that comes to mind when I watch this certain part is that it's a bit of a "Dora the Explorer" moment.  You know what I mean?  It's like they made a big deal out of something SO OBVIOUS, and thought it was a brilliant conclusion.  I don't know, maybe I'm reading into that situation too much, but it has ALWAYS annoyed me to no end!  The other thing that I didn't like was the philosophy of the Lurmen.  As I said above in the pros, the philosophical debate between Tee Watt Kaa and Aayla was a good thing because it makes you think, but the Lurmen philosophy towards war is not one that I personally agree with.  These people are EXTREME pacifists, and they are rigid about their traditions.  Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against pacifists, it's just that these people take their pacifism to a really unhealthy level, as you'll soon see in the second part of this story arc.  It's not so bad in this episode, but I assure you, you'll be hearing my thoughts about it in the next review, and they WON'T be too favorable.

    Overall, this is a pretty decent episode with a great guest character, plenty of action, and great philosophical content, however some of the things said in this episode might either greatly question your intelligence or test your patience.

    Rating:  7.0 out of 10.

  • !!!!!!!!!! I just realized you made this... I AM SO SORRY!! Great review for a less than stellar episode!!! Lol your reviews are so much fun to read!

  • No prob!  TBH, I haven't been on GIO (or even online practically) at all since either Wednesday or Thursday, so it's all good.

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 14, "Defenders of Peace"

    Moral:  "When surrounded by war, one must eventually choose a side."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Captain Rex.

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 2.  Separatists have arrived on Maridun!  While Anakin is recuperating, Separatist commander Lok Durd announces that the Lurmen are now under the Separatists' protection.  The Jedi and clones leave in order to keep the Lurmen safe, but after learning of the Separatists' true reason for being on Maridun, they must protect the Lurmen from certain annihilation!  Meanwhile, the Lurmen must decide whether to abide by their traditions or whether to leave tradition behind in order to save themselves!

    Review:  This has to be one of my least favorite episodes in the season.  I liked the fact that you got to see some more of Aayla, the Separatist "defoliator" was one of the wickedest weapons in the series, and the debate about tradition was a thoughtful one.  My main gripes about this were that the Lurmen and their ways annoy me to no end, I didn't like Lok Durd, Lok Durd and his cronies showing up on Maridun when they did was a bit too coincidental, and the battles weren't that fantastic.

    Well, one piece of good news about this episode is that you get to see more of the awesome Twi'lek Jedi Knight Aaya Secura.  You don't get to see her much more after this, which is sad, because as I said in the first review, not only is she beautiful and stylish, but she's also wise, intelligent, and a HECK of a fighter.  With Anakin back on his feet, she was a little less of a "master" figure for Ahsoka, but she still shone with her incredible skills and wisdom.  Another thing that was note-worthy was the "defoliator", the Separatists' new "toy".  Lok Durd, a portly Neimoidian weapons developer, created a heinous artillery weapon that could fry everything within a large radius, but yet keep droids unscathed.  Now THAT'S clever!  Hideous, but clever.  If the Jedi had not been on Maridun when the Separatists were performing their tests for this weapon, it could have done some MASSIVE damage to the Republic.  So, I found that this weapon was one of the most clever devices in the series.  The last thing that I found pretty good was the debate over tradition.  Regardless of my opinion of the Lurmen, I have to admit, the debate about tradition added depth to the story.  It tackled the idea of whether you should uphold tradition no-matter-what, or if you ever should go against tradition in order to protect yourselves.  This was very evident between Tee Watt Kaa, the tradition-bound leader of the Lurmen colony, and his son, Wag Too, the young healer who believes that their traditions will destroy them all.  It's not easy to go against tradition, but one must ask themselves, "But what if by staying true to my traditions means that I'm going to die?"  I guess the most important question is, "Is tradition worth dying for?"  That I thought was a very nice way to add depth to the story, and even though I personally thought that the Lurmen were annoying, I have to give it that.

    Now, on to the things I didn't like.  One thing that I didn't like was Lok Durd.  Now, I know what you're thinking.  "Of course you don't like him, he's a bad guy!"  Well, in my book there are 3 general types of bad guys:  the "good" bad guys, the "eh" bad guys, and the "bad" bad guys.  This was definitely a "bad" bad guy.  Overall, I just couldn't like this guy.  His whole look and demeanor was just...wrong, to me.  He was braggart, a coward, and looked down upon others, not to mention he was a fat, ugly Neimoidian dude.  I appreciate the fact that he wasn't another emaciated looking Neimoidian like Nute Gunray, but still...I can barely look at this guy and not feel repulsed.  The SADDEST part of all is that he is voiced by famous actor George Takei, best known as Hikaru Sulu from the original Star Trek series.  The man is a great actor and has an incredibly unique voice, but even HE couldn't make this character work for me.  Another thing that bothered me about this guy was the fact that he and his troops just happened to show up on Maridun when the Jedi were there.  I found that to be a bit far-fetched.  I know that the writers had to come up with something to get the Jedi and clones off of Maridun, but I still felt that the Separatists' arrival was a bit too coincidental.  Another thing that I wasn't particularly impressed with were the battle scenes.  They weren't...BAD, but they weren't that fantastic either.  I guess what I'm meaning to say is that I've seen better.

    The main thing that I really didn't like about this episode were the Lurmen.  As I said in the previous review, I have nothing against pacifists, but this was RIDICULOUS.  I can't get over the fact that the leader, Tee Watt Kaa, was willing to sacrifice his people and himself in order to keep their pacifist beliefs.  I can't help but side with Wag Too in that you should at least defend yourself when someone is trying to kill you.  If you don't want to hurt others or be war-like, that's fine, but I just don't see a point in remaining "peaceful" when someone is going to kill you no-matter-what.  I believe in at least defending myself and the ones I care about, and I think that's why I most of the time can't stand to watch this episode.  The Lurmen, particularly Tee Watt Kaa, take their pacifism to this really unhealthy level, and it is not pleasing for me to watch.

    Overall, this was a poor episode.  Even though it had an incredible weapon, an even more incredible heroine, and George Takei in it, this episode was plagued with not so great battle scenes, a dud of a villain, and too coincidental timing.  I also just don't like watching this episode because of the too pacifistic Lurmen.  As far as the entire story arc is concerned, the first episode started out fairly strong, but it quickly went downhill from there.  I definitely felt that the first episode was the stronger of the two (the opposite of the previous story arc!), and I in general do not like this story arc very much.  The only two good, note-worthy things about this story arc were Aayla Secura and the "tradition" debate.  Everything else was either fair, or fell extremely flat to me.

    Rating:  3.5 out of 10.

    Story Arc Rating:  5 out of 10.

  • HAHAHAH! Your reviews of episodes that suck are soooo funny. Favorite part: "Now, on to the things I didn't like.  One thing that I didn't like was Lok Durd.  Now, I know what you're thinking.  "Of course you don't like him, he's a bad guy!"  Well, in my book there are 3 general types of bad guys:  the "good" bad guys, the "eh" bad guys, and the "bad" bad guys.  This was definitely a "bad" bad guy.  Overall, I just couldn't like this guy.  His whole look and demeanor was just...wrong, to me.  He was braggart, a coward, and looked down upon others, not to mention he was a fat, ugly Neimoidian dude.  I appreciate the fact that he wasn't another emaciated looking Neimoidian like Nute Gunray, but still...I can barely look at this guy and not feel repulsed.  The SADDEST part of all is that he is voiced by famous actor George Takei, best known as Hikaru Sulu from the original Star Trek series.  The man is a great actor and has an incredibly unique voice, but even HE couldn't make this character work for me.  Another thing that bothered me about this guy was the fact that he and his troops just happened to show up on Maridun when the Jedi were there.  I found that to be a bit far-fetched.  I know that the writers had to come up with something to get the Jedi and clones off of Maridun, but I still felt that the Separatists' arrival was a bit too coincidental.  Another thing that I wasn't particularly impressed with were the battle scenes.  They weren't...BAD, but they weren't that fantastic either.  I guess what I'm meaning to say is that I've seen better." HAHAHAHAHAH!! Azure! You are too writing! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!

  • !! Whoops! I meant to say: "You are too awesome at writing!" in my second to last sentence!

  • Thanks!  Yeah, this one was hard to go through.  The next I think is going to be just as hard...we'll get into some good episodes soon though!

  • LOL. I just imagine you having the biggest: "WHAT THE HECK?!" look on your face when you see these awful episodes. You're doing a great job. There's something really rare about your writing style. It feels so geniunine.

  • Thanks!  I try to be as professional as I can while staying true to myself.  Even though I want to give an accurate review of what I've seen, I also like to have a little fun with it.  ;)  So I'm glad someone is enjoying my reviews!  Thanks!

  • Yep. I really enjoy them. You found, like, the perfect balance between being professional and being true to yourself. Thats why I also like your blogs. It also gives me the impression that if you made a fantasy book, I prolly would love it...

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 15, "Trespass"

    Moral:  "Arrogance diminishes wisdom."

    Main Character Focus:  Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Rex, and C-3PO.

    Overview:  Stand-Alone.  Clone troopers have been massacred on the icy world of Orto Plutonia!  Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Captain Rex investigate the scene, along with the Chairman of Pantora, Chi Cho, and the Senator of Pantora, Riyo Chuchi.  They soon find that the attack was not from the Separatists, but from a tribe of indigenous people called the Talz, something that baffles the Chairman since he thought that the planet was uninhabited.  Soon there is a clash between the Pantorans and the Talz and the Jedi are caught in the middle!  Will they be able to stop a war from erupting, or will they only be able to watch helplessly as the Pantorans and Talz tear each other apart?

    Review:  There are times in your favorite series when there are some really great episodes that you just want to watch over and over again because they are just so good!  Well, this episode is NOT one of them.  In fact, this episode is one of those episodes that I DON'T like watching.  I have to admit, there are a few little good points here and there, the main two being that I really like Senator Chuchi and that Rex really shone in this episode, however, this episode is riddled with problems.  The big problem with this episode was with the Chairman, Chi Cho, but some other problems were the fact that it was a bit slow in the beginning, and the episode in general was just...bland and easily forgettable.

    Well, to be honest with you, there was little that was really "good" about this episode.  One of the things that I liked was Senator Riyo Chuchi.  She was a pretty cool character, however, I almost feel that I liked her because she absolutely SHONE in comparison to her paranoid, warmongering leader, Chi Cho.  Then I get to thinking that even though she was a bit of a door mat at first, she eventually had the guts to stand up to the guy and come to a peaceful resolution with the Talz.  So, this show really showed her grow as a political representative.  I do like that.  I also like the fact that you get to see her later in the series!  As for Rex, I have to be honest, I was impressed with him in this show.  He really gets the spotlight when it comes to the action in this episode and he showed off his mad skills!  I enjoyed watching him fight, and I also enjoyed the fact that HE was doing the fighting!  After watching this episode, I'm pretty sure Obi-Wan and Anakin didn't raise a finger.  That's not really a bad thing, though.  They've been having all of the fun for quite a while, so it was good to see the clones taking center stage in the action department.

    Well, they managed to do it.  They managed to go from one extreme to the other.  In the last story arc, there was a focus on extreme pacifism, now they've gone to the OTHER end of the spectrum with extreme aggression.  I don't know if the writers wanted to balance it out or what, but it did not work for me.  If you are wondering what I'm talking about, then look no further than Chairman Chi Cho.  Yikes.....this guy was ANNOYING!  Not only was he a complete arrogant jerk (which was made VERY apparent within two seconds of meeting him), he was also (as I said above) a paranoid warmonger!  He seriously made me wonder how he got elected to office!  Sorry everybody, I know I'm ranting a bit, but he was the main reason I hated this episode.  His attitude and general idiocy just turned me completely off.  Unfortunately, that wasn't the only thing wrong with this episode.  The sad fact of the matter is that it's a bit slow and at times, just plain boring.  I don't really think that you got to see any true action until about two thirds of the way through the episode!  I know it can't all be action, action, action, but if you're not going to have any action, you need to at least make it interesting the rest of the time.  For me, this episode fell short of being interesting.  I think it had potential, but it was just.....bland, at least when Chairman Cho was not being completely unbearable, or when Rex wasn't show-casing his excellent skills, or when Senator Chuchi and the Jedi were not trying to rein in Chairman Cho from making horrible decisions in diplomacy.  Even the two Jedi in the episode were a bit bland.  They played this odd role of being this sort of supporting character/bystanders to the entire situation that was going down, and it was quite strange.  Even though they helped guide Senator Chuchi and were trying to help the Pantorans and the Talz come to an understanding, they almost just seemed to be...there, the rest of the time.  So that was odd and a bit frustrating to watch.

    Chairman Chi Cho:  One of the most unlikeable characters in the Clone Wars Series.

    Overall, this episode was very lackluster and unimpressive.  There were a few moments that were pretty good, but mostly it was plagued by an unbearably annoying character, Jedi whose hands seemed to be tied most of the time, and just being generally boring and bland.  :(

    Rating:  2.5 out of 10.

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