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Past Clone Wars Episode Review

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  • Yeah, sorry for the wait.  I decided to let my brain rest after that 7-part blog series I wrote.  Plus I've been busy with other stuff, so I just hadn't carved out the time to write a review until now.  I'm kinda excited.  There is one 3-part story arc left and then a single episode finale, then I'll be done with the whole entire First Season of Clone Wars!  :D

    Thanks a bunch!

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 19, "Storm Over Ryloth"

    Moral:  "It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness."

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

    Overview:  Story Arc 1 of 3.  Ryloth has been invaded!  The Separatists have blockaded the planet and its citizens are starving!  General Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano must burst through the Separatist blockade in order for Obi-Wan and Mace Windu's forces to make a ground assault.  Will the two Jedi be able to break the blockade or will the Twi'leks of Ryloth have to suffer longer?

    Review:  I like this episode quite a bit.  Some of the highlights include that it has a great lesson, you get to see Ahsoka grow as a Jedi, the battle scenes were pretty great, and the enemies are not too shabby.  The only thing that I could see wrong with this episode was that sometimes Ahsoka's immaturity was a bit abrasive and somewhat out of character.

    This is a pretty spectacular start to a 3-episode campaign.  Before I say anything else, I wanted to point something out about this particular story arc.  Each episode seems to focus on one or two of the four Jedi that were involved in liberating Ryloth.  The first episode seemed to focus on Anakin and Ahsoka, the second seemed to focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the third seemed to focus more on Mace Windu.  I think it's interesting how they made it to where it was the same campaign, but in the views of 4 different protagonists.  As I stated before, this episode focused on Anakin and Ahsoka, Ahsoka in particular.  This episode was a pretty great demonstration of her growing and maturing as a Jedi.  Even though Anakin had no small part in this episode, it seemed to be more about Ahsoka and her gaining confidence after failure.  That's another thing about this episode that I liked.  This show had a great lesson in it.  After Ahsoka fails in battle, her confidence in her leadership skills falters and wavers, and only after facing her problems instead of running away from them, she gains the confidence to not only fight another day, but to win in the next battle.  This is a classic story of if you get beaten down, just get back up and brush yourself off and learn from your mistakes, and I think that that was very well executed. 

    Another thing that was well executed were the battle scenes.  They were all space battles, but they were pretty amazing.  All of them from Ahsoka's initial assault on the blockade to the final victory over it were pretty exceptionally done.  I also like the strategic part of it.  Both Ahsoka and Anakin made some brilliant strategies and I have to admit, the enemy wasn't too shabby either.  Neimoidian Captain Mar Tuuk was a pretty decent strategist as well.  I'm not usually one that likes Neimoidian characters, but I have to admit, this guy wasn't half-bad as a villain.  He's very Neimoidian-like, but he's not too annoying or whiny like many of his species are.  He's also got a pretty good understanding of battle strategy and he's not afraid to admit that he respects Anakin as a warrior, as seen with one of his conversations with Emir Wat Tambor, the Skakoan Separatist leader in charge of Ryloth.  So, I found him to be a pretty good Separatist villain, whom I wouldn't mind seeing again.

    Mar Tuuk: Not your typical slimy, whiny Neimoidian

    The only blemish that I could see was that Ahsoka was a bit TOO immature at times.  It's very apparent in the beginning when she started disobeying orders and pretty much lost most of the men in her command because of it.  It frustrates me to watch it sometimes because I'm thinking, "Ahsoka, what the heck?!  Your losing people left and right and your acting like a spoiled little brat!  What the heck is wrong with you?!"  So, sometimes seeing her bratty attitude in this episode is a little hard to watch, but in the end she learns her lesson and grows in the process.  I do like that, but there are times where I feel that she was a bit TOO immature, even for her.  I think that the writers made her especially annoying and bratty in the beginning so that her growth could be a bit more apparent in the end, because her attitude was a bit much.  I think that if you can get through watching her immaturity at the very beginning, then this is actually a pretty great episode.

    Overall, this was an excellent episode with great action, a great lesson, and a pretty decent villain.  If you can get past Ahsoka's excessive immaturity at the beginning of this episode, then you will love it!  :)

    Rating:  9.5 out of 10

  • :D ANOTHER REVIEW!! :D I'm really happy you enjoyed this episode. Lol I missed your writing style so it was nice to read your skill again!!! Good job!!!

  • Thanks!  This one was pretty good!  :D

  • Azure-san for the win!!! ^.^

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 20, "Innocents of Ryloth"

    Moral:  "The costs of war can never be truly accounted for."

    Main Character Focus:  Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Cody, and Mace Windu

    Overview:  Story Arc 2 of 3.  The planet of Ryloth is under droid occupation!  Now that Republic forces have broken through the blockade, Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu can now start a ground assault, however, proton cannons keep the ships from landing!  It is now up to Obi-Wan and Commander Cody to take out those canons, but they soon find that that will be a difficult task due to the fact that the Separatist battle droids are using innocent civilians as living shields!  Will Obi-Wan and the clones under his command be able to take out the canons and save the civilians?

    Review:  This is a pretty good episode.  Some of the pros include the fact that the clones were very "human", you see the war through a victim's eyes, there are some pretty decent battle scenes, and the villain was not too terrible.  Some of the cons are that there is a lot going on in this episode and I sometimes thought that the "cuteness" factor was laid on a bit too thick at times.

    I'll say it now and I'll say it over and over again, one of the things that I LOVE about this series is that the clones are very much "human".  This episode is the perfect example of that.  One of the things that makes this episode stand apart from the rest is that "human" element that you see the clones display when Waxer and Boil meet Numa, a little Twi'lek girl that was orphaned due to the droid occupation.  I just love it.  It really pulls at the heartstrings when Waxer and Boil realize all that this girl lost.  Another thing that I found to be pretty well done was that you get to see how war affects regular, everyday people.  When you think about "losses" and "casualties" in war, most of the time you think of soldiers and those directly involved in the conflict, but this episode showed the war from a different perspective.  It shows us that soldiers, generals, and strategists aren't the only casualties in war, but people caught in the crossfire, like the Twi'leks of Ryloth, can know loss as well.  Another pro for this episode was that the battle scenes were fair.  They weren't the BEST I've ever seen, but they were pretty decent.  One that's pretty memorable for me is when the gutkurrs attacked the clones and Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan used the force to get the creatures to follow him into an alleyway and then trapped them by having the clones shoot down a bridge to close them in.  That was pretty cool!  The last thing was that the villain this time was interesting.  This time it was a tactical droid named TX-20, and according to my research, this was the first episode to really feature a tactical droid.  I thought it went over pretty well.  Between the looks, voice, and attitude, TX-20 really nailed the villain role.

    Yep.  It ain't a party until a bunch of angry Twi'lek villagers rip the head off of a tactical droid.

    As far as cons go, there are only two that come to mind.  The first is that there is a lot going on in this episode.  Some episodes are just like that, but some know how to handle it in a clear, coherent way.  This isn't one of those episodes.  This episode was a little messy.  It took me a few times to watch this before I really understood EVERYTHING that was going on.  So, unless you are REALLY paying attention, this episode can be a bit messy and not completely clear.  Another minor con is that sometimes I felt that the "cuteness" was a bit overdone at times.  Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with cuteness, and little Numa is the most adorable thing ever, but sometimes I felt that the cuteness factor was laid on a bit thick.  When something like that is laid on thick, sometimes it can be seen as "carrying" the episode, and I admit, the cuteness does carry the episode a little.  However, I don't feel that the episode is COMPLETELY carried by it.  It definitely could have been a lot worse.

    Overall, this is a pretty good, cute episode that showcases the clones' humanity, the effects of war, and some pretty decent action and villains.  As long as you pay attention and are not too averse to cuteness, you'll definitely enjoy the second part of this three-part Ryloth campaign.

    Rating:  8.5 out of 10

  • I luv how you manage to balance your great personality and professionalism in the stuff you write. This was VERY entertaining to read :D

  • Yay!  Thank you!  :D  Glad you're enjoying them!

  • You're welcome! Keep making legit stuff! :)

  • Hey, you guys.  If you are seeing multiple posts of my review for "Liberation on Ryloth", then I apologize.  I'm having some technical difficulties.

  • Testing, testing, 1,2,3...

  • WARNING!  This review may contain spoilers!

    Episode:  Season 1, Episode 21, "Liberty on Ryloth"

    Moral:  "Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised."

    Main Character Focus:  Mace Windu

    Overview:  Story Arc 3 of 3.  Liberation of the planet Ryloth is within sight!  Mace Windu and his forces are pushing back the droids on the ground while Anakin Skywalker has them on the run in space.  Unfortunately, Windu doesn't have the necessary man-power to take the capital city of Lessu.  Now he must enlist the aid of a local freedom fighter, Cham Syndulla, but Syndulla has his reservations about the alliance.  Will he aid the Jedi in freeing Ryloth?  Or will the Separatists and political squabbling destroy the home of the Twi'leks?

    Review:  This is a fantastic way to end a 3-part campaign.  In fact, I have found this to be a perfect episode!  The highlights are that it is well-written, the humor is well-balanced, the combat is incredible, and the cast is pretty stellar.

    I have to admit, this was a pretty great ending to a fantastic 3-part story arc.  First of all, and I think the most important of all, the story is pretty incredible and very well-written.  Innocents of Ryloth, the previous episode, suffered from a bit of a messy and cluttered story, but not this one.  This story was pretty easy to follow and clean.  Another thing about this that I liked was the many different aspects of the story.  I liked the military aspects of it, from Windu's plan to get into Lessu to Dooku's plan to destroy Ryloth and show the galaxy the "price of a Republic victory".  I also liked the political aspect to it as well.  I realize this is a military campaign, but I liked the fact that they threw in a bit of the politics behind the scenes.  This was well executed in the conversation between freedom fighter Cham Syndulla and Mace Windu.  I liked the fact that the writers had the foresight to consider what would happen AFTER Ryloth was won back.  They were very real concerns and another thing that I found to be realistic, if a little annoying, was the political squabbling, especially between Syndulla and Senator Orn Free Taa, the Twi'lek who represents Ryloth in the Galactic Senate.  I admit that was a little annoying, but you also have to keep in mind that politics is about three-quarters squabbling and bickering anyway, so, I found that to be very realistic and believable.

    The next thing that I loved about this episode was the cast.  I will be the first to admit that Mace Windu is not my favorite character in the world, but in this episode he was very well done.  This episode showcased not only his wisdom, but his incredible prowess in battle as well.  In fact, he was one of the reasons that the battles in the episode were so great.  Cham Syndulla is an interesting character.  For a freedom-fighter, he wasn't too idealistic or fanatical, but he was passionate enough for you to get the message that this guy was willing to do anything, even set aside his disputes with a political rival, to save his home.  Then, of course, there are the villains.  We finally get to see the overlord of Ryloth himself, Emir Wat Tambor.  This guy was a perfect example of greed and brutality (especially greed).  This was made very apparent in his conquest to bleed Ryloth of its treasures dry while using the citizens of Lessu as a shield between him and the Republic forces.  At first, I would have considered him a bit of a con because of his excessive greed, but you soon find that there is another that balances him out.  That other villain is a Tactical Droid by the name of TA-175, and he was the perfect example of practicality and efficiency.  While Wat Tambor is trying to get all of his spoils, TA-175 constantly reminds him of Dooku's orders to leave and destroy the capital on their way out.  Of course, greedy Wat Tambor doesn't listen and because of that, he gets left behind while TA-175 flies away from the battle, telling the "unfortunate" news to a not-so-heartbroken Count Dooku.  So, I found the contrasts between the two to make up for the pettiness and greediness shown by Wat Tambor.

    The other things that I found to be great about this episode was the fact that the humor was well-balanced and the battles were incredible.  Sometimes in a series like this, you find the humor to be too silly because of the fact that it is geared toward a juvenile audience, as well as a mature one, but this was not the case in this episode.  I found the humorous parts of the episode to be funny, but in good taste and not too silly.  My favorite part was when a patrol of battle droids finds a battle droid head in a battlefield and one of them makes the comment that it was an older model programed by a central computer.  He then goes on to say that the destroyed battle droid wasn't as intelligent as he was because he was an "independent thinker", then a chorus of "Roger, rogers" erupts among the patrol showing their "independent thinking".  The last thing that I found to be pretty great about this episode were the battle scenes.  This episode starts off with a bang as you see the Republic forces trying to push back enemy lines.  This by itself shows a lot of war scenes and showcases Windu's amazing battle prowess and force abilities.  This continues on when they advance on the capital of Lessu accompanied by Cham Syndulla.  Not only was the tactical aspect of the battle pretty great, but the raw combat was also pretty great to watch.  The suspense at the end with the bombers and Anakin and Ahsoka was the perfect way to top it off.  So, overall, this was a pretty great episode, battle-wise, to watch.

    Overall, this was the perfect way to end an impressive story arc and military campaign.  It has everything from great battle scenes, to interesting characters, to a fantastically written story.

    As far as the whole story arc goes, it was pretty impressive.  It started out pretty strong with "Storm Over Ryloth", featuring Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker in their attempt to break the Separatist blockade of Ryloth.  This story gained high marks due to its great lesson that Ahsoka had to learn and its impressive villain.  The next episode, "Innocents of Ryloth", featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, stumbled a little.  It was still pretty good, but the story was a bit messy and the "cuteness" factor may have been a smidge overdone.  The last episode, "Liberty on Ryloth", featuring Mace Windu, was perfectly executed and wrapped up the story very well.  With it's great characters, well-written story, and great combat, this was by far one of the best story finales I've seen yet.  So, overall, the Campaign for Ryloth story arc was pretty impressive and one of the best story arcs of the season.

    Rating:  10 out of 10.

    Story Arc Rating:  9.0 out of 10.

  • I want to apologize again for the inconvenience.  I also want to apologize for potentially flooding all of your emails with my futile attempts at figuring out what's going on with this thing.  I'm so sorry.  I hope this gets fixed soon.

    On a brighter note, I wanted to ask all of you on your opinions about something.  There is one more episode in this season left that I have yet to review, and after that there is of course the second season.  Interestingly enough, there was actually a video game that came out that is supposed to fall in between the first and second seasons.  This game is called Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes.  I wanted to know if you guys wanted me to review that as well, because it does TECHNICALLY fall in between the first and second seasons and it would be an interesting addition to the reviews.  It also is set up much like a 3-part story arc, so it wouldn't be TOO far-fetched to review it.  However, I'm going to leave that up to you guys because it is TECHNICALLY not a Clone Wars episode.

    I can't wait to hear what you all have to say about this matter and I apologize again for the inconvenience.

  • Its okay, Azure!!! PLEASE REVIEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I wanna read more from you!

  • Really?  Hm.  I'll have to take that into consideration then.  Here's another question.  Since the game is set up like a three-part story arc, do you think that I should review it in it's three distinct parts, or as one game in one review?

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