Grievous actually feels like a threat this episode, which is good considering he is on his home turf. This episode also shows that Kit Fisto is a wonderful character, I didn’t care about him before this episode, but Phil LaMarr (John Stewart of the “Justice League”) gives him personality and made me actually care about him. Also I like that Dooku is aware of all of Grievous’s losses and this episode is trolling him because of those losses.
The episode was directed by Atsushi Takeuchi and written by Henry Gilroy.
The story involves Jedi Master Kit Fitso following the tracking signal on Gunray’s ship to Grievous’s Lair and learning from Dooku that this was a setup. When he arrives his Padawan Nahdar is present and is wanting to kill Grievous for all his acts during the war. When Grievous arrives and finds his guards have been shut down he embraces Dooku’s test and begins hunting the Jedi and troopers who are occupying his home.
The Pros: The Action – The fight scenes are really good in this. From Grievous losing his legs and running from the overwhelming numbers to him turning the tables on the Jedi and Clones and hunting them all down and trapping them to the point that only Kit Fisto is able to escape. The action is really good and shows the stakes.
Grievous’s Lair – The Lair is cool, he has replacement parts, a Doctor Droid who is sassy and a giant alien beast named Gor who he actually cares about. His home is also full of traps and feels threatening as well as revealing his backstory as a warlord on another world.
General Grievous – Grievous feels like a threat for once! It takes him being schooled at the beginning of the episode, but after he gets repaired it is the Jedi who are running away. I want to see more of this as he deserved the trap that Dooku set because he is a failure of a General who only seems able to survive and not give us any victories on screen until this episode.
Kit Fisto – Fisto knows the danger of anger and arrogance but was not able to teach it to his Padawan. What I got form this is Fisto likes to work alone, it was why his Padawan is a Former Padawan and this probably lead to him being super independent which lead to Nahder’s arrogance. In that way Fisto’s flaws lead to the losses that happened this episode, which I like, it shows he’s complex.
Count Dooku – This whole episode is Dooku playing the Jedi against Grievous to remove Grievous or test him and in the end him pretty much showing no matter how many times Grievous hangs up on Dooku, Dooku still owns him and is the one controlling him like a puppet and punishing him when he fails. I liked how in control Dooku is when he isn’t even present and is manipulating everything for a distance.
Okay: Nahdar – Is an overeager padawan who thinks he is powerful enough to defeat Grievous. he was really naive and deluded and I didn’t mind him dying at all. He is the first defeat of a Jedi that we see Grievous do which is good and really the only purpose he serves as well as showing us Fisto is sad that his former apprentice is now dead and that the war is changing the Jedi.
This was an episode that had loss, great action, showed how the war was bringing the Jedi to becoming closer to the Sith and establishes that Grievous can be a threat, now if they will follow up on this Grievous could end up being a decent antagonist. I don’t have much faith though given his current track record in how he’s been written. Dooku and Ventress are still far more compelling as antagonists.
Final Score: 9 / 10