Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 1, Episode 8 – “Bombad Jedi” – Cool World, Why Does Jar Jar Have to be the Hero?

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    “Bombad Jedi” is a good episode at showing the Separatist influence and could have been a great serious episode, but due to Jar Jar being the primary protagonist that is lost. When the pratfall hero is who is being followed it just isn’t compelling. No one cares about Jar Jar, Padme’s story is by far the more intriguing one and I wish it had just been that as Jar Jar is just a distraction.

   The episode was directed by Jesse Yeh and written by Kevin Rubio, Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching.

    The story involves Padme traveling to Rodia to meet with an old friend Senator Onaconda Farr who she quickly learns has made a deal with Gunray to help his starving people who have been forgotten by the Republic. From here Padme plots her escape as Jar Jar tries to rescue her going undercover with the Jedi robes in her ship.

The Pros: Rodia – Rodia is an amazing looking planet! It’s a giant swamp and has a shield that protects it’s cities. Those in government are also nobility from the look of things at least in how they are treated as they wield the most influence and where the most colorful clothing.

Padme – Padme shows how resourceful she is this episode. We see her break out of her jail cell and resist Gunray as well as forgive Farr for his betrayal showing just how much she valued their friendship and still does as well as taking responsibility for the failures of the Republic in regards to Rodia.

Nute Gunray – Gunray is smart as he got Farr to betray Padme to him but in the end his desire for revenge and paranoia were his downfall as his men were distracted trying to get Jar Jar when they should have been focused on delivering supplies and apprehending Padme. This costs him in the end as he is captured by the Republic, ending the episode.

Onaconda Farr – Farr is a practical leader who just wants help for his world. When the Republic is slow in giving it he goes to the Separatists, but leaves them when he sees they aren’t motivated to help his people at all and only care about what he can give them. He stands up to them though and I really liked his character. I hope we see him again.

The Choice – Farr makes a choice in the end, he stood by the Separatists until he saw that Gunray was motivated by revenge an didn’t care about his people which lead to him backing Padme and the Republic realizing that they did care even if the Senate’s hands had been tied before.

The Cons: Jar Jar and 3PO – These two are just played for comedy and the Rodians seeing Jar Jar as the hero in the end when everything he did was by accident was annoying. Plus 3PO was a useless character only there to get hurt. I hate when characters exist only for that purpose.

   If there hadn’t been any Jar Jar and 3PO this episode would have been a favorite. Sadly time with them distracts from Farr and Padme who are the compelling characters along with the threat of Gunray. For this reason it is good but not great. There was the potential for greatness here but choosing joke characters to drive an episode that is this important was the wrong thing to do.

Final Score: 8.4 / 10.

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