Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 3, Episode 11 – “Pursuit of Peace” – Populism to Bring Change

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     “Pursuit of Peace” is somewhat connected to the peace arc but is far more focused on internal affairs, which is why I am giving it it’s own review. It is in this we see inside the Republic and how terror is being used to force votes in favor of keeping the war going, to the point that those who are against spending more money on the war are fighting themselves beaten by thugs. It’s a powerful episode and the ending scenes are some of the best this series has offered thus far.

     The story involves Amadala and the Peace Faction (Mothma, Organa and Farr) working to bring about an end to protesting the War Bill and turning the public against it after Mina is killed by “Republic” forces though it is mixed as far as information goes since rumor has it Dooku was involved. From here they chose to stand for her legacy as the final vote approaches in regards to the Bill. Padme and her faction must face threats of violence and the public that has turned against them to stop the Bill from passing.

The Pros: Robonino and Chata – These two guys are a great and they nearly stop Padme, they critically injure Organa and keep him from making his speech forcing Padme’s hand and they injure Farr. These two cause such an uproar that many of the Senators are living in fear for their live and don’t want to vote against the Bill.

The Peace Faction – Padme, Organa and Farr are the most vocal and Farr fights on even with his injury while Padme’s idealism really comes through while Organa is good at hiding his idealism as he is so popular he is a celebrity of the Senate. Seeing their dynamic is wonderful as each has distinct personalities.

Padme – Padme fights for her life on multiple occasions and in the end stands up when her servant tells her story as Padme speaks for the people who the Bill will affect negatively. War makes all the people suffer and the people need to be remembered if the war is ever to be won since they are the reason people fight. It’s a powerful speech and this one really shows how strong Padme’s empathy is, as well as her populist power.

Palpatine and Mas Amedda – These two are working together and Amedda knows where things are going with Empire as the final goal. Together they consider how one voice can change the public and Palpatine decides to wait before taking things to extremes as he knows the nature of the senate.

The Cons: The Banking Clan – These guys are only ruled by greed and I would have liked to see a more logical justification on why they planned to hike interest rates. These guys weren’t handled well, it felt like money for the sake of money with no rational explanation of how loans actually work.

  This episode really showed the power of populism and how one person can direct fear in a different direction, or to remind people why they fight and from there use it to support the Thesis. Padme is a master of words and it is great seeing her idealism contrasted with the ambition and manipulations of Palpatine.

Final Score: 9.5 / 10

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.