Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 3, Episodes 21-22 – “The Hunter Arc” – Ahsoka Alone

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    This was a good two part episode arc that explores Ahsoka and gives her the chance to face a challenge on her own, without Obi-Wan or Anakin or another Jedi Master as an out. We see her grow so much from this, and the villains are decent too, though it feels like very sci. fi. invents a reptilian alien species that has a culture built around hunting humanoids.

   “Padawan Lost” and “Wookie Hunt” were directed by Dave Filoni and written by Bonnie Mark.

    The episodes involves Ahsoka being captured by a Trandoshan hunting party who transport her to their moon for their traditional hunt. It is there her and the remaining survivor Padawans must band to together to beat them, which becomes easier when they help rescue a Wookie named Chewbacca.

The Pros: The Trandoshans – These guys were derpy and none them stood out as memorable, but as a species I have always like the Alien Hunters who Hunter other aliens tropes, be it how the Klingons sometimes are, the Hirogen, Krogans and others. Their style was very rough too and they knew their limit which is why they didn’t hunt Knights or Masters.

The Padawans – The Padawans are great in this episode and we see them band together, though they lose their leader Kalifa who inspires Ahsoka to lead and bring the battle to them. Their arc is going from victims to survivors and more.

Anakin Skywalker – We see Anakin’s fear in this given that even him doing everything in his power to find Ahsoka isn’t enough to find her and he feels like he failed her in the process. After she frees herself she thanks him for his training and we see that he may understand it a little, though it obviously isn’t enough as his fear that makes him human is still a major driving factor in his personality.

Ahsoka Tano – Ahsoka shows that she is ready to become a Knight and is on her way to Master in this episode. She helps the Padawans fight back and helps them get off the planet, as well as fighting honorably against the Tradoshan who threatened her. She stays good even though the situation should make her bad. In this way she is the opposite of Anakin, who would have become bad under similar circumstances.

Okay: Chewbacca –  I get why they put him in this and he is a connection to Star Wars, but it felt kind of contrived too. I had no idea how he got caught or why a General would rescue him. he felt like fanservice, though I did enjoy his dynamic with the Padawans.

The Cons: The Tradoshan Leader – He had the same problem as his son where he would talk about everything he was going to do rather than just doing it. His species was cool and though I liked his design, he was not a good antagonist.

Plo Koon – This guy is a blank slate and we have never got to know anything about him. Another stand in Master whose connection to Ahsoka meant nothing.

This is a good arc and one I’d recommend for Anakin and Ahsoka. Chewy is fanservice but isn’t bad…the only bad one is Plo Koon who after all this time is unknown as an individual whose motivations are blank. I’d watch this mostly for Anakin and Ahsoka and seeing how they face trials as that is what made this good.

Final Score: 8 / 10

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 2, Episodes 20-22 – “Boba Fett’s Revenge Arc” – Boba Fett is Ruined

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       This arc was okay, it wasn’t great as we get a lot of beige Jedi and Boba Fett was too, there was so much potential with his character that was just wasted since the show wasn’t willing to go as far as it could have for showing an orphan who had been raised by the best Bounty Hunter in the galaxy. Most of that was abandoned for overdone cliches and the most interesting parts of the episode were Anakin’s reaction to things and Captain Captain Hondo.

      “Death Trap” was directed by Steward Lee and written by Doug Petric, Drew Z. Greenberg and Brian Larsen. “R2 Come Home” was directed by Giancarlo Volpe and written by Eoghan Mahony, Drew Z. Greenberg and Brian Larsen and “Lethal Trackdown” was directed by Dave Filoni who was one of the writers along with Greenberg and Larsen.

    The story involves Boba Fett’s quest for Revenge with Sing to kill Mace Windu for the murder of his father. From here things unfold as he destroys a Republic Cruiser to trap them and deals with the threat of the Jedi closing in as he seeks to bring about his revenge and deal with his conflicted feelings over the people caught in the crossfire.

The Pros: Captain Hondo – This guy is back as Sing’s ex and he has a great dynamic with her and the Jedi as he doesn’t want to get burned from either side. Seeing him play the neutral party for once when he is usually an antagonist was pretty awesome.

Anakin Skywalker – Skywalker almost dies but through R2 manages to save himself and Windu. He is the one all out for killing Boba and if Boba kills Jedi later, he wouldn’t be completely wrong. In this we see how driven Anakin is by ends justifying the means and that there isn’t any accountability as Windu never calls him out fully on being so focused on himself and his ego.

Okay: The Bounty Hunters – They all have cool looks but we never get to know what their drive is beyond money or why Sing is helping Boba. Wasted potential but they weren’t completely useless.

The Cons: Boba Fett – For a character that is supposed to be the greatest badass later he mostly just frowns and fails in his mission and feels bad about the innocents in the crossfire later. Very poorly handled as a character.

The Jedi – Windu and Plo Koon are blank slates in this and we never get to know Ahsoka either because Plo and Windu take up so much of the screentime.

  This was an arc that was okay, but had way too much going against it. It would have been better to leave Boba out and make his story a mystery as now he has been even more ruined by the influence of the prequels.

Final Score: 5 / 10

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 1, Episodes 2-4 – The Malevolence Arc – Grievous is a Terrible Antagonist

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     I’m not reviewing the three episodes that make up this arc individually because it is a terrible arc and doesn’t deserve the time investment that would entail. One can only ran about how terrible Grievous is a villain so many times before it’s too much. He is the weakest part of this episode for so many reasons and doesn’t deserve the title General. This is a shame as he was pretty awesome in the 2D “Clone Wars,” sadly the Grievous we get here is like the one in Episode III, a coward who can’t even win against opponents who have less troops and resources.

     The episodes in question are “Rise of Malevolence,” Shadow of Malevolence” and “Destroy Malevolence.”

     The story involves the plot to destroy the new Separatist Supership called Malevolence as Dooku puts Grievous in charge of testing it. When Plo Koon and his men stumble on the ship and lose their fleet they are rescued by Anakin and Ahsoka who had been found by Master Plo Koon when she was child and together they must find a way to destroy the ship before it returns to Separist space.

The Pros: The Funny Moment – After the ship is destroyed Dooku calls Grievous to check in on the weapon and Grievous just turns it off. It’s actually a hilarious and a great middle finger to Dooku who probably felt like a fool for trusting Grievous in the first place.

The Battles – The battle to destroy Malevolence is wonderful, even though the dialogue is pretty terrible. You can pretty much predict every Trooper death before it happens.

Okay: The Jedi Knights and Masters – Anakin, Obi-Wan and Plo Koon aren’t bad but they are kind of interchangeable. I can’t think of anything memorable that was done that wasn’t predictable. Anakin and Ahsoka were going to find Plo Koon, that was never a question, all we saw was that Anakin trusts Palpatine when Palpatine calls in asking Anakin to retreat given that the council is displeased with his doing his own thing.

Count Dooku – The guy never let up on Grievous but we never saw him propose any solutions either. He was mostly there just as a threat and not active.

The Cons: Ahsoka – Says Artooy a whole bunch, gives nothing to the battle and only saves Plo Koon based on her belief that she’ll find him. She is a plot device this episode and feels like she was the “cute” anime trope played to the fullest and not an actual character. She was super annoying, though Grievous was worse.

General Grievous – Stupid cough, punching his own men who act like jokes and assuming he’ll win no matter what rather than concentrating on protecting the ship. The guy fell for simple traps and only survived the battle because he went into a fighter to join it. He was great in the fighter but he was embarrassment prior and I could not take him seriously as a villain. Really hope he gets better, right now he’s worse than Episode III and he was terrible in that. Also, he targets Clone Hospitals…and loses. This guy is an embarrassment to the Separatists, why did they make him a general?

   Don’t watch this arc. It doesn’t give you any new information, the characters don’t feel like complete characters, the villains are wasted and nothing of any significance matters. These episodes are only 20 minutes long but they felt so much longer. There is nothing good to be gained from them.

Final Score: 1 / 10