Rather than write about The Clone Wars episodes individually or by story-arc, I have decided to review it by disc as they are in the Blu-Ray Box Set releases.
In this post the episodes I will be talking about are Grievous Intrigue, The Deserter and Lightsaber Lost.
In Grievous Intrigue, General Grievous captures Jedi Master Eeth Koth and sends a transmission to the Jedi Council. Commander Wolfe informs Plo Koon that Master Koth was using hand signals to give his location which Obi-Want translates as the Salucemi system.
Anakin, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia come up with a plan. Obi-Wan will take a fleet to distract Grievous whilst Anakin and Adi will sneak into the battlefield is a small shuttle, dock with Grievous’s ship whilst Obi-Wan draws Grievous to him.
Grievous seems to fall for the Jedi’s plan but has left Master Koth under the protection of a Tactical Droid and a group of Commando Droids.
Anakin and Adi manage to defeat the Droids and rescue Eeth Koth but Grievous manages to escape Obi-Wan and sabotages the Republic ship as he reaches the docking tube the tube splits. Obi-Wan, Commander Cody and a pair of Clones are saved by Adi Gallia and they all get on to the Separatist Cruiser.Anakin and his team have escaped but find a docking bay where they pick up the survivors. Grievous has his forces leave the Cruiser in Landing Craft and head for the planet.
Back on the Republic Cruiser, Adi Gallia offers to take Eeth Koth to a Medical Station.
A great episode and it’s great to get back on form after the Zombie episodes. I really enjoy the interaction between Obi-Wan an Grievous. Obi-Wan was my favourite character in the prequels, his almost sassy personality really played well with me and they do a great job with it in this episode. I like seeing some of the lesser known Jedi getting some screen time with Adi Gallia and Eeth Koth, it adds a bit of character to the otherwise named but unknown characters that populate the films.
The Deserter is possibly one of my favourite episodes of the whole series. Whilst tracking General Grievous on the surface of Salucemi Obi-Wan sends Rex and some troops to scout in one direction whilst Obi-Wan leads the rest following a trail of Escape Pods from Grievous’s ship.
Whilst following a trailer Rex is shot by a Commando Droid. The rest of his team take out the Droids but Rex needs medical attention. They follow some domestic Eopie tracks to a small farm where the Farmer’s wife, Suu, lets them set up in the barn. Rex is patches up but needs to rest. They leave him a blaster whilst Clone Trooper Jessie is put in charge.
That night the farmer returns and it turns out that he is a former Clone Trooper who has deserted, called Cut. Rex is invited to join Cut and his family for dinner.
Elsewhere on the planet, Grievous and Kenobi continue to play their game of cat-and-mouse.
After dinner, Rex and Cut have a conversation about the war and why Cut left. Cut says that he has a responsibility to his family, for Rex that is his brothers and the Republic, for Cut it is his wife and children.
The children go to play outside and come across a crashed Droid Escape Pod, Gilles with Commando Droids, some were destroyed in the crash, those that weren’t wake up. The children run home, Rex and Cut prepare the house for attack. Cut orders Rex to protect his family upstairs.
The Droids Attack in what feels like a horror movie with monsters invading (it’s great) and Cut is able to hold them off for a while but the Droids find their way in through the basement.
Rex and Cut manage to defeat the Droids, with Cut saving Rex’s life at the end.
Obi-Wan’s forces arrive to confront Grievous but the Droid General has already contacted the fleet for a shuttle. After a brief battle the shuttle arrives and rather than having it land, Grievous uses a grappling hook to be lifted off from the battle. Obi-Wan is down hearted as the mission to capture Grievous hasn’t gone well.
The next day, Rex is leaving the farm and heading towards Obi-Wan, before leaving he assures Cut and his family that he ‘might not remember’ what happened due to his injuries, leaving Cut to live his life with his family.
This is such a great episode, I live the Rex and Cut storyline as it reinforces the notion that the Clones have got individual personalities which also makes the Order 66 plot much worse because that overrides those personalities. My only question is how does he have children, the eldest is about 4 and the youngest I would put at 3. Unless they are his step-children, something doesn’t add up in the time-line. I may have to Tweet someone at Lucasfilm…
Lightsaber Lost is a great stand-alone episode that focuses on Ahsoka learning an important lesson that her master took a while to learn himself, that her ‘Lightsaber is her life.’ After her Lightsaber is stolen whilst on an assignment in the Coruscant underworld Ashoka, along with Jedi Master Tera Sinube venture back into the crime ridden streets to find the thief. The old Jedi Master moves slowly which causes Ahsoka to become impatient but as he teaches her to be calm and take her time she begins to focus and uses the Force to find who they are looking for.
The thief points them in the direction of a gangster who they find dead and his mistress with the body.
Master Sinube talks about the crime with the gangsters mistress whilst Ahsoka finds the assailant who has her Lightsaber and chases her through the streets. Sinube figures out the woman he is talking to was involved with the murder, she is momentarily detained by the authorities before escaping
Ahsoka follows the other assailant through Coruscant but loses her only to have Master Sinube arrive on a Speeder. He tells her that he planted a tracker on the fugitive and they are heading for the train station.
At the train station, the Lightsaber wielding criminal destroys a Security Droid before leaping onto the roof of a nearby departing train followed by Ahsoka. Master Sinube manages to detain the other fugitive.
Ahsoka’s foe gets onto the train and takes a Twi’Lek child hostage. Ahsoka trues to reason with her as the train stops. As the door opens Master Sinube is ready with his Lightsaber poised and disarms the criminal, saving the child and getting Ahsoka’s weapon back.
Back at the Jedi Temple, Master Sinube asks Ahsoka to ‘pass on what she has learned’ leading her into a class of Younglings being taught by Yoda. Ahsoka reiterates that the Lightsaber is a Jedi’s life and also their greatest responsibility.
This is a nice episode where we get some time with Ahsoka away from the big battles and heavy story arcs in a one-off adventure with another Jedi Master who passes on some much needed knowledge that she would never learn from Anakin.
The episode is nicely placed in the season to break it up a bit, after a few story arcs of multiple episodes this one off is a nice palette cleanser before we get into the first Mandalorian Arc of the series.
I would have like to see more or Master Sinube through the series but he is relegated to being a one-and-done character which is unfortunate.
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