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 Death Trap, R2 Come Home and Lethal Trackdown.
Death Trap follows young Boba Fett who has infiltrated a squad of Clone Cadets who are on a visit to a Republic Cruiser. The Jedi on board are Anakin and Mace Windu.
Boba plants a bomb in Mace’s quarters but it is set off by a Clone Trooper, Boba is gold to leave by his contact so he makes his way to the reactor core and sabotages it. The ship is evacuated and Boba is in an escape pod with three other cadets.
Boba then sabotages the pod and they miss the rendezvous point where Boba is picked up by Aurra Sing and Bossk in Slave 1. The rest of the Cadets are rescued when they are found by Anakin and Mace.
R2 Come Home starts immediately after with the Republic Cruiser crashing onto a nearby planet. Mace and Anakin land to investigate and search for survivors.
As they make their way through the wreckage they find the bodies of several dead Clone Troopers, but they had been killed by blasters, not the crash.
It turns out that Boba, Aurra, Bossk and their associate Castas have taken Admiral Kilian and Commander Ponds and another Clone Officer hostage and are waiting for Windu and Skywalker to reach the bridge of the destroyed vessel.
Mace and Anakin reach the bridge and find dead Clones and a Mandalorian helmet. Anakin picks it up which sets off a bomb. Anakin and Mace survive the blast but are trapped under the wreckage.
After evading a pair of Gundarks, R2 reaches Anakin and Mace. Anakin tells the Droid to signal for help. Meanwhile Boba, Aurra and Crastas have made their way to the ship to gather evidence of the dead Jedi.
R2 manages to keep them from reaching the bridge and when he gets into Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter he is chased by the Bounty Hunters in Slave 1.
R2 escapes which leads the Bounty Hunters to leave the planet, knowing the Republic will arrive soon. R2 interrupts a War Council Meeting at the Jedi Temple and plays a recording of Anakin asking R2 to get help. Plo Koon and Ahsoka leave to provide a rescue.
They arrive just in time, getting Anakin and Mace onboard a Republic Gunship before the bridge fully collapses.
Back on solid ground, Mace congratulates R2 on a job well done.
Lethal Trackdown follows on from R2 Come Home almost directly. Aurra directs Bossk to fly Slave 1 to Florrum where she meets with Hondo (I love that guy) and we discover they have a past. He commiserates Jango Fett’s death to Boba before leading them and Crastas into the bar where Crastas leaves the group and makes a transmission to a contact on Coruscant. Aurra eavesdrops in them before killing Crastas.
At the Jedi Temple, Anakin and Mace are in the med-bay when Plo Koon and Ahsoka arrive with a message from Sing and Fett. She demands that Windu comes to them or she will murder the hostages, she orders Boba to kill Commander Ponds but Boba hesitates, causing Sing to pull the trigger.
Plo and Ahsoka offer to reescuec Admiral Kilian and the Clone Officer. Plo takes Ahsoka into the Coruscant Underworld where they go from bar to bar looking for information on Aurra’s whereabouts. They get a lead that takes them to Florrum.
Hondo greets them, warning them that it’s a trap and also informs the Jedi that him and his group have no part in what Sing has planned. Plo and Sing start to converse but the Bounty Hunters are displeased that Mace didn’t come himself. In tense stand off, Boba surrenders to the Jedi but Sing escapes. She steals a Speeder-Bike and heads to Slave 1, Ahsoka gives chase. They arrive at Slave 1 and Sing takes the ship, leaving Bossk to the Jedi. Ahsoka manages to severely damage Slave 1 as it begins to take off, causing it to spiral out of control and crash nearby.
Plo and Ahsoka escort Boba and Bossk to Coruscant where Windu greets them. Boba is unhappy that Mace is still alive and is led away.
I had completely forgotten about this arc until I finished the Zillo Beast arc and then it all came back to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This arc gives us a lot of Boba Fett backstory, he shows his skill set in target practice in the first part, outdoing the Clone Cadets. He is trained by Aurra Sing and is an affiliate of Bossk, which leads me to wonder if they are working together during ‘Empire Strikes Back’.
We also get to see the repercussions of Jango’s death in ‘Attack of the Clones’ for both Boba and Mace. Whilst Mace was acting in self-defence, his actions still seem to haunt him and of course Boba wants revenge. I’m glad this isn’t repeated throughout the series though because it would ruin Fett’s mystique in the Original Trilogy if we keep seeing him fail to kill Mace constantly.
I like that we get to see Plo Koon and Ahsoka going on missions together, Plo was responsible for Ahsoka joining the Jedi and we get to learn that her training is somewhat unorthodox under Anakin’s tutelage, but her methods do get results much like her Master.
I really like how we get to see Aurra Sing and how brutal a mercenary she is. I do hope we get to see more of her in new material, maybe find out the story of how Beckett came to push her (because the fall killed her) but all jokes aside she is a great villain for the series.
These three episodes are a great ending to Season 2, which, I feel has more ups-and-downs than Season 1 but is still a great series, but there aren’t many episodes on this Season that I find myself going back to rewatch all that often.
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