Clone Wars 4.04 review/summary “Shadow Warrior” plus watch for free online link :)

Last week, the citizens of the calamari system crowned a new king, former prince Lee-Char. Thankfully, (we were getting a bit seasick) with this episode, “Shadow Warrior”, things get back on base. From the one minute preview released on http://www.starwars.com, this episode looked amazing! In the preview, dooku and Anakin were on naboo. Anakin is fighting dooku! And as the preview ends, with four magma guards coming towards Anakin, he doesn’t look that excited to face them. The lightsaber fight between Dooku and Anakin in the preview looked fresh and Awesome! It seemed like the fighting animation was more lifelike and fluid. So, we look forward to bringing you our review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, season 4, episode 4. “Shadow Warrior”. Oh and we also have a new addition to our reviews! In each episode review we will also rate how good the episode was on a scale of 1 to 10. So, without further ado, our review of “Shadow Warriors”. Wait, one more thing. (sorry!) please sign our “Keep Ahsoka Alive petition at http://www.KeepAhsokaAlive.tk. 

As the episode starts out, Anakin and Padme are on their way to naboo to deal with a startling problem. Boss Lyonie of the gungans is threatening to attack thede, the capital of naboo! Padme and Anakin meet with jar jar binks on the surface, and he takes them to the gungans underwater base, where boss Lyonie is under the influence (Or as Anakin says, he looks like he is “possessed”.) of a magic necklace, given to him by Rish Loo, a weird sorcerer gungsan. Anakin senses that the necklace is enchanted and destroys it, showing how wise and “in tune” with the force he is becoming.  Boss Lyonie recognizes that he was being controlled by the sorcerer and he, Anakin, Padme, and Jar Jar go to confront him. He, meanwhile, is in the middle of a holo call with Dooku (I will get a prominent place in your new order, right?) but Rish Loo hears-or senses- boss Lyonie coming and ends the transmission. Boss Lyonie tells him the gig Is up, but Rish Loo doesn’t Know that he’s in trouble-until he sees the magic necklace is not around the leaders neck. He pulls a knife out of some hidden pocket….”something’s wrong” Anakin says to Padme and Jar Jar. They rush in and the evil separatist sorcerer drops about six commando droids from the ceiling. Padme pulls put her blaster, while Anakin is cutting away with his lightsaber. (I’m not really sure what Jar Jar was doing during this time..maybe spitting his gunk on them so they couldn’t see?) Rish Loo manages to stab Lyonie (is that name starting to sound Italian to anyone else?) and runs out, brushing past Padme, who had just barely escaped death by commando droid.  Anakin rushes out after him but is too late, as his ship pulls out of the bubble. 

Boss Lyonie is taken under medical care as they plan what to do next…the gungans are still going to attack thede, as Leoni never ordered them to stop. While Rish Loo is out getting the troops stirred up and ready for a fight, Anakin and Padme notice that Jar Jar has an uncanny resemblance to the leader. (however all gungans look somewhat similar…just sayin’). Jar Jar doesn’t like the idea, but be goes with it, since it is the only way to stop his people from attacking naboo.  He puts on the weird arched hat and walks out of the reeds just when the evil magician tells the rest of the gungans that Boss Lyonie is dead. “Boss Lyonie is alive!” one gungan exclaimed to the rest. (really? We can see that..) Jar Jar, er, I mean “Boss Lyonie” orders the cancellation of the attack and tells the others that Rish Loo lied to them and is the enemy. While the gungan army whispers among themselves like little girls, Rish Loo escapes on his speeder-thing. Anakin, apparently the only one who noticed him getting away, jumps on a stead (that looks like a cross between a seahorse and a watermelon…jk) and gallops after him, quipping to jar jar on the way out, “good job..now try not to mess this up..boss Lyonie!”. Woah. Harsh. 

The droid army arrived, and hearing of the cancelled attack, the tactical droid tells “boss Lyonie” that their commander would like to speak with him. Jar jar goes into the ship with the courageous general Tarpals to find general Grevious waiting for them! Jar Jar, um, boss Lyonie, is speechless at first to see the evil droid army commander here, in his home, but with prodding from the wise general, Finally speaks. He tells Tarpald to “go do that thing” “what did you tell him?!” yells Grevious. (have you noticed that 70% of the time Grevious speaks, he’s yelling?) I told him to..prepare for a gungan-separatist attack on thede, jar jar wisely replies (Jar Jar wise?! Who knew!) 

Meanwhile Anakin has been shot down by two or three surveillance droids and has, um, continued chasing Rish Loo on foot. That’s right. Anakin, the great and wise chosen one, is running after a..speeder. But he manages to keep up…even though I’m not sure if it’s because he is using the force to speed himself, or because this IS a tv show. 

The general, who was issued the whispered commands by Jar Jar, contacts Padme (no he wasn’t commanded to plan to attack Thede, Jar Jar isn’t that dumb) and tells her that General Grevious is here! “You must capture him!” she tells the general. “Grevious is a bombad warrior,” the general says, “but we will do as you ask.” meanwhile, Jar Jar has blown his cover (maybe something to do with saying eveything twice, once in his Jar jar voice, then he repeats it in “bombad leader voice”. Grevious yells (no surprise there) “You’re not Boss Lyonie!” and lunges towards jar jar. Jar Jar rushes outside, where the smart general has gathered his troops and is waiting for Grevious. “You do not know the full extent of my power!” the droid commander taunts…until the general tells him they have shut his droid army down. Cocky as sith always are, Grevious draws two sabers and laughs. (a sign of stress perhaps?) The brave gungans attack and capture Grevious, due to a courageous sacrifice by general Tarpals. This Is the first time I’ve seen Grevious so beat up…they got him! Stabbed him through with spears!

Dooku, who knows that Grevious has been captured (don’t ask me how he knows), holocalls the fleeing sorcerer and tells him to come to his hidden laboratory, where the count is waiting. He Also instructs Rish Loo to leave enough of a path for Skywalker to follow…You see, palpatine, oh I mean Sidious, told dooku to capture Anakin so they could trade him in exchange for Grevius! 

The count is waiting for Anakin and Rish Loo when they arrive and dooku kills Rish when he comes in. “dooku!” Anakin exclaims, “why bring the war to naboo?!” the count says something about the first battle on Naboo. “you were in that first battle?” asks Anakin. “the Sith control everything! You just don’t know it!” dooku says as he engages Anakin with his red saber.  
Anakin fights him (with wonderful animation of course) and seems to be gaining the upper hand when dooku sends In the magna guards. They simply outnumber Anni. So he gets captured. 

The count calls Padme, (yes he has her digits) and tells her the details. At first she refuses to deal, knowing that with the droid general captured, the war could be won! But I’d course they’re married so she gives in…but Anakin will head plenty from her later about it! They trade prisoners and the real boss Lyonie, who is not dead, happily, congratulates jar jar, who is not dead, sadly, on being as he calls it, a bombad leader. They all walk into the sunset…

EPISODE RATING: 8 out of 10

Great animation, great storyline, great characters…I really don’t hate jar jar. That last joke was just that…a harmless joke. (I wouldn’t want him dead!)

The next episode is where we get an epic adventure, think Giligans island, from c3po and r2. Just them. No main characters…darn. Its called “mercy mission”

Watch this episode (4.04, shadow warrior) online at http://www.starwars.com/watch/tcwep_404.html

See ya next time!

New Interview with Ashley Eikstein, voice of Ahsoka!!

Here’s an awesome interview with Ashley that just came out. The interview is conducted by GeekMania. Awesome interview, Ashley even reveals some details about Ahsoka in the new season!

Mania: What can we expect from this season of The Clone Wars?
 
Ashley: This season is actually called “Battle Lines.” It takes you right into the heart of the battle. For Ahsoka, the battles become more intense. This season the battles become epic; visually they are stunning. Ahsoka has grown up a lot. We’re going to continue on from season 3 where we’re going to see tremendous growth in her character. She is less of the padawan, less of the side kick, and more one of the gang. She’ll also get to go out on her own more this season.
 

 
Mania: You’ve been with the Star Wars universe for three years now. How does it feel to be the new first lady of Star Wars?
 
Ashley: (humbly laughs) that’s an honor. Thanks for putting it that way. I don’t look at it as the first lady of Star Wars. I look at it as I get to be another strong female character for Star Wars. The one thing I think is so amazing about The Clone Wars is that there are so many kick-butt female characters. You have Ahsoka, but you have Ventress and she is such a strong female character. We had the Night Sisters last year: Shaak Tii and Aayla Secura. There are just so many. For Ahsoka, it is just such an honor to be the first female Jedi that has been really focused on as a lead. I’m very proud of that because I think she is such a positive character and a positive role model for young girls. I’m honored to have just a small part in introducing young girls to the franchise.  
 

 
Mania: In the beginning, Ahsoka didn’t really have support of the older fan boys.
 
Ashley: (laughs) No, not at all.
 
Mania: For you, what was the moment you saw it turn around?
 

 
Ashley: I noticed it more in season 2 where Ahsoka got a couple episodes where she was on her own more and given more responsibility. You saw less of the snippy sidekick. I think what people didn’t like in the beginning was she lived up to her nickname, Snips. She was very snippy with her quips and comments. She was there on the sidelines. She didn’t really take charge on the show because she was a young padawan. In season 2, she got more responsibility. In season 3, got a ton and she just grew up. I did several interviews in the beginning and I asked fans to just be patient with her; to enjoy the arc of her character because I knew the direction she was going in. I knew she was going in the direction the fans would like. It was a progression. It’s no fun to watch a character that’s perfect all the time. You want to watch them grow and that’s what we’re seeing with Ahsoka. I want to thank the fans for being patient.
 
Mania: Ahsoka is on a dark path. As an actor, how do you prepare yourself and your character for something you have no control over?
 

 
Ashley: The tricky part for us is we actually don’t get the scripts until we walk into the studio. I just did an episode and hadn’t read it yet. Literally, you are off and reading it for the first time as you are performing it. The reason we can do that is because we have been doing our characters for 6 years. We can just jump right in and that’s what is expected of us. I have an attitude I go into the studio with. She [Ahsoka] is much older. I try to lower my voice and (laughs) I try and stay in a more grown up mental mind frame. I just try and keep her in this darker place.
 
Mania: If you could decide Ahsoka’s fate, what would it be; as a fan or as the character?
 

 
Ashley: (laughs) The thing is we have amazing writers on the show and an amazing director in Dave Filoni. They just do a phenomenal job. I think some of the writing last season and some of it coming up, like the “Mortis Trilogy”, was amazing. That is something that is definitely not my forte, the writing. So I don’t even try to begin to script my demise. I don’t think I would do what was right for the Star Wars franchise because they have built our show into the six movies and now our stories are critical to understanding the movies. Of course, I am attached to the character and the thought of anything bad happening to her makes me upset. I trust the writers, I trust Dave Filoni and I know they will do the right thing for the overall Star Wars story.
 
Mania: How many action figures do you have so far?
 
Ashley: I actually have a Star Wars closet and have about 50 in there.
 
Mania: What has been your favorite episode of the show so far?
 

 
Ashley: I have to go back to the “Mortis Trilogy”. I think that was unbelievable. The performances in that, not mine, James Arnold Taylor and Matt Lanter were so phenomenal in that episode. On top of that the animation was stunning and, again, the writing.
 

 
Mania: I see that you are wearing a Her Universe tank top under your blazer (see picture above). I have to ask, are you wearing the full outfit?
 
Ashley: (big laugh) No, I am not wearing the entire outfit. The nice thing about that set is that you can wear it separately or when you are at home when you are in your pjs. I have the outfit for both reasons, but today it is all business.
 
Mania: What’s your Geek confession? It can be anything from: I’ve never seen Star Wars to I hate the Lord of the Rings.
 

 
Ashley: My Geek Confession is that… (laughs) I used to read the New Kids on the Block comic book. I was so obsessed with New Kids on the Block. I’m just getting into comics now. I have to be honest I am not as well schooled in comics, but those were the only comic books I read as a kid. That’s my Geek Confession.
 
The Clone Wars Season 4 is on Friday nights on the Cartoon Network. Season 3 of Star Wars the Clone Wars arrives on DVD and Blu-ray October 18th. Need to catch up on Season 4? Check out the episodes on Star Wars.com.

Review of clone wars season 4 premiere.

Finally got it done!

The first episode was pretty awesome. The animation was better I thought, the storyline was fun, and the battles are epic of course. The story starts with the young prince of mon calamari. His father had been killed and since the prince was not yet old enough, a “discussion” was held to determine the fate of the calamarins. Though the prince was valiant, he did lack some leadership and military knowledge. The talks for peace fail, because that is count dooku’s plan. The separatists attack with some droids.   The shark is particularly creepy in battle, eating/tearing the calamarin fighters to bits. The underwater battles are very well done, although one person I was with thought they were “corny”. At first only Padme was there, a republican senator to be present for the peace talks. Anakin was there to protect her (of course). They call for reinforcements which come in the form of underwater fitted clone personel, kit fistu, and Ahsoka. As they drop into the water, we at once see Ahsoka is much slimmer and taller. She is 16 now, which may not seem old for a Jedi of her skill, but she has been at Anakin’s side since she was 14. Two years…seems like a long time!  So the reinforcements come in, with guns blazing. Anakin calls Ahsoka “snips” when she first joins them 🙂 Ahsoka saves Anakin’s life when he loses his air helmet while fighting. Once he puts it on he jokingly says “I had it under control.” The fight goes the way of the republic the first round, with the separatists retreating. However the peacefulness doesn’t last long, as the enemy comes back with a vengeance and “hydro-medusas” an invention from the sharks homeworld that he says are “indestructible”.      They are giant Jelly fish looking creatures. They attack and the calamarins are captured and sent to work as slaves for dooku…all except Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, the prince, captain ackbar, kit fistu, and some clones. Meanwhile the Jedi council seeks another planet to send help to the survivors. They choose the gungans and contact them right away.  At first the gungan receiving the message says they’ll need some time to think, but jar jar overhears this and basically says Padme always helped us without thinking twice, now weesa needing to be helping her!  The gungans arrive and fight a good fight, staging A great surprise attack thanks to Anakin, who knocked out the scanners. However at the end, droids surround Anakin and Padme. Jar jar floats into a group of droids with the senator from calamarins hugging him. The shark came to attack the prince and Ahsoka held him off for until Kit told her to escape with the prince and he would distract the separatists. Sadly, kit was captured as well, being overwhelmed by dozens of droids without his lightsaber. So we are left with Ahsoka and the prince, who get along well together it seems, the only ones free. Ahsoka leaves us with these wise words: I used to be afraid, but then I realized that you make better decisions when you’re not afraid. Next episode is Friday same time as the premiere!

Character thoughts:
Ahsoka is so much more grown up now 😀 In an interview, Ashley Eikstein, the voice of Ahsoka, confirmed what we had guessed: Ahsoka is 16 years old in this season. Ahsoka looks like her Jedi skills have improved greatly!! And she used her Shien lightsaber format of holding them upside down. Anakin is trying to train her to use the correct grip, but she naturally reverts back to shien which is interesting to note. Anakin seems more levelheaded and less protective of Padme.  We don’t see obiwan in this episode :(. Hopefully next time!

Review of clone wars season 4 premiere!

The first episode was pretty awesome. The animation was better I thought, the storyline was fun, and the battles are epic of course. The story starts with the young prince of mon calamari. His father had been killed and since the prince was not yet old enough, a “discussion” was held to determine the fate of the calamarins. Though the prince was valiant, he did lack some leadership and military knowledge. The talks for peace fail, because that is count dooku’s plan. The separatists attack with some droids.   The shark is particularly creepy in battle, eating/tearing the calamarin fighters to bits. The underwater battles are very well done, although one person I was with thought they were “corny”. At first only Padme was there, a republican senator to be present for the peace talks. Anakin was there to protect her (of course). They call for reinforcements which come in the form of underwater fitted clone personel, kit fistu, and Ahsoka. As they drop into the water, we at once see Ahsoka is much slimmer and taller. She is 16 now, which may not seem old for a Jedi of her skill, but she has been at Anakin’s side since she was 14. Two years…seems like a long time!  So the reinforcements come in, with guns blazing. Anakin calls Ahsoka “snips” when she first joins them 🙂 Ahsoka saves Anakin’s life when he loses his air helmet while fighting. Once he puts it on he jokingly says “I had it under control.” The fight goes the way of the republic the first round, with the separatists retreating. However the peacefulness doesn’t last long, as the enemy comes back with a vengeance and “hydro-medusas” an invention from the sharks homeworld that he says are “indestructible”.      They are giant Jelly fish looking creatures. They attack and the calamarins are captured and sent to work as slaves for dooku…all except Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, the prince, captain ackbar, kit fistu, and some clones. Meanwhile the Jedi council seeks another planet to send help to the survivors. They choose the gungans and contact them right away.  At first the gungan receiving the message says they’ll need some time to think, but jar jar overhears this and basically says Padme always helped us without thinking twice, now weesa needing to be helping her!  The gungans arrive and fight a good fight, staging A great surprise attack thanks to Anakin, who knocked out the scanners. However at the end, droids surround Anakin and Padme. Jar jar floats into a group of droids with the senator from calamarins hugging him. The shark came to attack the prince and Ahsoka held him off for until Kit told her to escape with the prince and he would distract the separatists. Sadly, kit was captured as well, being overwhelmed by dozens of droids without his lightsaber. So we are left with Ahsoka and the prince, who get along well together it seems, the only ones free. Ahsoka leaves us with these wise words: I used to be afraid, but then I realized that you make better decisions when you’re not afraid. Next episode is Friday same time as the premiere!

Character thoughts:
Ahsoka is so much more grown up now 😀 In an interview, Ashley Eikstein, the voice of Ahsoka, confirmed what we had guessed: Ahsoka is 16 years old in this season. Ahsoka looks like her Jedi skills have improved greatly!! And she used her Shien lightsaber format of holding them upside down. Anakin is trying to train her to use the correct grip, but she naturally reverts back to shien which is interesting to note. Anakin seems more levelheaded and less protective of Padme.  We don’t see obiwan in this episode :(. Hopefully next time!

Here it is!! Season 4 episode 1 spoiler/review!!

I am not sure I want to read this. It was written by my forcebook friend Andy at http://www.starwarscanada.com and contains many, many spoilers. Should I read it?? I think I will…but make your own choice. The premiere is less then a week away. Do you want to ruin the surprise? Well, here it is! A big thanks to Andy for allowing me to post his review here 🙂

Episode 4.01: Water War
When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice
On August 27th at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto I had the privilege of seeing the first episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4: “Water War,” at the world premiere screening! No, I am your father! This article contains SPOILERS and plot details from the first episode of The Clone Wars Season 4, may the Force be with you!

We’re back, baby!
In order to avoid sounding like a broken record in this review, I have compiled a list of synonyms of the word ‘incredible’ to describe this episode of The Clone Wars: astounding, marvellous, dumbfounding, unbelievable.There was so much packed into this episode that looking back it is hard to believe that it was only 22 minutes long! It easily felt like a feature film! The episode was incredible, absolutely incredible!
“Water War” is hands (or flippers) down one of the best-looking The Clone Wars episodes I have seen to date. Hugemind-blowing underwater battle sequences, detailed facial animation (even with the squid-faced Quarren), and absolutely stunning visuals.
So much incredible my mind was mush after the viewing.
Oh and to add to the sheer incredibleness, we see Admiral Ackbar in The Clone Wars for the first time! Yet this time he is a Captain of what I assume is the Mon Calamari Knights, Coral City’s representative on the Calamarian Council, and very close and influential to the King and Prince of Mon Calamari.
When Ackbar’s name was first mentioned in the episode, one of the younglings in the audience could be heard whispering excitedly to his father, ‘Ackbar? Admiral Ackbar!?!”

It’s an elaborate ruse!
As you can imagine, the phrase “It’s a trap!” was uttered by an audience member every time Ackbar appeared during the screening. Something to be expected in a room filled with Star Wars fans.
While this is the Mon Calamari’s most popular catchphrase, not once in the episode did he actually say those words. The closest we got was when there was during the surprise Quarren invasion and Ackbar exclaims “It’s an attack!”
It may not be the exact line, but it seemed to satisfy the audience. It was said with the same nuance.
Now while this episode has a pretty straightforward plot, one side wants to rule the planet while the other feels oppressed, the epic battles and superb visuals make this into an epic.

The Scuba Troopahs come to the rescue
The current King of Mon Calamari, Yos Kolina, has been assassinated and his young son, Lee-Char, is heir to the throne. However, the Quarren have no desire to continue to serve under a Mon Calamari King and demand a Quarren Leader or they will go to war.
The Mon Calamari seek envoys of the Republic to help negotiate a peace and Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala are sent to attempt to quell the tensions. The Quarrens respond by looking to the Separatists for help and the fierce shark-like Karkarodon Riff Tamson is sent on behalf of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
The peace summit between the Quarren and Mon Calamari fail and the Quarren leaders, along with Riff Tamson, leave in a fury.

The Calamarian Council…no Quarren allowed here
Unbeknownst to the Mon Calamari, Riff Tamson confides with Count Dooku and we learn of the Karkarodon’s true intentions of becoming king of the planet! The Separatists begin secretly landing Trident-Class assault ships, the same ships we saw in the “Arc Troopers” episodes of Season 3, and deploy hundreds of Aqua Droids that join forces with the Quarren warriors in preparation for the invasion of the Mon Calamari cities.
In a surprise attack, the Quarren and Aqua Droids catch the Mon Calamari off guard and the Jedi and Mon Calamari Knights under Captain Ackbar’s command fight to protect the new Prince Lee-Char from harm.
A shirtless Kit Fisto and Ahsoka Tano in a new underwater suit along with a battalion of badass Clone Squba Troopers dive into the seas of Mon Calamari from LAAT/i gunships and assist the defence of the Mon Cala cities from the Separatist invasion!

Squid-face.
Mon Calamari/Quarren tensions are not new to Star Wars lore. Countless novels, comics, and even the Clone Wars micro-series of 2004 detail these conflicts on Mon Calamari, or Dac as it is known by it’s natives.
These two species share the same homeworld with the fish-faced Mon Calamari living in the shallower waters while the squid-faced Quarren live deeper in the dark depths of the sea. In 4,500 BBY, the Mon Calamari won war against the Quarren which resulted in their near-extinction and the Mon Calamari became the leading representation of the planet in the Galaxy.
Around the time of The Clone Wars, the corrupt former Republic Senator Tikkes, a Quarren, became a leader of the Separatist Council and the Free Dac movement and sought to cut ties between Mon Calamari and the Republic.
According to current Star Wars Expanded Universe canon, the planet was attacked twice before the battle in this episode of The Clone Wars. The first time was when Count Dooku devastated the world with the Dark Reaper, a Force Harvesting superweapon, as shown in the Clone Wars XBOX game of 2002. Later, the Techno-Union backed Quarren Isolation League attempted to overthrow the Mon Calamari Council but was defeated by a shirtless Kit Fisto and the Mon Calamari Knights as we saw in the Clone Wars micro-series.

Kit Fisto leads his troops into battle. No shirt, no shoes…he doesn’t care. He’s a freaking Jedi.
Now whether the Battle of Mon Calamari detailed in “Water War” will be a separate battle from the micro-series or the same battle we will have to wait for the official word from Lucasfilm, but for now they will be treated as two different battles by our trusted news source Wookieepedia.
Now one thing I noticed in this episode was that the Mon Calamari species were constantly referred to as the “Mon Cala.” I’ve heard Mon Cals and Calamari used before but this is the first time I have heard that term used to describe their species.
Also, not ONCE do they refer to the planet of Mon Calamari as Dac, the name of the planet as it is know in Mon Calamarian, Quarrenese, and Basic. Is this another smack in the face for Star Wars Expanded Universe fans or just a mere coincidence? Other than that, I was happy to see is that there was little in terms of Star Wars Expanded Universe continuity conflicts in this episode. Nothing as drastic as say the death of Even Piell…
What stood out right away was the voice of the Mon Cala Prince Lee-Char. He sounded incredibly young and this was obviously to gain sympathy from the audience. He sounded handsome, or at least what can be handsome for a Mon Cala, but was quite naïve. I was taken aback by the voice at first because of how innocent he sounded. No matter what he said it felt like we were being forced to sympathize with him.
Ackbar sounded goofy as always, like he had cotton balls is his mouth, and this was quite acceptable! He was voiced by Tom Kane who also voiced him in the Battlefront video game.

Look down in the water! It’s a fish, it’s a boat, no it’s…SuperMonCala!
I would love to see later in The Clone Wars a meeting between Captain Tarkin and Captain Ackbar. Both are of the same rank but after the end of The Clone Wars and the fall of Mon Calamari under Imperial Rule, Ackbar becomes a slave to Tarkin. An episode with this two great leaders and rivals would make for great foreshadowing for their future slave-master relationship.
In this episode there was much more detailed lip animation for the Mon Calamari because if you remember in Return of the Jedi, the Mon Calas didn’t have much versatility when it came to talking save for the flapping of their mouths. Now they have much more expression to their faces.
The villainous Karkarodon, Riff Tamson, was insanely epic and totally made this episode. The subtle Jaws theme that played in the background when he snuck up on the battlefield was a clear shout out to Steven Spielberg’s famous shark movie, considering the Separatist representative did have the head of a shark.

Dun nuh. Dun nuh. Dun da dun da dun da dun dun dun da dun dun dun da
The Karkarodon was so incredibly fierce and brutal! So brutal that this episode probably barley avoided a PG-13 rating because the Mon Calas he tears into only bleed bubbles. I was somewhat disappointed when no blood was spilled just a crazy amount of bubbles. Maybe it’s just me but when I see a Jaws-head alien rip apart Mon Calamari it almost seems like it is necessary…
Riff is a vicious killer and tears the Mon Cala up like they are mere rag dolls. We can only imagine what he does off camera. The sequences where he swoops down upon dozens of Mon Calamari Knights and tears into them are quite intense, he doesn’t holds back for nothing.
There is a scene where the Prince and Ahsoka are in those neat Mon Calamari underwater tunnels or highways fleeing the battle but Riff follows them. He bashes headfirst into the glass tunnels from the outside like a maniac in an attempt to crack through the glass and after a couple intense smashes he gets through. I was actually worried for our protagonists.
The underwater battle sequences were incredible! Some of the best battle scenes I’ve ever seen in The Clone Wars and maybe even Star Wars! The sheer scale of the battles was intense and it is hard not to appreciate the animation, this is something we would have NEVER seen in 2008. When the Trident Drills first start their landing and begin deploying Aqua Droids, you know sh*t is going down.

My mind went blank because this is way to badass for words to describe.
A little thing that didn’t really make sense though is during the battle, the Mon Cala lay very close to the ground in a sniper position not near any cover while the Quarren attacked from above but conveniently continued to miss shooting above the Mon Cala. Just aim a bit lowers fools!
Yet when the Mon Cala get off the ground and meet the Quarren and Aqua Droids, the battle really gets started. It was such an immense battle sequences with literally hundreds of combatants on the screen and so much eye candy. The sequence where the LAAT/i gunships fly low above the water and the Squba Troopers led by Ahsoka and Kit Fisto dive into the water to come to the Mon Calamari’s aid, was just so incredible. I can’t think of anything else to describe the sheer awesomeness of that sequence. The lighting, animation, and music just blew me away and I get shivers just thinking about it because it was so damn epic. I can’t wait to see that again on my TV in HD.
Yet one little thing about that scene. When Ahsoka leaps into the water an underwater speeder was very conveniently waiting for her right where she dived. How in the blazes did she aim her fall into the incredible vastness of a planetoid ocean and manage to drop right above a tiny underwater speeder. And where did it come from? Was it placed there ahead of time by the Mon Cala or an off-camera gunship? Oh wait, it was the Force…duh.

Easily the best sequence in the entire episode. The gunship sequence…and the looking at Ahsoka part.
While watching these battle sequences I began wondering about Star Wars physics again. There was a lot of blaster fire in this episode, but the fire acted the same underwater as it does above. Does the water not slow down or distort the blaster fire in any way?
Another thing was at some point during the scuffle, Anakin’s scuba helmet is torn off and it falls away from reach while he fights off a dozen enemies. The helmet slowly drifts away into the depths of the water and Anakin seems to have way to much trouble to get it even when there were no enemies around him. He didn’t even try to force pull it to him since the helmet wasn’t even that far. People in the audience at the screening were muttering why isn’t he using Force? Doesn’t he have the Force? This raised the question, does water ‘dampen’ ones use of the Force? Or was the sheer pressure of the sea too much for Anakin.
In a random twist at the end of the episode, the Separatists reveal their superweapon that would win the battle for them after being hyped up with music build-up during the last minute of the episode. Their superweapons of doom were just giant jellyfish with electroshock tentacles. Bit of an anti-climactic moment if you ask me.

Giant Jellyfish of Doom
Padme doesn’t do much in this episode other than observe the failed Mon Cala/Quarren peace summit. I did find she looked really odd in a scuba suit because it looked like she had no hair. She will probably play a much bigger role in the next episode “Gungan Attack.”
“The Jedi soon realize they will need the help of a powerful and amphibious ally to stop the war and drive out the Separatist invaders.”
“Gungan Attack” is part-two of the one hour premiere of The Clone Wars on September 16, 2011. The Jedi look to the Gungan Grand Army on Naboo for assistance in helping them defeat the Separatist threat on Mon Calamari. The third episode and last act of the Mon Calamari trilogy will feature a return of Riff Tamson who captures the Gungan and Mon Calamari armies and it is up to Ahsoka Tano and Prince Lee-Char to rescue them in “Prisoners.”
This was an incredible start to another season of The Clone Wars and judging by the trailers we have been seeing this is going to be one jam-packed and EPIC season! The Death Watch are back, Darth Maul and Savage Opress, the Nightsisters vs. Grievous, a Besalisk Jedi with TWO double bladed lightsabers…way too much incredible.

Sith just go real.
Episode Info
World Premiere: August 27th, 2011 at Fan Expo Canada
Original Air Date: September 16th, 2011 on Cartoon Network and Teletoon
Directed by: Duwayne Dunham
Written by: Jose Molina
Jedi Fortune Cookie: When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice
Episode Dramatis Personae:
Anakin Skywalker: Jedi Knight
Padme Amidala: Republic Senator
Ackbar: Captain of the Mon Calamari Knights
Riff Tamson: Karkarodon Separatist Envoy
Yos Kolina: King of the Mon Calamari (mentioned only)
Lee-Char Kolina: Prince and heir to the throne of Mon Calamari
Kit Fisto: Jedi Master
Ahsoka Tano: Jedi Padawan
Official Synopsis:
Underwater unrest! The assassination of the King of Mon Calamari creates conflict between the Mon Cala and the Quarren, so Anakin and Padme are dispatched to make peace. But the Separatists have other plans…

Well? What did you think?! 😀

Star Wars Blu-Ray Podcast

I have been invited to be one of about ten guests on the Forcebook Cantina Podcast on the subject of thenew star wars blu-ray release and thoughts about the changes to the originals contained in it. It’ll come out later this week probably so I’ll post the link later. What are your thoughts? Personally, I haven’t looked at the new blu-ray much, mostl because since we have no blu-ray player, but I’m needing to study up on it so I don’t look like an idiot in the podcast 😀 ok so yeah. Post your thoughts about the new blu-ray below! Thanks!