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!