Thoughts on Season FOUR of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

And, now, we move to season FOUR of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This season is entitled "Battle Lines." Please note that I'm kind of live blogging while watching and there are some SPOILERS involved.  If you haven't watched this season yet, please wait until you have.

Here are my thoughts:
  • In the first episode "Water War," I was excited to go to Mon Calamari as I always loved the idea of a water planet inhabited by two species that do not get along - the Mon Cala and the Quarren.  It's one of my favorite planets in the Star Wars Universe, yet this is the first time I've been here.
  • Admiral Ackbar!  But, when he was captain!  I wish they would have fit "It's a trap" somewhere in the episode, though. ;)
  • Shirtless Kit Fisto...
  • With all the planets out there that have amphibious races, the Gungans are their only hope in the episode "Gungan Attack?" Wha?
  • What me saying...da Gungans dey sa rule sa!
  • "If you make decisions out of fear, you're most likely to be wrong." Wise you are, young Padawan.
  • More Gungan goodness in "Shadow Warriors." While there is still comedy hi-jinx among the Gungangs, primarily through Jar Jar Binks, these last few episodes did a good job in balancing the comedic with the seriousness of the subject matter. I no longer find them lame.
  • My mom just walked in and asked if the Gungans were speaking in Chinese.  LOL!
  • Gungans vs. General Grievous...FIGHT! Gungans WIN!
  • Wha? General Tarpals?!?!? NOOOOOOO!!!! It was a heroic death, though.  Mad respect for this Gungan.
  • Watching "Mercy Mission." The Aleena are adorable. Truth be told. I haven't been a big fan of the C-3PO/R2-D2 focused episodes, but I really liked "Mercy Mission."  I think they utilized both of the characters well.
  • Oh, a second droid centric episode with "Nomad Droids." 
  • Droids go to Gulliver's Island.
  • The Droid of Oz. Pay no attention to the Pit Droids behind the curtain.
  • Treasure Droid or Droids of the Caribbean.
  • Okay...second droid centric episode that I really liked.  LOL!
  • And back to the war...but, wow...that Krell is a JERK! But, it is interesting to continue to see the Clone Troopers develop as the series goes on.  They no longer just see themselves as fodder and regard each other's lives.  And, it was really interesting seeing Rex stand up to Krell.  I think this is the first time I've ever seen him stand up to the Jedi.
  • was a twist I didn't see coming.
  • I felt bad for Dogma who never questioned his orders as he saw the ultimate betrayal by Krell.
  • It was also very emotional at the end of "Carnage of Krell" in which the Clone Troopers wonder what life will be like and what their meaning will be once the war is over.
  • The Krell episodes - "Darkness on Umbara," "The General," "Plan of Dissent" and "Carnage of Krell" - were some of the best Clone centric episodes and definitely some of my favorite episodes of the series so far.  Not only are they great war episodes, but they really explore these characters in a great way.
  • Anakin goes a little dark in "Kidnapped."  He must deal with memories of being a slave as a child, but he is kind of scaring Ahsoka.
  • It's kind of hard to find a Zygerrian slaver threatening when he's holding an adorable pink owl creature.
  • I'm just saying that if Ahsoka could easily Force crush her slave collar like that, why did she not do it earlier?
  • Interesting comparison to the Jedi being slaves themselves.
  • Jeez...those Zygerrians are evil.
  • I liked the Zygerrian slaver episodes, too. "Kidnapped," "Slaves of the Republic," and "Escape from Kandavo" was not only great storytelling, but, they really show how innocent people in the war often don't know how to trust.
  • I like when Ahsoka teams up with younger leaders like Prince Lee-Char in the Mon Calamari story line and Lux Bonteri in "A Friend In Need."  Once again, you can really see her grow into her own as a Jedi by serving as the voice of reason for both of them. I can see why people trust her.
  • In just two episodes, I see more of a love story between Ahsoka and Lux Bonteri than I did in two films featuring a love story between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala.
  • I wish Death Watch were brought in earlier into the picture and that this was Boba Fett's entry into the universe rather than the whole being a clone "son" to Jango Fett.
  • In "Deception," we really get a look at how emotion can really start affecting Anakin when he believes that Obi-Wan has been murdered. 
  • Obi-Wan undercover!
  • How interesting.  Space prison looks a lot like Earth prison.  They even have orange jumpsuits. 
  • It isn't until "Friends and Enemies" that we really see Palpatine really manipulate Anakin and try to get him to give into his emotions...and, therefore, the Dark Side.  We've seen a slow building of Anakin's trust of Palpatine, but, finally, I'm getting to see a little more masterminding of this relationship.  And, we get to see Anakin flip out. Poor Ithorian. Don't talk back to Darth Vader.  He'll get ya!
  • In "The Box," Anakin is happy that Obi-Wan is still alive, but is pissed at Yoda.  In truth, I don't totally get Yoda's logic to keep the secret from Anakin.  He says Anakin's unpredictable, but, wouldn't it have been worse if he descended into the Dark Side knowing Obi-Wan had died.  Did they not see what he did to that poor Ithorian?
  • The Hunger Games for Bounty Hunters!
  • In the episode "Crisis On Naboo," I like seeing Cad Bane as not just a cruel bounty hunter, but a master strategist.
  • Anakin's mistrust of the Jedi Council builds!  Oh, Palpatine, what a puppet master you are! Why couldn't I have more of this in the movies?
  • The Nightsisters are back in "Massacre." Asajj has now been reborn a sister of the night!
  • Sisters are doin' it for themselves!
  • Wait...Grievous can defeat the Nightsisters with all their magic, but gets his a@% kicked by the Gungans?  Those Gungans are better than I thought.
  • I kinda feel sorry for Asajj Ventress at the end of "Massacre"...
  • I love how much the cantina Asajj Ventress goes to at the beginning of "Bounty" feels like the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • Boba Fett hangin' out with Bossk and Dengar does a heart good.
  • Asajj Ventress...Sith Bounty Hunter with a heart of gold! Sort of...
  • In "Brothers," everybody's feeling a disturbance in the Force.  Something sinister.  An old enemy.
  • Savage Opress finds his brother! Darth Maul alive!  But, he's a mad robotic spider hybrid Darth Maul!  But, how?
  • In "Revenge," Mother Talzin returns and she fixes Darth Maul.  She can rebuild him. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.
  • Darth Maul is not too pleased with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Now that you've been revived, what are you going to do?  I'm going to slaughter the lives of innocents!
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul and Savage Opress - FIGHT!  Darth Maul and Savage Opress WIN!
  • Asajj to the rescue?  Sith Bounter Hunter with a heart of gold!
  • Asajj Ventress and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul and Savage Opress - FIGHT!  DRAW!
  • I'm so glad that they brought Maul back.  Maul was kind of the Boba Fett, to me, of the prequel trilogy.  He had so much mystery around him and I wanted to know more, but they ended up killing him before we got to.  And, amazingly enough, I really enjoyed seeing the team up of Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress.  She's definitely one of my favorite villains in the Star Wars Universe, but I like when the characters have a little ambiguity rather than being either straight up good or evil.  A great end to the season and a nice cliffhanger.
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