Thoughts on Season TWO of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
I continue my binge watching of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and have just completed watching season two. This season was entitled "Rise of the Bounty Hunters." 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 on this season...
- Cad Bane is one bad muthah f$%@er! His level of cruelty in the episode "Children of the Force" probably made him the most scary bounty hunter I've seen in any Star Wars film or show.
- Ooh! In the episode "Weapons Factory," Ahsoka is introduced to Luminara Unduli's Padawan Barriss Offee. I'm going to keep an eye on how their relationship develops through the season knowing how their fates intertwine in Season 5! It seems, though, that the seeds of Barriss' actions later in the series are being sown already.
- Speaking of Luminara Unduli, I just realized that the actor who does her voice played Fred Savage's older sister on The Wonder Years! That's Olivia D'Abo doing her voice! LOL!
- The second Battle on Geonosis in the episode "Legacy of Terror" was WAY more interesting and exciting than the first one in Attack of the Clones...and, with less Jedi and Clones Troopers involved!
- Again, there are some interesting ethical discussions in this season, including the one in which Ahsoka wondered if she should have killed Barriss when she begged her to while being controlled by the worms in the episode "Brain Invaders."
- Watching the episode "Grievous Intrigue" makes me, again, realize General Grievous was not just a character thrown into Revenge of the Sith just to dazzle us with CGI. He's actually interesting and important to the Clone Wars.
- One of my favorite episodes of the season was "The Deserter" that finds Captain Rex, ever loyal to his role as a Clone Trooper, finds himself under ther hospitality of a Clone deserter Lawquane who has made a life of his own and has his own family. Again, this goes back to the ethical discussion of cloning, about war and the ability to exercise free will. It's interesting seeing how Rex, at the end, exercises his own free will to keep Lawquane's secret rather than doing what a loyal soldier would do.
- In "Lightsaber Lost," Ahoska learns a lesson in patience from a new Jedi Master we are introduced to Tera Sinube. I enjoyed Sinube in the same way that I enjoy Yoda. It isn't about strength or speed, but patience and wisdom.
- Yay! We finally get to visit Mandalore in the episode "The Mandalore Plot." While Mandalore has long been known through the Expanded Universe, this is the first time, I think, it has appeared in the Canon Universe. And, to me, the Mandalore story arc, involving episodes "The Mandalore Plot," "Voyage of Temptation" and "Duchess of Mandalore," is the best I've seen in any of the Star Wars anything revolving around political intrigue.
- I also love the relationship between Duchess Satine and Obi-Wan Kenobi. By giving him a history, it ultimately makes Obi-Wan more interesting.
- I did not like Senator Halle Burtoni as she appeared in "Senate Murders." First of all, her name sounds like she makes ready-to-heat pasta dishes from your freezer section. But, like Ziro the Hutt just seems odd sounding for a Hutt, Burtoni seems out of place among the Kaminoans. Burtoni sounds like a lady who lunches where the rest of the Kaminoans sound ethereal. Just very jarring.
- I was confused in the episode "Cat and Mouse" as to why it seemed Anakin Skywalker and Admiral Yularen were talking like they hadn't really worked together before since I'd seen several episodes of them working together. Apparently, this was a prequel episode that was supposed to happen even before the Clone Wars movie. I guess that also explains why the Clone Trooper armor seems a little differently designed.
- I love Embo and want his hat.
- Godzilla + Star Wars = The Zillo Beast. In all honesty, the two Zillo Beast episodes are probably my least favorite episodes of the season. They were just a little too obvious for me. I didn't hate them. I just didn't love them. Although, while we did see Anakin getting a little darker and, I think, the first signs of Anakin starting to trust Chancellor Palpatine, I thought Palpatine was a little too dark (like in a muhahaha megalomaniac way) in these episodes.
- The last episodes - "Death Trap," "R2 Come Home" and "Lethal Trackdown" - kind of vindicated Boba Fett for me a little from the way he was portrayed in Attack of the Clones. I'm still not a fan of them showing younger Boba Fett, BUT, at least I'm getting a sense of how he started shaping into the fearless bounty hunter he eventually turned into in the original trilogy. And, knowing he was a clone of Jango Fett and how this inevitably affected him as well makes him a little more interesting in the context of the prequel trilogy.
- I missed Plo Koon. Good to see him back in the last episode of this season.
- I had a really bad experience (or, really, my friend did) with Aurra Sing at Star Wars Weekends where it almost ruined our day. So, I'm not a big fan of hers. BUT, I do have to say she is creepily evil (in a good way...for a ruthless bounty hunter that is) in "Lethal Trackdown." Although her kiss with Hondo was gross...even for animation.
- I'm enjoying Hondo Ohnaka more and more as a character, but liked him the most in "Lethal Trackdown." I liked his questionable ethics and his tending to be more a grey area character than one that's totally evil.