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  • Episode: Eminence (Season 5, Episode 14)
  • Starring (voices): Clancy Brown, Jon Favreau, Katee Sackhoff, Tom Kane, Sam Witwer, Dave Filoni
  • Written By: Chris Collins, George Lucas (creator)
  • Directed By: Kyle Dunlevy
  • Network: Cartoon Network
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Clone Wars: Eminence Review

Deathwatch and Maul Unite

By Robert T. Trate     January 21, 2013
Source: Mania.com

After what seems like an eternity, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has returned to where we initially started this season. Maul (Sam Witwer) and Savage Opress (Clancy Brown) are drifting in space after their narrow escape from the Jedi. They are found by none other than Pre Vizsla (Jon Favreau) and Deathwatch. 


Before I get into this episode, I have to mention a few things. The first is the tease of where this season was going. All the press releases and trailers featured unparalleled footage of Mandalorians and Sith battling Jedi and Bounty Hunters. After “Revival” I, like many of you, was at a lost for what followed. Where were Maul and Savage? Why was I watching stories on a small Rebellion, Younglings, and a Droid Commando mission? Where was the mouth watering stuff you promised us, Lucasfilm? Well, shame on me. When the first episode of the fifth season premiered, it was only September 28th. It would be a full month until we knew that more Star Wars movies were on the way. There wasn’t any need for any more movies because what was coming and what had already transpired (on the series) was more than enough. The story arch that took place on Onderon was incredible. The Younglings’ story was a tad more kid friendly than the season premiere and fitting for the new time slot. Finally, I don’t care what you say, the Droid mission might have started out as a bit of stretch, but was packed with everything Star Wars has always been about. We might have had our veggies for the majority of season 5, but our dessert has just arrived.   


Having been a long time Star Wars fan and toy collector, “Eminence” was the very best of Star Wars daydreams. What I would liken the episode to was something many of us older fans did when we were children. We always had plenty of heroes in the toy box, yet never really enough members of the Empire. Sure, we all had a Stormtrooper, but one or two was never enough to mount a sizable force. Instead, we took all of favorites and made them team up and take on Rebellion. “Eminence” may have been long in coming, but the wait was worth it. 


Maul and Pre Vizsla form an alliance over a cup of tea (seriously) and agree their mutual enemy is Kenobi and the Jedi. Pre Vizsla informs Maul of his plans to take back Mandalore from the pacifists. Maul convinces him that his plan to overthrow the Jedi and establish a new crime syndicate will benefit Pre Vizsla’s coup. However, we know that Maul has more in mind than helping Pre Vizsla establish a new order on Mandalore. 


Maul and Pre Vizsla know that Deathwatch is not an army. They are a sizable force, but not strong enough to take on the Jedi. Their first step is to convince the Black Sun to join in their cause. In what may have been the most brutal moment in Star Wars history (not shown), Savage Opress convinces the Black Sun to join their cause. 


The entire episode flies by way too quickly and only stops for the action. We visit numerous worlds including the Hutt home world of Nal Hutta and, of course, Tatooine. Their ranks swell as does Pre Vizsla aggravation with the situation. He knows that Maul will betray him, it is only a matter of time. His means to an end is clearly a deal with the devil. 


This is only the first part of this new story arch for The Clone Wars. It had incredible action sequences and featured numerous Bounty Hunters that we have come to love and admire from the series. The skirmish on Nal Hutta was not only action packed, but full of character for Bounty Hunters we have only seen in short throughout the series. 


IS it Saturday morning yet?


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jedibanner 1/21/2013 6:43:03 AM

A great episode indeed...looking forward to this new arc.

axia777 1/21/2013 6:59:18 AM

Clones Wars FTW. I wonder how many seasons they are planning from here on out. I thought this was going to be the last season, but I really doubt it at this point. I hope that they don't try to drag it out to far. This i supposed to be happening between 2 and 3. There is only so much time there is make it work and have it still be believable. I also am very excited to know what happens to Asokah Tano. Will she live or will she die?

I think one more season would be good. Then make another animated series based on some other form of Star Wars. Maybe Old Republic timeline? Have the exact same crew make it too. They have some mad skills. They need to be kept together as a team.

 

monkeyfoot 1/21/2013 8:12:37 AM

Haven't looked at it yet. Buyt glad to hear its a good episode.

 

I'm actually 4 episodes behind. Taking up space on my DVR.

JustinActual 1/21/2013 9:21:51 AM

I'm very glad to see the, "Droids/Colonel Gascon Arc" completed.  While it was undeniably Star Wars, I don't think it was Star Wars at its best.  There were some great moments, but I don't think it was successful overall.  "Eminence", however was pitch perfect in every way.  I'm very much so looking forward to watching footage I've seen at various cons over the last year played out completely, and I cannot wait for some Darth Sidious action very soon.

mike10 1/21/2013 1:48:03 PM

 Really enjoyed this episode and agree this writing and animation team needs to be kept working when this series is over.

 Also everyone who saw the season teaser should know how this is going to end, when Maul's old boss comes out to deal with his wayward ex-employee. 

violator14 1/22/2013 7:50:37 PM

 Damn, i keep forgetting to record this season

axia777 1/24/2013 11:40:07 AM

 @violator14 - eztv

Nuff said. ;)

axia777 1/24/2013 2:00:10 PM

J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Next 'Star Wars' Film (Exclusive)

HOLY CRAP

jdiggitty 1/24/2013 6:41:23 PM

 Isn't the Clone Wars only about a 3-4 year period or whatever their equivalent is?

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