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  • TV Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Episode: Overlords
  • Starring the Voices of: Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Ashley Eckstein, Matthew Wood, Tom Kane, Liam Neeson and Pernilla August
  • Written by: Christian Taylor
  • Directed by: Steward Lee
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars: Overlords

The mysteries of the Force are giving me a headache...

By Rob Vaux     January 28, 2011

The Clone Wars has really favored the three-part mini arcs of late, presumably to package them as feature-length movies later on. Though ostensibly more important than the previous trifecta, the new one beginning tonight doesn’t feel quite so compelling. It concerns Anakin’s destiny as the Chosen One, accompanied by a lot of vaguely interesting but ultimately baffling claptrap. He, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan are drawn to a mysterious planet – a supposed nexus of the Force – where a strange king and his two children reveal the enigmas of some damn thing or another. The king’s daughter represents the light side, his son the dark, and together they maintain the universe’s balance between the Oreo cookie of evil and the creamy filling of good. They test Anakin to see if the prophecies are true, and hopefully place him on the path to his destiny.

 

The planet itself exhibits beautiful design work, with the landscape blooming every morning and dying every night. Beyond that, however, the pseudo-mystical elements tend to overwhelm it, and since we know Anakin’s ultimate fate, the mystery falls a little flat.  “Overlords” scores a palpable win, however, with its guest stars. Both Liam Neeson and Pernilla August reprise their roles as Qui-Gon Jinn and  Shmi Skywalker, respectively, and their appearance lends the episode a weight it might not otherwise possess. (Neeson, in particular, is a sorely missed presence in the Star Wars universe.) That and some intriguing hints about Ahsoka’s ultimate fate help rescue the episode from its own worst instincts.

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noahbody 1/29/2011 2:42:41 PM

Visually stunning, I really liked the look of this episode, I guess we need to see the other two parts to better judge this one.

 However the concept seems more like a fantasy plot than a Star Wars story. The Yin/Yang angle was  pounded over our heads. And I find it funny how fast the Jedi are to pull their Lightsabers.

jedi4sshield 1/30/2011 7:31:08 AM

What suprises me is all the lack of Force Push between the Jedi. More often than not they rely too much on their Lightsabers and not enough on the force with the exception of the Physical force (acrobatics, etc). In this Episode I was very happy to see Anakin to finally lash out with the Force. For previous fights, like the ones against Opress no force Push with the Jedi. Why not? Sigh.

DaForce1 1/30/2011 11:23:23 AM

 Actually, if you watched the episode, they explained that the king's children were the physical manifestations of the light and dark side of the Force. The king was keeping them imprisoned in an area outside of the universe so that they couldn't escape, because too much of one or the other would destroy the universe. Anakin being "The Chosen One" to balance the Force was taken to its literal meaning in this arc, since he was the only one powerful enough to keep the king's children from escaping and unbalancing the Force in the universe. 

Essentially what this story arc is getting at is that we get to see what selfish prick Anakin really is. Instead of fulfilling his destiny (since we already know he isn't going to stay to keep the children in line), he leaves to go back to Padme, etc. 

IMO, this is a much better explanation of why Anakin eventually turns to the Dark side, than the crappy (and completely unbelievable) explanation given in Episode 3. 

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