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  • Episode: Revival
  • Starring: James Arnold Taylor, Sam Witwer, Jim Cummings, Clancy Brown, Angelique Perrin, Tom Kane, Ian Abercrombie
  • Written By: George Lucas (creator), Chris Collins
  • Directed By: Steward Lee
  • Network: Cartoon Network
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The Clone Wars: Revival Review

Dark times, these are

By Robert T. Trate     October 04, 2012
Source: Mania.com

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars welcomed its 5th season this week on a new day and time. The Cartoon Network moved the series to Saturday mornings at 9:30AM. This had little effect on me, personally, as I have always recorded the show or simply watched it on Star Wars.com later (in case you missed it, here it is). Now, I know I said this didn’t really effect me. I remember when cartoons were always on Saturday mornings. I even remember when there were Star Wars cartoons on Saturday mornings, Droids and the Ewoks. Yet, I don’t think my parents or any one else would have let me continue to watch either show with dialogue like “murder and pillage”, “We’ll kill anyone on board and take the ship”, and (my personal favorite) “I want their tongues”. The premiere episode also featured a double impaling and one character lost an arm. “Revival” was rated TV-PG and, if The Clone Wars continues on its dark path (see Revenge of the Sith), then it belongs back on Friday nights. 

The first episode really picks up where season 4 left off. Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) is in pursuit of Darth Maul (Sam Witwer) and Savage Opress (Clancy Brown). In “pursuit” may be sugar coating it. Obi-Wan is hunting them. That alone puts Obi-Wan in a place where he is off balance with the force. It looks as if it is becoming an obsession and should lead for some great character development, overall. Up to this point, for the history of the character, Obi-Wan hasn’t really had any flaws. Revenge of the Sith showed us that it was Anakin’s own undoing and not a betrayal or failure by Obi-Wan that lead to Darth Vader, which wasn’t what we all believed for so many years thanks to the brilliant performance by Sir Alec Guinness. We received only a taste this week, but one that should lead to some interesting moments. 

The story in “Revival” is really the one of the two brothers, Darth Maul and Savage Oppress. Abandoned by Darth Sidious, they really are on their own. This paints Maul in a different light. His only ally is his inept brother and he is forced to use methods one would not expect from a Sith Lord. Watching Maul strong-arm pirates is one thing, but to have them turn on him and even actually shoot him is another. The character in The Phantom Menace was all power. Here, writer Chris Collins has made him very real, as if he is a wounded animal. As we know, that is something one should never back into a corner. The journey for Maul is going to be a tough one and not the one we expected with the character’s return. 

The end of season 4 featured an unlikely alliance in Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman). This week we saw the teaming of Obi-Wan and the crime lord/ pirate Hondo (Jim Cummings). The kid in me always loved when GI Joe teamed up with Cobra. It gives the kid in all of us the chance to root openly for the “heels” without any guilt. If anything, like this episode, it fleshes out the characters more and adds a bit of humor, as well. 

I already spoiled the fact that one character was impaled and another lost their arm this week, but I never said which. If it weren’t for the new day and time slot, I wouldn’t have put a second thought into those moments or the dialogue. The first few seasons of Star Wars: Clone Wars were pretty light and belonged on Saturday mornings. As the bridge between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith is coming to a close, the story is going to get darker; darker to the point where one of our heroes will strangle his pregnant wife. Perhaps the show moving in reverse from the get-go would have been a better idea (Saturday morning to Friday night). 

This week’s opening line: “Strength of character can defeat strength in numbers”

Classic Star Wars Reference: The appearance of Snaggletooth (the Blue Snaggletooth) aka “Zutton”

The Star Wars Figure We Cannot Wait to Own: “Zutton” in The Clone Wars style. 

 

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jedibanner 10/4/2012 5:49:43 AM

Man...I missed the episode this weekend, will have to find a way to see it and then read your review. Regardless, i'm sure it was good.

RobertTrate 10/4/2012 6:11:19 AM

 STAR WARS . com has it!

DarthoftheDead 10/4/2012 9:34:11 AM

.....I don't like this at all.......

violator14 10/4/2012 1:20:03 PM

The one thing that bothers me about this storyline (besides the fact that Darth Maul needs to put on some damn clothes.. ) is the fact that Maul doesnt carry the double lightsaber. That's his trademark dammit!

MrEt 10/4/2012 2:27:40 PM

Come in now darth your Avatar would look smoking in a spiderlike wheelchair,, LOL.. I actually love the development of OBI and am ok with Darth being back in the script this is a great guilty pleasure to watch with my kids.

jsmulligan 10/4/2012 7:01:46 PM

 I was digging this episode up until the near end of the big saber battle... then the rest just sucked the life out of it for me.

Also, I've liked Hondo well enough before, but this ep I was really hoping he'd eat a lightsaber.

DarthoftheDead 10/5/2012 9:54:25 AM

 @MrEt - I like that Maul is back, but I think he is under-used Character, like Boba Fett.

I liked the 1st set of Clone War's Toon's, but never got into the new  t.v. series (not to say that it isnt cool beans, lol)....I want to see something else for a change, I want New or Old Republic Toon's/Story's or the time between E. 3&4. Who here, does'nt know who Nomi Sunrider is? C'mon, it's a No- Brainer, really, whose time has come....

Anything but the continuing Milking of clone wars. We have been there and we have done that, lets move on already, lol. 

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