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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review

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  • Episode: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions (Season 6, Episodes 7 to 13)
  • Starring: Matt Lanter, Tim Curry, Dee Bradley Baker, Corey Burton, Matthew Wood, Tom Kane, Catherine Taber, Robin Atkin Downes, James Arnold Taylor, Ian Abercrombie, Ahmed Best, Terrance Carson, Ami Shukla, Liam Neeson
  • Written By: Based on characters created by George Lucas
  • Directed By: Supervising Director Dave Filoni
  • Network: Netflix
  • Studio: Lucasfilm Ltd.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions Review Part 2

Episode 7 to 13

By Robert T. Trate     March 18, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Commander Doom of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Last week Mania brought a review of the first 6 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions (read them here). We left off with a cliff hanger to the Clovis story arc. So now we are back!
 
“The Rise of Clovis” bought a lot of Anakin (Matt Lanter) and Padme’s (Catherine Taber) love story to light; not in the vein of how much they love each other, but how they deal with living the lie that they aren’t married. We saw Anakin’s rage and how he teetered on the edge of the dark side.  So in “Crisis of the Heart” when Anakin has to return to Scipio to save Padme, we think that their love might be tested again. Sadly, it is not. The entire episode builds to an incredible ending with Count Dooku (Corey Burton) murdering a Trade Federation Representative with Padme’s help. With all that has happened, and our knowledge of what will happen, an end game is clearly in sight. Yet as that giant wave builds, it soon flattens out with very little impact. The Banking Clans were corrupted and Chancellor Palpatine (Ian Abercrombie) ends up getting control of them by the end. This whole episode is overshadowed by Anakin’s rage in “The Rise of Clovis”. To the point where Yoda tells Anakin to have a clear vision on what is truly at stake. He is forced to choose between saving Padme or Clovis (Robin Atkin Downes). The drama of that choice is cut short and so were we, the audience. 
 
Both parts of “The Disappeared” were clearly written with a whole season in mind. This is a smaller Clone Wars arc where Mace Windu (Terrance Carson) and Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) are sent to Bardotta to find the spiritual leaders that have disappeared. The catch to both this episode and the mission is that the Queen of Bardotta, Julia (Ami Shukla), has personally asked for Jar Jar to assist them. The people of Bardotta are force sensitive and distrust the Jedi. They see the Jedi has kidnappers of their children. Yoda and Chancellor Palpatine (Tim Curry) insist that Mace Windu accompany Jar Jar.
 
The hardest part about The Lost Missions is that they are essentially our final season. Every episode counts and to spend time with Jar Jar Binks again is something that all Star Wars fans have to deal with. Yet the pairing of both of Mace Windu and Jar Jar is an interesting one. Each has his own way of dealing with the mission’s problems. Jar Jar has a lot at stake here. It turns out that he is romantically involved with Queen Julia. So when she is the last spiritual leader taken, the ante goes up. When Jar Jar and Mace discover that there is a Sith Witch involved, Mother Talzin (Barbara Goodson), they have to succeed in their mission. Again, the stakes feel higher because this is the end of The Clone Wars series. On the planet Frangawl, this cult is ripping the living Force from Bardotta’s spiritual leaders. They are trying to fulfill the prophecy where the light side of the force will be extinguished. So imagine my surprise when Jar Jar and Mace save the day and ride off into the sunset. Aren’t things supposed to get even worse for the Republic and the Jedi? This episode clearly belonged in the middle of a giant season of stories. It, too, was overshadow by previous episodes in The Lost Missions. I appreciate the storytelling involved, but, after we learn about even more about Order 66, what about the other unanswered questions that still remain? 
 
You just read a lot of me complaining about the story arcs and their unsatisfying conclusions for episode 7 through 9. You have probably noticed that I still gave the episodes reviewed here an A+. The reason for that is the final four episodes. 
 
“The Lost One” begins with the quest to find a lost Jedi named Master Sifo-Dyas. Master Sifo-Dyas was first mentioned in the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Obi-Wan Kenobi learned that it was Sifo-Dyas who ordered the clones created from Kaminoans. Up until this point, nothing was truly known about why he did this and what happened to him. Plo Kloon (James Arnold Taylor) discovers his lost T-6 shuttle and the mystery begins to unravel.

This is, by far, the most story Dave Filoni and his creative team could have packed into an episode. We get everything from answers about Master Sifo-Dyas to finally having Anakin and Obi-Wan learn that Count Dooku is actually Darth Tyranus. Again we see signs of Anakin unraveling and getting closer to the dark side. This episode represents the best of what the Star Wars: The Clone Wars accomplished. Yet it didn’t end there. 
 
“Voices” is that long teased episode where Yoda hears the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). Yoda (Tom Kane) is skeptical, but believes that this is the true voice of Qui-Gon. The other Jedi have become skeptics and feel that Yoda may have become vulnerable to the dark side. After all that they have been through, the Jedi are now starting to see the weight and impact of the war on their order. Nothing can be found wrong with Yoda. However, he is being held in the temple against his will. Yoda enlists the help of Anakin to escape. Once free, Yoda goes to Dagobah to further seek out the voice of his long departed friend.

Yoda’s quest, in this final 4 part story arc, is an essential part of the entire Star Wars story. With Qui-Gon’s help, Yoda must discover a way to preserve his own consciences after death. His knowledge will be essential in preserving the light of the force. This manifestation after death is something that Qui-Gon was working towards, but never completed. Yoda discovers that the answers are not on Dagobah, but at the very heart of the universe. 
 
This could have been the first story out of the gate for Star Wars: The Clone Wars back in 2008. It would have given us the answers as to why Qui-Gon didn’t become a ghost and Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda did. In saying this, you could also argue that The Empire Strikes Back is a better story than the original Star Wars. Without the journey of original film, the story of Empire really has little meaning. The same can be said of the final four episodes of The Clone Wars. Unbeknownst to our characters, everything is ending. In his quest, Yoda glimpses a possible future where the Jedi Temple was filled with life and Dooku and Ahsoka Tano were both present as members. Despite the beautiful illusion, Yoda realizes this isn’t reality. In fact, the vision fuels him to get back to the task at hand and fight for those Jedi that are still at the temple and those future Jedi that one day will be.
It is tough to judge this as a series finale. It is almost as if these characters and events were taken from us. On the flip side, we were finally given the Clone Wars. We witnessed the story that Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) mentioned in Episode IV. What was created and conceived here added an incredible tapestry to the fabric of Star Wars. SInce all of it is now on Netflix, it can and will be discovered by a new fans everyday, thus insuring its place in the Star Wars legacy. 

Now bring on Star Wars Rebels

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