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  • Episode: Shades of Reason (Season 5, Episode 15)
  • Starring: Clancy Brown, Sam Witwer, Tom Kane, Katee Sackhoff, Anna Graves, Jon Favreau
  • Written By: Written By: George Lucas (creator), Chris Collins
  • Directed By: Bosco Ng
  • Network: Cartoon Network
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Clone Wars: Shades of Reason Review

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By Robert T. Trate     January 28, 2013

The time has come for Lord Maul (Sam Witwer) and Pre Vizsla (Jon Favreau) to put their plan into effect. With the backing of the Hutts, the Pykes, and Black Sun, Maul and Vizsla will now take back Mandalore. Maul’s plan is make savors out of Vizsla and his Death Watch, a plan that does come to fruition.

Prime Minster Satine Kryze (Anna Graves) and her pacifist regime is no match for the gangsters and criminals that attack her capital. What is shocking is how easily the people of Mandalore change sides. All it takes is a speech, saving a few people, imprisoning Satine and her advisors, and Vizsla is running Mandalore. Obviously, this is not the grand story of The Clone Wars. This is just one small part of the saga. 



“Shades of Reason” is clearly a middle act piece to the entire return of the Maul story arch. As was indicated last week, the alliance between Maul and Vizsla would be short lived. Again, like last week, the story flew by and only halted for the action. The big piece that moves The Clone Wars Saga to the next step is the establishment of Mandalore’s true ruler. Maul uses Vizsla’s honor as a warrior to challenge him to combat for control of Death Watch and the planet. The next few minutes are as grand as any live action Star Wars lightsaber duel ever filmed. The victor is Maul and yet another man in Mandalorian armor loses his head.

Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) seems to be the true wild card in the lot. Her allegiance was clearly with Death Watch. Now, with Maul running both Death Watch and Mandalore, it will be interesting to see if she follow Vizsla’s advice from ‘Eminence’, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Will she seek out Kenobi and the Jedi and take back her world?

What is utterly fascinating is the mirror of events to what transpired in Episode I. Every character save one has a counter part.  A new leader takes over, the people believe that they will be stronger, and the forces of evil have the upper hand. The only difference is Lord Maul has to have a puppet to rule Mandalore. As a true Sith, he must linger in the shadows. Maul has no dual identity in which he can rule from behind. 

Writer Chris Collins has spun a tale that clearly leads Maul into a showdown with his former master, Darth Sidious (Ian Abercrombie). This is evident from the trailer for the fifth season. How we get to that point has been nothing short of fantastic. Much like the end of Empire Strikes Back, each week we are left wanting more, knowing full well that the entire tale will soon come to light. 

Opening Tag Line: “Alliance Can Stall True Intentions"


Classic Star Wars Moment: Pre Vizsla and Lord Maul Lightsaber Duel


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Hobbs 1/28/2013 5:43:07 AM

Wow, everyone is entitled to their opinion but this season just sucks.  My daughter even lost interest in it and she is the age this show is geared to.  I hope the new movies have nothing and I mean nothing to do with this animated series.

Squeaky893 1/28/2013 10:15:47 AM

At least we have moved on from a younglings arc AND a droids arc.  This arc is far superior in what we have seen so far. 

mike10 1/28/2013 12:04:12 PM

Hobbs, you should check out this weekend's episode. I think it will help salvage this season for you. 

wildwestie 1/28/2013 1:37:49 PM

 i agree with the light saber dual being amazing. it was more authentic then the end of episode lll. it didn't need to visit every landscape and obstacle in the surrounding area to create tension and energy. it was a good ol fashioned sword fight with the edge going to the more aggressive player. Great episode!

yodaccm 1/29/2013 5:00:39 PM

 It's disappointing how rushed Maul's masterplan is being potrayed.  Obviously with only 22 minutes per episode there isn't much time to dawdle, but in terms of a convincing evil scheme being enacted, it's falling a bit flat and contrived.  It was mostly apparent last episode. How stupid were Black Sun and the Hutts to meet with Maul and his associates and allow them to have their weapons?  How stupid is Viszla, to have dealt with Jedi and Sith alike in the past, to simply accept Maul into his camp and think it would be easy to get rid of him once he conquered Mandalore?  And why does Satine and her guards allow Viszla and his Death Watch to appear at the rally and not arrest them for treason or easily see through the coincidence that they happen to appear as saviors the moment gangsters start terrorizing Mandalore?

Yeah, it's a kids show and these plot holes can be easily ignored.  I guess I'm not convinced that Maul should be portrayed as a cunning and scheming Sith Lord on par with Sidious.  He made a critical error a Sith never should:  he gave up the advantage of the Jedi believing he was dead before cementing his power base and has been on the run ever since.  What an idiot.  He should have stayed at the bottom of the pit in Naboo and not embarrass the rest of the Sith lineage.



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