We’ve made it to the season finale of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Let’s get right into it.
For a show that has done a lot of rehabilitation on the Anakin brand, this episode is almost as damaging as Attack of the Clones. Anakin is doing his best needy teenager impression, telling Padme that she doesn’t love him enough because she won’t say that he is more important than galactic peace. He is such a whiny little brat here and, yes, part of that is him putting that on to be obnoxious, but that’s only a small part of it. This is an obnoxious dude, and he doesn’t come off very well at all.
Side note: the animators did a really nice job in this episode making Padme look a fair amount like her daughter, Leia. Not distractingly so, but enough to give a nice familial resemblance.
2. Bail Organa in the hizzy
Yet another character that was supposed to be a big deal in the prequels that amounted to very little was Bail Organa, Leia’s adoptive father. Hell, his one scene in Rogue One did as much for the character as everything in the prequels did. He’s not doing all that much here, but hey, it is a nice reminder that he exists and has some import to this universe.
3. A Skywalker solo joint
This episode is the first time in the series that we’ve really been given a ton of time with Anakin by himself, without clones, or Ahsoka, or Obi-Wan at his side. And, even though he’s lost his lightsaber and is trying to operate in secret, we still see a fair amount of what makes him the supremely talented Jedi that he is. But we also see his weird relationship with Padme on full display, and we see his judgment clouded by his love and devotion to her.
I never thought this show would make me believe that the whole ‘no love for Jedi’ thing was right, but I feel it more each week.
4. Shouldn’t someone have suspicions?
Padme and Anakin are essentially caught in an inappropriate situation a few times in this episode, and they get away with it, mainly because people are clueless. On one hand, of course they are – why would they presume that a Jedi and a Senator are boning down? But on the other, things like Padme having Anakin’s lightsaber – I suppose the Jedi form of giving someone your pin or a promise ring – should be super suspicious to anyone paying attention.
5. That’s a wrap
Well folks, thanks for joining me on this journey through season 1 of The Clone Wars. Because I want to attempt to finish this series before it is pulled from Netflix late next year, I’m going to be reviewing the show as the year goes on, with a few breaks and diversions. After a week off, I’ll be back with a review of the hand-drawn, Genndy Tartakovsky-produced The Clone Wars series, which is not on Netflix, and then will be back with season 2 starting on the last Wednesday of November. See ya then!