The Clone Wars Rewatch: A “Legacy of Terror” in the Tunnels of Geonosis

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

34: “Legacy of Terror” (Season Two, Episode 7)

“Sometimes, accepting help is harder than offering it.”

A scene from "Legacy of Terror."

Synopsis:

Jedi Master Luminara Unduli disappears while tracking Poggle the Lesser, leading Obi-Wan, Anakin, and a platoon of clone troopers deep into the hive of Karina the Great.

A scene from "Legacy of Terror."

Analysis:

An army of undead warriors is somehow the least creepy thing about this episode, which ventures into the stuff of nightmares quite skillfully.

A scene from "Legacy of Terror." A scene from "Legacy of Terror."

Between the gray-skinned zombie Geonosians, the reveal of the bloated and egg-birthing queen, and the brain worms, the underground throne room of Queen Karina the Great is a horror show for all who enter.

There’s a sense of claustrophobia from the beginning of the story as Luminara enters the blinding sandstorm, which continues on the journey deep into the catacombs.

A scene from "Legacy of Terror." A scene from "Legacy of Terror."

Few things in the galaxy can best a Jedi’s lightsaber, but neither the ancient weapon nor a blaster bolt to the head can kill the lurching, dead-eyed soldiers, mere husks controlled by the secret queen thanks to the brain worms that create a hivemind connectivity.

The Jedi’s only hope is distraction and suffocation, taking out supports to collapse the walls and ceiling that create the queen’s chamber in an effort to buy them time to escape with their captive, Poggle the Lesser. Ultimately, their only hope isn’t to kill the bugs, but rather just to slow them down, and important reminder that even Jedi sometimes come up against a foe they cannot beat.

Intel:

  • Anakin’s reaction to the discovery of the zombies is almost an echo of Luke’s response to Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back: “That can’t be true. That’s impossible!”

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

A scene from "Legacy of Terror."

Next up: We haven’t seen the last of the brain worms after all. Come back next Thursday for “Brain Invaders.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A “Legacy of Terror” in the Tunnels of Geonosis

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A Matter of Trust Inside the “Weapons Factory”

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

33: “Weapons Factory” (Season Two, Episode 6)

“No gift is more precious than trust.”

A scene from "Weapons Factory."

Synopsis:

Anakin, Ahsoka, Luminara Unduli, and her Padawan, Barriss Offee, lead a mission to destroy a droid factory on Geonosis. While the masters act as decoys diverting a group of super tanks, Ahsoka and Barriss infiltrate the plant via a labyrinth of catacombs beneath the city.

A scene from "Weapons Factory." A scene from "Weapons Factory."

Analysis:

Together, Ahsoka and Barriss are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good, destroying the plant while almost certainly dooming themselves to death by suffocation, buried far below the surface.

But, hand in hand, they never lose hope. Ahsoka has faith that her master will not leave them for dead, and she’s right to believe in Anakin and his legendary levels of attachment and bullheaded perseverance despite dismal odds.

A scene from "Weapons Factory."

A scene from "Weapons Factory."

The two young Padawans are perfect foils for each other: Ahsoka, prone to recklessness yet also adept at pivoting when a plan fails and devising a new, unconventional solution, has learned much from her master, while Barriss is more measured like her calm and even-keeled mentor, a studious learner who is thorough in planning and preparedness.

As a team, these qualities allow Ahsoka and Barriss to overcome the odds and not only fulfill their mission to destroy the factory from the inside out but continue working together even after they’re buried alive.

If this is your first time watching the series, you’re in for a shocking and fascinating arc for the friendship forming here between Ahsoka and Barriss.

A scene from "Weapons Factory." A scene from "Weapons Factory."

But knowing where Barriss is headed makes some aspects of this episode stand out more sharply, sometimes subtly in the dialogue, like when dependable Barriss utters two simple words as they venture into the catacombs, where sleeping enemies lie: “Trust me.”

Intel:

  • It’s hard to make out, but the nose art on Luminara’s gunship shows a clone trooper giving County Dooku the boot.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when the undead come to the defense of Geonosis in “Legacy of Terror.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A Matter of Trust Inside the “Weapons Factory”

The Clone Wars Rewatch: Carnage and Chaos in “Landing at Point Rain”

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

32: “Landing at Point Rain” (Season Two, Episode 5)

“Believe in yourself or no one else will.”

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

Synopsis:

Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ki-Adi-Mundi lead an invasion to stop Poggle the Lesser and the Geonosians from rebuilding their droid army, but crash off-course, forcing each general to overcome their own set of challenges.

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."
A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

Analysis:

Hordes of enemy troops, from Separatist clankers to the winged natives, and a massive energy shield stand between the Republic army and victory over Geonosis in an invasion intended to shut down Poggle the Lesser’s “factories of terror.”

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."
A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

The camera work and animation here exquisitely captures the disorienting chaos of the battlefield. Perhaps more so than any episode we’ve seen so far in the series, alternating points of view in the air and on the ground during this heated skirmish brings a visceral weight to the reality of the war.

In the midst of all of this, two important lessons emerge.

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

As Anakin advises Ahsoka when they first learn Obi-Wan may be in trouble, worrying has no place on the battlefield. To prevail, they must keep their focus on where they are, what they are doing, present in the here and now. Wandering minds are a liability and they’re no good to Obi-Wan if they’re dead.

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

In a contradictory spirit, Ahsoka and Anakin also treat these battles as something of a game, a spirited match to tally the highest number of enemy kills, flattening battle droids and keeping track for the purposes of future bragging rights. As the injured and exhausted Obi-Wan remarks, he doesn’t understand how they can simplify the carnage of war into a contest, something of a sport.

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain." A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

But just as important as staying in the moment, to keep a clear mind despite the emotional burden inherent for soldiers participating in a prolonged war, there must be some allowance to blow off steam, to laugh in the face of it all, a release valve for stress found through the absurdity of reducing combat to little more than target practice. Even Ki-Adi-Mundi, a Jedi Master who always seems to have a very serious expression, can see the value in that.

A scene from "Landing at Point Rain."

Intel:

  • Designers added some personality to the gunships in this episode, including an illustration of a nexu with the phrase “Bad Kitty” scrawled beneath it, an homage to the ILM animation crew who nicknamed the creature just that during the making of Attack of the Clones.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when the mission continues in “Weapons Factory.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: Carnage and Chaos in “Landing at Point Rain”

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A “Senate Spy” Among Us

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

31: “Senate Spy” (Season Two, Episode 4)

“A true heart should never be doubted.”

A scene from "Senate Spy."

Synopsis:

The Jedi Council suspects that Senator Rush Clovis, an InterGalactic Banking Clan delegate and former colleague of Padmé Amidala, may be working for the Separatists. Against Anakin’s wishes, Padmé accepts a mission to accompany Rush to Cato Neimoidia to uncover clues about the Senator’s true allegiances.

A scene from "Senate Spy." A scene from "Senate Spy."

Analysis:

Personal feelings and professional obligations collide in a rare, quieter episode dedicated to political intrigue and secret romance.

Inside the senate chamber, Padmé and Anakin grapple with their identities as individuals, their duty to each other and the Republic, and ultimately the trust that relationships must be built on to survive.

A scene from "Senate Spy."

Anakin is constantly putting himself in the line of fire, a general on the frontlines of the war, and a Jedi who reacts more by gut instinct than tactical plan. But when it comes to his wife, Padmé, he’s protective to the point of being suffocating, jealous to the point of being infuriating. “I’m not going to let you do it,” he says, as if he has the right of the choice to decide for her.

What he fails to realize in this moment is that Padmé has always been a formidable force, capable and intelligent, dedicated to protecting the people she represents whether as a queen or a senator. She’s not afraid to put herself at risk when the needs of the many are at stake.

A scene from "Senate Spy."

Anakin’s folly is ultimately in trying to control Padmé’s decision instead of acting as concerned spouse who ultimately trusts her and supports her choice. By trying to assert his own dominance and leaking some intel Master Yoda had failed to mention, he inadvertently helps to persuade her to agree to the mission to spy on Senator Clovis.

As Anakin and Padmé both put it, with varying degrees of snark, “Duty comes first, especially in war time.”

A scene from "Senate Spy."

And in the end they’re both at least partially right in their assessment. The mission is dangerous — Padmé’s poisoning could easily have been deadly. But it’s nothing she couldn’t handle (with some help acquiring the antidote, of course.) And the information they uncover is vital to the war efforts.

Hat tip to Obi-Wan, who doesn’t even try to control his face when Anakin shows a suspicious level of interest in Padmé’s personal life.

Intel:

  • This episode is a departure from most of the series, standing out for the elements it lacks: No blasters are fired, no lightsabers are ignited, and there’s not so much as an explosion.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when things go terribly awry on Geonosis in “Landing at Point Rain.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A “Senate Spy” Among Us

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back”

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30: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back” (Season Two, Episode 19)

“The most dangerous beast is the beast within.”

Synopsis:

The Zillo Beast arrives on Coruscant and Chancellor Palpatine orders Dr. Sionver Boll to study and then kill the creature. Instead, the Zillo Beast escapes from the lab with devastating consequences for the city and its inhabitants.

Analysis:

In the shadow of the rampaging Zillo Beast, Chancellor Palpatine looks genuinely frightened, scrutinized by the glowing green glare of the animal he ordered sacrificed for his own gain.

A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."

Every time I watch this episode, I feel worse and worse for the poor creature. Its quiet existence below ground disturbed by war, chained up and taken from its home planet against its will for cruel scientific testing, and ultimately killed in the defense of the millions of residents of Coruscant as it waged a terrified rampage against the one man who sought to harness its powers for himself.

A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."

Padmé, true to form, sees the humanitarian plight in the midst of the chaos, showing a deeply empathetic view of the poor creature and offering to help stand up for the Zillo, which has no voice and has had no choice in the matter.

A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."

But Palpatine thinks of the Zillo as “just an animal,” a scornful comment suggesting that this mammoth, invulnerable beast is somehow lesser than he. By performing experiments on the creature, Palpatine hopes for knowledge to lead him one step closer to the thing he craves most in life — unlimited power.

A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."


A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."

Animals are intuitive, and from the start the Zillo Beast has a clear dislike for the chancellor. Perhaps the beast sees through Palpatine’s facade, divining his cruel intentions and evil machinations long before even the Jedi can suspect his double life as a Sith Lord. Sadly, in trying to escape, the Republic is forced to act on Palpatine’s wishes to exterminate the last of its kind in defense of the millions of innocent lives caught in its (unintentionally) destructive path.

A scene from "the Zillo Beast Strikes Back."

Technology cannot contain it, but poison can annihilate it. Still, the ever-calculating Palpatine has plans to bring the suddenly extinct species back to life through cloning experimentation.

Intel:

  • A billboard of Palpatine is repeating the same holographic address broadcast in another episode – “Lightsaber Lost.”

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Padmé takes the lead on a mission to investigate her former flame Senator Rush Clovis in “Senate Spy.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back”

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “The Zillo Beast” Awakens

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

29: “The Zillo Beast” (Season Two, Episode 18)

“Choose what is right, not what is easy.”

A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

Synopsis:

On Malastare, Chancellor Palpatine orders troops to drop the Republic’s newest superweapon — an untested electro proton bomb — in the hopes of disabling the Separatist droid army to win a strategic alliance with the Dugs. Instead, the bomb’s blast awakens the ancient Zillo Beast, a monster of legendary size and ferocity.

Analysis:

We have a bad feeling about this.

A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

A scene from "The Zillo Beast."
A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

The Republic’s doomsday bomb obliterated one problem, that being the approaching droid army, but it was replaced by two more, the massive crater that swallowed many clone troopers and the beast the emerged from the depths.

A scene from "The Zillo Beast." A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

Like other radioactive and radically invulnerable monsters that have dominated legendary tales, the Zillo Beast serves as a warning about disrupting the natural order of things. A lightsaber does nothing to penetrate its ancient scales, a startling revelation for Anakin Skywalker. Although the planet’s natural fuel resources are thought deadly to the beast, dousing it seems to only provoke an enraged attack, inspiring the beast to climb out of the crater where it had been cornered.

A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

Mace Windu would see the creature saved, not out of any soft-hearted concern for adorable noodle-armed beasts, but because he’s a man of high morals. “It isn’t the creature, it’s the principle,” he says. “Allowing the Dugs to kill it violates what we stand for as Jedi.”

A scene from "The Zillo Beast." A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

However, defending the creature jeopardizes a valuable political treaty with the Dugs. Ultimately, Palpatine and the Republic instead hatch a scheme to seemingly satisfy both outcomes. The creature is neutralized and removed from the planet, its limp body taken away to be studied, and the Dugs have their freedom from the last of the beasts that once devoured their ancestors.

But how often can you really please two opposing groups? Even if this is your first time watching, you can see where this is going. An incapacitated, indestructible ancient beast transported to the very heart and capital of the galaxy. What could go wrong?

A scene from "The Zillo Beast."

Intel:

  • Supervising director Dave Filoni snuck in quite a few homages to the Godzilla films in this arc, including tiny nods on the helmets of Clone troopers Goji and Rod.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “The Zillo Beast” Awakens

The Clone Wars Rewatch: Honor Among Jedi and “Bounty Hunters”

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

28: “Bounty Hunters” (Season Two, Episode 17)

“Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendship.”

A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Synopsis:

After a crash landing on Felucia, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka seek aid from the local spice farmers only to learn that the villagers are the ones who are in real need. Beset by Hondo Ohnaka and his band of pirates, the farmers have contracted four bounty hunters to protect them.

Analysis:

As Ahsoka says, “You don’t have to look tough to be tough.”

A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Or, you know, size matters not. It’s training and collaboration that counts in a conflict, and this episode explores both through the unlikely alliance between Jedi and bounty hunter as well as the perseverance of the at-first timid villagers.

A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

When we first meet Casiss and the other farmers of Felucia, they are literally cowering in hiding, beaten down by the onslaught of attacks by Hondo Ohnaka. Their only recourse is paying bounty hunters to act as the first line of defense — a hired blaster to ward off a pirate’s gang. They see the crash-landed Jedi as a ray of hope in the conflict, three more soldiers to add to the ranks of their security and defense forces.A scene from "Bounty Hunters." A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

But like the freedom fighters they’ll later train on Onderon, the Jedi know that they cannot stay on Felucia and fight the battle for the villagers. Their only recourse is to train them to be independent, confident in their own abilities to stand up for themselves, defending their land against the pirate gang and any other raiders that come along.

A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Anakin and Embo patiently give the villagers the most basic skills, teaching them how the simple tools they already possess can be repurposed as weapons. It’s an important lesson in parenting and mentorship — defend a village from raiders and they will be safe for a day. Teach them to fight and they will be protected for a lifetime. Although the farmers don’t have much confidence in their own abilities, it’s not surprising that a village attuned to the need for hard work and cooperative collaboration to prosper would flourish in self defense given the right tools and training.

A scene from "Bounty Hunters." A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Jedi and bounty hunters don’t normally wind up on the same side, but a war will do that — shift alliances and agreements until sometimes the person you’re fighting with is simply the enemy of your enemy. And this gang is hardly the type of mercenary scum we’re used to seeing. They’re more like self-interested scoundrels, working a job to get paid but not devoid of all feeling toward the innocents they defend, as Sugi suggests.

A scene from "Bounty Hunters." A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Like the farmers, the bounty hunter Serapis is scared and in hiding, ensconced in an intimidating armored suit to disguise his small stature and nervous demeanor.

And just like the farmers, he’s far more powerful than one might expect judging him by his size.

A scene from "Bounty Hunters."

Intel:

  • The bounty hunter Embo has at least two things in common with Dave Filoni — the supervising director provides the voice of the alien and they both favor cool hats.
  • The episode pays homage to Akira Kurosawa in tribute to the film The Seven Samurai.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when war awakens a massive creature in “The Zillo Beast.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: Honor Among Jedi and “Bounty Hunters”

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “Children of the Force” and the Fight to Protect the Future

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

27: “Children of the Force” (Season Two, Episode 3)

“The first step to correcting a mistake is patience.”

Synopsis:

Cad Bane, unable to resist the combined Force powers of the Jedi, agrees to lead Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu to his hidden base to retrieve the stolen holocron, while Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka venture to Mustafar to save the kidnapped children from Darth Sidious’ evil plot.

A scene from "Children of the Force."

Analysis:

What’s the life of a child worth? For the thousands on the Jedi-protected list of Force-sensitive youngsters, their abilities and potential capabilities outweigh their connection to any homeworld or family.

The Jedi would take them away, at a certain age, to train at the temple and become a Force for good in the galaxy, peacekeepers in a tumultuous time.

A scene from "Children of the Force."

Darth Sidious’ nefarious plot involves ripping them away from their parents when they’re still only babies, and inflicting a risky surgical procedure to raise an army of Force-wielding spies, a network of seers to bring the Emperor’s enemies to their knees.

The two paths are so different yet so much the same. In either case, a life-altering decision is made for the younglings too early for them to truly comprehend what’s happening. They are malleable, innocent, easily influenced toward one path or the other.

But the Jedi, practitioners of the light, succeed where the dark side falters.

A scene from "Children of the Force."A scene from "Children of the Force."

The Sith operate with always two, master and apprentice, secret labs on far-off lava planets, and paid bounty hunters to do their dirty work. When Anakin and Ahsoka arrive on Mustafar, there are only a couple of droid nannies and a self-destruct code between the kidnapped younglings and freedom (or potentially a fiery death).

A scene from "Children of the Force." A scene from "Children of the Force."

Meanwhile, the Jedi have a network of support and a fierce will. They already have that which Sidious would try to create through experimentation and they use it for good, joining forces in meditation to amplify their abilities as seers, and utilizing the Jedi mind trick in stereo to interrogate Bane.

In the race against time, the Jedi win out. The children and the holocron are safe…for now.

Intel:

  • Over the Gungan baby’s crib hangs a mobile with two familiar beasts — a colo clawfish and a sand aqua monster, like the pair seen in underwater sequence in The Phantom Menace.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back Thursday, January 3, when unlikely partnerships are formed in “Bounty Hunters.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: “Children of the Force” and the Fight to Protect the Future

The Clone Wars Rewatch: Ahsoka Captured and “Cargo of Doom”

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26: “Cargo of Doom” (Season Two, Episode 2)

“Overconfidence is the most dangerous form of carelessness.”

A scene from "Cargo of Doom."

Synopsis:

After Cad Bane, who has stolen a Jedi holocron, has captured and tortured Jedi Master Bolla Ropal to no avail, he finds another Jedi for the job. Anakin Skywalker, however, can be swayed to help in Bane’s quest to open the holocron and reveal data on every known Force-sensitive child in the galaxy.

A scene from "Cargo of Doom."

Analysis:

The tragic life and death of Bolla Ropal is another stern warning to the Jedi. At the mercy of Cad Bane and an army of battle droids, Bolla was not strong enough to withstand the increasing malice of the bounty hunter’s torture.

A scene from "Cargo of Doom." A scene from "Cargo of Doom."

But in his final moments, he resisted on the most vital front — he refused to give in to Bane and relinquish the ethical code on which the Jedi Order was built.

In contrast, during Anakin’s confrontation with Bane, the mercenary finds a much less resolute subject. A system that protects information by using Jedi as the key to unlock each holocron vessel is brilliant, but only as strong as the Jedi being taught at the temple. One weak link can destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.

A scene from "Cargo of Doom."A scene from "Cargo of Doom."

Unfortunately, this won’t be the last time Anakin’s attachment is not only a personal weakness but a failure that jeopardizes the lives of so many younglings and the future of the Jedi itself. “I can’t let you die, Ahsoka,” he says after she’s rushed head-tails-first into a trap and found herself a pawn in Bane’s game.

Admiral Yularen is frustrated by Anakin’s estimation of success — playing into Bane’s hand, willingly opening the holocron and giving him the key to the Kyber crystal containing intel on Force-sensitive children, and letting both bounty hunter and unlocked holocron slip away as they make an explosive escape. But the worst is yet to come.

A scene from "Cargo of Doom."

Intel:

  • To capture the grim reality of Bolla Ropal’s death, creators focused on small details like the Jedi’s hands and later, his lolling tongue.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Anakin and Ahsoka must travel to Mustafar to save the younglings in “Children of the Force.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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The Clone Wars Rewatch: A Temple Intruder and a “Holocron Heist”

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

25: “Holocron Heist” (Season Two, Episode 1)

“A lesson learned is a lesson earned.”

A scene from "Holocron Heist."

Synopsis: 

Cad Bane recruits a changeling who poses as Madame Jocasta Nu, the librarian inside the Jedi Archive, to infiltrate the temple’s security systems in his quest to steal a Jedi holocron for Darth Sidious.

A scene from "Holocron Heist."

Analysis:

Knowledge is power. For the Jedi, it’s a closely guarded vault of secrets, kept safely ensconced in the Jedi Archive and accessible only to council members. But during a war, it’s also tactical information, details that lay out the movements of the clone troopers and the Jedi generals on the frontlines.

A scene from "Holocron Heist."

It makes sense that during the Clone Wars an intruder’s likely target would be the latter. But the real object of the heist is far more nefarious —  information on future younglings, a holocron to access the data, and the first steps in a search for Jedi Master Bolla Ropal, keeper of the Kyber crystal. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, there are far darker forces at play than just a bounty hunter looking for a pay day, and Darth Sidious’ directive coupled with the seemingly traitorous Jedi in their midst foreshadows the tragic events that will come to pass as Anakin Skywalker falls to the dark side.

A scene from "Holocron Heist."

A scene from "Holocron Heist."
A scene from "Holocron Heist."

But not this time. The traitor is not Jocasta Nu at all but a shapeshifter who gained access posing as another Jedi Master, and her skills with a lightsaber are no match for the Padawan who happens to be on library guard duty as punishment for failing to follow orders on the battlefield. Ahsoka’s lightsaber duel with Cato Parasitti at once betrays the bounty hunter’s disguise and shows us how much Ahsoka herself has yet to learn about calm and measured combat.

As Bane slinks away, disguised in secondhand Jedi robes, he holds the key to gaining access to the future of the Force. But always in motion is the future.

Intel:

  • Translate the signs in the Coruscant underworld and you’ll find an establishment simply called, “The Hole.”

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Anakin and Ahsoka pursue Cad Bane in “Cargo of Doom.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: A Temple Intruder and a “Holocron Heist”