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    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Episode 16 - 116
    The Hidden Enemy

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    A force of Republic clone troops under the guidance of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Captain Rex lands on the iced-up planet of Orto Plutonia to investigate the disappearance of a local clone trooper force. In their company are also C-3PO and R2-D2, along with a party of Pantoran dignitaries which include Senator Riyo Chuchi and Chairman Chi Cho, who uses his political leverage over the Jedi to get what he wants. Despite Orto Plutonia being an ice world apparently devoid of sentient life, Chi Cho vehemently declares that, since it is within the boundaries of the Pantora system, Plutonia is technically considered Pantoran territory.

    Obi-Wan and Rex check out the local Republic base to find all clone troopers dead, but the facilities untouched. Soon they find a nearby Separatist base, but the droid crew there has also been destroyed, raising suspicion that a third party is behind both killings; the only clues to their identity are a footprint in the snow and a brief image on a holographically recorded distress call.

    Back at the Republic base, Riyo Chuchi voices her doubts about Separatists being responsible for the raid, since the evidence is inconsistent with that theory, but Chi Cho stubbornly refuses to give in to such a violent enemy, no matter who it may be.

    Anakin and Obi-Wan follow their clues to a nearby canyon, where they spot light reflections. Soon afterwards, they do meet primitive but sentient inhabitants, the Talz. Despite the language barrier, Obi-Wan and Anakin manage to make clear that their mission is for peace, and they arrange a meeting between the Pantorans and the Talz. When they deliver the news, Chairman Chi Cho arrogantly refuses to believe that the Talz can be considered a sentient race and calls them trespassers and animals, stating that Pantora hasn't found a slight bit of life on the planet in all their history. Riyo Chuchi tries to mediate, telling that it is for the Senate to decide this matter, but to no avail.

    Upon arrival at the meeting place, the Talz leader, Thi-Sen, politely asks that the Republic leave them in peace and pull off all presence off Orto Plutonia. However, Chi Cho still refuses to accept the Talz as sentients and arrogantly declares Plutonia as sovereign Pantoran property, deliberately provoking a war. In order to gain sanctity for his actions, he declares this to be an internal affair of Pantora. Anakin and Obi-Wan appeal to Riyo Chuchi, to find a way to resolve this political matter diplomatically. She contacts the Speaker of the Pantoran Assembly, who grants her the authority to negotiate peace and declares the Chairman out of order.

    However, this solution comes a bit too late: while returning to their base, Chi Cho and his escort are ambushed by a Talz war party, forcing them to fight, and Chairman Cho is severely weakened by a spear in his back. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Senator Chuchi just arrive in time to save Cho, Rex and the remaining escort from being overrun, but even with his last breath, Cho insists on killing the Talz for the 'good' of his people as his final command. Chuchi politely declines, informing him of the Assembly's decision. Dumbfounded that he was overruled and that his people prefer peace, claiming that he died for them, Chi expires. Senator Chuchi pursues a peaceful approach and manages to cease hostilities, conceding sovereignty of Plutonia to the Talz. As she and the Jedi board a gunship, Obi-Wan requests that to maintain peace, she should make it last.


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    Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead Republic forces in an attempt to defeat the droid armies and free the planet of Christophsis from the Separatist siege. When the Republic is ambushed and forced to retreat, it becomes clear that someone in their midst has set them up. The Jedi believe this infiltration is a Sith-backed operation and go behind enemy lines to investigate. Meanwhile, Captain Rex and Commander Cody set out to uncover the traitor amongst them.


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    Holy CRAP!! The Droids actually successfully ambushed and outsmarted Kenobi, Anakin and their Clone units! O_O

    Seriously, this show is awesome!!

    One of these clones is a sly spy!



    And ivory-skinned Ventress is back to fight against some Jedi!




    Whaaaaaaa....? Slick's the traitor?
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    So not only did we find out who the spy was, but we also find out why he was the spy in the first place. He did it for freedom, distrustful of the Jedi and their beliefs and was simply looking out for his brothers. He just went about it the wrong way, endangering them at the same time. This is just the first of a recurring argument about where the clones and their opinion of the Jedi lies, which always made me fall under the impression of that such various incidents throughout the series might've influenced the Clones to follow...
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    Stay tuned immediately after Toonami's special presentation of Akira for a Toonami premiere episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!





    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Episode 17 - 117
    Blue Shadow Virus

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    Anakin, Obi-Wan and their clones prepare to ambush the advancing droid forces from two towers. Just as they are about to fire on the droids, the advances split into three columns and droids suddenly appear in Obi-Wan's building. Anakin calls in a gunship for immediate evacuation before leading his squad to assist Obi-Wan. They escape to the roof, and the droids follow them. Their gunship arrives, picking them up, but not before taking the command tactical droid's head to find out how the Separatists discovered their plan.

    At the base, Rex and Cody analyze the droid's memory, but the best they can find before the head malfunctions is that the Separatists discovered their position ahead of time. Obi-Wan suggests that they may have a spy in their ranks. The Jedi decide to go behind enemy lines to investigate and tell the clones to keep the mission classified. Rex and Cody then sweep out of the base, but as the Jedi leave, Cody notices that someone left his comlink on, eavesdropping on them. They spot someone running off and chase him. Unfortunately, they lose him in the mess hall, among their many brothers, meaning that one of the clones is a traitor. They decide to contact the Jedi, but the droids are keeping the communications jammed.

    Rex and Cody have Artoo analyze the communication history, to find out if anyone had sent out any unauthorized transmissions. Rex notices an irregular wavelength that is too low and infrequent for them to normally detect. The transmission seems to be coming from Slick's barracks, so they decide to investigate. They question all of Slick's men: Jester was cleaning his weapon, Punch and Sketch were in the mess hall, and Gus was in the infirmary. The last one, Chopper, appears that he is hiding something, and reluctantly reveals that he was collecting droid fingers, which is forbidden by protocol. Chopper denies being a spy, and Slick offers a full investigation when the Jedi come back. However, Chopper snaps that from his hiding place, he saw Slick turn into the command center rather than the mess hall. Cody also notes that Slick somehow knows about the Jedi's departure, while only Rex and Cody knew about it. Slick, knowing he's been discovered, punches Cody and Chopper, and escapes. Cody and Rex try tracking him, but they are too late: Slick blows up many of the gunships and AT-TEs, as well as the weapons depot, with earlier-placed charges. The other clones inform Cody and Rex that Slick went into the command center, and they order the others to secure the perimeter while they go inside.

    In the meantime, as Anakin and Obi-Wan race to the Separatist base on BARC speeders, they notice an increasing number of droids spying on them, but still decide to continue the mission, despite the fact that it has been compromised. They arrive at the enemy base and inside, they meet Asajj Ventress again and begin to duel with her. The Jedi manage to overcome Ventress and demand her surrender, but as they edge closer to capture her, she creates a large hole in the floor beneath their feet with her lightsabers, pushing them one level down. Ventress taunts them and runs away, and the Jedi follow her, discovering that she has set up a whole army to invade Christophsis. The Jedi engage Ventress again, overbalancing the tri-droid she is standing on before escaping on STAPs. Ventress dispatches Loathsom to take care of the Jedi while she moves on to the next phase of her master's plan, and she heads to the Trident.

    Rex and Cody enter the command center in search of Slick. They soon guess that he is hiding in the vents and inconspicuously act out a scene; Cody leaves his blaster on the table while Rex goes to "secure the lockdown". Slick comes down from the vents and grabs Cody's blaster, only to find that it is empty, and Rex comes up from behind him and puts his blaster at Slick's head. Slick engages the commander and captain in physical combat, stating that he was tired of all the suffering and was offered freedom and money from Ventress. Cody manages to knock him out and they apprehended him. As they present Slick before the Jedi, Slick snaps that his brothers are enslaved by the Jedi, that he was striking a blow for all clones and that he loves his brothers, but Cody and Rex retort that he has now exposed them all to certain doom. Cody orders the other clones to take the traitor to lockup.

    Obi-Wan asks if they managed to salvage anything from the weapons depot. Rex says that though most of their weapons are trashed, they managed to save the heavy cannons, which will prove to be useful in the coming battle.


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    The Republic discovers a Separatist bio-weapon lab hidden on the planet of Naboo. Rather than wait for help, Padmé explores the lab with Jar Jar. Anakin, Ahsoka, Rex, and Obi-Wan arrive and follow after her. They find that the Senator is being held captive by the sinister Dr. Nuvo Vindi. The mad scientist has been developing a lethal virus for the Separatists. Vindi threatens to set off a bomb and release the virus!


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    I was meaning to talk about this past week's episode, but never got around to it. But now I am.

    So I remember finding this episode pretty much fun. It was hardly a didactic episode, but watching this episode did remind me that this show can still occasionally take a breather from that and it's all okay. Dr. Nuvo "YEAH, YEAH-YEAH-YEAH, YEAH YEAH YEAH yesss" Vindi I found very to be a very amusing character. I have no idea whether it was the exaggerated German accent or the overall design and pupils were added for this character who seemed to be wearing a mask as oppose to removing the pupils or something else, but he was fun to watch. He doesn't come off as that compelling or sinister or threatening of a villain (despite his blue shadow virus plan), but it seemed to feel convenient for this episode.

    Then again, what might've made him so fun to watch was the fact he was a mad, manic scientist in something like a Star Wars TV series. I don't have a particular favorite genre and normally I don't pay much mind to genre conventions or tropes and find the focus on adding them and discussing them gets in the way of telling the story (as Brian McDonald would say, it's just the clothing of the story). Now with that said, in this case, I can't help but make the observation that mad scientists characters are non existent or rarely seen in Star Wars anything, so maybe that's why it felt interesting seeing Dr. Nuvo Vindi.

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    After Summer Wars, stay tuned later tonight for a Toonami premiere episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!




    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Episode 18 - 118
    Mystery of a Thousand Moons

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    Padmé, Jar Jar and Threepio arrive on Naboo and are greeted by Queen Neeyutnee and Captain Typho. The Queen demands that she petition the Senate or the Jedi Council to assist them; Padmé says that a scout team of droids is not enough proof, which is why they must analyze the tactical droid caught from the scouting party. After taking out the droid's eyes, they trick it into thinking it is with the Separatists and have it report. All the droid can tell is a top secret lab on Naboo before being crushed by Jar Jar's bumbling when the latter tries to catch a blue bug emerging from one of the battle droid's bodies. It is found the bug could have only come from the Eastern swamps, in whose mud the tactical droid is covered. They contact Master Yoda and Master Mace Windu and ask them to send two Jedi: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Padmé and Jar Jar then opt to personally search for this secret lab while the others extract as much information from the other droids.

    Out in the plains, a female Gungan shaak herder named Peppi Bow notices that a few of her shaaks start to collapse dead, so she ushers her herd away, realizing that the river they drank from is tainted. Soon after, Padmé and Jar Jar arrive, but they are attacked by Peppi until Padmé brings up her blaster. Peppi directs them to follow the river to find the source and offers to guide them, but Padmé declines, instead sending for an escort back to Theed. As they traverse the swamp, they are being spied on by a camera. Then they find a secret hatch, but there is no way to open it. Suddenly, they are surrounded by battle droids, taken prisoner and placed into the bunker. The man in charge, Dr. Nuvo Vindi, reveals that he has recreated the Blue Shadow Virus, a deadly disease that was wiped out from the galaxy long ago. He had also perfected it, able to turn it from a liquid strain into an airborne strain, which would be used to eradicate the warmongers.

    Upon arriving on Naboo, Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan learn of Padmé and Jar Jar's departure. Anakin sends Ahsoka with Peppi to find them, while the rest of them analyze the data from one of the lobotomized droids. They find out that Vindi is planning on deploying virus bombs to key star systems. Typho directs them to Vindi's secret lab, which has three entrances. Anakin fears the risk of contamination, but Obi-Wan states that one planet is less than the entire galaxy. Ahsoka and Peppi search the swamp, inadvertently find a spy cam and manage to hide from it. Ahsoka contacts Anakin and Obi-Wan, who instructs her to detonate a bomb in the south bunker while they enter through the hatches. Anakin then joins with Rex and his men to start the mission; Obi-Wan reminds him that the safety of the galaxy is worth more than Padmé's life and she may already be dead. Ahsoka levitates a thermal detonator, perfectly dropping it on the hatch and distracting many of the droids to her position; Rex and his team also arrive to assist her as they hack their way through droids before having to retreat with the entrance of droidekas. This allows the others to infiltrate the base unheard. But as Anakin enters Vindi's lab, he finds Vindi torturing his hostages with electricity, forcing him and his clones to surrender. As Vindi leaves Padmé and Jar Jar to suffer, he runs off with his virus bomb; Anakin breaks free and saves them. Obi-Wan arrives with the Bomb Squad Unfortunately, as Obi-Wan and the bomb squad finds all the bombs, Vindi activates them. With Vindi and another droid each carrying a detonator, they split up between the two. Obi-Wan tries to catch Vindi, but the villain throws away a number of virus vials, forcing Obi-Wan to catch them while Vindi makes his escape. Meanwhile, Padmé and Jar Jar track down the droid, managing to prevent it from escaping. With the bomb squad's help, they are able to deactivate all the bombs, just as they capture Vindi.


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    Even though the lab has been shut down, Dr. Vindi manages to activate the dreaded Blue Shadow Virus, infecting Ahsoka, Padmé, and many clone troopers. The plague is fatal within 48 hours. Anakin and Obi-Wan must travel to the mysterious planet, Iego, to secure the only known antidote to the sickness. Anakin and Obi-Wan arrive on the mysterious planet to find its population living in fear of a mysterious force that has been killing anything that tries to leave their world. With the help of Jaybo Hood, a clever Iegoan boy, Anakin and Obi-Wan must solve the planet's mystery before they can leave, and before everyone infected with the Separatist virus dies!


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    After Conqueror of Shamballa, tune in for a Toonami-premiere episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as we enter the Ryloth arc!



    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Episode 19 - 119
    Storm Over Ryloth



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    Obi-Wan and Anakin prepare to transfer Dr. Nuvo Vindi to Theed for trial. Padmé and the clones discover that one of the virus bombs is missing the container that held the Blue Shadow Virus, meaning that if the wrong hands have possession of the virus (in this case, Vindi), it can still be released, and they sound the alarm.

    Two clones search for the Vindi's servant droid, LEP-86C8, in the bomb room. The droid sneaks into the room behind them and inserts the virus into a bomb. Before the clones can stop it, the droid sets off the bomb, and the virus starts to spread through the complex. Rex, Ahsoka and the clones manage to make it into the safe room. Ahsoka briefs Anakin on the virus' release, and he informs Padmé. She sets off with Jar Jar in their enviro-suits to find Ahsoka and prevent any remaining droids from escaping the lab and releasing the virus onto the planet.

    Anakin tries to wrest the antidote out of Vindi, but Vindi taunts him, stating that his job was to manufacture a plague, not cure it. Obi-Wan manages to convince Anakin to lay down his lightsaber, and they depart for Theed. Ahsoka, Rex and the clones discover that a small portion of the virus managed to get into the safe room before the door closed and they were thus contaminated. Padmé and Jar Jar, summoned by Ahsoka, open the door to the safe room, and she and Ahsoka take up the task of destroying the droids before they can ascend to the surface of Naboo. During a struggle in one of the corridors, Padmé rips a hole in her Envirosuit after tackling Jar Jar to save him from blaster fire and is thus affected by the virus as well.

    Anakin, Obi-Wan and Vindi arrive in the hangar bay, and they meet up with Typho. Vindi is escorted away, and Typho tells Anakin and Obi-Wan that he may have found an antidote: Reeksa root, found only on Iego, in the World of a Thousand Moons, which happens to be Separatist-controlled space. Typho mentions that it's "suicide", but Anakin and Obi-Wan head off in the Twilight anyway.

    Anakin and Obi-Wan approach Iego, but not before passing through a massive ship graveyard in its orbit. As they land, they find strangely disfigured droids with mixed-up parts, all saying, "Welcome to Iego". A boy approaches them and introduces himself as Jaybo before going over to lie in a hammock strung between the legs of two Vulture droids, with the retrofitted battle droids attending him. Jaybo explains that when the Separatists left, they left a lot of their droids behind, and he simply reprogrammed them to serve him. When Obi-Wan and Anakin inquire about the Reeksa root, Jaybo mentions that the system is "haunted" and no one gets off the planet, since Drol, the phantom ruler of Iego, destroys anyone attempting to leave. According to Jaybo, fifty of the best pilots in the galaxy tried, and none made it alive.

    Anakin and Obi-Wan descend a cliff, while Jaybo shouts down to not touch the vines, because the plants "don't like it" and have teeth. A Xandu appears, and the two Jedi grab ahold of it. It takes Anakin and Obi-Wan down to the bottom, and Anakin begins to hack away part of a root while the Reeksa plant awakens. Anakin and Obi-Wan manage to fend off the Reeksa and ascend the cliff.

    Jaybo leads them to Amit Noloff, who tells the Jedi that the ghost of Drol is preventing them from leaving the planet. When the Jedi don't believe him, he shows them a hologram of Taquito, a friend of Jaybo's, being electrocuted before his ship exploded. Anakin and Obi-Wan attempt to leave Iego in the Twilight, but as they pass through the debris field, sensors activate an energy field that prevents them from getting very far from Iego, and they return. Obi-Wan theorizes that the Separatists installed the energy field to prevent the inhabitants from leaving the planet.

    As they land, Obi-Wan and Anakin receive a hologram from Ahsoka and Padmé, both appearing parched and weak. Ahsoka weakly tells them that they have destroyed all the droids in the compound and that Naboo is safe from further contamination. Padmé asks Anakin to promise her that no one will ever open the bunker, and starts to say "I love you", but the hologram is cut off. As they walk out onto the platform, Anakin starts to panic, having realized that Ahsoka and Padmé are dying from the effects of the virus. He tries to rush and find a solution to getting past the energy field, but Obi-Wan has an idea and manages to calm Anakin down.

    The Jedi call a meeting with the citizens of Iego. Obi-Wan tells them that Drol is not a ghost, but a Separatist security system. He asks if anyone inhabited Iego's moon before the Separatists arrived, and an Angel enters the room. She tells the Jedi that they were a peaceful people before the Separatists arrived and stole their home: the moon of Millius Prime, and Anakin theorizes that the primary nobe of the energy field must be near Millius Prime. Obi-Wan notices Vulture droids in another room, and he asks Jaybo to reactivate them so that Artoo can fly them via remote control. The Vultures are activated, and after Jaybo transfers control of the droids to Artoo, they launch and follow the Twilight into the ship graveyard. The laser field activates, and Artoo attempts to send the Vulture droids into the laser emitter, but they are destroyed. Obi-Wan fires at the generator, and the energy field explodes. Anakin mentions to Jaybo that he will need new Vulture droids, as all were destroyed, but Obi-Wan tells them that they are free to leave Iego whenever they choose. The Twilight immediately jumps into hyperspace for Naboo.

    LAAT/is land at the lab, and stretchers bearing Padmé, Ahsoka, Rex and the rest of the clones are transported onto the gunships. Anakin and Obi-Wan find the others weak from their ordeal, but thanks to the antidote they are expected to make a swift recovery. Glad about the outcome, all commend each other for their achievements.


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    Ryloth, home world of the Twi'lek people, has been subjected to military occupation by the droid army of the Separatists, and surrounded by a blockade of Trade Federation battleships. While launching a surprise attack against the blockade, Ahsoka disobeys Anakin's orders and ends up losing most of her squadron. Even though she's emotionally rocked by this failure, Anakin helps her learn to persevere, placing her in charge of another risky attack.


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    Okay, so first wanted to get the episode from two week's ago, Mystery of a Thousand Moons out of the way. First of all, I remember seeing this episode back when it first premiered on Cartoon Network, but didn't realize it was part of two episodes. Though it's weird how I'd think that considering from what I've read on the Star Wars Wikia that this and the Blue Shadow Virus episode ran back-to-back. I dunno, I mean Star Wars the Clone Wars premiered right after Toonami was cancelled and between that and CN Real and whatever else Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon were doing at the time and my last year in high school, I felt I was slowly over the years finding myself less enthusiastic with watching shows that amused me week-to-week.

    Anyaway, so Mystery of a Thousand Moons. I don't know why that's the title since I recalled nothing about a thousand moons being the subject of mystery in the episode. That said, I remember liking the Jaybo character back when I first saw this episode and I still do. It's funny how when these droids are usually cannon fodder that they can for a change be more of servants for this teen who just handles being I guess stranded on the planet as his own comfortable home. Also, I forgot this was another episode where we saw Anakin and Obi-wan team up, something that as I think about it, the prequels hardly touched on. It always bugged me in retrospect how the Episode 2 film by-passes how those two spent 10 years as Master and Padawan and the few times we see them interact is either when Obi-wan expresses disappointment to Anakin or when he's trying to deal with Anakin's anger or when we see them very briefly joke around. So it's nice to see more depth to their interaction and that there's more layers to Anakin's behavior other than being irrationally-angry and in love, something that admittedly is definitely a big flaw in the prequels.

    I'll just confess that for a while I had a hard time figuring out where all the harsh criticism for the prequels came from since there seemed to be too many of them and they were all over the place. And it never helped me understand any further when all some people express is how much they're over Star Wars altogether or find it overrated, prequels or not. Although another reason I couldn't follow the criticism was because when I first saw the prequels on DVD before Episode 3 came out, this was right after I got hooked on Star Wars from seeing the Clone Wars microseries on Cartoon Network and then my Uncle giving me the original trilogy on VHS. I was probably still too young to looking at the narrative more ciritically and caught up on getting sucked into the universe and presentation of Star Wars and how imaginative it was.

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    So next is Storm Over Ryloth which from what I understand is the first episode of the Ryloth arc. If so, then i want to try and tune in because I really really liked this episode! So Ahsoka is given an opportunity to lead her own squadron and because she wanted to prove she was capable, she became careless and most of her squadron was killed and her very anxious and unsure of her skills, something I don't recall ever seeing much before in Ahsoka.She's usually faithful and confident and yet seeing her insecure and be anxious I found very intriguing. and it was very interesting seeing Anakin know what he's doing and making the reckless actions on getting through the enemy's fleet with few fighters and a damaged ship. There was also a line Anakin had to the Separatist about having his ship that really made me like seeing this side of Anakin and found him to be very cool and fun to watch, which again, something the prequel films never touched on much. And the ending scene where he tells Obi-Wan from an escape pod how he's just basically watching the ship he crashed into get destroyed is also funny. And seeing Ahsoka's character trying to get through on her own while also reluctantly following Anakin's lead at the same time was a nice perspective to watch.

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    Reminder that Clone Wars isn't on this week due to the Cowboy Bebop marathon.

    Also, Clone Wars is moving to 5am next week. So get your DVRs set for that.
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    Yeah, unfortunately I don't have DVR still so I'll likely miss out. Though there are still plenty of episodes in later seasons I remember from memory so maybe I'll drop in and say what I have to say when those episodes air.

    With that said, I think revisiting these episodes week-to-week has helped me decide that the next time someone disses this show or wonders what's so great about it, I can actually firmly recommend it and say why I do. Based on what I've seen in the first season alone, I can say that the series adds and improves on characterizations, and situations that were lacking in the prequel films and even the microseries in some cases (which isn't to say the microseries were by any means bad at all, they were awesome). There are more layers to Anakin's character than being the archetypical tragic hero who falls in love while also losing his loved ones which while I don't mind George Lucas playing by Greek drama rulebook, I think he was doing so to a fault. There's a more depth to the Clones as being individuals and not just soldiers A through Z. You even get certain episodes dedicated to some of the Clones in Anakin and Obi-Wan's fleet that make them slowly question their loyalty and morals towards following the Jedi and you get other episodes of certain rookies training to fight in the war. There's a big emphasis on brothers-in-arms. Anakin and Obi-wan team up more frequently and thus you see more of the relationship they initially established between Episodes 1 & 2 in the prequels that no one got to see.

    There's also recurring themes on where your philosophy and position on war is. In episodes 13 & 14, Jedi Crash and Defenders of Peace, it's understandable to avoid fighting as a way to avoid being sucked into even more violence. But when trouble comes to you at the wrong place and time anyway, do you stay as a pacifist or do you defend yourself? In episode 15, Trespass, a politician must form the right judgment and not let his/her pride and close-minded attitude. So when a mysterious group attacks on what you believed to be your planet, do you investigate and negotiate peacefully with the group or do you attack the same group at the risk of your soldiers and people's lives? Very compelling episodes, not to mention how many episodes span in several episode arcs that would make for a fun ride.

    Then there's Ahsoka, who seems to get a love-hate reaction by everyone that sees her character. I'm not sure what exactly are all the criticisms this character gets, but she seems loyal, willing and mostly capable. She's still openly learning her place as a padawan who has a lot to learn from Anakin and other Jedi masters while still wanting to prove herself and in many instances, she has proven herself to be capable, though not unscathed of course. Based on all of that, I don't really see the problem with her character.

    All in all, I find the show worth people's time and that no one should easily dismiss it simply because it in the middle of the prequels or that it came after the microseries or that it's not anime. Those shouldn't be reasons to dismiss a 5-6 season series that has not only been critically acclaimed by critics, but even has been nominated dozens of awards and even won a few. Also, the CG is far from awful. If anything it's phenomenal. I get people are reluctant to embrace CG when it seems to be slowly replacing traditional animation. But again, it shouldn't be a reason to dismiss this show altogether, not after posting the pictures in each episode for the past several weeks in this thread. Other than Dreamworks, Pixar, Disney Animation and Blue Sky, not many TV shows push CG to such an extent.

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    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Episode 20 - 120
    Innocents of Ryloth



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    Aboard a Lucrehulk-class battleship flanked by two Munificent-class frigates over Ryloth, Neimoidian Captain Mar Tuuk receives orders from Emir Tambor, who emphasizes that the Republic cannot invade Ryloth. Mar Tuuk assure Emir Tambor that their blockade is impenetrable and that the Republic will get quite a surprise when they arrive.The Resolute, Defender and Redeemer arrive in the system. Ahsoka Tano boards her fighter, mentioning to her new droid R7-A7 that this is her first time leading a squadron. Anakin stops by to give her some encouragement, and Ahsoka leads her squadron out of the Resolute. Her squadron checks in, and receiving the order from Anakin and Admiral Yularen, she charges the Separatist blockade, leading Axe, Slammer, Kickback, Tucker, and Swoop.

    After cutting a path to the lead Separatist ship, Ahsoka advances with her group. However, four more Munificent-class frigates suddenly jump out of hyperspace and join the blockade. Admiral Yularen and Anakin both order Ahsoka back to the ship, but she stubbornly insists on pushing forward. Tucker's V-19 Torrent starfighter is destroyed by the advancing Vulture droids, and Ahsoka finally obeys orders and turns back, but the Vulture droids begin to sacrifice themselves, ramming themselves into the Resolute. One droid heads for the cruiser's bridge, and Admiral Yularen is severely injured. After losing Axe as well, Ahsoka and what remains of her squadron make it back to the Resolute. The Redeemer is too damaged to retreat and falls apart, but the Defender and the Resolute manage to jump to hyperspace.

    In the hangar, Anakin orders a headcount to determine how many pilots were lost, and then reprimands Ahsoka for disobeying orders. Ahsoka learned this trait from Anakin himself, but still takes responsibility and is severely dejected that she lost so many men. Anakin tries to console her, stating that it was a trap and that it is the reality of war. Captain Rex informs Anakin that General Mace Windu is demanding a progress report, and he leaves the hangar.

    Meanwhile, Tambor congratulates Tuuk on his success, but warns him not to underestimate the Jedi. Tuuk then orders a droid to bring him whatever archive data there is on Skywalker, seeking to learn more about his opponent.

    Anakin reports his losses to Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan reminds Anakin to give his Padawan time to recover, but that he will need her help to complete the mission. Time is running short, and despite losing almost half his forces, Obi-Wan and Mace give Anakin one planetary rotation to breach the blockade or they'll have to postpone the invasion. Anakin stresses that the Twi'lek people cannot wait much longer, and the invasion must go on.

    Ahsoka sits with an unconscious Admiral Yularen and mournfully apologizes for her failure. Rex then calls her away to Anakin, whom she finds in the hangar bay, repairing her starfighter with the help of R2-D2. Anakin tells her they need to proceed with their attack on the blockade. Ahsoka, still shaken from her earlier failure, questions her readiness. Anakin receives a call from the Defender and orders Ahsoka back to her quarters to cool off. Meanwhile, Tuuk, certain Skywalker will counterattack, orders his droids back to their battle stations.

    Alarms sound aboard the Resolute, and Ahsoka exits her quarters to find clone troopers running to stations. A clone reports to Ahsoka that the Defender is being evacuated for an unknown reason. When she arrives in the hangar, everything from the Defender is being loaded into the Resolute. Anakin credits Ahsoka with the inspiration to his latest plan: he proposes that he will pilot the Defender alone into the lead battleship, taking out the enemy commander and thus leaving only easily-outmaneuvered battle droids in command. Ahsoka thinks it's a reckless plan, but Anakin leaves it to Ahsoka to command the remaining forces while he remains defenseless in an escape pod after destroying the Defender. Anakin leaves on a shuttle, and "Commander Ahsoka" is now in charge of the Resolute.

    Ahsoka reports to the bridge of the Resolute. Anakin is ready to get underway. Rex and the Resolute's clone navigation officer await orders. Tambor updates Captain Tuuk with information from Count Dooku that the Republic forces are too thin to mount an effective counterattack and that any attempt to do so would be suicide, but Tuuk still believes Anakin is coming, and basks in the opportunity to achieve fame for the defeat of such a great warrior. Ahsoka brings Rex and the navigation officer up to speed, and they are very skeptical of their chances of success. The navigation officer accidentally blurts out that they usually have Anakin to lead them; while he doesn't mean Ahsoka any offense, she still realizes how much bigger her responsibility is.

    The Defender emerges from hyperspace, and Anakin hails Captain Tuuk, offering to surrender himself and his vessel in exchange for safe passage of food and medical supplies to the people of Ryloth. Ahsoka details the battle plan after Anakin's collision with the battleship. She intends to tilt the Resolute in a classic Marg Sabl maneuver away from the frigates, using it as a screen to launch fighters that would then defeat the remaining ships. The navigation officer is doubtful, and suggests taking time to come up with a better plan. Ahsoka asserts that these are her orders, and that Anakin is counting on her, but then corrects herself and says that he is counting on them. Admiral Yularen returns to the bridge and supports Ahsoka, giving her much-needed confidence.

    A battle droid reports to Captain Tuuk that scans of the Defender reveal it to be heavily damaged, with all power diverted to the forward shields, but there is only one life-form aboard. Tuuk realizes Anakin's deception, and the Resolute emerges from hyperspace. Anakin heads the Defender straight for the Separatist flagship. Ahsoka heads off to command the fighter squadron, leaving Rex and Admiral Yularen in charge of the Resolute.

    Anakin leaves the Defender with R2-D2 and boards an escape pod. Captain Tuuk orders all cannons to fire at the Defender, but it is already too close, and he escapes from the ship. The Defender pierces the center sphere of the battleship. The Resolute moves into position, and Ahsoka leads a squadron of BTL-B Y-wing starfighters toward the blockade. The battle droids, leaderless and confused, manage to order a basic attack on the Resolute, but the Republic Y-wings and V-19 Torrents manage to rip apart the remaining ships in the blockade. Following this, three Acclamator assault ships carrying Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, and their troops emerge from hyperspace. Obi-Wan contacts Ahsoka, wryly commenting on the state of Anakin's invasion fleet, and Rex dispatches a shuttle to pick up Anakin's escape pod.



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    With the space blockade around Ryloth destroyed, Obi-Wan Kenobi must lead a small clone force into a droid occupied town to sabotage their anti-aircraft guns. Obi-Wan's mission is complicated when he learns the town's inhabitants are being used as living shields. A pair of clones in his platoon forges an unlikely friendship with a refugee Twi'lek girl, Numa, who's been orphaned by the war. Through their relationship with her, the clones begin to understand the real cost of the war...


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