Welcome back to Geektana and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 Review! This one is a fun one, y’all. If you happened to miss my first two reviews for Season 1, you can click here and here to read those. Now, let’s move on to season 2.
This season contained a few little mini arcs consisting of around 3 episodes or so, and these are the ones I’m going to focus on today.
I’m Cad Bane, The Big Bad Caaaad. The Bounty Hunter. *electric guitar*
First up, the season opens with Cad Bane, a bounty hunter, has been hired to break into the Jedi temple in order to steal the holocron. It’s a device used with a kyber crystal in order to read the names of force-sensitive younglings all across the galaxy. Obviously, the Jedi want to keep this item incredibly well-protected in order to protect those younglings. If you’ve seen Revenge of the Sith . . . that doesn’t really work out all that well, does it?
Cad Bane was a fun new addition to the show to give the Jedi another antagonist to fight back against. You can only go up against Count Dooku and General Grievous before it becomes redundant. When it appears that Bane has been successful, the Jedi council use the force to see the younglings. (Side note: After Anakin goes all . . . Sith after RoTS, do you think Yoda or anyone did something like this with Grogu? I’d like to think that someone knew that at least one youngling was able to get away)
Of course, the arc wraps up with Cad Bane caught, the holocron replaced, and the younglings safe.
I liked this mini arc to open the season and to give us a taste of what was to come. AND, MAN OH MAN, DID WE GET SOME GOOD EPISODES.
And Introducing Your NEW OTP:
The second mini arc of the season I want to focus on was that of Duchess Satine. A.K.A., my new queen and arguably who should star in her own television series. I’ll settle for an appearance in the new Kenobi show from Disney+. Please, pretty please, Disney, PLEASE include a Duchess Satine storyline.
Duchess Satine is the ruler of Mandalore and has described herself as a pacifist. She does not want Mandalore to get involved with the trade war waging between the Republic and the Separatists. Of course, not all those under her share her views. A group of Mandalorians, called Death Watch, reside on Mandalore’s moon, Concordia, and they are actively trying to take back the planet of Mandalore.
Within the three episodes of this arc, we see Duchess Satine save Obi-Wan Kenobi after he’s captured by Death Watch and almost killed. We see Death Watch with the freakin’ DARKSABER. And we see assassin probes, Duchess Satine being framed for murder, and the most tension-filled banter between Satine and Obi-Wan. And yes, if you’re asking, I already ship it. I was smiling like a complete fool during their scenes together.
Arguably, this was my favorite arc of the entire series, and I just want more of these characters. I’m already a sucker for Mandalorian lore (I just got the Death Watch connection to one of the episodes of The Mandalorian), and these episodes just played into that heavily.
And, if you’re a Darth Vader fan, stan, whatever, episode 13 was just *chef’s kiss*. While one of Duchess Satine’s party is actually a traitor who wants to see Satine dead, neither Obi-Wan nor Satine can bring themselves to kill him. And this guy knows it! He knows of Satine’s pacifism and Obi-Wan’s Jedi oath. He utters that only a cold-blooded killer would kill him when-BAM. A lightsaber has pushed through his chest, and we see Anakin’s head peek out from behind while a few notes of the Imperial March play. It’s a beautiful scene that left me going AHOHMYGOD-THEY’REPLAYINGTHEMUSICANDHEDIDTHETHING. Needless to say, I totally loved that scene.
Boba Fett. That’s it, that’s the headline.
Now, if you’re reading this thinking, but what about Boba Fett? This show takes place after Attack of the Clones, after Mace Windu kills Jango Fett, and we see his son, Boba, hold his helmet in grief. The concluding arc of this season gave us Boba Fett as a clone child working with outside bounty hunters to exact revenge on Mace Windu. If anyone knows me, they know I love a good revenge story. Count of Monte Cristo? Loved it. Carrie? Cackled. Murder on the Orient Express? Riveted. I love some good old-fashioned revenge.
Of course, with this arc, we see Boba Fett really struggle with his revengeful feelings and how he’s capable of feeling remorse. During his plan to kill Mace Windu, he’s forced to abandon fellow clones his own age, and Boba genuinely starts to question his own motives. However, he doesn’t give up his revenge plot that quickly . . . or ever. He spends the last few episodes of the season working tirelessly with outside bounty hunters. Now, if you’ve seen the movies, you know that Mace Windu does not die at the hands of Boba Fett. So, what the writers are left with is how to tell this story knowing that we already know how it ends. Their job is to figure out a believable ending that still holds true to both Boba Fett’s and Mace Windu’s characters.
Where do you go from here?
I don’t think this season’s ending was the absolute strongest in terms of the storyline between Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan. In fact, this whole season felt like its main purpose was telling stories that feature other characters on other planets instead of only focusing on one or two characters. Does that change? Will we see story arcs that are longer than 3 episodes? We’ll have to see.