Welcome back to Geektana! Today, I’m reviewing Season 1B of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. If you happened to miss the Season 1A recap, click here to read that first! I know I’ve only watched the first season. And, as such, I have 6 more seasons to go, but it is so good!
Bigger Storylines = Better Storytelling?
This second half of the first season really starts up a longer storyline that weaves throughout several episodes. There are, of course, several one-off episodes that feel like side quests. But, it feels like the series is really gearing up for some major, heavy storylines, and I AM HERE FOR IT.
In the middle of the season (where I left off in the last post), we saw Count Dooku, Anakin, and Obi-Wan captured by pirates. They have to work together in order to escape, resulting in one of my favorite tropes! When the villain and the hero have to work together — ooh, is that the good stuff. This resulted in a little mini arc within the middle of the season that brought some awesome action sequences and funny one-liners.
Territorial Wars & Space Diplomacy
Of course, there were some serious episodes that nicely laid the groundwork for seeing the Jedi in a less than perfect light. For example, in one of the episodes, Obi-Wan travels to a snowy, icy moon to help with diplomatic relations between two races. While one of the senators representing one side wants the Jedi to step in and negotiate on their behalf in order to avoid war, Obi-Wan is very adamant about not stepping in. Watching this episode, it’s easy to see why this senator would ask the Jedi and why she was frustrated and disappointed by their reluctance to interfere. Of course, everything was resolved by the end of the episode, but it brings up a great question for audiences. As the “arm” of the Senate, how much power do the Jedi wield and how far does their authority really reach? Just something to think about for the newbies to the Star Wars fandom.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
Following a similar vein, this episode starts to show the cracks in the trust of the Jedi. While we already know what happens to Anakin, it’s interesting to see his reactions to unpopular decisions that the Jedi council makes. His reactions seem justified, and he comes across as less whiny. (Side note: with the announcement yesterday about Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new show coming to Disney+ in 2022, I’m VERY curious to see how Hayden plays this character 15 years later!)
Relating to Anakin/Darth Vader, I saw a rumor on Tik Tok about why Darth Vader hires Boba Fett in the original trilogy, and. . . Y’ALL. I can’t remember who is credited with this theory, so if it’s you, just lemme know and I’ll be sure to add your handle in this post. But, they argued that Vader hires Boba Fett because he reminds him of Rex! And, ooh, let me tell you this got me in my feels. Rex is already an awesome clone trooper, and I love his scenes, so when I saw this, I . . I’m just going to accept it as canon. And no one can tell me differently.
Anakin & Padme
Season 1 ends on a high note, allowing for the writers to really hit home how good this show is and how good it will get in subsequent seasons. One thing we have to look forward to is the budding romance between Anakin and Padme. Personally, I liked that the writers kept this for the end of season 1 instead of pushing it in every episode. It’s a much better pace than what we saw in the prequel trilogy. With the prequels, it almost felt like we got a romantic scene with Anakin and Padme and that it was their primary motivation for doing . . . anything. By showing their romance at the end of a season, it gives their characters a little more depth by giving them other motivating factors, stories with other characters, adventures on distant planets. It still pays tribute to their oh so great love affair that arguably led to Anakin’s demise, but it does so subtly. And, we love subtlety here at Geektana. “It’s about the YEARNING”.
Season 2 Review Coming Next Week!
I can’t wait to start season 2. I’ve seen glimpses of the animation in the later seasons, and it really looks like the quality improves, which can only add to the viewing experience.
Of course, there were a ton of scenes in episodes that I didn’t talk about, such as the Blue Virus episode. Personally, I felt that episode was a little too timely, and I use fiction and fandom as forms of escapism. Still, it’d be nice if the antidote to Covid-19 was a root found at the base of a plant monster on a distant planet and was recovered within the span of a 25 minute episode. Alas, we live in reality, and reality sucks.
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