Can I just say that the last two episodes of The Clone Wars were by far my favorite? Both episodes had great story lines, introduced us to some amazing new characters, and gave us a peek at how padawans are trained. Both shows had plenty of action yet, balanced well between adult viewers and young viewers.
The first episode The Gathering shows us how young padawans acquire their lightsaber crystals. Before, writing this blog, I had to ask one of my friends (an Expanded Universe expert) if the EU ever mentioned how lightsabers were constructed. According to him they had, and judging from what he said there are slight differences between the EU and the Clone Wars. I also haven’t heard any complaints from EU fans, so the changes seemed to have been taken well.
As for me, it was fun to learn how young padawans had to find their personal crystal. Each one had to face their greatest fear or personal emotional handicap, and all had to trust the Force in the end. What really made the episode were the young padawans. My favorite so far is Byph. Byph reminds me of me, always chosen last in activities and scared of creepy dark places. I was cheering for him during the entire first episode! We also were introduced to a Wookie named Gungi, which is nice considering we often don’t see Wookie characters on the Clone Wars.
It was also about time Ashoka had the role of teacher. She reminds me so much of Obi Wan Kenobi, that I always felt she could be an excellent teacher. Also, Yoda made an appearance. I have been frustrated for many seasons because Yoda played such small roles. This role for him still wasn’t a big role, but at least we saw him for the entire first episode.
In A Test of Strength, we meet David Tennant’s character Professor Huyang, who is a robot that builds the Jedi lightsabers. David Tennant’s role was small, but it was so nice to hear his voice. For me, I didn’t see any Dr. Who resemblance in the robot which was good since he is portraying a different character. What really frustrated me about this episode was the Harry Potterish feel to the first scene. Professor Huyang remembering every Jedi’s lightsaber and having a room filled with lightsaber parts reminded me of Harry walking into the wand shop. I also felt that a Jedi choosing his or her lightsaber should be a serious and solemn event, not a childish walk through Diagon Alley.
A popular character that showed up on scene was Hondo. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I love Hondo’s character, but does he have to show up in every story arc? I don’t need to see him all the time. He is a great character, but let’s not abuse it. I suppose now that Disney has purchased Star Wars Hondo could sit besides Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow at a theme park. 😉
Returning to A Test of Strength, the best scene for me was when Ashoka accidentally was shoved off the ship – that was the point I choked on my coffee. There she was hanging for dear life, trying to kick the pirates off, and then suddenly she’s gone. My first thought, they’ve killed her off, I was wrong. My second thought, what a crappy way for her to die. However, we then see that she and Hondo were miraculously saved, and she is now his prisoner this means Hondo will show up in the next episode. UGH.
Overall I did enjoy these episodes and look forward to the next. I really can’t wait to see where they will take these young padawans. Sad to think that they will be executed by Anakin in Episode III, just a side note. Can’t wait to see more!
*By the way my EU friend is from An Elegant Weapon anelegantweapon.podbean.com Podcast. Follow him @jediras and his podcasting buddy @potatowast3 on the Twitters. May the Force be with You!