This Star Wars: The Clone Wars overview incorporates spoilers.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 4
Some Star Wars: The Clone Wars tales mirror on the clones as conscripted troopers from beginning. Often, this comes within the type of world-building, like a clone-only bar. Generally parallels are drawn between the clones and Anakin, who went from slave to Jedi with no freedom in between.
“Unfinished Enterprise” doesn’t go for even refined critique of the clones’ state of affairs, as a substitute telling a high-energy struggle story. And that’s okay! I’ll forgive The Clone Wars for dropped emotional through-lines. Seven seasons in, these through-lines are clearly not what the present is about. The core characters on this arc nonetheless work.
Because the Republic launches a two-pronged assault towards a Separatist meeting plant, clone trooper Echo’s loyalty known as into query after being hooked as much as an enemy laptop for months. The moments the place the route and writing recommend Echo could be a deeply planted enemy agent are tense however not deep. Just a few lingering photographs from the digital camera on Echo’s face invitations the viewers’s suspicion. And the Dangerous Batch additionally suspect him. Once more, the script isn’t excited about linking the Dangerous Batch’s dislike of normal clones to their wariness of Echo.
This scrutiny doesn’t lengthen very far, nonetheless. Some drama is dissipated by the truth that Echo is instantly allowed to jack right into a Republic navy laptop upon his return residence. That is one in all a few hiccups in logic on this episode that threw me out of the scene. Later within the episode, Mace Windu must diffuse a bomb by pushing buttons with the Pressure to key within the deactivation code. Other than the truth that it is a surprisingly boring use of the galaxy’s magical vitality, the numbered keys are labeled with letters.
As an action-heavy episode, although, “Unfinished Enterprise” fulfills the promise of the Clone Wars in a enjoyable and simple approach. This can be a traditional journey story, advised somewhat extra significantly than different components of the present. It lands someplace within the center in relation to the wildly swinging tone of The Clone Wars general. Republic bomber starships dive towards the meeting plant in lovely and lethal trajectories. Clones compete to see who can take out probably the most droids, and the sniper’s intelligent expertise is a spotlight. The villain laughs (not as a lot of a supervillain cackle because it might have been) and strikes precisely just like the spider his alien species is modeled after.
The Dangerous Batch themselves proceed to be the silliest a part of these episodes. I’m totally bored with Wrecker’s infantile enthusiasm for blowing issues up, though he definitely appears to have been embraced within the wider fandom.
As an alternative of Echo’s potential betrayal turning into a bigger plot level, the ticking clock is an precise ticking bomb, which provides the latter half of the episode a way of urgency unusually disconnected from the emotional arc of the characters. Once more, that is par for the course for The Clone Wars, so I’m of two minds on whether or not to simply give it a go.
Echo and Rex proceed to be the guts of the episode. Rex’s tender gestures when Echo is wounded supplied plenty of pathos. Free from the Separatist machine, Echo now seems to be ashen, his head studded with metallic entry ports. It’s very cool, and I nearly want he had saved a few of his extra apparent cyborg components. It’s fairly arduous to cover the lacking forearm, in order that stays too. I really like somewhat little bit of physique horror in my Star Wars.
At first, Dee Bradley Baker differentiates Echo’s voice from that of the opposite clones by making him sound flat and mechanical, however the impact rapidly goes away. I want it had stayed. As all the time, it’s spectacular that Baker could make what is basically the identical voice sound like so many alternative characters. (Even when, as my Blaster Canon co-host Saf factors out, his New Zealander accent isn’t convincing.)
A lot of the episode follows the clones in traditional navy science fiction situations. A hallway struggle, particularly, made me really feel like I used to be enjoying a online game. And that’s a praise to the present, which lastly nailed it’s tone on this arc, or at the least, did so more often than not. The Jedi additionally seem as commanding generals. I’m risking being repetitive by saying the fun of seeing them on display by no means will get previous. The promise of “Jedi of their prime,” as soon as basically a fable within the historical past of the Star Wars galaxy and now obtainable in full in each The Clone Wars and the upcoming Excessive Republic line, stays so cool. As a bonus, Anakin Skywalker exhibits off the season’s improved facial animation with a nod to Revenge of the Sith.
Mace Windu doesn’t get practically lengthy sufficient of an motion sequence to indicate off his lightsaber expertise, however his persona is totally on show. And Mace providing the choice of give up to the droids is a superb second, displaying how the Jedi Grasp could be each charming and intimidating. It makes me marvel, as a clone does later within the episode, whether or not we should always really really feel somewhat bit sorry for the clankers.
Total, I’m glad the Dangerous Batch arc is over. The Ahsoka arc developing subsequent nicely would be the first really new The Clone Wars materials in years, and can most likely really feel utterly totally different due to it. Putting the Dangerous Batch arc first means followers who’ve already seen the unfinished story reels gained’t know what’s coming subsequent, and that’s thrilling. If you happen to’ve by no means watched The Clone Wars earlier than, the Dangerous Batch arc was a superb abstract of what the present is like. Now, on to one thing really new.
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