Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) – Bombad Jedi, Cloak of Darkness, and Lair of Grievous

“Heroes are made by the times”

For the first time, we see Rodia depicted onscreen as Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) is headed there on a diplomatic mission with Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels). The episode, Bombad Jedi, was written by Steven Melching, Henry Gilroy and and Kevin Rubio. It debuted on 21 November, 2008.

Summoned to Rodia by an old family friend, Onaconda Farr (Dee Bradley Baker), Padme is betrayed by him to the Separatists, and it’s up to Jar-Jar and Threepio to save her. And right there you see the problem with the episode, it’s one of the few missteps of the series, most of which happen in the first season.

We don’t need to see a Jar-Jar Binks adventure when he acts like a goof trying to do the right thing. And we definitely don’t need to see him pretending to be a Jedi. It’s just a silly story that is quickly forgotten as we move onto better conceived tales that fill out the war years, and move our characters to their destinies.

Sure there are some interesting moments, but most of it is overshadowed by the sheer silliness of the episode as Jar Jar goes head to head with Battle Droids (Matthew Wood) and neither are my favorite characters.

It does end in the arrest of Nute Gunray (Tom Kenny) which leads into the next episode.

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“Ignore your instincts at your peril.”

Paul Dini penned this episode that first aired on 5 December, 2008.

Luminara Unduli (Olivia d’Abo) and Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) are dispatched to Rodia to escort Gunray to trial, but Count Dooku (Corey Burton) send Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman) to free Gunray and kill the Jedi.

The clone troopers (Baker) are aided by a senatorial guard, Captain Argyus (James Marsters).

This leads to a number of battles and lightsaber encounters as Ventress leads a cadre of battle droids into the fray against the Republic, intent on recovering Gunray, and proving her worthiness as Dooku’s apprentice.

It’s always interesting to see Ahsoka paired with other Jedi to see what she learns from them, and Luminara has proven to be a fan favorite, and watching the duo take on Ventress is a lot of fun.

There are twists, surprises, betrayals, and lots of action beats and watching the lightsaber battle is a lot of fun, as all three characters in the fight are fully realized characters.

In the end Gunray is able to escape, and schemes for another day.

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“Most powerful is he who controls his own power.”

It’s up to General Grievous (Wood) to prove himself this time around in an episode written by Henry Gilroy. It first aired on 12 December, 2008.

Jedi Master Kit Fisto (Phil LaMarr) is sent by the Jedi Council to recapture Gunray after his escape, and bring him to trial for war crimes. He is joined by a squad of clones, and his former padawan, and now Jedi knight, Nahdar (Kenny).

The escaping Gunray, according to Dooku’s plan, leads the hunters to Grievous’ personal base, and it’s a trap. And it also provides a final trial for Nadar, who may not have the control he needs to be a true Jedi.

Grievous leads them on a merry chase through his enclave (where he keeps all his spare parts) and the body count grows for the Republic, and may cost more than they are willing to pay to escape, and Nahdar may not survive to tell the tale.

The series isn’t afraid to kill characters off, and show the cost of war, and this episode does that, but it also gives Fisto a chance to shine.

The battle continues next week with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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