Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2009) – Defenders of Peace, Trespass, and Blue Shadow Virus

“When surrounded by way, one must eventually choose a side.”

Bill Canterbury pens this episode alongside Henry Gilroy and Scott Murphy, it first debuted on 23 January, 2009.

On the planet of Maridun, we rejoin the still injured Jedi Knight Anakin (Matt Lanter), his Padawan, Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein), Jedi Master, Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale) and their clone troopers, Rex and Bly (Dee Bradley Baker), must convince the peaceful Lurmin to fight for their planet when the Separatist army arrives led by the Neimoidian, Lok Durd (George Takei).

Durd plans to use a new weapon, a defoiliator on the planet, which could render it unsuitable for any life to reside there. Can the members of the Republic convince the peaceful species to fight for their homes?

Anakin and the rest take on the Separatist in an effort to save the planet, but will they be able to do it without the help of the Lurmen, who have to realize that their planet is worth fighting for?

It’s a nice conclusion to the story that was set up in the previous episode, and shows that sometimes you must wage war for peace.


“Arrogance diminishes wisdom.”

Trespass was written by Steven Melching overseen by Gilroy and Murphy, and it first aired on 30 January, 2009.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Anakin Skywalker find themselves sent to investigate a slaughter on the icy planet of Orto Plutonia. An entire Republic outpost has been wiped out. Arriving there, the find a Separatist base, also destroyed and soon find themselves caught between two forces warring for the planet.

Forbidden to interfere, the planet’s fate, and perhaps those of the Jedi and the 501st who accompany them – as well as Artoo and Threepio (Anthony Daniels), lays in the hands of a young senator, Riyu Chuchi (Hale again) after the nearby planet’s ruler, Chi Cho (Brian George) complicates issues and begins a war that could wipe out both species on the cold planet. Not to mention the members of the clone army that have been assigned to accompany the Jedi.

But tensions run high, even as the Jedi try to walk a fine line of non-interference and a peaceful solution.

It’s a fast-paced tale that puts our heroes in a tough position, as Chi Cho’s arrogance threatens them all, and we learn the species name of a classic Star Wars alien (if you didn’t already know it) the Talz.


“Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure.”

Blue Shadow Virus was written by Craig Titley, Jen Klein, with Gilroy and Murphy. It first aired on 13 February, 2009.

Senator Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) and Jar-Jar Binks (B.J. Hughes) return to Naboo when they discover that the villainous Dr. Nuvo Vindi (great stunt casting with Micheal York) plans to recreate the horrible Blue Shadow virus.

The pair investigate, and a mishap and some ill luck ends up with the pair captured. Happily enough, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Anakin are already on their way to help out.

We also get introduced to another Gungan, though she’s smarter than Jar-Jar to be sure. Padme and Binks meet Peppi Bow (Gwendoline Yeo).

I do like most of the story, the mad scientist aspect of it with Vindi makes for some fun moments, and edges up against some nice classic genre.

Still, after the first two episodes this week, no matter how cool it had the potential to be, this one feels a little less than, and I’m looking at you Jar-Jar.

The battles in a galaxy far, far away continue next week as Star Wars: The Clone Wars rages on.


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