Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2009/2010) – Legacy of Terror, Brain Invaders, and Grievous Intrigue

“Sometimes, accepting help is harder than offering it.”

Eoghan Mahoney pens the first episode up this week, which takes Star Wars into a direction that it’s never really gone, though it has all the neccessary trappings for… horror. Legacy of Terror debuted on 20 November, 2009.

Jedi Master Luminara Unduli (Olivia d’Abo) disappears in a sandstorm during the second assault on Geonosis as she sets off in pursuit of Poggle the Lesser (Matthew Wood). When Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) track her to an ancient temple they find themselves under assault…

from undead Geonosians!

You read that right. It’s like the Clone Wars took a left turn into zombie territory. They aren’t undead precisely. There bodies are reanimated by a wormlike lifeform that is part of the Genosian life cycle. As scary and spooky as it seems.

The episode is an all out assault on the clones, as Anakin and Obi-Wan do their best to recover Luminara, who is also somewhere inside the ancient temple, and about to discover the horrific secret at the heart of the ‘undead’ creatures.

There’s a little of a zombie movie at work, as well as Aliens, especially when the Queen is introduced, but it is all uniquely Star Wars. And sets up the follow-up episode nicely.

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“Attachment is not compassion.”

Brain Invaders was penned by Andrew Kriesberg with Supervising Writer Drew Z. Greenberg, and it debuted on 4 December, 2009.

The brain worms introduced in the previous episode threaten to spread further, when an infected clone brings a clutch of eggs aboard a supply ship bound for Ord Cestus. Also aboard the ship are Jedi Padawans Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Barriss Offee (Meredith Salenger) and Tango Company.

And for the first time we see that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is already using the Force to choke people. But it is through this rough interrogation method that he comes across a way to save his padawan.

Things continue to take frightening turns as Barriss becomes infected and as lighsabers flash, threatens to infect Ahsoka!

This pair of episodes is fairly dark and a little frightening, especially compared to other story arcs in the series, and other family fare that is out there. But I think it was a wonderful, and successful, experiment that shows that Star Wars can tell all manner of stories.

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“For everything you gain, you lost something else.”

Ben Edlund under Greenberg’s supervision wrote Greivous Intrigue which first debuted on 1 January, 2010.

Jedi Master Eeth Koth (Chris Edgerly) has located General Grievous (Matthew Wood) but is captured and tortured by the Separatist leader. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia (Angelique Perrin) set off to rescue their fellow Jedi, and perhaps capture Greivous, but they are walking right into a trap.

The space battles, as well as the lightsaber encounters are well-orchestrated and feel on par with those we’ve seen on film. The episode is smart, fun, and shows that the series is really coming into its own. I love the look of the series, the set design, character design – all of it feels authentic to the universe that we’ve grown to love.

And the episode is still able to keep Anakin from physically encountering Grievous, something that doesn’t happen until Revenge of the Sith. This also tends to make him Obi-Wan’s nemesis.

But Anakin and the rest will find a way to outmaneuver Grievous, who escapes of course, and save their fellow Jedi.

Next week, the battle continues in a galaxy far, far away, as I explore more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

May the Force be with you…

Always.

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