Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010) – Voyage of Temptation, Duchess of Mandalore, and Death Trap

“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”

The Mandalore arc continues this week in this story written by Paul Dini which first aired on 5 February, 2010.

Traveling aboard a vessel to Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) are assigned to protect the Council of Neutral Systems, and Duchess Satine (Anna Graves).

But there is a traitor among the council and they’ve brought assassin droids aboard.

Even Anakin picks up on the sense of history, and undeniable chemistry between Obi-Wan and Satine, and the arc layers out his character nicely, giving him a nice emotional core.

So this episode easily balances its action sequences with multiplying assassin droids, the mystery of the traitor, and the emotional drama between Satine and Obi-Wan. It just shows that the further one gets into the series, the more layered, and in-depth the stories get for our heroes.

And you’re also left to wonder what really happened between the two, and what could have happened considering Obi-Wan’s commitment to the Jedi Order. It’s a great episode fot the Kenobi, and shows the series just kept getting better and better.

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“In war, truth is the first casualty.”

Drew Z. Greenberg pens the final episode of the Mandalore/Death Watch trilogy that first debuted on 12 February, 2010.

Now on Coruscant, Satine receives word that Death Watch, a dangerous splinter group faction on the Mandalore homeworld is preparing an assault on the Republic. It’s up to Obi-Wan and Satine, now on the run, to discover who is really behind Death Watch’s actions and their true motives.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Separatists may be behind Death Watch’s actions, and there are lots of things going on in this episode, both regarding the war, Satine’s actions, and Obi-Wan’s feelings for her.

There are some nice action sequences, as well as lines of continuity running through the episode as we see familiar senators from the series appearing in the senate. It’s a nice touch, filling out the reality of the world.

The episode closes out with Obi-Wan and Satine in conversation, but you can tell that things have now changed between them as their worlds are drifting apart. Consequently it makes for a great could have been, and one of the character moments for Obi-Wan in the series that really fires the imagination.

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“Who my father was matters less than my memory of him.”

Doug Petrie is credited with writing this episode that sees the introduction of young Boba Fett (Daniel Logan – who played Boba in Attack of the Clones) into the Clone Wars series. the young boy is determined to exact revenge on Mace Windu (Terrence Carson) for the murder of his father in this episode that debuted on 23 April 2010.

He is masquerading as one of the new clone cadets as he slips aboard the cruiser, Endurance

He is joined by a cadre of bounty hunters who are teaching him the trade, including Aurra Sing (Jaime King) and Bossk (Dee Bradley Baker). It’s a nice continuiation of the character introduced onscreen, and allows us to partially see how it grows to be the character first glimpsed (originally) in The Empire Stikes Back.

It also shows what happens when he interacts with clones, and his decision at the end of the episode isn’t as cold-hearted as he grows to be.

The battle and the Fett arc continues next week as I travel to a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

May the Force be with you…

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