“Love comes in all shapes and sizes.”
Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle pen the first episode up this week, Hunt For Ziro, which continues the arc established last week that saw gangster Ziro the Hutt (Corey Burton) escaping the Republic prison he had been placed in.
First airing on 12 November, 2010, the story sees Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Quinlan Vos (Al Rodrigo) – making his first appearance in the series since a background appearance in The Phantom Menace, and an offhand mention in Revenge of the Sith – two jedi, set off in pursuit of Ziro, but the Hutt may have problems of his own.
It seems he is being put on trial by the Hutt council, and his only hope may be an old girlfriend, Sy Snootles (Nika Futterman).
But things aren’t all that they seem and as Ziro sets off with Snootles to recover a holo-diary filled with incriminating evidence, Vos and Kenobi learn that they aren’t the only ones on the fugitive’s trail. Cad Bane (Burton) is after the Hutt as well, but all of them may be too late, as there may be a new player in the game.
“Fear is a great motivator.”
Daniel Arkin pens the episode Heroes on Both Sides that first debuted on 19 November, 2010.
Padme (Catherine Taber)and Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) travel to meet up with one of Padme’s mentors, Mina Bonteri (Kath Soucie) in an attempt to open peace negotiations.
Mina, it seems, has come down on the Separatist side of the war,and is at odds with Padme, but is willing to talk and work towards a peaceful settlement. But the Banking Clan, a member of the Separatist movement, and several corrupt Republic senators, conspire to out an end to the peace talks.
Ahsoka, and the audience get to see that not all Separatists are bad, and that they are working for peace, just as much as members of the Republic. And some members of the Republic want war just as much as some of the villains on the other side.
The series also honours continuity by showing that Ahsoka has grown up some, and has, consequently gotten a new outfit,
Storywise it’s okay, but like The Phantom Menace, the episode weighs itself down in some politics that may muddy things for younger viewers
Still, it definitely shows that the concepts for the war introduced in the film series, and how it is financed plays into the series.
“Truth can strike down the spectre of fear.”
Is a continuation of the story begun in the previous episode. Also written by Arkin, this episode first aired on 3 December, 2010.
Dooku (Burton) announces that a Republic attack (that happened at the same time as the Separatist attack on the Senate at the climax of the previous episode) killed Padme’s mentor, and consequently the young senator is a little lost.
When she pushes for peace as opposed to financing more weapons, and some exorbitant loans from the Banking Clan, she and Bail Organa (Phil LaMarr) find themselves branded traitors, and the target of bounty hunters who are hired to intimidate senators in order to vote for the war, and further financing.
A fairly adult level story, still filled with some fun Star Wars moments, but undeniably, not the usual fare for kiddies. The series continues to position itself as not just entertainment, but essential canon viewing for an understanding of The Clone Wars.
The battle continues next week in a galaxy far, far away when I venture into another trio of episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
May the Force be with you.