Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2011) – Ghosts of Mortis, The Citadel, and Counter Attack

“He who seeks to control fate shall never find peace.”

Christian Taylor pens this episode that continues the Mortis story arc, that finds Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor), Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) still trapped on the strange planet, with a family of powerful Force users. This episode first aired on 11 February, 2011.

The Son (Sam Witwer), in an attempt to sway Anakin to the Dark Side, gives the Jedi Knight a vision, and it hints at a dark future.

Ahsoka and Obi-Wan work on securing their ship, and making sure that the Son doesn’t leave with them. Can they escape Mortis? Can Ahsoka repair the ship? And will the Son’s visions for Anakin come to pass? Or will he fall to the Dark Side now, and confront Obi-Wan and his own padawan?

Liam Neeson lends his voice to the series again, as Qui-Gon Jinn, as a Force ghost speaks to Anakin.

This is a fantastic episode, and deals so well with things that we know have to happen, and makes Anakin’s fall more troubling. Here he believes he is doing it for the right reasons, for peace. Will Obi-Wan and Ahsoka be able to reach him before it’s too late? And will they escape Mortis?

Obviously yes, but it’s a well-crafted story arc that truly makes you worry for the characters.

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“Adaptation is the key to survival.”

Matt Michnovetz starts a new arc with this episode, which first aired on 11 February, 2011.

Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, and some clones (Dee Bradley Baker) have to break into a Separatist prison, the Citadel, to rescue a captured Jedi Master, Even Piell (Blair Bess). They undergo freezing in carbonite, and effect a break-in, but will the be able to get out again?

The prison was designed for a unique set of prisoners, Jedi.

It a nice reveal, there is a familiar face amongst Piell’s men, the captain of his vessel is none other than Tarkin (Stephen Stanton).

The escape the main body of the prison, but will they be able to get off the planet with their rescued cargo, and the knowledge Piell and Tarkin carry?

Guess I’ll find out in the next episode! I love the idea of carbon freezing in this story, and the introduction of Tarkin, and he’s a part of the Republic Navy no less. It’s a nice bit of character and world building that layers out everything just that little bit more.

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“Anything that can go wrong will.”

Michnovetz penned the second episode in the Citadel arc, and this episode first aired on 4 March, 2011.

To keep the information that Piell and Tarkin carry safe, the Jedi and their clone troopers split up, but it soon proves easier to break into prison than to break out. As both teams work to get to their rendezvous points, they realise that even if they break out of the prison itself they may not be able to get off the planet.

It’s an action-beat-filled episode that makes connections between Tarkin and Skywalker and shows Tarkin’s mind at work, as both cunning and ruthless, even if he is just along for the ride. It also doles out an extraordinary cost on the clone troops who accompanied the Jedi – this is a pretty violent episode.

We are left on a cliffhanger, as the two teams, now reunited try to find a way off the planet! Will they succeed? I’ll find out next time.

The Clone War continues next week in a galaxy far, far away as we close out the third season and prepare for season four.

May the Force be with you.

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