Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012) – Escape From Kadavo, A Friend in Need, and Deception

“Great hope can come from small sacrifices.”

Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) are still prisoners if the Zygerrian slavers in Escape From Kadavo.

Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) and Obi-Wan are put to work in the mines, while the queen (Raija Baroudi) continues to take an interest in Anakin. That is until Count Dooku (Corey Burton) arrives, and demands the immediate execution of the captured Jedi.

Can our heroes survive, escape and free the slaves?

This time around, Anakin realises he needs help, so when he effects an escape, he an Ahsoka come to the slaves, and Obi-Wan’s rescue, properly prepared, and the battle of Kadova takes place. And it’s end result may predict future allies for the Republic, or triumph for the Separatists.

And at the heart of it all is Ahsoka’s intense desire to do right by her people. It’s a solid episode, and though dealing with the dark subject matter of slaves, it is definitely more escapist fare than the Krell arc from last week.

The episode was written by Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching, with an original airdate of 6 January, 2012.

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“Friendship shows us who we really are.”

Christian Taylor pens the episode A Friend in Need, which first debuted on 13 January, 2012.

Trouble arrives at the first Republic/Separatist peace talks in the form of Lux Bonteri (Jason Spisak). Ahsoka is intent on keeping the young man safe during the Mandalorian conference, but he seems intent on avenging his mother’s death, by taking out Dooku, and the young Padawan is beginning to sympathise with him.

She in turn becomes involved in his plan.

We’ve encountered Lux before, last time Ahsoka was on Mandalore, and we’ve also met the organisation he turns to for help… Deathwatch. But they are not what he expected, and it will be up to him, Ahsoka, and the loyal droid Artoo-Detoo to stop Deathwatch from killing countless innocents in their continuing battle against Force-wielders.

It’s fun to hear Jon Favreau lend his voice to a Star Wars character (before doing so again in Solo), Pre Vizsla, as well as Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan. And since we are on Mandalore, we get to check in on Duchess Satine (Anna Graves) as well.

This is a great solo episode, and one that ties into the overarching arc of the war, and events we know are happening around the galaxy. It’s also cool to see Ahsoka out there doing her own thing.

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“All warfare is based on deception.”

Brent V. Friedman pens the last episode this week. It first aired on 20 January, 2012, and puts Obi-Wan front and centre.

The Jedi Master fakes his own death, and assumes the identity of his killer, Rako Hardeen to infiltrate a dangerous group headed by Moralo Eval (Stephen Stanton). He seems Eval and his crew are putting together a plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine – oh the irony- as Obi-Wan attempts to stop them.

Obi-Wan has long been one of my favourite characters, so I love that he gets a chance to shine here, and Anakin, meanwhile, is determined to being Kenobi’s killer to justice.

To maintain his cover while interacting with the Jedi Council, he refers to himself as Ben, and while in prison conferring with Eval, he bumps into Cad Bane (Corey Burton) and Boba Fett (Daniel Logan) and Bossk (Dee Bradley Baker).

As the group effects a prison break, the episode leaves us hanging with Obi-Wan still under cover, travelling with Eval’s group and Bane suspicious of him every step of the way.

The Clone Wars continue next week in that galaxy far, far away as I dig into another trio of episodes. Until then, may the Force be with you…

Always.

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