Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012/2013) – A Sunny Day in the Void, Missing In Action, and Point of No Return

“When all seems hopeless, a true hero gives hope.”

Brent V. Friedman pens the next episode in the D-Squad arc. This story first debuted on 8 December, 2012, and sees R2-D2 and the rest of the squad crash landing on a desolate planet following the completion of their mission in the previous episode.

Unfortunately both the WAC droid (Ben Diskin) and Colonel Gascon (Stephen Stanton) are here to annoy the hell out of viewers. It’s too bad that they didn’t think of doing these episodes without any spoken dialogue and just droid-speak. That would have been an interesting experiment I think.

Still, Artoo gets screen time, and he’s always been a fave, and great to see.

Unfortunately, when the astro mechs and the WAC and Gascon disagree the astros go off on their own to find a way off planet, and we are left to see how the WAC and the colonel survive.

And we spend the rest of the story with them.

Sigh.

I don’t know how they got to work in the Republic, especially during a time of war, but neither of these characters are very likeable or endearing. What could have been an interesting arc and war story featuring R2-D2 instead gets a rather juvenile treatment, and had me longing for the next story so I could get away from Gascon and the annoying WAC droid.

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“A soldier’s most powerful weapon is courage.”

Friedman also penned this episode that continues the D-Squad arc, but gives it an interesting spin. And makes it a stronger episode than those that preceded it, leading us to this point.

Airing on 5 January, 2013 D-Squad has arrived in the town of Pons Ora, on the planet Abafar (the void of the previous episode) and are seeking a way off-world and back to the Republic.

In the town, they find a clone, Gregor (Dee Bradley Baker) who is suffering from amnesia and doesn’t know who he really is.

Gregor recovers his commando armour, and after a signal is sent to a nearby Republic cruiser, covers D-Squad’s escape from a battle droid infested space port.

This one is definitely the strongest part ot the D-Squad arc,and that is because the character of Gregor is interesting, unlike Gascon and WAC. As he begins to remember who he is, he becomes rededicated to his purpose and fights for the Republic, and the droids to help them escape.

A great episode stuck amongst a  series of lacklustre episodes that could have told a much better story.

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“You must trust in others or success will be impossible.”

Friedman pens the next episode, Point of No Return as well. It first aired on 12 January, 2013 and sees D-Squad returning to Republic space, but on the way they uncover a Separatist plot involving a Jedi cruiser.

Happily this seems to be the last episode in the D-Squad arc, and it’s fairly solid, not quite as good as the last one, but so much better than when the story started out, and Artoo gets to perform some heroics as the squad works to stop the cruiser, which has been converted into a giant bomb from destroying a Republic fleet.

It’s got some great action beats for all the droids, but if this is the last I see of that WAC droid and Colonel Gascon, that is fine with me.

The battle rages on next week as I delve into another trio of episodes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Until then, may the Force be with you…

Always.

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