Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2014) – Crisis at the Heart, and The Disappeared, Parts 1 & 2

“Deceit is the weapon of greed.”

Christian Taylor finishes over the Clovis storyline this week, as Rush Closvis (Robin Atkin Downes) learns that he’s nothing more than a pawn being used by Count Dooku (Corey Burton).

Like the rest of the Season Six, The Lost Missions as this season is collectively known, dropped on 7 March, 2014.

Clovis is manipulated by Dooku, at Palpatine’s (Tim Curry) orders, to let it appear as if the Banking Clans are joining the Separatists, only to be able to bring it under his personal control.

All of this places Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) in great danger, as the Separatists launch an attack on Scipio, which claims the lives of Commander Thorn (Dee Bradley Baker) and his men. There’s a particularly cruel (throwaway moment to watch for) when Dooku is striding across a deck of dead droids and clones towards his shuttle, and knocks one of the clone’s dead heads – doesn’t even faze him. This is a horrific and defining character moment – I loved it.

The story also lets a little but more of the Padme and Anakin (Matt Lanter) domestic storyline play out as he leads a Republic fleet to rescue her, and while there is nothing quite as threatening and abusive as his behaviour in the previous episode, I’m no longer comfortable with them being together at all. Because ugh.

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“Without darkness, there can be no light.”

Johnathan Rinzler pens the next pair of episodes, and if there had to a be a misstep in the sixth season this is it. Anything that lets Jar-Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) have a little bit of the spotlight has got to be not so great, and that is definitely this first episode in the arc.

The peaceful world of Bardotta is facing a terrible upheaval when it’s spiritual and mystic ways seem to come under threat of an ancient prophecy, and the planet’s leaders seemed to have vanished.

When Queen Julia (Ami Shukla) asks the Republic for help they send Jar-Jar (!) and Mace Windu (Terrence Carson) to help, and there’s a reveal that Jar-Jar and Julia have had a prior relationship (!). Huh.

And Mace, as a Jedi, finds himself on the outside, not being trusted by the Bardottans.

Soon, even Jar-Jar disappears, and Mace goes after him, getting his Indiana Jones on as he, reunites with the captured gungan and finds himself confronting a demonic cult that seems a blend of Mayans and the Thuggee cult from The Temple of Doom.

The villains escape with the queen, and the restored council states unleash she can be recovered, the Frangawl cult will drain her life’s essence and release a darkness that will sweep across the galaxy.

Mace and Jar-Jar prepare to go after them.

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“Wisdom is born in fools as well as wise men.”

The final episode this week sees Jar-Jar and Mace setting off to rescue Queen Julia before the cult can full fill the dark and ancient prophecy which could threaten the entire galaxy.

This ends up being a big long chase episode, with the reveal that the Nightsisters are involved with the Frangawl cult, something I didn’t see coming, and definitely makes them more of a threat than I initially believed.

It also leads to a confrontation between Mace and Mother Talzin (Barbara Goodson).

And while I like seein Mace getting a chance to shine for a change, he did not have to be paired with Jar-Jar, and should have been given his own adventure to go on. Oh well, this pair of episodes is now behind me, and the end of the series is on the horizon. But there’s so many great moments to come before then.

We come to the conclusion of The Lost Missions, Season Six, next week, and after that we begin our journey through the new seventh, and sadly final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

May the Force be with you…

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