Ok, so this episode wasn't fantastic but I did enjoy it. It seemed to have a good mix of action, suspense and yes, plenty of political talk. I didn't say anything about it in my last review but Mina Bonteri's death was not a surpise. In "Heroes on both sides" while Padme is talking with Palpatine about Bonteri, an evil look came across his face when he say's "Bonteri? How was the dialogue established?", I immediately thought "He's going to have Bonteri killed!". I assumed that before the end of the episode they would somehow show or say that she had been killed. That wasn't the case.. till now. It only makes sense for Palpatine to have Dooku eliminate anyone who threatened to end the war.
With that said, her son Lex, according to the Episode guide, is still alive. It also says that "His next interaction with the Jedi or the Republic should prove interesting." So I guess we'll be seeing him in a future episode, probably fighting for the Separatists and convinced that The Republic killed both his Parents. The last two episodes have given me a new perspective on the war. Neither side is truly evil, just the people that control them. Bonteri and her family were good people but they stood behind those like Count Dooku and General Grievous who have committed so many aristocracies that they couldn't possibly support if they knew the truth.
Padme's aid, Teckla Minnau was a good addition. It might be good to have a companion for Padme besides Bail or Ahsoka if she shows up in future episodes. I thought it was extremely stupid when Padme took off walking by herself on the Streets of Couruscant. Yes, I know for the sake of the story and the action she had to be where she was but come on?
All in all we learned a few things from this episode: Robobino's a bad driver, Bail's got a mean left hook, Padme wears a wig, Onoconda isn't a comedian and Police droids drink Coffee (Who knew?). I give this episode a 6 out of 10. Maybe more than it deserves but this one had some intriguing qualitys. Well I hope I didn't completely bore you with my first long review, I can't wait to review the episodes to come but it looks like we'll have a bit of a wait. Until then, Merry Christmas and may the Force be with you!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
With the recent news of Mr. Kershner's passing I felt driven to share this short story with you guys. I had a copy of "The Empire Strikes back" from the first DVD release of the Original Trilogy, I carried it everywhere with me and watched it all the time. Since the premier of The Clone Wars TV series I didn't watch the movies as much as I used to but when I'd have a Hankering to watch the Saga I would always reach for my trusty "Empire" DVD. A few months ago I misplaced it, after several periodic searches I finally decided last week it was time to buy a new one. Sunday night I ended up in the electronics section of a Wal-Mart. One rack, which had obviously been hit hard by "Black Friday" shoppers, caught my eye. Near the middle of the almost empty rack lay a single copy of "ESB", nine bucks later it is was mine. What I didn't know is that the Director of the fine film had passed away mere hours before. He will be missed greatly and his legacy as the director of such a film Masterpiece like "Empire Strikes back" will live on forever. On behalf of the SWU fan community, myself and Fans Worldwide may I extend the most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Irvin Kershner. Godspeed and May the Force be with you.
Posted by Benjamin at 11:52 PM
Friday, November 26, 2010
This was definitely been one of the better politcial episodes this season. The dialogue didn't seem to bore me like it has in the past, it didn't take long to jump into the interesting stuff. Anakin and Ahsoka's new looks are awesome, their "makeovers" were long overdue. The infiltrator droids were awesome but it seemed like it took them forever to get to the action, I found myself saying "come on! Transform already!" When they finally did go into attack mode all the did was massacre a bunch of defenseless workers. Needless to say I would love to see more of these droids. In all this time it never dawned on me that the CIS had a capital and a Senate. I've always put them in a similar category as the Rebel Alliance, them being on the run all the time and never really having anything permanently established anywhere. I always thought the Sepratist council (Wat Tambor, Nute Gunray, San Hill ect.) was in control of everything, I didn't realize the Seps had a representative government like the Republic. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of Raxus and the senate. I would especially like to see the Republic attack Raxus like the CIS attacked Coruscant in "Revenge of The Sith". A military campagn centered around this planet would be amazing and the possibilities are endless. Alright, enough dreaming! Overall I think this was a good episode, not one of my favorites but a major step up for this season. Well I guess that about does it, yes it I know it was short and very late but I hope to be better prepared for "Pursuit of peace" which airs next week. Until then, farewell and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
Posted by Benjamin at 12:07 AM
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hello and welcome to my blog! Here I hope to be posting periodic reviews and more detailed content I don't get to share with you guys on the Underworld! Right now lets get down to business. The first time I watched the second to the last Clone Wars episode "Hunt for Ziro" (which was awesome, btw) I immediately noticed something different. There is a scene in "Hostage crisis" (The episode that immediately precedes "hunt for Ziro" chronologically) where Cad Bane, Ziro and the rest of the gang are flying away from the Senate just after Bane has detonated the explosives that surrounded the Senators. Those of you with a keen eye would have noticed that the pillar of smoke from the explosion is billowing from the Senate Rotunda (The large mushroom shaped building), not the domed Republic Executive Building as seen in the first part of the episode. Star Wars Insider recognized the mistake and said it might be corrected in a future "Special edition" release of the Season 1 episode. So now, two seasons later, we come to "Hunt for Ziro". In the opening news reel the same scene flashes up on the screen but it's different, they've fixed scene and moved the smoke to it's rightful place on the opposite building. But they didn't stop there, the structure on the bottom of the dome has changed, the texture of the buildings have changed and they even changed some of the surrounding buildings. They did a complete makeover of the shot. Check it out below.
Posted by Benjamin at 1:07 AM