‘The Clone Wars Season 5: A War on Two Fronts’ Review

October 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Reviews, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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‘A War on Two Fronts’ launches the Jedi off into dangerous territory as they try to assist a resistance cell on Onderon. But is it the right move for the Jedi?

Skuldren: I really liked how the episode kicked off with some intelligent and intriguing commentary amongst the Jedi leadership. Very quickly things boil down to Yoda and Obi-Wan taking a very cautious approach to any assistance of rebels on Onderon. On the other hand, both Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker are whole heatedly in support of helping the rebels. The writers didn’t dumb it down at all, and both sides presented a very sound argument. Between the two groups, there’s a significant focus on Ahsoka and a worried expression on her face, but the viewer is left wondering what it is she’s thinking. Is she in support of Obi-Wan and Yoda? Or is she concerned about the division in the Jedi’s opinions on the war effort? Either way, I loved how it all kicked off with a very nice intellectual thread to get you thinking.

Synlah: Yes, it’s a nice moral conundrum: where does justifiable rebellion end and terrorism begin?  In this episode, Obi-Wan decides to accompany Anakin to make sure the line doesn’t get crossed.  As an older and wiser master, Obi-Wan is also aware of the necessity of beings to be invested in their own freedom.  In other words, if you can’t fight for it yourself, maybe you don’t deserve it.  While Anakin is all about doing, it’s actually Obi-Wan’s words of caution that the Jedi are there to show them how to fight; not fight the war for them that provide the rebels with the necessary impetus.

Since this is a 4-episode arc, this first episode consists mainly of laying the groundwork.  The Jedi, along with Rex — nice to see him getting a singular role here — train the rebels, and the episode ends with them infiltrating the capitol city.  There’s a side plot where Ahsoka and Lux Bonteri meet again.  Lux is part of the rebel group on Onderan, which includes Saw and Steela Gerrera.  I’m not sure if we have the makings of a triangle or a quadrangle here.  While Ahsoka seems bothered by Lux’s apparent interest in Steela (which it seems Steela returns), there’s also some interesting interaction between Ahsoka and Saw.  I’m sure this is all going to play into the entire arc.

Skuldren: Typically I don’t like love triangle plots in TV shows, but the way they pulled it off here worked perfectly. There’s tension between Ahsoka and Steela as they both like Lux. For Ahsoka, this presents a problem on several fronts. She’s a Jedi padawan and doesn’t have any experience with romantic relationships. On top of that, such relationships are discouraged. Her feelings for Lux threaten to get in the way, and how she ends up dealing with that will play a huge factor for her character. Will she fall for Lux and seek out Anakin for guidance? Will Lux die in battle and leave Ahsoka with a dangerous void? Or will she managed to find another way to bypass any entanglements but still find peace of mind for herself?

All in all, the episode did a lot to expand upon Ahsoka and her storyline.

Aside from the Jedi and Ahsoka dilemmas, the episode really stood out visually. The jungles of Onderon looked really good and the compositions of the shots, the battle sequences, even the shots of the crowded city, all of it looked great. None of the scenes ever felt empty. The series is definitely looking better than ever.

Synlah: Visually, the series just keeps getting better and better.  As well, I like the story within a story.  You have the greater issues intersecting with the more personal issues which I think is going to provide a nice depth to this arc.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the episodes.

Reviewed By: Synlah and Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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