Review of The Clone Wars D-Squad Arc

January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

The Clone Wars D-Squad Arc stretched across four episodes, and much like the clone centered episodes, this arc highlighted the courage of one of the Republic’s unsung heroes: the droids.

D-Squad: (from left to right) M5-B7, U9-C4, Colonel Meebur Gascon, WAC-47, QT-KT, and R2-D2

Secret Weapons

R2-D2 is part of a team of Republic droids chosen for an important mission led by the diminutive Colonel Gascon to obtain an encryption module from a Separatist dreadnought. The droids must overcome numerous challenging obstacles to succeed in this crucial assignment.

A Sunny Day In The Void

After a comet damages their shuttle, R2-D2, Colonel Gascon, and the other droids crash on a desolate planet where they must make their way across a bewildering expanse of emptiness to carry out their mission.

Missing In Action

In a nearly vacant town, R2-D2 and his team find a clone commando suffering from amnesia.

Point of No Return

R2-D2 and his team must stop a sabotaged Jedi cruiser from destroying a crucial Republic conference.

The D-Squad arc was an intriguing story that varied episode to episode, but in the end, did a good job of presenting the heroics of droids. The Confederacy droids are an almost constant presence in the series, but when it comes to the good guys, R2 is about the only heroic droid we ever see. While R2 continues to lead the pack, this time around fans were able to see that R2 is not alone.

The arc kicked off with “Secret Weapons.” Here we were introduced to the acerbic leader of D-Squad, Colonel Meebur Gascon. Meebur was voiced by the talented Stephen Stanton (Tarkin, Moralo Eval) and I think the voice worked out really well. It stood out, had character, and wasn’t too cartoony as to be unbelievable. The voice also had just the right touch of frog to it which was perfect for the diminutive Zilkin commander.

Also appearing in this episode was the colorful Doctor Gubacher, a Parwan, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. So far the only other Parwan we’ve seen is Derrown, the bounty hunter who appeared in “The Box”, “Crisis On Naboo”, and “Brothers.”

“A Sunny Day In The Void” followed things up with a very strange departure. The featurette for the episode mentioned that George Lucas wanted an episode about nothing. This one certainly comes close to the mark. In fact it’s a very existential episode. For most of it, the characters are stuck on a vast expanse of desert wandering around lost. Colonel Gascon goes through a wide range of emotional stress, and in the end, they find a town. It’s a bit odd, but personally, I kind of liked it. It was an interesting departure.

“Missing In Action” changed things up by introducing Gregor, an ARC trooper with amnesia. Also noteworthy was the sleazy Sullustan chef who ran the diner where Gregor worked. It’s not often that we get to see villainous Sullustans. Another nice change up was the battle at the end of the episode as D-Squad and Gregor fight their way to a shuttle and a way off planet. I liked the message they presented, and as a nice touch, it carries on into the next and final episode of the arc.

A Russian Sullustan? Maybe he’s from eastern Sullust…

“Point of No Return” was, overall, another good episode in the arc. It had some action, it ran with all of the previous character development, and it managed to do something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before: they killed R2. As a bonus, there’s even a cameo by Tarkin. But ultimately, I like how the re-emphasize the point of soldiers and sacrifice. It added a nice adult theme to an arc that could have easily been a kid dominated.

Altogether, I really enjoyed the arc. It was very different from the Onderon arc, but nowhere as kiddy feeling as some of the droid episodes last season. That said, I’m ready to get back to some Death Watch, Darth Maul, and Obi-Wan.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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