Meanwhile, on Onderon…

Although I am not entirely a fan of teenagery romance (especially on Star Wars) and the whole idea of ‘love in the time of war’ types of themes, I am pleasantly surprised by the three (somewhat) Ahsoka centric episodes that have aired over the past month on the Clone Wars.  It is actually really good to see Ahsoka episodes where it’s not just about her ability to fight as a Jedi in-training but something that’s a bit more personal to her.  She really has had to concentrate her efforts on her emotions taking the back seat while she’s focusing as a warrior and yet you still see them peaking through.  I’ve particularly loved the lines from Anakin to her “Are you losing focus?” (A War on Two Fronts) and “Always put purpose ahead of your feelings” (Front Runners).

The unspoken bond between Anakin and Ahsoka somehow seems a bit deeper (at least portrayed that way) than ever shown between Anakin and Obi-Wan.  Maybe it was the bad acting by Hayden (who I don’t care what you say, I will never like) who just had terrible lines like “you’re like a father to me” while the conversation thus far between Tano and Skywalker has pretty much been subtle, well-hidden yet quite profound.  Perhaps it’s trial and error.  Maybe the prequels were rushed, the dialogue was rushed, the acting was mediocre and because we are indeed in Season Five of the Clone Wars where we’ve got to know the characters slowly, on a weekly basis and the power that be (Lucasfilm associates) are constantly improving and hiring new staff that are making the content better.

(I’d also like to point out that I have read some SWEU books and listened to many SWEU audiobooks where they talk about Anakin’s training and Obi Wan being his mentor obviously and yet I felt that the bond / connection wasn’t as deep as it should have been).

I am an advocate for subtlety, the things you can express without saying much is fundamentally my mantra in life.  Thus far the subtle things that they’ve showed indicating Anakin’s sympathy when the audience knows why he understands but the characters themselves don’t know, yet he’s playing it cool is just the most amazing thing ever. The three episodes: “A War on Two Fronts / “Front Runners” / “The Soft War” have actually made me start rooting for ‘team lusoka’ (lux + ahsoka) and now I wouldn’t mind if she just gives up the Jedi religion and runs off with Lux.  (Thanks for that image @strwrsgrl)

I also liked the insinuating approached towards sibling rivalry which was finally kind of revealed in the third episode.  I am looking forward to “Tipping Points.”

Other thoughts / comments: Okay so it’s really annoying to know (now) that this story arc supposedly takes place BEFORERevival” because Adi Gallia is still alive in this. Honestly, how hard is it to show episodes in somewhat of a chronological order?  Secondly, in my last post I said something about Sidious killing Ahsoka, and later I realized that that’s probably not a good idea because eventually Anakin / Darth Vader does go and work for Sidious (spoiler alert) so the fact that he kills off one of his favorite people is probably not a smart move, unless it’s the same where he just lies to Skywalker about it.


theFORCEbook Fangirls and guest member Kweh-Chan discuss the Onderon Arc on our Blog Talk Radio Podcast.  Click on the link to listen. “Clone Words, Episode 1: The Onderon Arc.


“I’m semi speechless.” ~ Hondo

My random notes from “Revival” – The Clone Wars Season 5, episode 1.

Given that I was utterly disappointed with Season 4 openers – the business with the water creatures and some innocent prince and Ackbar being in the middle of all this and honestly Jar Jar to the rescue? I had hoped but not expected the Season 5, episode 1 to be any better.  The best openers so far, truly have been “Clone Cadets & Arc Troopers.  Given that the episodes are never in order unless it’s a ‘trilogy’ I don’t understand why the ‘Water War’ & ‘Gungan Attack’ couldn’t have been placed in the middle of the series, honestly, starting the season off with “Nomad Droids” would have been a lot better even though that’s also in my ‘top list’ of five episodes I hated the most.

Moving along, I have watched the episode twice so far. I watched it quickly on Saturday afternoon before leaving for an errand and second time during my lunch break at work.  For the second time, I listened to most of the beginning rather than physically watching the show.  I enjoyed the “Maul” intro music a lot.  (I also think I read somewhere that it’s the same as from TPM – but I am mostly tone deaf so I couldn’t tell ya. – On another side note: I also have listened to the entire Original Trilogy movie on my iPod w/out watching it and I definitely appreciated the music that creeped through).

What I liked: “Let us share our strength, there’s no need for dominance between us.” ~ I love this because it really does show Maul’s true sithness in the sense that – it foreshadows his demise.  He’s too cocky, he wants to lead, he wants to own his brother, he doesn’t want to share his power, and we all know what happens to someone when they want to keep all the power to himself (Also read: The Emperor in ROTJ).  Additionally, there’s talk / rumors that Sidious will be the one that kills Maul and Opress so that would be a bit ironic!

I’ve also noticed that my favorite episodes usually (the ones that don’t involve clones) are the ones with a serious and deep darkness about them (hence the pure hatred towards ‘nomad droids’ and pure love for ‘darkness of umbara’ to ‘carnage of krell’).  I loved the darkness feel of the episode.  The way Savage killed the Jedi, I don’t know much (or anything) about Adi Gallia, to me she just seemed quite young and innocent and (granted this is a kids show really) the darkness of killing off an innocent was intense.  You know, these brothers aren’t kidding around, they’re partnering with backstabbing pirates and killing Jedi – it’s awesome.

Other question(s): Is this the first time we see Obi-wan dueling with two lightsabers? I also have the worst memories when it comes to remembering these things or character names.  The amounts of times I confuse Lumiya to Luminara is ridic. In any case, it’s always great to see a dual lightsabre duel with Asajj and Ahsoka so it was awesome to watch the Obi-wan get some proper action!

What I didn’t like: the new sort of animation, not sure what the word for it is, and Palpatine and Yoda’s hair.  Also, I wish there were words to the look Anakin gave Obi-wan.

Favorite quotes (besides EVERYTHING Hondo says):

“Throwing in with pirates now? My how the mighty Sith have fallen.”

“The Sith are persistent, they will not die!”

What I am looking forward to: Sidious killing Ahsoka, however that’s probably not going to happen but a girl can dream!