The Clone Wars Review: Missing in Action

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: Once again, not much happened. D-Squad discovers a clone commando with amnesia, help him regain his memory, and he helps them escape. It’s about as simple and cliche as it sounds, but at least it’s more than what happened in the previous episode I guess. There was also some subplot about the Separatists trying to blow up a Venator that just happens to be hovering over the planet by mining a rare fuel and loading it onto a shuttle that is heading there. Where they got that shuttle and why they can’t just use regular explosives is never explained, but I have given up on trying to make sense of subplots in The Clone Wars, so I didn’t really care.
Masked Builder: This episode was decent.  I was happy with what they did however, some of the stuff that happened seemed a bit to coincidental.  Why can’t they just comm the Venator again?
Clone O’Patra: The episode was engaging and made sense, for a while. Gregor not knowing he’s a Clone and wondering about where he came from and whatnot was a cool story, even if it didn’t have much to do with the rest of the arc. Once the Droids and co start planning their escape, though, the whole things fell apart. What the Seperatist Droids were doing was barely explained and made no sense, and then Gregor springing back into action (while an awesome fight sequence) was beyond believability. He’s just sort of remembered who he is, and now he’s able to take down scores of Droids without a scratch? The episode sure didn’t sell that one very well.

What are your thoughts on the Characters?
Posted ImageOky: I liked Gregor. Not only was his shy personality likeable, but it was interesting to see what a clone would act like if he didn’t know he was a clone. He had some good character development as he went from being a weak slave to a brave soldier. He was a very good commando too since he took out all of the battle droids on his own and even sacrificed himself in the end for the good of the mission. Too bad they killed him off, but there’s still hope he might return.
Masked: Gregor was great!  The whole plot where he lost his memory was well thought out and worked nicely.  We’ve seen a few other clones that have had issues with being soldiers but none were amnesiac.  And they did stick to how commandos are supposed to be.
CoP: Gregor was a cool character. Exploring Clones with amnesia at least has to do with the Clone Wars, so it was interesting to see a character like that. Of course, if he’d been a previously known character (like Rex, for example), then the Droids would’ve easily circled back and saved him, but oh well. He still could come back.

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What is your opinion of the vehicles and locations?
Oky: Well, we’re still on Abafar, and even though we’re in a settlement now, it’s still not very interesting. It still doesn’t make sense either. I mean, how come the Republic has no information about the planet, but the Separatists and all those random thugs living there do? There weren’t any new vehicles either, although the Republic Shuttle seemed to be longer and modified with an extra cargo pod.
Masked: So if the Republic doesn’t have any information about the planet, why is there a Venator above the planet?  Really?  Abafar is pretty boring really, reminds me a bit of Tattoine.
CoP: Abafar continues to be a badly animated and dull place. The idea isn’t terrible, but the same can’t be said for the execution.

Oky’s Rating: 2/5 – Considering this is the 100th episode of the series, it’s quite unimpressive. It was cliche and had several plot holes. All the innovation and mature themes of the previous episode were gone, and even though Gregor was an interesting and likeable character, it seemed like a waste of a clone commando. Once again, I would have much rather watched a meaningful battle than the nonsensical adventures of a bunch of droids and their amnesic clone friend in Nothing-Land. Gregor mentioned the Battle of Sarrish which sounded pretty awesome from his description. Why couldn’t they have made the episode about that?! But I digress. While TCW has improved in some aspects such as the animation, the stories seem to be getting worse with every episode, and while there have been some good episodes along the way, there have been a lot of not so good ones as well. Sadly, this one is one of the latter in my opinion.
Masked’s Rating:  3/5 – This only gets a three because I enjoyed the commando action so much.  We need to see more of them in The Clone Wars, it is supposed to be about clones.
CloneyO’s Rating: 3/5 – Most of the episode was alright. The focus on an amnesiac Clone was a good idea and story, and the fighting was cool… even if it didn’t make any sense for the character. Just one more episode to go (I think) and then we can finally be done with this drawn-out arc.

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