The Clone Wars Review: Sabotage

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: I like how they showed how the public is turning against the jedi with an attack on the Jedi Temple. The story was just a typical crime drama and was actually kind of boring for the most part, but at least it wasn’t all that predictable. The episode opens with a scene that was very similar to the opening sequence of Episode III, which is not a bad thing in my opinion. I actually liked how Anakin got rid of those Buzz Droids by using the force, which makes you wonder why he didn’t do that in the movie. However, that whole scene served no purpose other than to provide some action and had nothing to do with the main plot, so it may as well have been left out, but I’m glad they didn’t since the rest of the episode was pretty dull.
CloneyO: This was a case of inappropriate expectations on my part; after watching the finale arc preview, I was waiting during this entire episode for Ahsoka to be accused of something and then launch the plot that the preview showed. As you could imagine, I was confused when that never happened. However, on its own terms this episode was pretty enjoyable. The opening battle did at first seem unconnected, but it was pretty cool anyway and it established that Ahsoka and Anakin didn’t have anything to do with the bombing. I also loved how they didn’t show the bombing when it happened, but showed it later in hologram, which was quite haunting.  Overall, this episode had a solid mysterious vibe and both wrapped up and left some questions unanswered, so kudos there.

What are your thoughts on the Characters?
Posted ImageOky: There were some new characters here, such as Russo-ISC. I didn’t really like that analysis droid. His only purpose was to provide exposition and an obvious parody of David Caruso from CSI Miami, although it was pretty cool to see how efficiently he did his job. You don’t see too many droids do that on this show. Letta Turmond wasn’t a great character, but she served her purpose well. Cin Drallig, a minor Jedi from RotS, also made his first CW appearance, which is neat I guess. Anakin and Ahsoka were the same as always.
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The droid was pretty annoying, and after the number of ‘bad-guy’ droids in this show, I couldn’t help being suspicious of this guy the whole time, which might not have been Filoni’s intention. Letta didn’t have much depth, but maybe she’ll become more interesting later? Hard to tell.

What is your opinion of the vehicles and locations?
Oky: There weren’t any new locations really, but we do finally get to see some Jedi Interceptors, including Ahsoka’s.
CloneyO: Cool to see the Eta 2s, and Cato Nemoidia looked nice too. Otherwise, not much to report.

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Oky’s Rating: 3/5 – This episode was just okay. I do like how they are playing into the themes of Revenge of the Sith and it actually had me guessing who the culprit was for a while, but there wasn’t a lot of action and Russo’s Caruso impression got old after a while. I personally would have preferred to see less of Anakin and Ahsoka playing detectives and more of the Battle of Cato Neimoidia, even if it had nothing to do with the story. Clones and aerial battles just feel more like Star Wars than people solving crimes.
CloneyO: 4/5 – Solid episode, not super-engaging. Hopefully this is the setup for a really good story in the final three of the season.


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