New characters on The Clone Wars are a double-edged… uh, lightsaber, I suppose. On the one hand, they’re usually great additions to the cast. But on the other, more mechanical hand, they’re often gone after one episode. Several examples right off the top of my head: Mar Tuuk, Admiral Trench, and Master Sinube. They came, they ruled, then they left, never to be seen again. And each time, my fragile heart was shattered. (more…)
November 4th, 2011 by Stooge · 10 Comments
October 21st, 2011 by jawajames · 1 Comment
This week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a rerun of ‘Prisoners’, but next week, TCW is back with a new episode. My DVR has been rather slow all week – is the lack of first run episodes a lead up to the November sweeps or is it the World Series? Anyway, here’s what the interwebs has to say about the two most recent episodes, ‘Mercy Mission’ and ‘Nomad Droids’. How do R2-D2 and C-3PO do when holding down the show? (more…)
October 19th, 2011 by jawajames · 5 Comments
“It’s a big universe out there beyond the few million planets you know,” Padmé tells Threepio at the start of ‘Nomad Droids’, last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And we got treated to a few of those strange new worlds as R2-D2 and C-3PO take an unintentional detour from the war. Although it feels like they passed through more of a bookshelf of classic children’s literature, only with some odd comments on politics thrown in.
October 12th, 2011 by Stooge · 11 Comments
Oh, Clone Wars, Clone Wars, Clone Wars. What am I going to do with you? Last week you dazzled us with one of the best episodes yet, and then this week we get… ‘Mercy Mission.’ But you know what would have been a real mission of mercy? Not letting this episode air! Hey-o! Try the veal, tip your waitress, you’ve been a great crowd.
October 5th, 2011 by jawajames · 4 Comments
Time to see what the rest of the galaxy thought of last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: ‘Shadow Warrior’. You probably already know how much I liked it from my review here on Club Jade. But what did other people think of the Grievous-skewering, Gungan-possessing, Anakin-zapping, something-spoilery-happens episode? (more…)
October 5th, 2011 by jawajames · 5 Comments
‘Shadow Warrior’ is a fantastic episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – while only a half hour long, the story covered so much ground, and really captured the feel of Star Wars. It makes me wish that this storyline was spread out across two episodes, with the first half of the story (the Gungan plot) separate from the capture of Anakin and the prisoner exchange.
September 30th, 2011 by jawajames · 1 Comment
With the first story arc done, it’s time to see what the reviewers are saying about the start of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season four. Did people think that this story arc jumped the shark? Indeed not – It looks like most reviewers were swimmingly pleased with the Mon Cala war storyline.
- Entertainment Weekly is a fan for ‘Prisoners’, and points out the long history of Mon Cala getting invaded in the EU, while calling the first two parts bombad!
- IGN enjoyed the action of the storyline but couldn’t take the Gungans, and settles on a 7.5 for parts one and two combined, and an 8 out of 10 for part three.
- Bryan at Big Shiny Robot squees over the Jaws homage and calls ‘Prisoners’ very very solid.
- Den of Geek was underwhelmed with the shark arc: “Compared with previous openers, it [the three-part story] falls short in terms of technical skills, storytelling and character development.” ‘Water War’/'Gungan Attack’ had bland characters, and the “less remarkable moments [of 'Prisoners'] … come off second best.”
- Eric at TheForce.net points out the ‘chosen one’ parallels between Lee-Char and Anakin in his review of part one, enjoys scenes with Kit Fisto and Riff Tamson in the second, and liked Lee-Char’s development, but disliked Riff Tamson’s demise in the final act.
- Matt gives it a 7.5 of 10, with a slow start, but cheered the Jaws ending.
- LightSaber Rattling picked ‘Prisoners’ as the favorite part of the arc, and examines the issues of slavery in The Clone Wars.
Meanwhile, The HD Room checks in with Dave Filoni about what to expect this season.
September 28th, 2011 by Stooge · 2 Comments
First, a bit of housekeeping: in the past, I’ve tried to keep these reviews mostly spoiler-free, so that a positive review might encourage new viewers to hop aboard. But let’s face it… we’re in the fourth season already. Either you’re watching the show or you’re not. And certain episodes – like, say, this one – are such mixed bags that the only way to properly discuss them is by tackling the major plot points. So, here we go. Spoilers abound. (more…)
September 27th, 2011 by Dunc · 7 Comments
First look. Suvudu revealed the cover for Jeff Grubb’s Scourge today. Yet another generic musclebound dude with a lightsaber, ho-hum. But given it’s a book featuring an all-new character and Hutts, I’m clearly not the target market here. Still, let’s hope it looks better on the actual book.
Staffing. Editor Betsy Mitchell, who’s been with the Star Wars novels since their rebirth in the early 90′s at Bantam, is leaving Del Rey. New hire Frank Parisi is taking over Star Wars and other tie-ins.
Hey! We know that guy! Dan Wallace in the St. Petersburg Times.
Casting games. Suvudu has the ‘winners’ of their attempts to cast Heir to the Empire. The less I say the better.
Excerpts. A new one for Riptide.
Reviews. James reviews Jedi: The Dark Side #5 and Knight Errant: Deluge #2 at Big Shiny Robot.
Namesake corner. Still no Mara Jade tee from Her Universe, but at least you can grab a fan-made one.
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September 22nd, 2011 by jawajames · 5 Comments
When Gungans Attack! Not a FOX reality show, ‘Gungan Attack’ was the second half of the season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars last week. And while Gungans show up to reinforce the beleaguered Mon Calamari and our heroes, Riff Tamson gets the upper hand on the Jedi and Prince Lee-Char and throws them in the spin cycle. (more…)