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. Continue reading “The Clone Wars review: ‘Prisoners’”
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. Continue reading “The Clone Wars review: ‘Gungan Attack’”
“It’s an attack!” Captain Ackbar shouts when the Quarren and their Separatist allies assault the Mon Cal city. Not quite a trap, but Ackbar steals the show in the first half of the season four opener of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ‘Water War’ sets the stage for this multi-part story with lots of exciting action as things deteriorate rapidly for Prince Lee-Char, the Jedi and Mon Calamari people. Continue reading “The Clone Wars review: ‘Water War’”
Season four of The Clone Wars begins this Friday night on Cartoon Network with an hour-long two-episode special: ‘Water War’ and ‘Gungan Attack’. The Mon Calamari homeworld is engaged in a civil war that becomes part of the larger wars with the involvement of a new Separatist villain, Riff Tamsen, siding with the Quarren. As with many of the episodes from the latter half of season three, these episodes will be forming a larger story arc, with the third course of Mon Calamari being served up on September 23. Amy Ratcliffe has a spoilery review from the premiere showing. With this season’s theme of “Battle Lines,” you can certainly see from this story arc that season four is bringing more of the wars to Star Wars.
As we count down the final days to season four, I decided to get ready by re-watching the finale from season three: ‘Padawan Lost’ and ‘Wookiee Hunt’ and was amazed again at how fantastic the show is. Here are a few of my favorite things from season three:
The first two episodes of The Clone Wars S4 had their big premiere over the weekend. Bryan Young of Big Shiny Robot attended, and has his review up and ready to go. (Fairly mild spoilers, but only if you haven’t been paying attention.) Be warned, he does say the “level of detail and carnage in these episodes makes Landing at Point Rain look like child’s play.”
If you haven’t been paying attention, USA Today has a feature on the season premiere, or rather, Admiral Ackbar. As far as actual news go, they do drop the name of the Mandalorian that Katee Sackhoff will be voicing later in the season – Bo-Katan.
For everyone who didn’t get an invite to California, the two-episode opener will debut on Cartoon Network next Friday night.
The new season of The Clone Wars will debut the same day as the Star Wars Blu-rays are released. The premiere ‘event’ will be at an hour (two episodes, presumably) at 8 p.m. September 16 on Cartoon Network. You can check out the full press release at TFN.