Everyone’s mouthing off about Adi Gallia in this episode, so allow me to join in the chorus. Though my complaint isn’t quite the same as everyone else’s. I mean, c’mon folks, it’s Adi Gallia. Maybe she’s someone’s favorite character in the history of ever, but to me, she’s always been a big pile of whoop-dee-doo. True, I once wrote a limerick in which I charmingly rhymed her name with diarrhea, but her appearances in this show and elsewhere in the EU have left me with exactly zero impression of her. So it’s hard to get emotional about a dullard, even a dullard who just happens to be a famous prequel Jedi. (Is that redundant? I kid, I kid.)
And that’s my problem. When someone like Adi Gallia shows up sitting next to Obi-Wan, it’s pretty clear that she’s toast. If Obi-Wan is sitting next to, say, Ahsoka, I can’t quite predict what will happen because I know the show has a lot invested in the character. But Adi Gallia in a season premiere? Obvious canon fodder. Still, even though I knew she was a goner, I applaud the show’s willingness to keep upping the body count. And the way she died – whoa. I saw a friend the next morning and all he could say was “Gored by the horns!” Not every death trumps polite salutations but apparently this one does.
As for the “but she died a different way in the comics!” crowd… Well, here’s my half-tushed retcon: it’s the Clone Wars, people! Maybe she was cloned. Can’t you just see it? Adi and Even Piell take a little trip to Kamino, badabing badaclone, problem solved.
So now that I’ve wasted three paragraphs on truly trivial quibbles, let’s discuss what worked. In a word: everything. The rivalry between Maul and Savage was totally believable and, in its own strange way, kinda touching. After they both lost a limb (always a nice touch), the way they hobbled a retreat was about the most adorable three-legged race imaginable.
And then there’s Hondo. Oh Hondo, you were missed. Has it really been two whole seasons (and change) since we’ve seen him? He was in prime form, funny and intensely quotable and reminding us all why being a pirate is so fun and cool. And in case anyone doubted that his voice is a based on Ricardo Montalban, this episode proved it beyond a doubt. Now all we need it for someone to imitate Shatner and scream Hooooooooooooooooooondo!
- Clone Wars has been riffing on famous war movies for a while, but the scene of Hondo-as-Patton is probably my favorite gag yet.
- Would’ve been nice to find out what happened to Ventress after last season’s finale, but whatev. I’m sure we will eventually.
- The ending scene with Palpatine totally worked. Dude’s a rock star.
- Nice to see Darth Maul being a true Sith, i.e. a true dick. It’s a good color on him.
- Welcome back, Clone Wars. You were also missed.