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Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Coming up next week..."

The next episode is the Clone Wars Season 5 finale. It does seem like the season has gone by very fast, which might be because this season is only 20 episodes instead of 22. At the end of "To Catch a Jedi", there was a preview of the next episode. In case you haven't noticed, in the earlier seasons there was a preview of the next episode at the end of almost every episode, but now "To Catch a Jedi" is the only episode in the season to feature one. In the next episode titled "The Wrong Jedi" Ahsoka is captured and has a trial to determine whether she is guilty or not. Meanwhile, Anakin searches for the culprit behind the real attack, and attacks Asajj Ventress who he believes plays a role in all of this (which she does, but not in a bad way). 

If you looked at the mysterious assailant in the last episode, it's pretty clear that she's a woman. That of course cancels out Sora Bulq (many people were guessing him for some reason, which I guess isn't entirely absurd because he was a dark Jedi in the Clone Wars comics). If you want my opinion, I suspect it might be... Barriss Offee. I know what you're thinking, how could it be Barriss Offee when she's always such a good little padawan (if she still even is a padawan, it's unclear) and she was helping Ahsoka? Well, if you think about it, Barriss, Ahsoka, and Ventress were probably the only ones who knew that Ahsoka was going to the warehouse, and it certainly wasn't Ventress. There has never before been a sign in all of Star Wars history that Barriss Offee was anything but a good Jedi Knight/padawan, but that's my only guess so far. 

I'm still not sure how Barriss could have easily beaten Ahsoka in battle when her skills are probably not that much greater than Ahsoka and Ahsoka did battle her and defeat her before in "Brain Invaders" when Barriss had been under mind control by a brain worm. There aren't any other Jedi who I could think of who could have been the mysterious assailant behind the entire plot. I mean, they're not going to have the culprit be some random Jedi, they want us to gasp and go "WHAAA?" when the true culprit is revealed. Which I'm sure all of us will. 


"Who saw the last episode"

The most recent episode of the Clone Wars (which ended about 5 minutes before I started writing this) was titled "To Catch a Jedi". The episode began with a Jedi Council meeting where Anakin and Plo Koon were sent off with clones to search for Ahsoka. Ahsoka was meanwhile having several brief run-ins with the law when she was met by Asajj Ventress. Ventress is still a bounty hunter, and though at first she was just planning to turn Ahsoka in to those who attacked the Temple, Ahsoka convinced her to help her. After a brief run-in with some clones, Ventress lead her to a warehouse where Bariss Offee had claimed there was some clue. After Ventress left, however, she was knocked out by a mysterious assailant who stole her mask. 

This assailant then attacked Ahsoka (who thought that it was Ventress) and in the end, perfectly framed her by putting her in a room with explosive nanodroids just as the clones arrived. Ahsoka was captured and arrested. Anakin must be feeling pretty frustrated because he was hoping to capture Ahsoka and then prove her innocence, but now even though he's sure that she was framed, the proof against her is too much. 

The various previews for this episode were kind of confusing because there were two clips of Ventress attacking Ahsoka, one with a cloak on, and one without. But actually the "Ventress" with a cloak on turned out to actually be some mysterious Jedi instead. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Coming up next week..."

The next episode is titled "To Catch A Jedi". Ahsoka is still on the run when she makes a deal with Asajj Ventress to help her. Most of the scenes showed Asajj attacking Ahsoka, not helping her, so I'm not sure what the deal will be. This basically cancels out Asajj as the person who was ultimately responsible for the Temple bombing. Perhaps the reason she was attacking Ahsoka was because Ventress is still a bounty hunter and Ahsoka probably has a bounty because she escaped from prison. It'll be interesting because it's been a long time since they last dueled and both of them have grown a lot. Ventress is a good and interesting character because she doesn't really have an allegiance anymore so she could potentially be good though I doubt that the Republic could immediately forgive her for all of her various previous crimes against the Republic. In the comic books, after being betrayed by Dooku and supposedly killed, her last dying breath seems to confirm that Obi-Wan was right about her being good on the inside. Though she seemed dead and was going to be brought back to Coruscant for a proper funeral, she awoke in the bacta tank ship and told the pilots to "fly as far away as they could". That resolution probably won't happen though because in the comic book that happened seconds after she was betrayed by Dooku, and this is several years/months after.

"Who saw the last episode?"

The most recent episode was titled "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much". The episode begins with Ahsoka and Anakin at a funeral for the victims of the bombing along with many other recognizable Jedi. As they leave the funeral, Tarkin informs them that Letta Turmond, who was responsible for the bombing, was taken to a military base instead of in the Temple. Ahsoka is mad and knows that Letta must be punished. Later, during a military conference in the Temple, Tarkin calls and says that Letta wants to see Ahsoka. Ahsoka goes to the base and talks to Letta. She reveals that a Jedi showed her how to put the nanobots in her husband that would cause him to explode. Unfortunately, just as Ahsoka finally starts to convince her, Letta is mysteriously force-choked to death (she actually stared to say "It was-" and then she started choking). Unfortunately, to the security cameras, it looks like Ahsoka is killing her, because Ahsoka is waving her arms around (in panic) and Letta is being choked. Commander Fox comes in with a squadron, and though he "can't say he blames her" for supposedly killing Letta he arrests her all the same. Anakin later comes to see her, but he isn't allowed, and though it seems like he might force his way in, he doesn't. Later Ahsoka is lying in her cell when the door opens and in the hallway are several dead guards and her lightsabers. Ahsoka then begins to run through the building and escape the guards. There are several long chase scenes as Ahsoka tries to get away. Unfortunately, I didn't get to view the full episode, so I'm not sure exactly how it ended, but I will try to find out.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Coming up next week..."

The next episode is titled "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much". In the episode, Letta Turmond is killed right after Ahsoka meets with her, and Ahsoka is blamed. She has no choice but to go on the run from the police to search for her innocence. 

"Who saw the last episode?"

The episode today was titled "Sabotage". It begins with Ahsoka and Anakin fighting on Cato Neimodia, but after about five minutes they are called in to return to the Temple to investigate a bombing of a hangar. Soon they find a lead to who might have bombed the Temple, and after some research, they confirm that Jakar Bomani, a worker at the temple, had something to do with it. After much investigation, they find that his wife, Letta Turmond, was behind the explosion. She attempts to escape, but they arrest her and take her back to the temple. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Season Five Finale Speculation

The new trailer for the finale was posted sometime today. Those who haven't seen it yet can go to starwars.com to find it. Anyway, they briefly discussed it in the Google+ Hangout on Saturday (which can be found on YouTube) but they definitely showed in the trailer that the finale will be a big changing point for Ahsoka From the very beginning that is very clear; the trailer opens with the first scenes of Ahsoka from the Clone Wars movie. For those of you who don't know (SPOILER ALERT) the main plot of the next five episodes is that Ahsoka is framed for a murder and goes on the run to prove her innocence. Anakin is meanwhile also searching for the truth. 

There is also a lot more going on in the trailer that shows that there's something much bigger going on than just Ahsoka being framed. There are various sound clips about Anakin having to let go of her and "do what needs to be done". But don't worry, from the Google+ Hangout it didn't sound like Ahsoka was in danger of being killed off (the actress who voice-acts her said that the ending was "so much cooler" than what any fans had speculated). I heard something about Ahsoka becoming Asajj Ventress's apprentice or something like that. That idea isn't completely absurd, because Asajj Ventress does play a role in the arc, but I doubt that it will actually happen. But I think it is safe to assume that next season will definitely not be the same for Ahsoka, whether or not she's still going to be fighting for the Republic.  

New Season Five trailer!

I checked up on starwars.com and found that a new Season Five Four-Part finale trailer has been posted. I can't find a specific link to the video but go to starwars.com to watch it. It is fantastic. Season Five may have only 20 episodes, but this trailer proves that it'll end with a bang. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Coming up next week..."

The next episode is titled "Sabotage". In the episode, there is an explosion at the Jedi Temple, and Anakin and Ashoka go searching for a "Jedi turned dark" who they think might be responsible. They might mean Asajj Ventress, because there have been scenes of her and Ashoka dueling somewhere in the Underworld. Now I won't spoil any more episodes, but on Wookieepedia it shows only 20 episodes and I've heard a rumor that there's only 20 but I've read the episode spoilers and there are several scenes shown in previews that don't fit into any of the episodes. If it turns out that we don't see some episodes originally planned to be shown this season, I am going to blame the Younglings arc because honestly I think anyone would choose some action-packed episode over those episodes about Youngling brats. 

"Who saw the last episode?"

The last episode of the Clone Wars was titled "The Lawless". In the episode, Satine was rescued from her cell by the Death Watch rebels and her nephew Korkie but she only managed to get a brief distress call to the Jedi Temple before she was recaptured. Then Obi-Wan came, nearly rescued her, but then they both got captured again. Darth Maul brought Obi-Wan back to his palace just so that Obi-Wan could watch as Maul killed Satine. As Obi-Wan was taken back to his cell, Bo-Katan and the Night Owls came and rescued them. They were chased throughout the city until they came out to the docks to find a huge battle going on.

Meanwhile, Darth Sidious landed on Mandalore, and after killing several guards, arrived at the palace. Darth Maul attempted to gain favor with him again, stating that all that he had done was so that he could be at his master's side again, but Sidious rejected him and there was an epic duel between Maul and Savage and Darth Sidious.

Obi-Wan and Bo-Katan were still fighting at the docks. Now, I don't know if anyone noticed this, but all of the Death Watch warriors under Maul's command now had red armor. At first I thought it was just because red was kind of Maul's color, but in the fight scene at the docks it kind of became clear that  it was to distinguish Maul's warriors from the rebels. I don't know how, but there was still a whole ship full of Death Watch warriors who weren't aligned with Maul. Bo-Katan told Obi-Wan that he should go and tell the Republic what happened. When Obi-Wan asked her if she was Satine's sister (when Bo-Katan rescued Satine it became clear that they did have some past relationship) Bo-Katan only looked away, pretty much confirming that she was. I found it interesting that Satine was such a hard-core pacifist while Bo-Katan was pretty much the opposite.

Darth Sidious' duel with Maul and Savage had moved across the palace. Sidious pushed Maul away, and while Maul was recovering he killed Savage. As Savage died, the Nightsister magic that was placed on him that made him so big and powerful faded, and he said to Maul that he was not worthy of being his apprentice and that he was never like Maul. I guess that while the magic was fading he kind of remembered that he had never wanted to be a powerful warrior like himself in the first place.

Maul was now enraged, and, wielding both his lightsaber and Darksaber (which he had taken from Pre Vizla and killed Satine with) he battled Sidious. Darth Sidious easily defeated him, and Maul begged for mercy but Sidious continued to smash him everywhere with the force and electrocute him with Force Lightning. If you read my earlier post "Coming up next week" about this episode then you would have read that Maul died. The reason I said that is because it was unclear on Wookieepedia whether or not he was killed (that's a reason why you should read both the preview and summary of the episode). Sidious says something like "Don't worry, I won't kill you. I have other uses for you." I don't know what that means. I hope that we'll be seeing Maul again. Maybe the creators of Star Wars just regretted killing Maul in Episode I and want to have him back as much as possible.