Life is normal again. Seriously, Falling Skies was good, but it was no Clone Wars. And, with the premiere of the fifth season of the Clone Wars (Can you believe it?) I’m back in full TV watching mode. And my, what an episode that was. It was brilliant. Believe me, it was really, really awesome. Anyways, time to give my thoughts on it.
This is the first time on the Clone Wars that the storyline from last season has immediately been picked up in the premiere. And, honestly, it’s kind of nice. The cast of this episode was mostly the same as last seasons finale, but with, sadly, no Asajj Ventress. She is, however, replaced by Adi Gallia and everyone’s favorite pirate, Hondo Ohnaka. The series continues mostly where it left off, with Darth Maul and Savage Oppress spreading terror throughout the outer rim. And seriosuly, it jumps right into the action, eith the two Zabraks raiding a space station.
The action sequence here is pretty cool, with the brothers dispatching a grou of security droids. But what really stands out about this opening sequence is Maul’s need for dominance. He is quick to tel his brother that there can only be two Sith, the master and the apprentice. And of course, Maul is the master. It’s ironic that he says this though. I mean, for an order that follows the rule of two, there are quite a few Sith out there. We’ve got, of course, Savage and Maul. And then there’s Dooku and Palpatine, as well as Ventress and Mother Talzin. Anyways, back to the matter at hand. This scen really shows us as viewers how brutal and power hungry Maul really is. And it’s awesome.
And then there’s the voyage to Florrum, which takes up the bulk of this episode. In typical Sith style, Maul manipulates a group of Hondo Ohnaka’s pirates. Soon after, Obi-Wan arrives with Adi Gallia. Maul is downright scary at this points, threatening Hondo by killing one of his men. And then the battle begins. Seeing the Weequay pirates fight it out is downright awesome, espeically in the environment they’re in. But it’s easily eclipsed by the lightsaber duel. Two Jedi against two Sith. Of course, Maul goes straight for Obi-Wan, leaving Savage to duel Adi Gallia. This battle is awesome, showcasing how brutal and savage Maul and Savage are. And this leads to the part of the episode that legitimately surprised me. The death of Adi Gallia. Savage kills her brutally, after ranning her into the ground.
Killing off Adi Gallia was an excellent choice by the writers. Obviously, the Zabraks had to kill somebody, or else they wouldn’t come off as being intimidating as they are. Adi Gallia was a character that had been developed just enough that we had begun to care about her as a character, but was still not a part of the core cast. But I honestly wasn’t expecting her death.
And the entire tunnel sequence? Awesome. The pirates joining forces again is cool, but, again, the pirtes are eclipsed by the lightsaber duel. Which is, again, awesome. After being brutalized at the end of last season, Obi-Wan makes a comeback, holding off both brothers, and cutting off Savage’s arm, something else I did not see coming. And then Maul blocks Obi-Wan’s killing blow, showing us that he may not be as hearless as he is portrayed, and may actually care about his brother, despite his actions earlier in the episode.
And the chase outside of the pirate stronghold, like everything else in this episode, is awesome. And Maul losing a leg? Wow. The two Sith have had a bad episode, but still, the action is amazing. This part was clearly meant to show off Maul’s formidable power of the Force, as he throws ships and other objects around at the pirates and Obi-Wan. Oh, and then his ship was shot down. Not a great episode for Maul. But for Obi-Wan? Most certainly, despite the death of Gallia earlier in the episode.
And the ending hints at a partnership between Hondo and Obi-Wan. This opens up a lot of possibilites for future story arcs.
Before I give my final verdict on the episode, a few notes: I loved the Republic Commando referenc in the form of a Trandoshan shotgun wielded by one of the pirates. It’s easy to miss, but worth looking for. And Palpatine at the end? His Sith side seems to be coming out more. And di he intend for organized crime to go unchecked as a result of the war? It’s a possibility.
Anyways, I have to give this episode a solid 10/10. It’s an amazing start to what will probably be the best season of the Clone Wars. With nonstop action, and a killer storyline, this episode is everything I look for in an episode of Clone Wars. The animation, as always, is awesome, and this episode also had some jokes that were actually kind of funny, lightening the dark mood of the episode. The only minor complaint I have is the lack of Asajj Ventress, but that’s nitpicking. The episode is amazing, and deserves that 10. It reminded me why this is my favorite TV show. So watch it, and sound off in the comments below with your opinions!