Saturday, March 02, 2013
Clone Wars Season 5 review
We suffered heavily at the beginning of the series with the snooze-a-thon story arc "Onderonian Conspiracy" then moved up a bit when it got to the "Younglings" story. That arrow of entertainment continued to climb with Col. Gascon and the D Squad story arc (my favorite of the season) and reached it's height with Darth Maul's "Shadow Conspiracy" story.
The bottom fell out with the "Ashoka on the Run" series finale however.
Terrible. Boring. And makes NO sense with already established Clone Wars TV story lines. Let's take a look:
1) When Anikin last saw Ventress he swore he'd take her in to custody and arrest her for working with Dooku and the Seperatist. Well, he found her, questioned her and...nothing. I know they have different directors for each season but GEEZ! C'mon! I know she's not with the Separatist anymore but I'm pretty sure getting double-crossed by the bad guys does give you a free pass on your past crimes.
2) Barriss Offee is a renegade Jedi who betrayed Ashoka because she see's the Republic and the Jedi Order being corrupted! Oh wait... she also dies during Order 66. I hate it when the writers want to give you a "twist" but can't come up with a good story line for it that makes sense.
First off, Barriss is NEVER portrayed in this way at all in the series. Are we to believe she just flipped one day and that was it? Guess between now and Episode 3 she had a change of heart when she died during Order 66....awkward.
Now she joins the same category as Even Piell does in the Clone Wars stories. Even was featured in Episode 2, supposedly dies in 3 but way earlier before his death was announced in the Clone Wars, Lucasfilm had a book out telling how he survived the Clone Wars?!
Don't worry though EU. The newest book to come out "Last of the Jedi" will explain it I bet and I even think I know how they're going to do it too. It's a simple fix that would make sense. But since I haven't read the book yet I can't reveal it just yet.
3) Ashoka, after all she's been through, quits the Jedi Order?!?!?! Sure they Counsil was mistaken but looking back thru the series this wouldn't have been the first time they were wrong. So why's she so angry with them?
Well, Ashoka's story HAS to end. We know she's not in Episode 3 so we all knew when the Clone Wars series started she would have to be written out of the story. Thing was, myself (along with all you dark-minded beings) was hoping that would mean she'd die.
Unfortunately, the writers took a less grim path and went the less-violent way here by having her walk away. Is she done with the Clone Wars TV show? I doubt it. But now the writers don't have to respond to questions from myself and others about when they're going to kill off Ashoka in the series.
Overall, I liked the season with the exception of the first and last story arc. I really hated not seeing more stories on the Clones themselves. Those stories always seem to be the most interesting to me.
Oh well, there's always....SEASON 6!?!?