Star Wars Season 2, Episode 20: The Clone Wars - "Death Trap" Review

The big Boba Fett storyline on The Clone Wars got off to a bit of a slow start, but included some cool aspects that I'm intrigued to see followed up on in the next two episodes (airing back-to-back next week).

It was hard not to wonder how this episode would have played if we didn't know it was about Boba Fett to begin with. The idea of following a group of young Clone cadets, and learning that one of them, "Lucky", was actually the future bounty hunter, would have been pretty powerful - but alas, that wasn't to be. And I think they overdid it with Boba's perpetual scowl in the early scenes. That kid needs to play things a bit more close to the chest!

What was interesting though was the portrayal of Boba as a guy who is very willing to kill, when it is part of his specific goal, but who isn't bloodthirsty. Not shockingly, given what happened in Attack of the Clones, Boba wanted Mace Windu dead and had no qualms leaving a bomb in his quarters - But every time his accomplice/mentor Aurra Sing pushed for others to be killed along the way, he gave pause. However, Boba may be reluctant, but he also didn't have the moral backbone to really ever do more than briefly try his best to convince Aurra otherwise, and when he failed in those arguments, he ultimately went through with causing the reactor explosion that led to many more deaths - and a very well done sequence on the show, as we saw Clones and debris sucked into space (this show has done a few moments like this before, but always effectively enough that I haven't tired of them yet).

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