'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: Enter Savage Opress

This is the one fans have been waiting for. Although last week’s "Nightsisters" kicked off the second half of season three in high-style, it was tonight’s installment, "Monster," that delivered upon Lucasfilm’s promise from months ago. Since the summer, the House that George Built has been touting Savage Opress, the fearsome warrior (and kinsman of Darth Maul), voiced by Clancy Brown of Highlander,The Shawshank Redemption and Lost fame, to be the new scourge of the Jedi. Tonight we finally got to meet him.

And what a daringly complex new foe he turned out to be! Clancy Brown told me that he carefully avoided making Savage a villain or a hero right off the bat. A smart move because, despite being a franchise that relies heavily on Manichaean notions of good and evil, light and dark, its most compelling characters have been tinged with shades of gray: Han Solo, who would "shoot first" and kill an opponent without giving him a chance to fight back; Lando Calrissian, who would betray a friend to secure his position, even if his conscience later got the better of him; Boba Fett, a freelance servant of some of the galaxy’s most notorious scum and villainy, who acts not out of revenge or hatred, but as a professional. Savage Opress may not be as great a character as these, but he shares their occupancy of Star Wars’ precious—and endlessly entertaining—gray area. Read More...



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