'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: Heart of Darkness

If you’re gasping for air, it’s because you just got punched in the gut. Or watched last night’s episode of The Clone Wars, "Carnage of Krell," which had pretty much the same effect. At last we have clone troopers questioning the validity of fighting this war. At last we have Jedi who are shown to be less than heroic. At last we had a Separatist leader employing the kind of Dooku-worthy mindgames fans grew to know and love in John Ostrander and Jan Duursema’s spectacular Clone Wars comics. And who’s the Seppie in question? None other than one General Pong Krell.

I know, I know. At first, I was thinking he did seem a remarkably effective leader for the Republic. Apparently, he had even won a host of victories for Palpatine & Co. So part of me wishes that when he was describing the "New Order" he could foresee for the galaxy he still was fighting for the Republic -- just totally aware of Palpatine’s villainy, okay with it, and working to bring about the Empire from within. But, really, he was just hoping to meet up with Count Dooku, and to sweeten the deal of his defection to the Seppies, he’d deliver up a sensational Republic defeat on Umbara. That meant that when the clones conjured up victories out of Umbara’s thin air—stealing starfighters to destroy the air base’s defenses, flying a mission to take out the supply ship over the capital—Krell’s true agenda was pretty well thwarted. Read More...



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