Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Duchess of Mandalore" Review


This was a decent episode, but as the final chapter in the three part Mandalorian/Satine trilogy, I do wish it had been a bit more exciting and involving, coming on the heels of two episodes that got increasingly more intense and in-depth.


Satine certainly has a lot in common with Padme, doesn't she? Like Padme in Attack of the Clones, Satine had arrived on Coruscant to find she was repeatedly targeted for assassination, even as she attempted to stop the Republic from making moves she was strongly against. George Lucas wasn't shy about making allusions to real life politics and military campaigns in the prequels, and that continues here as well, as Satine feared what could happen if the Republic occupied Mandalore, and inflamed the local populace with their would-be peacekeeping mission.


Some hated the use of politics in the prequels, but as someone who felt it was intriguing (at least as far as Palpatine was concerned), I enjoyed what occurred here. Palpatine was doing his best here to put on the face of the caring leader, while pushing his agenda upon the Mandalore, and I really liked seeing his right hand man, Mas Amedda, get involved – especially when Palpatine acted the fool in the wake of Satine's ship blowing up, and Mas Amedda sided with her, only to use it as more ammunition for a Mandalorian occupation.


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