Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Brain Invaders" Review Season 2 Episode 8

This was a very cool and dark episode, which told a tense single-episode storyline, while also building the characters' overall story arcs in interesting ways.

On board a ship, on route to a medical frigate, Ahsoka and Barriss were initially unaware that the Geonosian parasites had begun to infect the Clones. There were quite a few well done character moments throughout the episode, beginning with an early conversation between Ahsoka and Barriss about what their lives will be like after the war ends which managed to subtly comment on the fact that the Jedi were initially peacekeepers, not warriors, as Ahsoka wondered if she could just turn off the persona she was developing through the war. Ahsoka also remarked that she wasn't sure how peace time would agree with Anakin, telling Barriss, "You might find some of his thoughts on the future a bit radical," in what would not be the last observation about our doomed for the dark side Jedi hero.

The portrayal of the infected clones was very intriguing, as it was the first time we saw a group of them acting in a villainous manner. The future was certainly referenced, when one of them, upon successfully subduing Barriss, noted, "If there's one thing we clones know, it's how to stop a Jedi." Because we know the events of Revenge of the Sith and beyond, it would be easy for the show to fall into the trap of constantly heavily telegraphing what's to come, but I really liked the cool manner in which it was done here.

One quibble: Ahsoka and Barriss seeing the Clones speaking to each other in the clicking dialect of the Geonosians was striking, but why did they also speak Basic to each other in several other scenes, when no one else was in earshot?

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