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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Pursuit of Peace" Review

What is it about   Star Wars   that so easily captures the imagination of the young and the young at heart? Is it the talk of deregulation? The discussion of excessive interest rates on loans? Perhaps it's the look at how social structures are affected by conflict, and how water, power and health care are all taken away when funds are diverted towards increasing… Wait, what am I saying? And what is going on with this show?   I don't know what the thought process was going into   Season 3   of The Clone Wars , but what a strange and frustrating turn of events to see this series, which has proven how cool it can be, continually delve into these less than thrilling scenarios this year. Here we were with yet another political episode, and yet another Padme-centric episode, a combination that just isn't working. I've said before that I don't think every episode of   Star Wars: The Clone Wars   needs to be an action-heavy one, but at a certain point, it's hard to ignore that the word "wars" is in the title of this show - twice ! Having a ton of episodes like this where they talk about the wars, instead of showing it, is just too much, packed too close together. And I sure can't imagine this stuff being fun for kids...   To Read More  Click Here.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' recap: The Only Thing We Have to Fear...

"…The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." If I had to choose a single, underlying theme for the  Star Wars  franchise it would be Franklin Roosevelt’s great mantra. Think of how Yoda wisely warned that "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Or how, on the opposite end of the moral spectrum, Grand Moff Tarkin used fear as a governing tool to inspire unwavering obedience from the Empire’s subjects: "Fear will keep the local systems in line." Last night’s episode, "Heroes on Both Sides," delved deep into the  Power of Nightmares -type scenario of the Clone Wars — that, while there are reasonable, fair-minded people on either side of the conflict, both the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems are ruled by leaders who’ve encouraged their respective military-industrial-financial complexes to prolong a destructive but profitable war. No wonder the opening "moral" of the ep was "Fear is a great motivator." Heavy stuff for a Friday night Cartoon Network show, right? Yet "Heroes on Both Sides" managed to be a thought-provoking, dialogue-driven episode that never felt plodding. And, by the Force, its depiction of the Republic’s corporate leaders seizing upon General Grievous’s terrorist attack to increase their own power — and the size of their pocketbooks — felt incredibly relevant. To Read More  Click Here.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Heroes on Both Sides" Review

On the surface, I should be bitching and moaning about this episode – yet another Season 3 episode set into motion by concepts that don't exactly scream excitement, coupled with very little action. However, "Heroes on Both Sides" was actually a pretty good character piece for Ahsoka, that could, potentially, lay the groundwork for some bigger changes down the road. First though, I have to mention the physical changes to Ahsoka. This episode introduced the new character models for Ahsoka and Anakin, the latter of whom now looks very much as he did in Revenge of the Sith. Ahsoka's overhaul was more notable, as she looks a bit older, and wears a new costume that is a less revealing – although it's worth noting it's still a bit sexy, which was only accentuated by the fact that we had a character literally check her out from toe to head here. I'm sure mileage will vary on how appropriate this is (she's supposed to be a teenager still, obviously), but there you have it. To Read More Click Here.