Things are looking bleak for our heroes as this week’s episode begins. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Rex are slaving away in what appears to be a coal mine. Even the presence of the Jedi does not lift the spirits of the other slaves; a Togruta tells Obi-Wan that Jedi only cause trouble, demanding he be left alone.
Of course, the scheme is obviously the work of Darth Sidious. He is playing the sides and pulling the strings, sending Count Dooku to ensure the Zygerrian Queen follows through with their plan. Sidious reminds Dooku that Sith Empires are built by slaves – something portrayed by the impoverished citizens of the Galactic Empire in the original Star Wars films.
Apparently, R2 units are rather common throughout the galaxy, as R2-D2 is able to maneuver through the town and assist Anakin in escaping his guards. Meanwhile, Dooku meets with Queen Miraj to order the execution of the Jedi; her plan to bend the will of Jedi to become her slaves does not impress Dooku enough to change his mind.
Anakin and R2 make quick work of Ahsoka’s cage. While Anakin returns to discover where Obi-Wan has been taken, Queen Miraj argues with Dooku over the death of Skywalker. Obviously, she has a thing for Anakin in particular. The show-down ends as all Separatist arguments do – with Dooku using his own type of “persuasion.” Anakin enters and engages with Dooku, using only a whip, and is quickly defeated. Before he can be killed or captured, Anakin escapes, carrying the now unconscious queen in his arms. I wonder how Padmé would feel if she saw him now? Before Miraj takes her final breath, she reveals the location of Obi-Wan and Rex: the Kadavo system.
At this point, I have to mention how gorgeous the animation is looking this episode. As Anakin arrives on Kadavo, the rockets alone are amazing to watch. This show really has improved ten times what it was when it first began. The slavers are not impressed that Anakin has arrived with just Ahsoka and R2-D2; their gloating quickly turns to fear as Jedi Master Plo Koon arrives with Clone backup. Anakin makes short work of the first batch of slavers, but Ahsoka does not appear pleased as she views his violence on the Zygerrians.
What follows is a battle worthy of any Star Wars film. As Obi-Wan and Rex struggle to take control of their captors, Ahsoka finds the Togrutas (she calls them “her people”) and Anakin takes out the cannon towers while Master Plo and his soldiers battle enemies in the sky. Suffice it to say, the last ten minutes of this episode alone are worth your watch.
The episode ends on a somber note; Governor Roshti doubts his people will recover, though he suggests that they will join the Republic in the fight against the Separatists. And while that may sound good to Ahsoka, the viewer knows that only hardship awaits the people after Darth Sidious becomes Emperor Palpatine.
My final thought: it seems like there are Twi’lek slaves everywhere in this galaxy. I’d feel pretty insecure if I had tails on my head!
The Clone Wars continues January 13th with “A Friend in Need”