Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Clone Wars -- "The Gungan General" (Ep. 1.12)

-- Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud.

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This episode is modeled after all of those World War II prison break movies and TV shows. Count Dooku, Obi-Wan, and Anakin have all been taken prisoner by a group of pirates, and they're trying to escape. The only problem is that they keep getting caught by Hondo, the pirate leader just as they're about to get away. That whole part of  the story is quite amusing, especially since Anakin and Obi-Wan are forced to work with Dooku since they are all chained together. So to speak. Not real chains, you know. Some blue glowy stuff.

On the other side of things, Jar Jar has come to bring a ransom from the Republic to get Dooku to face charges. They don't know that Anakin and Obi-Wan have also been taken prisoner. To be clear, Jar Jar was not supposed to be in charge of this mission. He was sent along because he gets sent on anything like this where they need someone whom Palpatine looks at as expendable. However, a faction of the pirates betray the Republic (and Hondo) and shoot their ship down. As a senator, Jar Jar becomes the highest ranking member of the survivors.

This is actually one of those Jar Jar story arcs that is unenjoyable, but it might be largely due to the fact that Jar Jar has a substitute voice actor for this episode, and he just sounds... well, he sounds dumb, and that's saying a lot for Jar Jar. Look, I like Jar Jar, but Ahmed Best has a particular quality to what he brings to Jar Jar that this other guy, B. J. Hughes, just didn't have. Rather than being Elmo-like, Jar Jar just seemed like he'd been kicked in the head 20 too many times.

What it boils down to is this:
Half of the episode, the escape half, was a lot of fun. Especially once Obi-Wan and Anakin found out that Jar Jar was there and were trying desperately to escape before he found out that they's been captured. However, the Jar Jar sections were probably the worst pieces of the season so far. Fortunately, there aren't many bad parts, which makes arcs like this one stand out even more.

"You reject my hospitality, refuse to wait in your cell, and, now, you're going to insult me?"


  1. I have to admit, my thought was this: What's the fastest way to ruin a good Star Wars story? Add Jar Jar.

    I love the intrigue among the pirates, though - nice wrinkle.

    1. TAS: I did enjoy the "we can't let Jar Jar find out" aspect, but they didn't need him so much in the episode for that to exist.

    2. It's such a strong story without him. Seems a shame.

      Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing Hondo again sometime.

    3. TAS: I really loved the rest of the story. I wish we had gotten to see more of the escape collaborations. That stuff was fun.

      I don't remember how soon Hondo comes back, but I was so glad when he did and when he kept coming back. He's a great character.

    4. "Bounty Hunters" - Season 2, Episode 17

  2. I'm going to have to watch this one to find out why Obi Wan and Anakin didn't want anyone to know they'd been captured.

  3. I'm going to have to watch this one to find out why Obi Wan and Anakin didn't want anyone to know they'd been captured.