Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clone Wars -- "Corruption" (Ep. 3.5) (Gadreel)

-- The challenge of hope is to overcome corruption.

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One thing I think (know) people often (almost always) miss about the prequels, especially The Phantom Menace, is how much political commentary is contained therein. People get all distracted and wound up by Jar Jar and miss everything else. Some of everything else being a kind of warning about the state of politics, right now, and I think we can see even more of what was in Phantom going on in the US, right now, with the polarization of Congress and the fear-mongering of the Republicans, especially Donald Trumpatine. This episode touches on the same material.

And it's eerily reminiscent of the water issue in Flint, Michigan.

All of that said, I like seeing Satine back even without Obi-Wan in the story.

Mandalore is having some issues due to the fallout of the previous Mandalore story line in which they assert their neutrality. Now, no one will trade with them, and things like food prices are skyrocketing. Corruption and the black market are booming. That's really all you need to know. That and Padme joins Satine in an investigation dealing with sick school children.

Just go watch it.

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  1. Sadly, there are many real world precedents to the drink contamination story.

  2. I tried not to read all the real world corruption into this one. I just watched it as something to see what is happening on different worlds. It was very interesting. But the contamination water of Michigan does come into play.
    If I read as you said the fear mongering Republicans, I wanted to reply to this but it is your blog so I am sticking to Star Wars.
    Corruption is on both sides.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. parsnip: I meant specifically the Republicans presidential candidates, especially Trump, using fear to generate votes.