The Clone Wars Review: Counterattack

Hello everyone! I’m Riley. Readers of EUCantina might not know me, but if you’ve listened to many of the fabulous podcasts from our sister site,, you may know my voice. I’m a former co-host of EUCast and the current host of The Bothan Report. I’m very excited and privileged to present to you, EUCantina’s The Clone Wars episode reviews.

I just love The Clone Wars fortune cookies. They can be funny, heartwarming, weird, inspiring... or in this case downright cruel. I can just imagine being the father who sits down with his children and talks about the fortune cookie and how it applies to our lives... and he has to explain "Anything that can go wrong will". I think I laughed out loud when those words came across my television screen. We've probably all had times (and still do) when we feel that way. That fortune cookie was very applicable to this episode, and our heroes just couldn't seem to turn things around. I dare say that some of the tragedies of this episode echoed (pun shamelessly intended) throughout fandom.

Echo is lost in a brilliant sacrifice

I liked "Counterattack" quite a bit. It definitely had an A New Hope feel to it. The interior of the prison facility reminded me of the Death Star escape scenes. I especially liked how the search beams, baron waste land, and evil prison warden created a really tense atmosphere despite knowing that the main characters couldn't die. It's unusual for The Clone Wars to create that sense of eminent danger and threat in an episode.

The Warden is one bad dude

Another reason I liked this episode was the further exploration of Captain Tarkin's character, and the forming of his relationship with Anakin. My favorite example was the scene where Tarkin questioned the Jedi's unwillingness to go far enough to win the war. It was sort of the “they should be made to agree” moment of The Clone Wars. A common complaint I've heard recently is that we've seen so many appearances from Original Trilogy characters that the world just seems too little. Does Tarkin's role in these episode somehow make the Star Wars galaxy seem way too small? Perhaps, but I don't really think that's the case. The Clone Wars tells us the story of the galactic war that Palpatine ultimately uses to destroy the Republic and the Jedi. Seeing how Captain Tarkin and Anakin Skywalker first meet is something I found very relevent. Sadly, there are just three episodes left in Season Three. It seems like just last week that Anakin was having to deal with that snippy new padawan, and the idea of Star Wars coming to TV was brand new to us. How time flies.


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