Review: The Clone Wars – Deception (4.15)

Season 4, Episode 15: Deception
Air date: 20 January 2012
Written by: Brent Friedman
Directed by: Kyle Dunlevy
Special Guests: Stephen Stanton (Moralo Eval), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett)

This review contains minor spoilers.  Caution is advised.

This week’s episode of The Clone Wars is entitled Deception, and is part one of at minimum two, possibly up to four (I’ve been told that this is a four-part arc, but have been unable to confirm it). The Jedi learn of a plot by bounty hunter Moralo Eval (presently in jail) to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. To infiltrate the Republic prison holding Eval, Obi-Wan Kenobi fakes his own death and impersonates his own murderer, Rako Haardeen. In prison, he gets close to Eval and Cad Bane, whom Eval has hired to break him out. Meanwhile, Anakin is not aware of the fake death, and has numerous close brushes with the Dark Side.

Having not yet seen Part 2 (Friends and Enemies, airing January 27, 2012) or any subsequent episodes, it is difficult to judge this story. It moved rather slowly, especially at the beginning. It seemed that the entire first act was unrelated to the plot, until we learn that Obi-Wan was hoping to get himself shot and fake his own death. Also, the death does not offer much drama. We know Obi-Wan is alive and well in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so clearly his death was not real. Many of the scenes, such as the prison fights, served only to build up Obi-Wan-in-disguise Prison Cred. In essence, the entire plot revolved around a prison break, which will lead up to the plot to kidnap Palpatine in the next episode(s), which I believe will be much more interesting.

It was interesting to see the many guest stars in this episode.  Many notable characters, including Duchess Satine, attended Obi-Wan’s funeral. The prison included such inmates as Boba Fett (still voiced by Daniel Logan) and Bossk (captured in the Season 2 finale, Lethal Trackdown, probably around 2 years earlier). Cad Bane was also present, which surprised me at first (his capture was never shown), but Yoda mentioned that the capture had just taken place, and that it appeared that Bane had allowed himself to be captured, to infiltrate the prison. Moralo Eval, wonderfully voiced by Stephen Stanton (who recently played Tarkin in the Citadel Trilogy) was a Phindian, a species introduced in the EU, and the same species as Osi Sobeck, warden of The Citadel.

I’m interested in seeing what happens in the next episode, and it’s possible that my opinion of this episode will change once the arc is concluded, but fun cameos aside, I felt the episode was slow, without too much happening.

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

Next week: the continuation/conclusion, Friends and Enemies.

Reviewed by Andrew Halliday
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Andrew Halliday contributes to EUCantina as a writer. He writes our column "The Star Wars Dissection," published every second Monday, and also reviews episodes of The Clone Wars television show. He began writing in 2010, sending letters to the SoloSound.net podcast The EU Review, using mathematics to look at certain trends in Star Wars content. These monthly analyses were expanded into his column in 2011. He has a degree in biology and a love for all things science and math.