Air Date: 3 March 2012
Written by: Katie Lucas
Directed by: Kyle Dunlevy
Special Guests: Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Clare Grant (Latts Razzi), Simon Pegg (Dengar), Meredith Salenger (Pluma Sodi), David Acord (C-21 Highsinger), Matthew Seinreich (Bartender)
This review contains minor spoilers.
This week’s episode of The Clone Wars is part two of the four-part finale arc of Season 4, entitled Bounty. Following the destruction of her Nightsisters’ clan (Season 4, Episode 19: Massacre), Asajj Ventress travels to Tatooine to seek a new life. She finds a team of bounty hunters, led by Boba Fett and including faces both new (Latts Razzi, C-21 Highsinger) and old (Dengar, Bossk). Needing money and direction in her life, Ventress joins them on a mission. They travel to the planet Quarzite, where they are tasked with protecting precious cargo on a train from marauders. There, Ventress learns some important life lessons.
I liked this episode. Like its predecessor, the pacing was well done, and the action scenes were well choreographed. The voice cast was an interesting mix of new and old, including Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz/Star Trek fame), Matthew Seinreich (of Robot Chicken fame), and Clare Grant (wife of Seth Green, also of Robot Chicken fame), as well as Daniel Logan (Boba Fett, also often plays young clones), Meredith Salenger (famous for playing Barriss Offee in earlier episodes), and David Acord (sound editor, often voicing droids).
The visuals on the episode were amazing. The planet Quarzite is aptly named, as it appears to be covered in amethyst quartz, and it looks beautiful. The train and its track looked cool, as did the Skyhook. And the character models looked amazing, especially the new droid model (C-21), the Theelin (Latts Razzi), Boba’s armor, and the two new aliens: the Kage and the Belugans. Tatooine looks better than ever, and seeing Chalmun’s Cantina is always fun.
My one criticism of the episode is its continuity. Not in terms of continuity errors (although I know some will criticize the use of Dengar at this early stage, or compare this to the comic series Obsession), but in terms of flow from the last episode and into the next. Massacre was a very dark episode, and its ending was incredibly tragic for Ventress. She was instructed by the ghost of Mother Talzin to find a new life, true. But she appeared to have found not only a new occupation, but also had the deep meaningful realization that she is not inherently evil. All this takes place at most a few days after the events of Massacre. I personally think it out of character; Ventress should still be reeling from the loss of her people and yet another betrayal by Count Dooku. Furthermore, I don’t know how this will lead into the next episodes, featuring Savage Opress and Darth Maul (and the trailer for the next episode, Brothers, brings up more questions than it answers).
I would have preferred that these episodes be separated a bit. Massacre could be near the beginning of Season 4, Bounty near the middle (implying that several weeks or months had passed), and Brothers and Revenge air as the Season 4 finale (or Season 4 cliffhanger and Season 5 premiere). For this to be a solid four-part season finale, I believe that the ending should have been much darker, and should have led directly into the next episode. But as it is, I have absolutely no idea what role Ventress will have in the coming episodes, and that should not be true in a multi-episode arc like this.
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode; I simply cannot give it as good a score as it might have otherwise earned if not for my difficulties with the episode’s chronological placement and emotional peak.
Next week: Brothers.
Reviewed by Andrew Halliday
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