The Clone Wars Review: Overlords

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, SoloSound.net, 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.

Space.

The final frontier.

These are the voyages of… (cue record scratch sound effect).

This was by far the weirdest episode of The Clone Wars yet. Was it weird in a good way or a bad way? I still can’t make up my mind.

On one hand, this was very reminiscent of an episode of Star Trek. Even down to the Borg-like place where the Father, Son, and Daughter resided. Our heroes get mysteriously stranded who-knows-where, then they get separated, then we get a sort of character study of Obi Wan, Ahsoka, and especially Anakin. I really thought I might hear “Beam me up Cody” at some point in this episode.

On the other hand, this was one of the most fantastical episodes of TCW. We had the Good Witch of the East/griffin, we had a Sorcerer/gargoyle/shape-shifter, a rather amoral wizard/ “force wielder”, Pandora rocks, and now I guess it’s G-Canon that it’s possible to block a lightsaber with your bare hand.

I’m just confused. Very confused. I’m not sure what this was, but it was not normal The Clone Wars. But is that a bad thing? As outlandish and bizarre as this was, it is still a vast improvement from what we’ve seen in the first half of Season 3.

We're not in Kansas anymore.

There’s a lot regarding the Force in this episode.

The Son, the Daughter, and the Father. The Dark, the Light and the… Balance Keeper? The Evil, the Good… and the one who keeps those two diametrically opposed individuals from biting each other’s heads off.

Wha?

This is something that’s bothered me when it comes to TCW. There’s something to be said for a nice, old fashioned, good vs. evil story. The Clone Wars is muddying that line. Now it seems like the only thing that makes someone a “bad guy” is supporting a bill to create more clones. How dare you! There’s only a gazillion battle droids being built and funded… BY THE SITH! Who are also behind the making of the Clone Army! But the only people who are actually thinking to themselves, “Hmmm, this is weird, the war keeps escalating on both sides evenly” are the Jedi!

But at least we still had that. At least the Jedi are still the ones who can see that there’s a larger problem, that there may be someone truly evil trying to take over the galaxy…

Then we’re reintroduced to the concept of “balance of the Force”.

Ever since I watched Episode one as a kid I’ve wondered, what on earth is balance to the Force anyway?

So does balance to the Force mean that we have to have good and evil coexisting indefinitely? How is that even possible? We’re talking about good guys and bad guys here. The white hats should WIN in the very end!

From what I remember, the Force “surrounds us and penetrates us.  It binds the galaxy together.” The concept isn’t “Yeah, well, there’s a good side and an evil side but they have to stay perfectly in balance…” (I think it was the yin and yang symbol that finally got to me.)

Yin and Yang? In Star Wars?

In this episode George Lucas introduces of the concept of “balance to the Force” in the form of The Father, Son and Daughter. It’s a really cool idea when you think about it. Physical manifestations of the Dark and Light side of the Force fighting over the very soul of the Chosen one.

However, that’s not what we get. Not that what we did get wasn’t very interesting in its own right, but I’m still reeling from all the weird, potentially hazardous, and potentially astounding notions about the Force coming forth from George’s brain.

I hope I’ve not sounded too negative, because I did like this episode. It was just, well, weird.

Alright, I have a headache from all of these concepts, and there’s not much else I can say until I see the rest of this storyline unfold.

I await most apprehensively, but also with an eager desire to figure out what the FORCE is going on.

I guess we’ll find out Friday.

-Riley

About the Author

Riley Blanton writes EUCantina's weekly reviews of The Clone Wars TV show. He started contributing to EUC through writing in 2011, but was a temporary host of our official podcast in 2010. He is now the host of The Bothan Report, a Solo Sound podcast. Riley currently lives in Georgia with his family, which includes his sister and The Bothan Report co-host, Bethany. He is an all-around Star Wars fan, enjoying many of the different platforms the franchise has to offer.