Thoughts on the latest episode: Succinctly put, I liked it. I have no idea how or why I liked it, but I did.
Starting off with the space battle, I was taken aback by it. Which was odd, since I don't think there was anything particularly stand-out about it. It was the traditional three on one fight. But the way it was done, with the classic focusing on the droids while all hell breaks loose around them made it more profound than it probably actually was. Maybe the graphics were particularly good this episode? I haven't compared last season's to this, but it seemed that way. Maybe it was having the camera closer to the action, and the ships, made it all the more detailed.
When it came to the main story, though, I felt it was a little rushed. I would have been happy with one, maybe two different planets, but it seemed to be putting in too much for such a short episode. That seems to be a recurring thing in TCW. In the beginning, I surmise, it was because they were still figuring out how to tell in depth stories in 22 minutes. Once they'd figured that out, that problem diminished, though here and there, I've often felt, they do relapse into that. Although, to be fair, that may just be because I am quite greedy, and want more Star Wars to fulfil my fix. Though, whatever. The novelty of planet hopping wore thin on the second (or third, if you include the previous episode) planet.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy each planet, though. Granted, the background did look similar to each planet, but they were presented in wholly different (yet they managed to keep each story within the same vein) ways. Not to mention, this was the first consistently funny episode in a long time. I think this may be because it wasn't the same kind of humour throughout. It wasn't all just slapstick, but observational and snarky wit. I do wonder (because my memory is terrible, and I've forgotten most of the ep already) if each type of comedy was centred around each planet. Meaning, slapstick was the main device on one planet, sarcasm on another, and observation on another.
The winding down scene, despite knowing that they survive, was surprisingly evocative. And I, too, thought we were going to see Hondo again, what with the Weequays, and the similar ship design. It's a shame we didn't see him again, but it's a big galaxy. It may have been weird to have too many recurring characters.
Beyond that, there were many things I liked: from seeing Adi Galia before her demise, again; to what I've dubbed as Swiss Army Artoo; to the droid fighting. Though I would point out one thing of interest. Where, exactly did the ladder on the fighter come from? It's there one minute, and gone the next! Just like on Dagobah, in Ep V. I tell you, Filoni says the fate of Ahsoka is the TCW's greatest secret. I say it's the magic ladder.
I did have a small problem with the ending, in that it seemed to wrap up too quickly for my liking.
Overall, I liked it, even if the homages weren't, and the type of episode wasn't, my cup of tea. I'm in a bit of a conundrum. Usually I'd give good but not great episodes a 7. I think this was a decent enough episode, even if not my thing, so it, too, would earn a seven - but they're different types of seven. I think I'll give this a 7.1. Just to be finicky. And have my womprats sit around, listening to Threepio tell his stories, so Wolffe doesn't have to.
I am a Star Wars fan. That doesn't mean that I hate or love Jar Jar. That doesn't mean I hate or love Lucas, or agree or disagree 100% with him. That doesn't mean I prefer the PT over the OT, or vice versa. That doesn't mean I hate the EU, or even love all of it. These are not prerequisites. Being a man is not a prerequisite. Being a geek is not a prerequisite. The only prerequisite is that I love something about Star Wars. I am a Star Wars fan.
Life is like the Force - Luke Skywalker, Crucible. Damn straight I am.