Yeah, those last shots at the end with the sunset were pretty nice. Great ending for the season.
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The positive: I think the way it turned out was a huge payoff. Not so much that Barriss was the traitor, or even Ahsoka leaving the Order, but by how much all of this hurts the Jedi Order and makes the Jedi Council look incompetent. Not only does this bridge the gap between the show and ROTS, but it actually makes the events in ROTS make more sense. No wonder people were so quick to turn their backs on the Jedi and the Jedi Council. To the public, the Jedi Council must have looked like a bunch of fools. They couldn't detect a traitor, they couldn't detect an innocent, they showed no faith in their members, and they couldn't even keep a member from leaving.
The negatives are really minor: first and foremost - Tim Curry's voice as Palpatine. It's going to take me a while to get used to this. Ian Ambercrombe was really perfect. My other grip is the canon snafu that is now Barriss Offee. Does TCW have it in for Michael Reaves? His Medstar duology is kind of trashed now.
Overall, I liked the episode, and I'm certainly not going to hold it against them that they trashed some canon. It'll be interesting to see who they do Ahsoka episodes in season six now that she isn't a Jedi. Will she be teaming up with Ventress as a bounty hunter? Will they introduce new characters for her to work with? What kind of adventures will she have?
And how will Anakin act now that the Jedi Council has driven his padawan away from the Order? Does the Order even have any credibility left?
"I believe toys resonate with us as humans, we can hold them them, it's tactile, real! They are totems for our extended beliefs and imaginations. A fetish for ideas that hold as much interest and passion as old religious relics for some. We display them in our homes. They show who we are. They are signals for similar thinking people. A way we connect with each other...and I guess thats why I do toys. That connection." -Ashley Wood