Hey, I always do! .
Okay, thoughts on the show. Always fun that it starts off with a rant . But I do get where you're coming from. The previews do seem to be getting less and less helpful, and quite annoying.
I was a little disappointed that the 'true enemy' turned out to be Krell. It may have just been my take on the show, but I'd always thought Krell was the bad guy. It may have been that bad comparison with the substitute teacher, in that kids probably think an annoying sub is automatically the bad guy, but the effect was the same.
But I absolutely loved this episode. As was stated on the podcast, it was more personal, I felt that, too, but it was more even this time, when compared to the other episodes in this arc, with about 50/50 action.
I did have a few complaints. It seemed a little too contrived that Palpidious took Anakin away to put Krell in place. For what purpose? To ensure Umbara stayed in the hands of the Separatists? It felt a little bare, in that respect. I'm hoping it's elaborated upon in future episodes, but I'm not holding my breath.
All in all, I am just in awe of Mr Baker. How he maintains that level of individualisation, and emotional impact I have no idea. He must have the memory of a ... er ... memorable thing.
Oh! And I don't think the firing squad may have necessarily chosen to have their helmets off, but maybe Rex ordered them to take their helmets off, so that they'd have that deeper connection to the prisoners, and thus not shoot them.
I do have another small complaint, and that's the death of Waxer. I have trouble telling the clones apart, so every time I learn which one's which, they die. First Echo, then Hardcase, now Waxer. I'm not bothering any more. I'm not taking that chance with Fives!
What was most surprising, for me, is that the graphics have been getting better and better, in this arc (and in the season as a whole) yet that improvement has taken a back step to the story. Being a big story guy, I'm very happy with that, it's just funny that the visuals weren't the centre of attention, for once.
I do have one last critique, one complaint, and that was the ending. It felt a little empty, for me. I really wish we could have seen that defence of the airbase, because that could have been a desperate, brilliant battle, instead of having it taken care of off screen.
As for rating, I absolutely loved this episode, and this arc is definitely one of my, if not the, favourites episode(s) of the entire show, but I'm going to hold off on giving it a 10, so I'm going to give it a 9.75 womprats, and have them dress up in clone armour and fight each other.
Again, as always, I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast, guys! It's a must listen to after the show.
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