Friday, February 25, 2011

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - ''The Citadel''

Spoiler Level: High

It's back to the war, with lots of big time space battles, close combat, and Clone Troopers getting offed!

Lots of cool moments that made me go "woah!"  The planet of Lola Sayu, which is missing a great big chunk out of it and yet still manages to have a burning core, won the honors for top image to become my screen capture for this episode.  The scene where Obi-Wan sets off the charges and blows a Battle Droid all the way down the corridor right into the camera was pretty impressive as well.

And of course, the top surprise has to go to Captain Tarkin.  The look that's exchanged between Tarkin and Anakin when they first meet is fantastic... you can almost hear Tarkin thinking, "Someday I'm going to be the one holding your leash."

Am I the only one who remembers Lando saying "We only use this facility for carbon freezing, you put him in there it might kill him"?  In The Empire Strikes Back, carbon freezing a person was a radical concept.  That was the whole point of testing it on Han.  Why would Vader need to test if a person could survive carbon freezing if he'd already been through it himself?  Well, I guess you could say that it was because he was a Sith Lord at that point and just did it to be eeeeevil.  Or it could be that Cloud City's carbon freezing facility was more "crude" and a higher risk than the Jedi Temple's carbon freezing facility.  Really though, I thought it was bad enough that carbon freezing people had become a run-of-the-mill thing in the Fate of the Jedi novels, but this episode really treats it as something even more humdrum, and that's some 25 years before Vader does it to Han.

But despite that nit-pick, it's still an interesting tactic and an enjoyable episode.  It's great to see Echo and Fives back, and it's nice to see Even Piell and Plo Koon get a lot of screen time.

Bit of a sudden ending; it's not so much a cliffhanger as much as it just stops.  It's a shame it couldn't have been structured to end on the scene where Obi-Wan was dangling over the cliff by one hand!

As of this writing, this episode is still available to watch for free at

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