Clone Wars Season 2: Ambition and Paths Not Taken

Season 2 was stronger than the first season. The episodes were great as stand-alone episodes and the story arcs were easy to follow. I related to the characters more in this season than the first and their obstacles in this season seemed more realistic.

Ahsoka Tano

She has a rebellious streak similar to Anakin. The season starts with her being reprimanded for being overzealous during a mission. Her punishment is that she’s put on guard duty in a warehouse. There’s a plot to steal a Holocron, which put simply is a Google map to the location of every force-sensitive youngling on planet earth. This item in the hands of the wrong person could end the Jedi’s forever. This storyline leads to Ahsoka going up against Bounty Hunter Bane from the first season and winning.

During the course of the second season she is buried alive (episode 6, “Weapons Factory”), deals with a body snatchers experience reminiscent of the film, “The Thing”(episode 8, “Brain Invaders”), and helps defend a small village from Hondo and pirates in an episode dedicated to Kurosawa that resembled, “Seven Samurai” (episode 17, “Bounty Hunters).

She proves time and again that she is a strong Jedi and someone I would love to see in a live-action film.

Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padme Amidala

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The layers that have been added to Padme and Anakin in this animated series are thought-provoking. This is a space opera, the traditional tropes were set up for the main characters before they even entered the story, but in this animated show, I’m finding layers that make the story even more worthwhile.

They dared to give Padme a life before Anakin. She actually had a short, strong friendship with Senator Clovis, which she agrees to exploit (to the chagrin of Anakin) to see if he is the traitor among the senate (episode 4, “Senate Spy”). Spoiler alert – he was the traitor, but it seems everything he did was borne of an ambition to be more and to “win” her. Throughout their interactions, a brooding Anakin is not far behind.

One thing that Senator Amidala does make clear – her work will never be compromised by her feelings. There’s a lot at stake with the separatist movement and when a galaxy is on the brink of war, one cannot dwell on feelings, even if those feelings will soon create the strongest Jedi of all time.

Obi-Wan Kenobi & Duchess Satine

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Padme and Anakin were not the only couple this season. A surprise story arc between Obi-Wan and the Duchess of Mandalore was covered through a three-episode arc that starts with episode 12, “The Mandalore Plot”. Their love story mirrors Anakin and Padme in that you have a Jedi and a member of the senate, who also happens to rule her planet, fall in love. Unlike the younger couple, Obi-Wan and Satine choose not to pursue their relationship and to remain friends. It’s obvious that it pains both of them and it adds to how Obi-Wan can seem like a stick in the mud sometimes. He’s nursing a major heartache that is constantly just below the surface.

Duchess Satine is a lot like Senator Amidala in that she has layers to her and doesn’t exist simply as the other half to a strong Jedi. Her main concern is the safety of the people of Mandalore. Side note – are they a race or a way of life? I’m up in the air and I’m saying they’re both. Accept it all as canon and take from it what you can.

Captain Rex

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A teammate suggested I give Captain Rex more consideration. You may see my bias as I concentrate my reviews on the main characters that also appear in the live-action films, but I’m truly making an effort to connect with the clone characters as well.

Captain Rex had a standout episode 10 with “The Deserter”. Side-lined on a planet, he runs into a clone deserter that he at first wants to report but realizes that the man built a life for himself with a wife and family and maybe some should be allowed to live in the grey area. This reminded me of Benicio Del Toro’s character in “The Last Jedi”. He states that the space opera with the Jedi’s and senate will continue, but that the rest of us have to eat and keep a roof over our heads.

These massive space battles that they go through. Of course, there will be PTSD and Captain Rex showcases how you can have strong convictions, have a lot on your plate that you’re dealing with, and still be able to empathize with others. I can sometimes ignore the crew in my quest to understand the stars of the show, but I’m learning to pay attention.

Boba Fett

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We meet Boba Fett, a young impressionable boy that has been taken under the wing of a bounty hunter named Aurra. His one goal is to kill Mace Windu for having killed his father. There’s a lot of pain and hostility from Boba and it’s understandable. The people he finds himself with also shows how he turned out the way that he does.

The second season chooses to end with his anger. To me, it signified all of the loose ends and things and land mines that are floating in this space opera waiting to be triggered. Anakin. Boba. The Republic. Things are heating up and it’s easy to see with so much work to be done and so many feelings buried how a lit match was eventually thrown over decades of floating kerosene and can lead to the most recognizable mask and baritone voice in the world.

Sabrina Monethttp://sabrinamonet.com
A writer surviving in the Bay Area. When I'm not working, I'm trying to finish my manuscript or consuming unhealthy amounts of television. I watched Return of the Jedi on the big screen and have been a fan since. In 1998, I crashed a media event and stole one of the signs as a memento that I was there - George Lucas saw me do it.

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