Clone Wars Season 4: Locked and Loaded

This was the most action-packed season so far. It started with a dive and kept on rolling with one punch after another through twenty-two episodes. There are no training wheels with this season, the characters realize that things are really bad and they aren’t getting any better.

What Master Do You Serve?

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The season opens with battle after battle. From ocean-covered planets to sierra deserts. There is war everywhere. The clones are being killed off for no reason; used by General Krell, who didn’t truly care about them. After one grueling fight, they take off their helmets and learn they were fighting their own The story arc of the clones deals with prejudice, citizenship, and freedom. Yes, they are clones, but clones are flesh and blood and have a sense of self. There is no reason why their lives should be more expendable than anyone else or any reason for them to be treated as less than. I’ll be the first to admit, it got heavy this season with some of the themes that were explored.

Anakin gets darker this season as well. He battles a slaver and has flashbacks to when he and his mother were sold into slavery. There’s never been an opportunity for people that know him to just sit down and talk about it, but Anakin’s survived a lot. The tension between him and Obi-Wan this season can be felt when Obi-Wan goes undercover after faking his death and doesn’t tell Anakin about it. Yes, they wanted Anakin’s expression to be realistic at the funeral, but something is brewing, almost as if the elder Jedi know that Skywalker is about to lose it.

Brothers

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There are so many familial bonds in this show and especially this season. The troops are a brotherhood that are blood-related and comrades-in-arms. When one of them is injured, they all feel it. They’ve also created a family in a world that tends to look at them as if they don’t matter.

Obi-Wan and Anakin can be seen as brothers and the younger Jedi’s anger at being kept out of the loop about the undercover mission shows how close they are. Obi-Wan not giving Anakin the chance to prove that he can be trusted with the most well-guarded operation gives him the feeling that he isn’t valued enough as a family member. It’s a rift that we will see more of in the coming seasons.

Creating a family out of the cards you’re dealt with is a theme that ran through all of the characters, good and bad. When Obi-Wan goes undercover and joins forces with Cad Bane; they grudgingly acknowledge the merits of the other. At one point during the best episode of the season and easily one of the top 5 of the entire show (episode 17, “The Box”) Bane saves Obi-Wan’s life.

The most psychotic pairing on the show would be brothers Darth Maul and Savage Opress. You know a storyline is great when you’re empathizing with Darth Maul. He’s suffering from PTSD when we see him and after a seance to restore his legs and force strength, he zeroes in on what is most important to him, revenge against Obi-Wan. The Dathomir brothers are the strongest on the show next to the Jedi and I get a kick every time I remember that they were created by a coven of witches.

All Hail, Ventress

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She is the most fleshed-out character of this season. When we met her, she easily could have just been a femme fatale that was Count Dooku’s right hand. When he fails at killing her and she goes after him for leaving her behind, she becomes a full-on woman scorned. It doesn’t end there. After witchcraft, resurrections, and outright war, she leaves it all behind and starts a new life. In episode 19, “Bounty”, she even saves a girl’s life that was on the verge of being sold into slavery. Ventress hasn’t come out and stated that she’s a good guy and she might always exist in the gray area, but she is someone who definitely has a story to be told (which ofcourse happened in the novel Dark Disciple, ed.). The force is strong with her.

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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