Crisis on Infinite Polygons (Comics/Animation) Issue #10: This is Not the Thread You're Looking For
Featured Animation: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
I was going to talk about Young Justice, then it (Along with the rest of the DC Nation block) got delayed until gods know when (January, but who knows if that’ll ever come…). Anyway, I’ve decided to pick a different action cartoon that came back recently, one that gets WAY more flack than it deserves, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And yes, I mean the CG one, not the 2D-animated mini-series which was great, seriously. I loved that. However, every time I mention this show I get a bunch of, "I liked the 2D one, but I watched the one episode of the CG one and wrote it off completely."
I’m going to put this out here now: this is an uneven show. Some weeks it will very well be that terrible show that you fear it is, others it’ll produce episodes that rival the original trilogy. Instead of going on about why these episodes are amazing I’ll put together a quick starter guide as I did with Adventure Time. This time will be a bit different though, I’ll put some things in different categories.
Some people would say that the name "Heavy" is overcompensating. Those people are dead.
Meet the Clones – "Rookies", "Clone Cadets", "ARC Troopers", "Darkness on Umbara", "The General", "Plan of Dissent", "Carnage of Krell"
These are some of the best Clone heavy episodes of the whole series. "Rookies" was the one that got me hooked on the show in the first place, while "Clone Cadets" and "ARC Troopers" revisited those characters. Those last four episodes form the Umbara Arc which is sort of Apocalypse Now for Star Wars (Although there’s a novel like that too).
The Saga Continues – "Nightsisters", "Monster", "Witches of the Mist", "Massacre", "Bounty", "Brothers", "Revenge", "Revival"
One of the biggest controversies of the show is the revival of Darth Maul. Personally, I read a lot of comic books so this sort of thing doesn’t bug me. In fact, it’s one of the best stories the series has told so far and one of its biggest storyarcs. Due to the way the show is made, these storyarc episodes only come every now and again, but if you want the full arc, well, those are the ones to watch (In that order, BTW).
Oh yeah, Darth Maul has a brother now. That's sort of important too.
New Faces – "Cloak of Darkness", "Dooku Captured", "The Gungan General", "Hostage Crisis", "The Mandalore Plot", "Voyage of Temptation", "Duchess of Mandalore", "Bounty Hunters", "Heroes on Both Sides", "Padawan Lost", "Wookiee Hunt"
Alright, here are some introductions to all the new characters you’ll meet in the show. "Cloak of Darkness" makes a great intro to Asajj Ventress if you haven’t seen her in previous material. "Dooku Captured" and "The Gungan General" introduce us to Hondo Onaconda, the True Neutral leader of a band of pirates. "Hostage Crisis" is Cad Bane’s, the Clint Eastwood inspired bounty hunter, debut appearance. "The Mandalore Plot", "Voyage of Temptation", and "Duchess of Mandalore" is where the Death Watch plot begins and we meet an old flame of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s.
"Bounty Hunters" features a group of bounty hunters that lean to the lighter side of things. "Heroes on Both Sides" is the best political episode in the show and it gives us a look into the other side of the conflict, as well as introduce in important character for Ahsoka’s development. Speaking of Ahsoka’s development, the last two episodes here aren’t about introducing us to a new character, but to show how much one that some people don’t care for has grown. Yeah, those two are great episodes that heavily feature Ahsoka.
Yeah, there are a lot of bounty hunters in this show. And yeah, that includes Young Boba Fett, who I forgot to include in this thing, um, those are the last three Season 2 episodes.
Personal Favorites – "Storm over Ryloth", "Innocents of Ryloth", "Liberty on Ryloth", "Holocron Heist", "Cargo of Doom", "Children of the Force", "Grievous Intrigue", "The Deserter", "Overlords", "Altar of Mortis", "Ghosts of Mortis", "A Friend in Need"
Alright, I lot of personal favorites have already been written about, but here are a few more. The first three of those episodes make up the Ryloth trilogy and really show exactly what The Clone War is like. If you liked the micro-series from way back, these are the ones to watch. The next three will give you more of that Cad Bane guy. Then there’s the two after that, these ones are sort of a two parter, but they’re very different. "Grievous Intrigue" is one of the best spotlights on General Grievous while "The Deserter" continues that story with a personal look into one of the clones. The next three make up the crazy allegorical Mortis trilogy. That one’s hard to explain, but if you’re into the mystical side of Clone Wars then check it out. "A Friend in Need" continues the story from "Heroes on Both Sides" as well as those Death Watch episodes. There’s some pretty shocking stuff in it as well.
So, um, no comic this week, mostly due to how busy I am and that Bread gave you a comic without a cartoon this week. Sorry, guess something happened and I didn’t feel like writing more. Well, discuss comics, cartoons, manga, and anime here!