He who surrenders hope, surrenders life.
Usually the middle episode of a Clone Wars episode series ends up being the best of the series but this week didn’t live up to the normal frequency. Sam Witwer’s character, the Son, played a much deeper role than I first expected from watching the first episode of the series, creating some unexpected events to a good, not great, ending. For those who haven’t read it yet, you can read my preview here.As always, remember that the review will contain some SPOILERS so if you have not seen the episode yet check TV Guide for your local listings. The episode will reair Saturday morning and Sunday night.
Starting off as they left us at the end of last episode, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka & Anakin have started to leave Mortis but the Son didn’t like those plans. He appeared to Anakin to let him know what was going to happen and flew away kidnapping Ahsoka. Immediately, Anakin lets his heart take the lead and runs after her even though Obi-Wan advises not to. The rest of the episode led on with foolish decisions like this by Anakin and predictable events. The unpredictable parts of the episode was the ending of these events.
The Son’s treachery lead to the demise of a few characters, bringing about a feeling I felt when Anakin betrays Mace Windu during Episode III. The story had nice pacing through the episode, though the episode seemed to have more action packed scenes.
The disapointment that I find through the series, that was most evident tonight, is the throwbacks to what is to happen in the future. In the episode, Anakin made an absolute Sith-like statement then Anakin starts walking to the tower where the Son is with dark-toned music. I’m sure some Star Wars fans appreciate it, but it takes away from the storytelling and imagination of what could be made within the series.
Overall it was a good episode. Nothing exciting, but nothing bad. Closing some storylines, the story and action kept the viewers captivated but cheesy lines and poorly written throwbacks caused the episode not to get a perfect score. I hope that next week’s episode Ghosts of Mortis will finish the story with a balancing of the force, but we will just have to wait and see. I give this episode a four out of five stars. Remember, check out the Clone Wars Expert Twitter for post-episode conversations with spoilers and the Facebook fanpage for exclusive cool Star Wars content.