The Blue Shadow Virus (s1 E17-18):
An amazingly complex idea is rendered into what I consider the first “for children” episode of the series . The subject matter is biological warfare and that brings up a slew of questions that could elevate this The Clone Wars episode into something special and extraordinary for animated series. However, the evil scientist Dr. Nuvo Vindi, while written well, is rendered into a stereotype by some over voice acting by Michael York. Still, the fact that series even addresses this topic noteworthy.
The Ryloth Arc (S1 E19-21):
This is a quality war arc that could easily have been an offshoot movie that Disney seems to be focused on doing these days (that’s not a complaint!). Because it has the time and freedom to do so, it ventures into territories that the movies rarely do: how the wars affect children and families and the politics of individual planets. This is hard for movies to do because they have to paint in broad strokes, but this show is given the breadth to do so. This is one of the arcs that remind you there are reasons for the fighting besides showcasing great actions scenes (which it does at well).
Hostage Crisis (S1 E22)
We are introduced to Cad Bane, my personal favorite bounty hunter in the entire saga. (I’ve never understood the Fett fascination). Not much in new territory, but it does help develop Anakin and Padame’s relationship more. The animated versions have way more chemistry than the actors in the prequels do.
- I love Tom Kane’s Narrator. It’s a underrated aspect of the show giving us a WWII newsreel feel before plunging us into the action. It’s an audio-visual counterpoint to the yellow word screen crawl and is perfect for the TV show.
- I could live without the “fortune cookie” saying before every episode, though.
- Dee Bradley Baker is a genius. He voices all the troopers and yes they all sound alike. However, he is talented enough to make each have a distinct personality.
- If Matt Lanter can act as well as he can voice act, then expect great things from in the future.
- Phil Lamarr is Marvin from Pulp Fiction!
- Dave Filoni is brilliant.