Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Clone Wars: The Rise of Clovis

Andrew Leon and I are watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Every Tuesday, we will be featuring an episode from the series which began in 2008.

Episode: "The Rise of Clovis"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Lost Missions (Season Six), Episode 6
Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
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The Clovis arc continues, part two of three.  The gang is back on Coruscant.  Clovis and Padmé have brought back proof of corruption within the Banking Clan.   Despite suspicions about his shady past, Clovis is put in charge of the clan and Padmé is assigned to help him in uncovering the mess.  Anakin is furious about his secret wife helping the interstellar playboy.  Let's just say the Jedi flies off the handle and makes a mess of his own marriage in the process.  While I appreciate the narrative purpose of Clovis, I think the story might work better if the man himself were not such an obvious slimeball.  It becomes too easy to side with Anakin when really, we should all be recognizing the monster he is gradually becoming.
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Among those opposed to elevating Clovis is Bail Organa, Senator of the Alderaan sector.  The character first appeared in Attack of the Clones.  Of course, we all know the part he has to play in the story to come as the adoptive father of Leia.  In the films, he is performed by Jimmy Smits (so handsome...) who was in just about every movie and TV show for a while.  In The Clone Wars, he is voiced by Phil LaMarr.

Next week: "Crisis at the Heart."

12 comments:

  1. I think this arc is good in general, but they could have made some better decisions with the Anakin/Padme story.

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    1. TAS: For one, as we both already mentioned, it would have been better if Anakin had been jealous over someone who was a legitimately good guy.
      Also, I find it difficult to buy that Padme would so easily be convinced by Clovis after his previous appearance.

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    2. Actually, I think several characters forgive Clovis too quickly. But, I suppose one must move the plot along...

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  2. Jimmy Smits is indeed handsome and talented.

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    1. Yeah, he is! We recently made our way through The West Wing with our daughter. His character is so satisfying.

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  3. That's the tricky thing about Anikin's character. He soon becomes one of the most evil characters in the universe, but the Clone Wars makes him a hero. So they put in layers of foreshadowing and surround him with more evil characters. Sometimes it work and sometimes it doesn't. Phil Lamarr is always great.

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    1. I suppose they would have been able to plan that transition more thoughtfully if they'd known going in exactly how many seasons they'd have.

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  4. I wish they would be able to expand Anikin's change into evil. We have small bits here and there but when I started watching this show seeing him as a hero was weird for me. I understood the time and place but not enough time (seasons) to expand on this.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I suppose it would have been easier had they known exactly how many seasons they'd have to play with. That said, I get impatient with the show when it dwells too much on Anakin. Frankly, until he makes the turn to evil, I don't find the character especially interesting. I'll take TV Anakin over movie Anakin but even in the show, the more interesting stories follow other paths.

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