View Full Version : Star Wars: Clone Wars Season 3 - Episode 1: Full Spoiler Summary!!

03-08-2005, 06:44 PM
From AICN:

Here's a blow by blow of the first episode of the new season of Clone Wars. Suffice to say - its amazing. If you post this, use my alias - Cru Jones.

The episode begins with quick shots of ARC Troopers on their Attack Gunship gearing up for war, Rambo style. They are undetected as they approach the droid perimeter. After throwing out a few bombs, they run over some Super Battle Droids, alerting the enemy to their presence. The troopers dismount, some with HUGE *** guns that are more T2 or Doom than Star Wars, and walk in on Ki-Adi Mundi fighting General Grievous. They unload on Grievous with everything they have (including the Gunship) but, despite the reservations of Mundi, are forced to leave him to save the ailing Jedi (Shaak-Ti and Aayla Secura) These are the only two Jedi left from the Chapter 20 massacre at the end of the previous season. Grievous picks up a lightsaber, puts it on his belt, and as the Troopers clear a path thru the droids to escape, Grievous warns them. “Run Jedi Run, you have only prolonged the inevitable.”

Next, we see Jake Lloyd age Anakin with Qui Gon. They have much the same discussion that Yoda and Luke have in Empire before going into the tree to face his fears. “Control you fear,” Qui Gon says, “You are The Chosen One.” The scene appears to be a Yoda’s dream and he’s not pleased.

Wipe to the Jedi Council talking about the threat of Grievous. “This General Grievous is changing the shape of the war,” Mace Windu says. Because of the huge loss of Jedi Knights, Obi Wan (now on the Council) suggests they forgo the Jedi trails and promote Anakin to Knight. This is met with mixed opinion from the Council as they debate the pros and cons of Anakin’s talents. All of your favorites are represented (Kit Fisto, Adi Gallia etc. Even a new crazy one that Yoda names but I definitely can’t spell.) Obi Wan presents a strong argument however and Yoda overrules. “Unorthodox young Skywalker’s career has been. So too will be his trials. Trust in the Force, I do. A Knight, he shall be”

We cut to Anakin walking among the masses in the streets of Coruscant. He’s being followed by a black hooded figure. A quick Jedi move and a flick of the lightsaber in a dark alley reveals the figure to be Padme. They kiss, “Across the Stars” plays. They discuss the problems their marriage poses. “We knew it would be like this, perhaps things can change after the war,” she says. Smooth pimp Ani says that she looks really good in the dark and they make out again. Their embrace is interrupted by the predictable ravings of C-3P0 who, surprise surprise, now has his gold plates. He shows them to Ani in an almost erotic scene. “In the service of a senator, one must be presentable,” he says. Anakin thinks it’s impressive. Most impressive. Obi Wan calls Anakin on behalf of the Council and he has to leave.

Unfortunately, he shows up late. Anakin, fed up with being called a boy says to Obi Wan, “As far as wisdom goes, you’re no Qui Gon Jinn.” Obi Wan is surprised but agrees. “Not a day goes by I don’t look to his guidance,” he says. The big surprise, however, is for Anakin.

Obi Wan scurries him into a dark room, which becomes illuminated by the lightsabers of the Jedi Council. He smiles. Yoda says, “By the right of the Council, by the will of The Force, dub thee I do, Jedi, Knight of the Republic” and chops off his Padawan tail. Wipe to 3P0 bringing the tail to Padme who places it in a box with the necklace Ani gave her in Episode 1 as a slight refrain from the Imperial March plays.

As a gift, Padme gives Ani R2D2, via hologram. R2 is loaded into Anakin’s Starfighter and he ascends away from Coruscant, “Across the Stars” swells again, and we cut.

Jar Jar Binks

03-08-2005, 11:15 PM
Very interesting, wish I could see it now

03-09-2005, 09:04 AM
Sounds great! Less than two weeks left!

But that whole fourth paragraph sounds like something out of a porno movie. :p

Battle Droid
03-12-2005, 01:44 PM
Here's a longer & more detailed review/summary of Chapter 21.

From, http://www.animationinsider.net/article.php?articleID=655&document=1

The scene opens with a Republic army commander and his associates swiftly strapping on weaponry and armor, preparing for an imminent battle. He's giving orders to the pilot of a small transport carrier on how to properly maneuver past a circumference of druid defenses. For as we all know, without a cool head and the right plan, anything may turn this rescue mission into something more deadly than necessary, in a mere instant. The commander has only a dozen troops with him… and even though his orders smartly guide the hip over druid defenses, you can sense that the urgency and insistence in his voice knows something that we, the audience, do not.

Meanwhile, Jedi Ki-Adi Mundi is in a fight for his life. Weary of one-on-one saber combat for some unknowable amount of time, his clothes are torn to shreds, and any one with a keen eye can see that his strength is almost entirely gone. Ki-Adi Mundi is knocked down and loses his light-saber, and suddenly becomes not a respected and feared Jedi, but a powerless being about to be sliced to bits in the eyes of the cold, heartless, unrelenting villain that is General Grievous. It is here that we first meet one of the Jedi's most feared enemies.

The army commander and his troops, now searching the ground of the surroundings, in an unspoken instant find the defeated Jedi and his adversary, towering menacingly. There is a pause: the Jedi relieved, Grievous curious, and the rescuing soldiers, perhaps… afraid? Everything has stopped, and for a moment, nobody moves.

And to think that this only the first three to five minutes of chapter twenty-one of Star Wars: Clone wars from Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm. What follows this scene, which I'll get to in a bit, is a ridiculously beautiful display of action and suspense, as the battle between the troops and Grievous blazes on. But first, props to director and producer Genndy Tartakovsky for once again bringing to life (in animation) the cinematic, theatrical, and dramatic franchise that is the Star Wars universe.

Like others whom are fans of animation and/or Star Wars, I've grown quite fond of the Clone wars series. To me, these animated shorts have made the franchise much more personable, by immersing me into the intricately painted yet assuredly dangerous worlds and realms of science fiction in a medium that I can identify with. I know of individuals whom had thought nothing of animation until Clone Wars hit the airwaves of Cartoon Network, and as such attitudes turned more willingly towards appreciating the medium, I think there is evidence of the fantastic efforts given by the show's creators in their bringing to our living rooms galaxies that for such a long time, were only far, far away.

Episode/Chapter 21 begins with action, mellows out with some drama, and concludes with a moment of an almost mythical caliber of suspense. The action scene in the beginning, with the troopers trying to shoot Grievous is insane. The troopers have pistols, shot guns, grenade launchers, and a mini-gatling gun, all of which are fired upon Grievous in an effort to rescue the Jedi whom was staring death in the eye. The action itself breaks the dramatic pause when the army and his troops find General Grievous. For the next few minutes, viewers are entreated to a visual spectacle that goes well beyond words.

Grievous flees the oncoming fire of lasers with an outstanding agility; leaping and dive-rolling, and hiding here and there behind the shipwreck junk and tech-rubble of the environment. Like an old-school side-scrolling game, General Grievous dodges the fire of the troops with rapid ease.

The heavy fire-power does nothing but enhance his will to fight however, as can be witnessed not only by Grievous' managing to kill some of the soldiers in the short battle, but also through a later fact: as we soon find out that Grievous has already killed two Jedi, while critically inuring two others.

The level of detail in Star Wars: Clone Wars is unmistakable, somebody wanted everything just right by the time the finished product was shipped out. From the detailed wreckage that is the setting for the opening fight scene, to the towering buildings and cities to which viewers are later introduced, to Padme's bedroom and her mirror and bureau, to the wrinkles in Yoda's face… it's all quite remarkable. On top of the intricately painted backgrounds and clever character details, the colors are lush, and certainly give you a sense of mood. (Grievous' silver-gray color emits an unsettling, and depressing lack of emotion, while other characters are granted primary colors much more generously.)

Even this early in the conclusion of Star Wars: Clone Wars, we begin to see a discrepancy in the Jedi Council over Anakin's abilities and potential. Mace Windu and a few others are skeptical of this so-called "chosen one," while some other Jedi find it an irrelevant issue due to his infallible skills. It is even proposed that Anakin be promoted to the status of Jedi, via his master Obi-Wan Kenobi, foregoing the test of spirit… forgoing the ultimate test of the true nature of any Jedi.

As it turns out, the young Padawan Anakin is in fact knighted a Jedi, "by the will of the force," as Yoda says, and yet, what this bodes for the Council no one at this moment truly knows. In the least, the Jedi Council hope this risky move will lend aid to fighting off General Grievous… however, this move to anoint Anakin an official Knight of the Republic, without a test of his spirit, is the heavy for foreshadowing things to come.

Being only twelve to fifteen minutes in length, it's really tough to analyze this particular title. Tartakovsky, I'm sure, has bred some gray hairs from working on the condensation of story in order to come up with what we see in the presentations known as Star Wars: Clone Wars. I do think there are obvious shifts in narration with regards to pacing and the like, and I do think that there are evident moments of an abruptness and intrusiveness due to a (very) harsh editing style… but in defense of Star Wars: Clone Wars, I believe that what inadequacies I've found are natural and inherent with the structure of the project.

One quick example of plot compression: We see Anakin and Padme have a secret rendezvous and see the two lovebirds semi-passionately make out four or five times. Is this too abrupt in the present narrative structure of Clone Wars? Definitely. Should it however unhelpfully affect our reception of Clone Wars as a whole? No. Why? Because we already know they share a forbidden love, and are also married. It is the job of the viewer to draw upon all of his knowledge of the Star Wars franchise in order to contemplate the sufficiency of the circumstance. It is also the job of the viewer to interpret the weightiness of such events in the wake of the troubles of other circumstances; as shown here, the romance between two young people, one of which is involved in the worries of the Jedi Council. There are other moments such as this that involve seemingly random or misplaced events or situations, which although appearing inadequate, are actually, formally accurate.

The first new chapter of Star Wars: Clone Wars throws a lot of information at the audience, info about Anakin and his secret love life, info about the Jedi Council's ambivalence, info about General Grievous, whom of which I have dubbed the Jedi Killer… and much more. Star Wars: Clone Wars is a must-see show, and is an adventure through a familiar universe of people and places unlike ever before.