• Jedi in Carbonite is Just the Start of This Week's Clone Wars

      Led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, an elite rescue team attempts to free a captive Jedi general from an impenetrable Separatist prison. Deep within enemy territory, The Citadel is surrounded by droids and run by a sadistic warden determined to prevent anyone from breaking out – or in. Our heroes stage an action-packed forced entry to “The Citadel,” the first chapter in an explosive three-part storyline – airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 18 on Cartoon Network.

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      Obi-Wan Kenobi is encased in carbonite to infiltrate a Separatist prison in “The Citadel,” an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS premiering at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Friday, February 18 on Cartoon Network.

      “This arc is basically classic Star Wars; we focused on the things that I really remember loving about the Saga from when I was a kid,” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars. “In the Mortis trilogy, George wanted us to explore some ground that’s never really been covered in Star Wars before. And now with the Citadel arc, we’re going back to some of those essential, classic conventions that have always made Star Wars so fun.”

      Action-packed and filled with nods to the live-action saga, the Citadel trilogy finds its heroes behind enemy lines – using an unusual infiltration tactic that fans of the original trilogy will recognize as a twist on a classic Star Wars scene. With the heroes encasing themselves in carbonite to slip past The Citadel’s impenetrable security, the episode explores quintessentially familiar ground in decidedly unfamiliar ways.

      “There are a lot of references packed into these episodes,” says Filoni. “Even the basic break-in idea parallels the Death Star rescue from Episode IV. It was really fun to do our version of that, but it’s definitely not the only thing that will feel familiar – though we’ve put our own spin on everything. This whole arc allowed us some fun opportunities to pay homage to the Star Wars that we all fell in love with when we, the older fans, were kids. Pretty much everyone on the crew is a fan, so it’s been fun to revisit some of those classic elements in The Clone Wars.”

      Another familiar element come in the form of a classic Star Wars villain – introduced here on the side of the Republic! First appearing in Episode IV as the Imperial officer bold enough to “[hold] Vader’s leash,” Grand Moff Tarkin (now just a captain) will have his fateful first meeting with Anakin Skywalker in this week’s Clone Wars adventure.

      “Tarkin was tricky,” says Filoni. “We had to capture his essence, while also aging him down appropriately. Peter Cushing is such a distinguished actor, and Tarkin is such an iconic role. He fills the room with his presence and, aside from the Emperor, he’s the only character who ever orders Vader around. So getting him right was very important to us, because his introduction to Anakin is an important one. And they’ve got a fun relationship that’s been very interesting to explore.”

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      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        The notes about Tarkin make me very nervous. I don't have a problem in concept with them using Tarkin, the guy is old and very high ranked in ANH, so it's got to come from somewhere. But what's being described is suggesting something over the top, and I hope that's not the case.

        As for putting themselves into carbonite, it takes away from the idea in ESB being novel, which I don't care for. But at least the REASON for them doing it here isn't the same thing, which the preview made it seem like it would be.

        With yet another trilogy about to get underway, I do wonder if they've lost the ability to tell stories efficiently. They seem to have almost entirely forgotten that a war is going on, as well.
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        I've given up on Clone Wars, but couldn't help noticing the title of this story. It's always bugged me that carbonite freezing seems to be a common form of imprisonment in the EU, and has for been used this way for ages, though the discussion between Lando and Vader in ESB almost implies that it's some bizarre notion that Vader got into his head and there's a huge chance it won't work.
      1. Slicker's Avatar
        Slicker -
        I've been disturbed by the carbonite thing as well. It seems that almost nothing is sacred. Just like Chux said the Vader/Lando convo made it seem like nobody had ever thought of putting anyone in it.
      1. Darth Metalmute's Avatar
        Darth Metalmute -
        I kind of think it's cool, almost as if it's the reason the idea got put in Vader's head. It still doesn't excuse the cheep writing.
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