Finally the story arc had the perfect balanced of action, story, and characters. Oddly, the cloaks for the Saw and Lux looked excellent compared to the odd Jedi cloaks. Just in terms of the visuals, I was very impressed, probably the best looking episode of the season. Everything had a very lived-in gritty style which worked excellently. The strike by the Rebels at the execution was my favorite moment of the episode; the chaos of the attack was captured perfectly by the camera angles and the way it was animated. Again the episode deals with the theme of terrorism and rebellion paving the way for future rebellion. I can really see Lux and Steela becoming an important part of the Rebel Alliance during the Rebellion Era; it would be very cool if their characters could incorporate in some way. I liked Ahsoka a lot in the episode; I thought she would do the predictable thing and help the Rebels anyway. Waiting until later really built up the suspense and I almost thought at one point that the former King was going to actually be executed. It is times like that were Alfred Hitchcock's principle of suspense is used well shows that the series is really progressing into a better quality of directing. The line of dialogue between Ahsoka and Lux was interesting and still the audience guessing as how their relationship will progress as well as what Steela said to Lux. Although I thought the facial express were very well animated this episode, Jacob on the hand was not so impressed. Also I noticed that the Onderonian General looked surprisingly like Captain Pellaeon from the Thrawn Trilogy books, if anyone knows his name please comment below with it. It would be greatly appreciated.
Overall 8.4/10- While "The Soft War" is not in the same league as classic Clone Wars episodes like "Rookies", it might just be the best episode of the season thus far, "Impressive, most impressive."
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