Saturday, October 6, 2012

Clone Wars: A War on Two Fronts Review.

"A War on Two Fronts" is about an uprising to the planet Onderon, not to be confused with Leia's home planet Alderaan. Onderon should be familiar to fan of the Knights of the Old Republic series because that is one of the planets were the Jedi Exile traveled during his/her journey. The episode felt more like the "Calm Before the Storm", which should hopefully set-up for better episodes in the later parts of the story arc. However, the "A War on Two Fronts" does develop Lux Bonteri and establish his current relationship. Note: There will be spoilers for the entire episode. Although Lux is not my favorite character from the Clone Wars, I actually like him overall as a character, despite his hatred from some parts of the fan community. I really do not Lux and Ahsoka's romantic relationship, although it seems that might be with Steela now, which created an interesting dynamic in the episode.
The animation of the Jedi's cloaks left something to be desired, while the animation for the planet overall was solid. It is a little refreshing to see an episode with a slightly slower pace than usual, and had more focus on the character, particularly Ahsoka, Lux and Steela. The training scenes were done well done, except some of Anakin's dialogue was sub-par in a few of them. Although I wish I knew the trick to defeating the Droidekas in the Star Wars Battlefront video game, it would have really been useful.
The Battle Droids were as annoying and stupid as ever, I still cannot stand their voices. While I am not the biggest Ahsoka supporter, ever since the "Padawan Lost" and "Friends and Enemies" episodes, she has really started to grow on me and this episode did help in making her a better character.
The reference to the Rebels in the original Star Wars trilogy was cool. With the Jedi council questioning if training the Onderonians to be terrorists would be the best idea and the fact that Anakin himself suggested the idea worked very well. Near the end of the episode were Obi-Wan said that they could not help Onderonians fight their war, did not make a lot of sense at the time. The Jedi's life were endangered, then was not the time to test the Onderonians new skills. Also it should have given us some sense of time, because it appeared to only have taken place over a few days at the most.

Overall 7.8/10- While "A War on Two Fronts" may have lacked action, it served to set-up for next episodes in the story well and added character development.
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  1. Great review :) I watched the episode last night and I agree, it was all right episode which set up nicely for the rest of the arc. The Lux-Ahsoka thing wasn't too bad(I never hated Lux as a character, he seemed all right to me), I just hope there isn't any drama with Ahsoka and Steela. Obi-Wan was my favorite part of the episode, of course :)

  2. Nice review! I have mixed feelings about the episode. The Jedi Cloaks... yeah it seemed kind of solid. I didn't like that.

  3. @Shena Tokala: Glad you don't hate him like a large part of the Star Wars comunity. Hopefully the issue between them will be resolved quickly so the story can more forward.

    @Solace Utara: Yeah, they should have spend more time on the Cloaks before using them in an episode. But it does cost a ton to animate them.



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