Clone Wars Weekly - A Clone Wars Double Feature
by Steve Fritz
Date: 13 February 2009 Time: 02:16 PM ET
Clone Wars Weekly - Double Feature
As announced earlier this week, this current season of Star Wars Clone Wars will be ending this March. Fear not young Jedi, the Force will remain in balance. A second season is slated to arrive this Fall.If that isn’t enough, the SWCW galaxy is expanding. Soon you will not only see the series on Cartoon Network, but also sister station TNT. According to a press release, TNT will kick it off after the NBA All-Star Game this Saturday, February 14 (approximately 11:00 p.m. eastern). From there, SWCW will move to a regular slot of Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. If doubling the number of networks isn’t enough for dedicated fans, Cartoon Network is going to double the number of new episodes it will air this Friday. At 9:00 p.m. it will air the episode “Blue Shadow Virus;” under the aegis of episodic director Giancarlo Volpe and written by Craig Titley. It will be immediately followed by the episode “Mystery of a Thousand Moons,” directed by SWCW veteran Jesse Yeh (“Dooku Captured”).
The double feature will also introduce two new characters. The first is the mad Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi, who’s voiced by actor Michael York. It will also introduce a second Gungan named Peppi Bow, voiced by Gwendoline Yoo. The plot of the first episode is Padmé, Ahsoka, Jar Jar, Obi Wan, Anakin, and C3PO having to race to Naboo when Separatists battle droids are found on the planet. Once there, they discover Vindi has managed to bring a formerly extinct pandemic level disease, the Blue Shadow Virus, back from the dead. One can guess who Vindi intends to unleash said plague on. It’s definitely going to put Padme, Ahsoka, and the Clones on the front line, especially after they get infected. “This episode is really about refortifying the Anakin-Padmé dynamic,” says Volpe. “She is his universe and so he’ll compromise the mission to make sure her safety comes first. It’s not what a Jedi is supposed to do, but that’s Anakin.” The sequel episode will test Anakin and Obi-Wan, particularly when it comes to Padmé’s life being on the line. “Obi-Wan and Anakin do things so differently, yet they rely on each other so much they would trust each others with their own lives,” Yeh said. “Obi-Wan is more than just a mentor trying to teach Anakin the right way to become a Jedi master. When in need, he can also be an understanding friend of Anakin and stand by his decisions as well – even when sometimes those decisions could mean a violation of the Jedi teachings. “At the same time, Anakin tries to prohibit his own impulsive thoughts and emotions from taking over, and he is willing to do so totally out of the respect and trust he has for Obi-Wan – even when the life of his true love is at stake at the time.” As for the new cast members. Quite frankly, Peppi shows that not all Gungans are a waste of time. Yes, Yoo mangles the Jamaican patois just as well as Ahmed Best (who interestingly doesn’t voice Jar Jar this episode). More important, she’s a competent fighter, not the slightest bit accident prone, and actually comes to Anakin’s aid in one clutch situation. Wish one can say the same thing for York. One guesses they wanted to make Vindi like Dr. Mengele. Instead, his high-pitched Germanic accent comes across more like Colonel Klink. He feels about as threatening, too. The Vindi character aside, the “Blue Mountain Virus” character has some solid high energy battle scenes and a modicum of tension. Lucasfilm didn’t provide previews of “Thousand Moons,” so what goes down there is anyone’s guess. Still, one gets the feeling that with doubling the delivery of Clone Wars episodes, as well as doubling the number of networks the series is now on, fans are in for double the fun. We most certainly find out this Friday, February 13, at 9:00 p.m. eastern. More Clone Wars Weekly: Clone Wars Weekly 23 : A Traitor Among the Clones Clone Wars Weekly 22: Threepio's Chance to Shine Clone Wars Weekly 21: A Kurosawa Nod