‘The Clone Wars Season 5: The Soft War’ ReviewOctober 23, 2012 at 11:39 am | Posted in Reviews, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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The battle continues between the Onderon rebels and the Separatist regime as King Sanjay Rash threatens to execute Ramsis Dendup, the former ruler of Onderon. Now for the highlights.
This episode started out with a nice action sequence that shows how much the Onderon rebels are improving in combat. They take out a Separatist convoy and once again another Sep tank with their tried and true double grenade to the hatches method, but it goes smoother than ever. The scene further emphasizes their growth by having Steela transmit a holo message across the city to everyone. Yet with all their improvement, there’s still disagreement among their leadership as Saw heads out on his own against Steela’s wishes.
The scene where Ahsoka, Steela, Lux, and Saw are discussing how to save Ramsis brought up some odd dialog from Ahsoka. Ahsoka actually says that if Ramsis dies, he’ll become a martyr and would help the rebels cause. It seemed like a very cold thing for her to say and I’m not sure how that fits in with her being a Jedi and advising the Onderon rebels. Was she simply trying to illuminate all possibilities, or was she truly so emotionally separated from the issue, that she thought it was a genuine course of action they should consider? Either way, the rebels didn’t consider the option, and Saw ends getting captured in a nifty one-way shield.
Overall, the episode had a nice story going for it with good visuals. There was just the right amount of action and some nice character development from the new Onderon general, though not much from the Separatist droid commander (both pictured above). I also liked the nods to the original films. For instance when Saw was tortured, the torture droid looked very similar to the one in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi.
The climax of the episode was the execution scene. Utilizing an interesting force field device for severing heads, Ramsis was all set for the chopping block and rescued at the last second. The entire episode carefully laid out a growing resistance to the Separtists and King Rash, and everything culminated into a nice rescue. With Ramsis freed and Rash’s rule in question, everything is ready to come crashing down in the next episode.
In the end, I give “The Soft War” a five out of five metal bikinis.