Review of ‘The Clone Wars: Sabotage’February 11, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | 1 Comment
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“Sabotage” marks the beginning of the end as season five of The Clone Wars winds down with its four part finale. In this episode we see Ahsoka and Anakin take on a refreshing role as detectives as they try to track down the culprit for a bombing on the Jedi Temple.
The opening for the episode was very nice and flexed some of the animation skills we’ve come to expect from the series. The battle on Cato Neimoidia shows off a lot of background elements while the action stays tightly focused on Anakin and Ashoka. The scene also throws in a hefty amount of humor. All in all, the chemistry between the two feels right at home like they’ve never left. It feels good to see the two of them back in action again.
With the audience reintroduced to the primary characters, the story quickly jumps to the main plot: a bombing inside the Jedi Temple. It’s up to Anakin and Ahsoka to find out who is behind the attack. The shift from the action and battle driven storyline to one of mystery was a nice change of pace. While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a detective episode, this one felt perfectly place and played out really well. I felt myself following along with Anakin and Ahsoka’s pursuit as they chased one clue after another. Was a Jedi behind the bombing? How did the nanodroids fit in? Clues led to questions, and the episode was careful not to give away or answer too much until the end. When the credits rolled, the episode ended on a very self-contained note, and yet, is the mystery really over? We’ll have to wait and see how next week plays out. I’m hoping the detective theme continues.
A couple things worth noting. I loved how Anakin and Ahsoka’s venture to the underlevels revealed a very strong Blade Runner vibe. While the typical rundown sci-fi look of grime and neon signs isn’t anything new, the floating food vendors was definitely a nod toward the floating Chinese food vendors in Blade Runner.
While I didn’t spot this, StarWars.com’s trivia gallery states that the droid inspector in the episode is a nod to CSI: Miami. First off, the droid is named Russo and the star of CSI: Miami is actor David Caruso. Caruso’s character has a habit of flipping up his sunglasses, Russo has a habit of flipping up his optical enhancers. Both characters also have similar speech patterns.
Another point of interest was the strange, masked guards in front of the Jedi Temple. According to the StarWars.com trivia gallery, we’ll be seeing more of the Temple Guards.
The last item that caught my attention was the subtle plot direction of setting the populace against the Jedi. While there is no proof yet that a Jedi was behind the bombing plot, rumors quickly spread that a Jedi might have been behind it, and the people are quick to rally against the Jedi. The Jedi masters heavily stress how the war is laying seeds of distrust and putting a heavy strain on the Jedi. It all feels like a buildup toward the events that happen in Revenge of the Sith. We know the galaxy ends up turning its back on the Jedi, and this seems to be one of the many steps that lead them there.
In the end, I give this episode a five out of five metal bikinis. It was a nice change of pace and it raised some interesting questions. With just three more episodes to go this season, we’ll soon have our answers, and maybe an inkling to Ahsoka’s fate.