‘The Clone Wars Season 5: Revival’ Review

October 1, 2012 at 10:08 am | Posted in Reviews, Television, The Clone Wars | 2 Comments

The Clone Wars Season 5 “Revival” kicked off with a bang. Not only did we get to see some epic Maul action, but some hilarious lines from Hondo, and Obi-Wan at his finest. In case you missed it, you can watch the full episode online here.

Quick rundown of “Revival”: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Adi Gallia track Maul and Opress to Florrum, where the Zabrak brothers have managed to turn the loyalty of some members of the Pirate Hondo’s gang to their cause.  Everyone lands on Florrum and lots of fighting ensues.

Skuldren: I really liked how the episode touched on two fronts. On one hand it was able to dig deep and connect with the same level of drama as the battle between Obi-Wan, Qui Gon, and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. This time the odds were even as Darth Maul and Savage Opress squared off against Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia. The result was just as emotionally inspiring.

On the other hand, I loved how the more serious elements were balanced with a health dose of humor from Hondo.

“Insolence? We’re pirates…we don’t even know what that means!”

Synlah: While I love it whenever I get to see Obi-Wan being badass, Hondo has to be my very favorite part of this episode.  Someone seriously had their tongue in their cheek while writing Hondo for “Revival”: flying saucers, a kowakian money lizard and the best one liners.  Hondo even dressed like a space Captain Kid.  He was a much needed comic relief because things did get serious.

Skuldren: Yet not everything is all fun and games (spoiler warning)…

Synlah: Adi Gallia is killed in this episode, and while it’s a continuity issue for some, it’s not an issue for me.  Adi’s death serves a purpose and that is to showcase how powerful Opress has become under his brother’s tutelage.  Which in turn further showcases Obi-Wan’s prowess.  It’s kind of needed because what we get in the prequel trilogy up until the lava bank scene with Anakin/Vader is Obi-Wan pretty much getting trounced at every turn.  There’s a reason why Anakin and Obi-Wan are the heroes of the Republic, and I like that TCW is fleshing that out.  Besides, the Obi-Wan/Maul/Opress duel is undoubtedly the best duel we’ve seen so far.  Obi-Wan does not know the meaning of the word quit, and he’s definitely a more aggressive Jedi in this duel.

Skuldren: I agree, while the continuity issue of Adi’s death is a headache for Dark Horse Comic fans, it played out really well on screen. We’ve certainly seen Jedi die on the show before, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen one dispatched by headbutt to the abdomen. While that may sound anticlimactic, the progression of the duel was very fierce and it worked well. With Adi’s death, Obi-Wan has to reach a new level of prowess in order to survive.

I think TCW team made some good choices in starting the season off with Maul and Hondo. It provided a nice change over from last season and the Maul hype it ended with, while also packing in some humor. They’ve also made some subtle movement on further developing Opress. Rather than just being a Maul substitute, he’s beginning to grow a little as his own character. Maul may have asserted his dominance over his brother early in the episode, but it’s Opress who defeats his opponent, and Maul who fails to take down Obi-Wan once again.

Continuity issues aside, we give “Revival” a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Synlah and Skuldren.
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  1. Yeah I liked it a lot. Adi Gallia however was a HUGE problem for me as her death by Grievous on Boz Pity was really cool and I have no idea how they will gloss this over. Adi had a clone, she survived Floruum. I mean what the hell?

  2. The Dark Horse stuff is C-canon. It is a “parallel” universe not directly influenced by GL. The Clone Wars show is T-Canon and is a level above C-Canon. GL has direct influence here.

    From Wookieepedia:
    STARLOG: “The Star Wars Universe is so large and diverse. Do you ever find yourself confused by the subsidiary material that’s in the novels, comics, and other offshoots?”
    LUCAS: “I don’t read that stuff. I haven’t read any of the novels. I don’t know anything about that world. That’s a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used. When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that, like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one. They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions.”


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