Clone Wars Debriefing: “Jedi Crash”

Spoilers ahead!

Written by Katie Lucas (yes, George’s daughter Katie) and directed by Rob Coleman, “Jedi Crash” features the first CW appearance of fan fave Aayla Secura. Through a series of action events and explosions, Anakin is injured and the ship carrying him along with Ahsoka, Aayla, and various clonetroopers is forced to crash land on a grassland planet. Aayla, Ahoska, and Commander Bly go off in search of help while Rex stands guard over an unconscious Anakin. The planet is inhabited by big scary four-legged chickens and a bunch of pacifist lemurs. Ahsoka and Aayla barely say howdy before the leader of the lemurs spouts off on the evils of war. But the cranky old hippie lemur decides to help Anakin with his injuries as long as Aayla stays behind while Ahsoka and Bly return with the old lemur’s son, a healer. Poor Aayla is subjected to more lecturing while the others use blatantly non-death causing tactics to subdue a four-legged chicken attacking Rex and Anakin. Anakin is taken back to the lemur ER for treatment. Th’ End.

The point of the episode is to have Ahsoka deal with the issue of attachment, especially as it pertains to her master. Her willingness to do whatever it takes to save Anakin troubles Aayla, who knows the Jedi must subscribe to that Vulcan “the needs of the many outweighs the need to save your friend” stuff. There are some interesting points made, such as when Ahsoka asks Aayla if there can be no attachment, how can one be compassionate. Ahsoka learns that if she had stayed with Anakin, which was her first inclination, she and Aayla would not have been able to get help from the lemurs. The thing is, even with that lesson in mind, she will still be stuck with a master who thinks the no attachment rule is bravo sierra. She will be challenged again the next time Anakin’s love for/caring for others proves to be a strength, not a weakness.

Much has been made about Aayla’s big hips and her odd French-style accent. To me, they are no big deal. For some reason, Aayla comes across as much more aloof and harder than the impression I got from the various comics about her or the previous Clone Wars series. I suppose you could argue that Quinlan Vos’s flirting with the Dark Side and the war might have had that effect on her. By the way, bonus points for the oblique reference to Vos in the script.

The lemurs themselves were pretty cool as were the four-legged chickens. I like that the lemurs roll in a ball instead of walking. The show really has beautiful, creative design.

My only criticism is that the lemurs’ pacifism to me felt like an opportunity to Send A Message. Aayla’s defense of the Jedi sounded weak and unconvincing; what are you supposed to do in the face of lethal aggression, bend over and take it? Sometimes non-violent means don’t work and you have to do what you must to defend yourself. Maybe they’ll get around to the pitfalls of absolute pacifism next week as it appears Hell Comes To Lemurtown. But while we’re supposed to see Ahsoka learning about alternate means besides a lightsaber to stop a raging beast from eating her master, it was done in such an obvious ham-fisted way, even my mom groaned and rolled her eyes. Not that I expect the CW to be shown as all laughs and giggles. The Republic comics did a great job showing the messy, nasty, brutish side of war without making it feel like it’s propaganda.

That said, it was still a pretty good episode. Ahsoka is truly shining as a character (love her!) and for a first-time effort, the younger Lucas did a good job. Rob Coleman continues to bring a cinematic eye to his direction.

One Response to “Clone Wars Debriefing: “Jedi Crash””

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