Clone Wars Debriefing: “Trespass”

Spoilers ahead:

Anakin and Obi-Wan arrive on a frozen planet after a detachment of clonetroopers disappear. Tagging along are a small blue Senator who looks like anime jail bait and the Chairman of a planet called Pantera or something like that. The clonetroopers appear to have been killed and a Separatist base shares a similar fate. The natives seem to be vicious killers but as it turns out, the boys have wandered into a land grab by the Chairman. He wants to fight the native Talz and wipe them out. Maybe Pantera plans to build ski resorts. After some battle scenes in which Captain Rex performs beautifully, the Chairman is mortally wounded, and the anime bait recruits Threepio to successfully negotiate peace with the fuzzy Talz. Th’End.

This episode has some of the best, if not the best, visuals this season but is hobbled to some degree by a script that doesn’t quite reach the visuals’ ambitions. Not to say it’s bad. But Obi-Wan and Anakin didn’t have a heck of a lot to do. If you ask me, I would’ve substituted Obi-Wan and Anakin with Padmé; it would have made a lot more sense since being all diplomatic and promoting peace is her department. Moreover, I think Anakin would have been livid the Republic, along with his men, was being used in this piddly dispute. Obi-Wan would have had to work overtime to keep Anakin from kicking that Chairman’s butt. Aside from pride and bloodlust, why the heck would the Chairman want that frozen planet? His motivations aren’t explained all of that well.

The animation and design on this episode were outstanding, though: gorgeous vistas, great new vehicles that look like they were in a SW movie, cinematic-quality action. Rex really kicked a lot butt. He was awesome. The nods to the first set of SW films remain, and Anakin delivers the Vader-esque “most impressive.” I liked the fact the writers remembered Anakin’s artistic skills that are alluded to in some of the expanded universe/background info. I kind of thought Anakin would draw a smiley face to convey “peace,” heh heh.

Next week’s episode looks a little bit more like it: Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ventress! Yeaaaahh!

3 Responses to “Clone Wars Debriefing: “Trespass””

  1. mo442 Says:

    I really enjoyed the episode’s themes of violent retaliation vs. the sacrifices of peace and thought it was a far more effective story at exploring more adult themes than the previous two eps. But I can’t help but feel that the writers dropped the ball (yet again) with Anakin. I’m all for Hero Anakin and I don’t need to see him force choking someone every ep, but let’s face it: they’re neutering him. He’s acting completely out of character. At the very least, some spirited debating between him and Obi was due about how to respond to an act of aggression against their military forces. The Ani I know would have been on the Chairman’s side, championing revenge for the attack, especially since the Talz were portrayed as a warrior cult similar to the Tusken Raiders. I really wanted to hear him telling Obi that he knew exactly how to “handle savages like these.” Anyway, just my two cents. Sorry for the essay!

  2. lazypadawan Says:

    Mo, your points are well-taken. I’m going to write out my full thoughts on CW Season One once it’s over but if there’s one thing I think they need to improve upon for Season Two, it’s not forgetting Anakin’s passionate and darker side.

  3. oxward321 Says:

    Visually it was an awesome episode. It looked and felt more like TESB than the actually film did. When I was a kid I’d sit for hours looking through the “Arts of books” and was totally enthralled with Macquarie’s artwork. I still define him as the “definitive Star Wars artist” his influence can be seen through out the entire saga, and now the Clone Wars.

    The story on the other hand was good, but I wouldn’t put in my top ten favorite episodes, so far. I agree Anakin and Obi-Wan did appear out of character. I read in a recent interview with Dave Filoni, can’t remember where, but he did say we’d see some of Anakin’s dark side in season 2.

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