Review: Clone Wars: Episode 2.12 – “The Mandalore Plot”
“If you ignore the past, you jeopardize the future” (sounds like BSG rhetoric doesn’t it?)
Mandalore is part of a league of neutral nations in the clone wars. Duchess Satine of Mandalore is suspected of building an army for the Separatists, though she leads the neutral nations. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who we learn is an old friend of the Duchess, is sent to investigate the rumor.
Duchess Satine asserts that Mandalore’s violent past “is beind us.” Even as she says this a group, donning traditional Mandalorian armor (in the style of Boba and Jango Fett) bombs a building in the capital. The group, Death Watch, is based on the Mandalorian moon, Concordia, and espouses a doctrine of violence that nearly destroyed the planet is its not-so-distant history. Although Satine says that Death Watch is only a small group of disgruntled youths, we learn that Count Dooku is plotting with Death Watch.
Obi-Wan is oblivious to this fact, but he suspects after the bombing that the group is not as harmless as the Duchess insists. Obi-Wan and the Duchess travel to Concordia to meet with the governor. Duchess Satine hopes her presence will make the governor and the people more willing to talk. Obi-Wan dodges a state dinner to investigate some “abandoned” mining facilities and is captured by Death Watch. He manages to contact Duchess Satine with his commlink, and she comes to his rescue. In an ironic moment, the Duchess demands patience from Obi-Wan, and he responds, “I happen to be a bit short of patience now.”
Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine flee the mine, only to discover that the governor leads Death Watch. The governor admits his anger at Satine’s administration for abandoning Mandalorian tradition, no matter how violent it is. He confronts Obi-Wan with a black lightsaber (OOOOoooOOOO) stolen from the Jedi Temple by his ancestors. But, the governor concedes and orders his men to finish them. Obi-Wan and Satine escape their attackers by fleeing down an elevator shaft. Much to her dismay, Satine realizes she cannot avoid this conflict because the Separatists are supporting Death Watch and threatening the safety of Mandalore.
I enjoyed this episode. Obi-Wan and the Duchess had a lot of witty banter; it was nice to see Obi-Wan being sort of a flirt. I also like that the show has chosen to explore Mandalore for at least two episodes (perhaps linking it to the Fetts?). I’m looking forward to see how the next episode relates with the plot of the series and the saga at large (or indeed if it does). We know Count Dooku is linked to Death Watch so I’m willing to bet we may see him next episode or perhaps another duel with the governor and his black lightsaber (wouldn’t that be an anti-lightsaber?). 4/5 Lightsabers