Review: Star Wars: Clone Wars 2.13 “Voyage of Temptation”

“Fear not for the future; weep not for the past” (that semicolon wasn’t really there :) )

RECAP: Satine is going to plead her innocence before the Senate because she was implicated as the leader of a Mandalorian plot to join the Separatists.

Obi-Wan and Anakin are onboard the Duchess’ ship because Obi-Wan believes Death Watch will attempt to assassinate Duchess Satine. After some clone troopers finish investigating the cargo hold, a robot with sharp tendrils begins to crawl of a box.

Meanwhile, Satine is explaining her and the other 1500 neutral systems’ opposition to the war for humanitarian reasons. Obi-Wan seems take’s the side of the Republic and the “swift and decisive offense.” This rhetoric sounds more like Anakin than it does Obi-Wan, but, again, the witty banter between Satine and Obi-Wan was entertaining. Satine continually taunts Obi-Wan saying, “I remember when Jedi were peacekeepers” and “Stop hiding behind excuses,” and questions the need for Obi-Wan’s protection.

In the cargo hold, two clones are inspecting the supplies when one of them is grabbed from above. The other clone tries to contact him on the comlink but receives only static in response. When he stumbles upon the other’s helmet, he isn’t left to wonder for long when he is grabbed from above.

Obi-Wan and Satine end their light discussion yelling at each other, only to stop for dinner. In a side conversation with Anakin, Obi-Wan reveals that he spent a year on Mandalore while an apprentice to Qui-Gon protecting Satine because a civil war killed most of her people. Obi-Wan admits his attachment to her but says his commitment to the Jedi Order forced him to go on other missions once that one was complete.

R2 finds the helmets of both clones and promptly freaks out. When Anakin learns of the problem, he tells Obi-Wan who isolates the Senators and Satine in the dining room. Anakin heads down to the cargo bay where they find the open box the droid was in. While searching the cargo hold, they quickly find two of the assassin droids, but they aren’t so easily vanquished. Upon killing the larger assassin droids, smaller ones crawl out from its body. Anakin, R2, and a few clones take care of half of the micro-droids, but some escape up the ventilation system into the dining room.

Obi-Wan and Satine fight the droids back to back; Obi-Wan weilding his lightsaber, Satine weilding a deactivator. When Satine says, “Just because I’m a pasifist doesn’t mean I won’t defend myself,” Obi-Wan teases her, saying, “Now you sound like a Jedi.” Underneath the ship, Anakin and the clones finish off the third assassin droid.

Obi-Wan brings a captured micro-droid to the dining room. He carries it around the table, pausing at each of the senator’s chairs to see how it reacts. Senator Merrick, from Satine’s home world, is discovered to be the programmer of the assassin droids. He grabs Satine and takes her at gunpoint to the bridge.

CHEESY CONTENT ALERT

At the bridge, Merrick murders the pilots. Then, he contacts Death Watch for reinforcements. The reinforcements come immediately. Death Watch’s ships stab through the hull of the vessel and release battle droids (provided by the Separatists clearly). When Obi-Wan arrives at the bridge, Merrick reveals that Obi-Wan can’t rescue Satine without him blowing up the ship with the┬ádetonator┬áhe rigged. Believing it’s the last time she’ll see Obi-Wan, Satine reveals that she’s always loved him, and Obi-Wan says with a tinge of regret that if she’d told him he would’ve left the Jedi Order. While Merrick gloats that neither one can kill him without the other hating him/her; Satine would be compromising her beliefs, and Obi-Wan would be a cold-blooded killer. Unfortunately for Merrick, he didn’t count on Anakin, who we all know is a cold-blooded killer.

Satine returns to democracy in a manner much-like Padme. But, before she departs, she tells Obi-Wan how handsome his face would look without the beard, and Anakin naively asks, “What was that about?”

I give this episode a 3.5/5 because although it was well-done (I liked the assassin droids and the return of the ships that stab through other ships), it was really cheesy. I like seeing the soft-side of Obi-Wan, but he seems a tad overly militaristic, especially when I think he would chide Anakin for having that attitude. Also, Obi-Wan and Satine’s love seemed a bit juvenile, but, again this is a kids show (I have a feeling there’ll be some not-so-juvenile fanfiction).

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2 Responses to “Review: Star Wars: Clone Wars 2.13 “Voyage of Temptation””

  1. xadrian says:

    I’m not sure how much of a kid’s show this is any more. Having the kids watch with us, and having the 5 year old imitate Anakin stabbing Marrick through the back, I have to wonder if the show is becoming darker than the movies. To this point it’s been clones and droids getting waxed, but every so often a senator or innocent civilian will die. This was blatant and hardcore for a simple “kids show.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it. It’s war, after all. But I’m questioning having my kids watch it.

    Which does make the simple interactions between Satine an Kenobi a little stiff. It’s very 2D and given how much the show likes its violence, I’m unsure why they’re shying away from other adult situations. Of course, I think back on Anakin and Padme in Episode II and after I stop vomiting in my mouth, I remember that the only good relationship Star Wars has ever portrayed was between Han and Chewie.

  2. Grace Hebert says:

    Generally, US Media rates things higher (e.g. PG13 instead of PG) because of sexuality, not violence. Violence is deemed more acceptable than adult relationships, so in that context it’s not odd the shows shies away from the Obi-Wan-Satine situation while allowing Anakin to stab Merrick in the back.

    However, you’re right; that trend isn’t good either. It may have a similar effect to the supposed effect of video games on children (fits and violent behavior/attitudes).