'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' S1E01 - Ambush

TV and AnimeKristina PinoComment
Since I'm in a bit of a Star Wars kick, I decided it's about time I finally got around to watching The Clone Wars animated series. I enjoyed the animated movie in theaters, and have only heard good things about this show. As if I needed any more of a reason to watch this, the very first episode of the series is about Yoda, and how much of a badass he is.

In this pilot episode, Yoda is on his way to the planet Rugosa in order to negotiate a Republic base with their king, Katuunko. On the way there, the envoy and his clone-manned ship are ambushed by a drone army led by Count Dooku's apprentice, Asajj Ventress. The king is then faced with a decision between jointing the Republic or the Separatists. It is at this point that Yoda, king of badassery, agrees to be man-hunted by a droid army in order to prove that the Republic could protect the Katuunko's peoples.

All talk about fighting aside, what stood out to me this episode is that Yoda, who always has something to teach, made it a point to sit down with the three clones who accompanied him down to the planet, and talk to them about the Force. He tells them that, although they three look alike on the outside, that they are unique on the inside, and gives them a much-needed lesson about not losing hope. This is an important aspect of Yoda's character as a Jedi, since he's meant to respect all living beings, and the Force which resides in all. He doesn't treat the clones like they're expendable droids.

Besides that, I basically quite enjoy the animation and voice acting, and the fight scenes were nice and clear. No shaky-cam and blurry panning to distract me from the action. Some of the lines are a bit silly, but it's to be expected with an all-ages show. It isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I'll keep sharing brief episode synopses and my thoughts as I watch, so keep checking back!