The latest episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the “Siege of Mandalore” story arc and after last weeks excellent episode, the second part of the arc has a lot to live up to. Thankfully it succeeds and delivers another fantastic episode.
In this episode, Ahsoka leads Republic clones to confront Darth Maul’s forces on Mandalore, while Darth Maul senses the impending chaos and makes a calculated play to ensure his own survival.
Darth Maul once again steals the show and proves why it was so smart for Lucasfilm to bring back this amazing character. Throughout the whole episode, he teases the Jedi with the truth and offer them an opportunity to end the war. The audience knows what he is saying is true, but obviously the Jedi and Republic forces wouldn’t think he was telling the truth.
It’s a fascinating aspect to the story, it plays in with the viewers knowledge of what’s happening during “Revenge Of The Sith”, which is what makes it so satisfying to watch. Since this episode is taking place during the same time period as that movie, as Obi-Wan Kenobi talks about Anakin killing Count Dooku.
It also manages to tie in more mythology of the Star Wars Universe, especially connecting the dots to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Even throwing in a cameo of the main villain of that movie, Dryden Vos.
Much like last week, it is filled with some fantastic battle scenes, with Mandalorians taking on more Mandalorians and Clone Troopers, plus an epic lightsaber duel featuring Ahsoka and Darth Maul. They even brought Darth Maul actor Ray Park in to motion capture the fight scene to make it as realistic as possible. It’s worth re-watching this scene alone!
There are so many things from this episode that tweak how you look at “Revenge of the Sith”, because such as how Darth Maul knows Anakin Skywalker is a major threat and the entire “siege” is a trap to lure him or Obi-Wan in. It’s amazing how this series really helps fill out the events of the prequel trilogy and is worthwhile watching.
This episode continues to show why “The Clone Wars” can offer something unique to the Star Wars universe, that just isn’t possible with live action.
Without doubt, another fantastic episode from this series and an easy recommendation to every Star Wars fan to watch. Disney could have released these four episodes as a stand alone movie and it would have been fantastic to watch it like that, because when the credits started to role, I know I’ve now got to wait another week for the third part!
Rating – 4.5 out of 5