‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Escape from Kadavo’ Review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars struck back in the new year with the conclusion of the three-part slavery storyline that we had seen just over a month ago. Escape from Kadavo was an exciting episode but failed to be as thought provoking as its predecessor, Slaves of the Republic.

It started with Anakin and Ahsoka being forced to be slaves for Zygerrian Queen. Count Dooku’s arrival on the slave trading capitol of the galaxy had the queen fighting for her own freedom from the Sith lord. R2-D2 managed to rescue Anakin and then the two went on and freed Ahsoka. I must commend this series for continually finding creative ways to give R2-D2 personality. The confrontation between Anakin and Dooku was brief but satisfying, showing yet again just how ruthless the Count can be.

After their escape it was time to free Obi Wan and Rex. Watching Obi Wan crack in this slave environment was actually pretty disturbing. I have to admit the Queen’s speech of how she planned to break him was rather scary, largely because it was true.

However the highlight of the episode was the exciting end battle that ended up involving a lot more than just our main characters. That means lots and lots of clones, not to mention Jedi master Plo Koon. The air battle was fantastic. A smaller moment I have to mention is Ahsoka’s reaction to Anakin ruthlessly cutting down the guards. Whether it is this season, or next season, or even the series finale a conflict between master and apprentice is being very carefully built to.

The best part of this action sequence though was Obi Wan and Rex’s revolt against their former masters. Rex had several moments in this fight that were jaw dropping. In some ways, he is becoming a Han Solo type character to counterbalance the Jedi.

Even though Escape from Kadavo did not comment on slavery quite as intellectually as the last episode did, it was certainly a great conclusion to yet another solid story arc from season four. This is shaping up to be the best season yet. (8.5/10)

photo credit: http://www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/06/star-wars-the-clone-wars-escape-from-kadavo-season-4-episode-13/

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