Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Clone Wars: Episode 12 - "Gungan General"

Let's get the obvious hate out of the way: I need more Jar Jar in my regular Star Wars consumption like I need a papercut on my scrotum.

The character doesn't work. He will never work. He's less annoying in The Gungan General than usual, but that's still very, very annoying, indeed.

And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it takes valuable screen time away from the main story, which is actually pretty good. As silly as the "buddy" scenario with Dooku, Anakin, and Obi-Wan is, it works. Sure, it's hard to imagine this story is "canon" - but every once in a while, you just gotta say "screw canon" and have some fun. That's what separates the Wars from the Trek. Though if Anakin and Dooku keep bumping into each other every few episodes like this, they're going to have to retcon Anakin's line to Dooku in Revenge of the Sith from "My powers have doubled since the last time we met" to "My powers have doubled since we met last Tuesday."

Still, the dialog in their scenes - and for their captor Hondo Ohnaka, a surprisingly likable character who is high on charm and low on brains - is solid and enjoyable and above average for this show. Without Jar Jar, this could have been one of the best episodes of the series.

As it is, it's merely tolerable at best.

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