Star Wars The Clone Wars Deal No Deal Breakdown

Last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave us the distinct impression that Ahsoka would be taking a turn into a life of crime. This week’s episode, “Deal No Deal,” delivers. When Rafa Martez gets a job that she promises is a simple run, it turns out to be anything but simple. Soon, Ahsoka and the Martez sisters are wrapped up in a spice smuggling operation that goes south faster than an Anakin Skywalker plan.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Gone With a Trace Breakdown

Today, audiences were treated to the first installment of a brand new arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars starring fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano. “Gone With a Trace” is the first time we’ve seen Ahsoka coping with life outside the Jedi order in the brief period of time she spent after leaving the Jedi temple and the destruction of the Jedi with Order 66. This new episode shows us just how Ahsoka tries to exist in the bowels of Coruscant while trying to keep her past hidden. Let’s dive deeper.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Unfinished Business Breakdown

“Unfinished Business” is the final episode of the “Bad Batch” arc of Star Wars: The Clone Warsfinal season. Airing today on Disney+, this episode takes the fight directly to the evil Admiral Trench, a spider-like Harch with bionic components thanks to Anakin Skywalker defeating him early on in the war. In the episode, the Bad Batch are joined by Echo and Rex as well as the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Mace Windu, as they infiltrate Trench’s ship and work to destroy it from the inside.

For our deep dive, we take a closer look at some of the details in the episode and add some context that will help you enjoy the episode even more.

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On the Wings of Keeradaks Breakdown

“On the Wings of Keeradaks” is the third episode of the “Bad Batch” arc of Star Wars: The Clone Warsfinal season. Streaming now on Disney+, it shows the troops of the Bad Batch, alongside Rex, Anakin Skywalker, and the newly rescued Echo, working to escape Skako Minor in one piece. It’s full of many little things that would be of interest to dive deeper into, so let’s take a look.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars A Distant Echo Breakdown

“A Distant Echo” is the latest episode of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to hit Disney+ and it takes the fight one step further toward the culmination of this first arc. There are a few things to dive into for extra context in the episode and we’re here to bring it to you.

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The Bad Batch Breakdown

It’s been a long road waiting for these last twelve episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but now that we have them, it’s time to look at the lore they’ve drawn from or added to. This first episode, “The Bad Batch,” takes place shortly after the beginning of the Outer Rim sieges and I would guess between six and eight months before Revenge of the Sith. So far, this is almost as close to the end of the war as we’ve seen on the show, though that will all change by the end of the season.

Let’s go through some of the history that makes this episode rich in Star Wars.

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(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: the Steven Spielberg pulp masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark might be one of the greatest films of all time. It’s a breathless action film wrapped up in some of the best dialogue ever written. It somehow takes the tropes of ‘30s adventure films, crosses them with Edgar Rice Burroughs and movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Casablanca and then ups the ante even further. It’s the sort of movie that’s a Swiss watch of structure and adventure. It’s the dream of any filmmaker to make a movie with one-tenth the spirit.

But what effect did it have on Star Wars? On the surface, one could point to its conception by George Lucas and say that’s enough, but going deeper is a lot more fun.

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Darksaber

Without spoiling where it appears, there’s been a recent resurgence of interest in the black lightsaber known as the Darksaber in the Star Wars lore. So we’re here to break down the Darksaber’s significance and give you some a deep dive into everything you need to understand about why this weapon is important, why its recent appearance was nothing short of jaw-dropping, and how it could factor in to future Star Wars projects. Read More »

The Mandalorian Redemption Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

Thinks looked grim for The Mandalorian, his crew, and the asset at the end of last week’s episode. They were lured into a trap and threatened by Moff Gideon, who turns out to be a former ISB officer who oversaw the purge of Mandalore that has been so often talked around during the course of the show.

There’s no way out except through the underground tunnels where the Mandalorian covert had been situated, but they can’t get through with the tools they have at hand.

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Rise of Skywalker Storytelling

Naturally, this piece contains spoilers.

There’s no doubt that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has its flaws. Every Star Wars movie, no matter how revered or perfect, has at least one or two. If you think too hard about any of these mistakes, they risk diminishing your experience of the film. 

I mean, who holds it against The Empire Strikes Back that it should have taken decades for the Millennium Falcon to make it to Cloud City with sublight engines? Or that Luke seems to be trained for all of a few days before being able to hold his own against Darth Vader?

It’s the same way with any movie, right? The Dark Knight, held up as one of the best Batman movies ever made, skips over the fact that Batman jumps out of a window to save Rachel, leaving a murderous Joker in a room full of people to do whatever he wants with. The Matrix is hailed as a movie people seem to like, but why would the robots decide to get energy from human brains? Literally any other fuel source available would be more effective, whether it was running deer on treadmills or just burning human corpses. No one bats an eye that the exit visas the Nazis have to honor in Casablanca are signed by the French general Charles de Gaulle, despite the fact that it makes no sense. When you surrender to the emotion and storytelling of a film, these sorts of nitpicking issues just don’t matter that much. 

Films aren’t meant to be watched this combatively. We can spackle over these problems and enjoy the intention of the filmmakers. Pablo Hidalgo from Lucasfilm often quotes the maxim that lightspeed moves as fast as the story needs it to and I think that’s the right spirit with which to approach Star Wars, especially the Rise of Skywalker.

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