Star Wars-The Clone Wars Revisited: 1.02 Rising Malevolence

Ten years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced the world to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that filled in the gap between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story takes place during the Clone Wars, with the Jedi-led clone army facing off against the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. With the announcement of a surprise seventh season by Disney, The Digital Fix will be revisiting the animated series, looking back at the most important episodes and story arcs of the show’s five seasons, highlighting the elements that made this show so beloved by Star Wars fans.

We return with the episode Rising Malevolence, which originally aired back in 2008...

Rising Malevolence is the first part of the Malevolence arc and the introduction of General Grievous to the series. The cyborg general's appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith makes a lot more sense when you realise he was a long-time antagonist during the Clone Wars. In this episode, Jedi Master Plo Koon locates a secret Separatist weapon on a massive ship named the Malevolence. The weapon is an ion cannon that disables Plo Koon’s Republic cruisers, and blasts the ships apart. Plo Koon and many clones make it into the escape pods but the danger isn’t over yet. To ensure there are no witnesses, Count Dooku orders Grievous to send out hunter droids to destroy the escape pods. It’s a race against time to see if Plo Koon and the clones with him will be rescued…or killed.

This is the first episode to feature Anakin and Ahsoka and we’re given a look into their contentious relationship as Master and Padawan. The two act remarkably similar to Anakin and Obi-Wan in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, only now Anakin is attempting to fulfill the stern master role while Ahsoka is the rebellious apprentice. It's really weird to see Anakin, of all people, scolding his padawan about following the rules when he seems to break them the most. This episode is also the first to give some insight into how Ahsoka became a Jedi in the first place when she reveals to Anakin that it was Plo Koon who found her as a youngling and took her to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant to be trained.

Meanwhile, it’s not looking good for Plo Koon and the clones. While they’ve been able to restore power, the only other pod they’ve seen has been ripped open, letting them know someone is out there hunting for them. This leads to a pretty cool scene…if you can suspend your disbelief that is. Plo Koon informs the clones that he can withstand the vacuum of space “for a short time” and heads out to do battle with the droids. The clones that have protective armor follow and there’s a fight in the vacuum of space. It looks really cool, but despite what Plo Koon said it looks really strange to see a character, no matter how alien, simply floating in space with no protection and doing alright.

The saying for this episode is “Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction” and refers both to Ahsoka's belief that Plo Koon is alive when no one else thinks so and the Jedi Master's belief that he and the clones will be rescued. The Malevolence saga continues in the next episode Shadow of Malevolence.

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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