Star Wars-The Clone Wars Revisited: 1.15: Trespass

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 Trespass, which originally aired back in 2009...

Trespass is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is a good example of a standalone episode. The story takes place on the frozen world of Orto Plutonia, a supposedly lifeless world that falls under the jurisdiction of the nearby moon Pantora. Both the Republic and the Separatists have tried to establish a base on this world, but something is destroying both sides and the Jedi have to determine what that something is.

This is an important episode for several reasons: for one it reinforces the lesson that one should never judge by appearances, as it is revealed that the Talz, the seemingly bestial inhabitants of the planet, are actually sentient and have their own culture and society. Two, the episode takes a hard look at the elitist attitudes that can be harbored regarding 'primitive' civilizations. Chairman Cho, a Pantoran leader, refuses to accept that the Talz are sentient and regards them as little more than beasts. And third, it also addresses the point that, in war, there are some groups that simply do not wish to be involved in the conflict.

Trespass also introduces the Pantoran Senator Riyo Chuchi, a character that returns in several  episodes throughout the series. She's initially very timid due to her youth, but after this episode she becomes more confident. Anakin and Obi-wan are present in the story, but they don't take center stage as they do in many other episodes. The main focus is on the conflict between the Talz and the Pantorans.

Trespass is a refreshing change of pace from the usual plot lines that follow the war and the Jedi vs Sith dynamic.

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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