Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 2.13 Voyage of Temptation
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 Voyage of Temptation, which originally aired back in 2010...
Voyage of Temptation is the thirteenth episode of season two and is part of an arc that introduces Satine Kryze, the Duchess of Mandalore, a leader committed to staying neutral during the Clone Wars. Obi-wan and Anakin must safely escort the duchess to Coruscant so she can plead her case to the Senate. It'll be a complicated trip, not least because of the assassin droids lurking in the cargo hold, but also because of the connection between Obi-wan and Satine.
This episode is interesting because for once the story is focused around Obi-wan and his past relationship with a woman, instead of Anakin and his numerous run-ins with the opposite sex. From the moment Obi-wan and Satine meet in the previous episode, it's clear there's a history between the two, but it isn't until Voyage of Temptation that the story is told, piece by piece. Obi-wan, reluctantly, reveals to Anakin that back when he was a padawan, he and Qui-Gon protected the duchess for a full year, on the run while evading bounty hunters.
For me, this episode really humanizes Obi-wan, turning him into a more fleshed out character by revealing an incident that happened before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. If you think about it, we don't really know that much about Obi-wan (in canon), he's nearly finished his apprenticeship by Episode I and the 10 years between Episodes I and II have yet to be fully explored, so it is a delight to see Obi-wan not only revealing a story from his past, but one that shows how imperfect, how vulnerable he is still capable of being when he's not wearing the facade of being an emotionless Jedi Master.
The situation between the Jedi and the duchess is a stark contrast to the situation with Anakin and Padme. While Anakin and Padme (as documented in Episode II) gave in to their feelings despite their duty requiring them to act otherwise, Obi-wan and Satine, having admitted that they love each other (Obi-wan going so far as to say he would have left the Jedi had she asked), stick to their respective duties, despite feeling visible regret.
One other interesting scene comes at the end of the film when Obi-wan and Satine have cornered the traitor who tried to assassinate the duchess. The traitor points out that neither can kill him because doing so would violate their respective principles...so Anakin breaks the standoff by coming from behind and killing him. It's always struck me that Anakin, of all people, is the one to make the kill, given who he becomes later.
Voyage of Temptation is one of my favorite Obi-wan centric episodes because it introduces a relationship with Satine that will remain until almost the end of the series and starts to give us a better understanding of the Jedi Master.