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.

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