REVIEW: The Clone Wars: A Friend in Need

Tonight, Megan Crouse offers a review of last week’s The Clone Wars episode “A Friend in Need,” centered around Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and her adventures with her friend Lux Bonteri. With all the potential for this great female character and a skilled writing-directing team of Christian Taylor (Lost, Mortis trilogy) and Dave Filoni, we had high expectations. The episode hit some safe emotional markers and proved Ahsoka to be a skilled warrior in her own right. Still, the episode felt superficial. Considering Katee Sackhoff, the voice of Bo-Katan, is best known for smashing traditional gender roles with her portrayal of Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, I personally expected more for the female Mandalorian. Instead, the team went back to the droid-saves-the-day trope that has been used quite liberally this season. On his Facebook page, Dave Filoni announced last Friday that Sackhoff will be returning next season. I hope to see that storyline do more groundbreaking, which is what we’ve come to expect from this show and Star Wars, and less playing it safe.

Don’t forget, a new four-part arc begins Friday night at 8:00 p.m. on the Cartoon Network and features one of my favorite characters – Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Weren’t we all just screaming for more Kenobi?)

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