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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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe's Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
Fangirl

Fangirl

Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors of Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature articles for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe's Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

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