This arc has been unfocused, at times creative and others hackneyed. It also seems largely irrelevant to the characters who have the most at stake this season: Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Darth Maul and Savage Opress. The same is true for “Point of No Return,” the last episode in the arc. It doesn’t forward the plot of the show as a whole. It does not redeem the entire arc.
The most I can say about this episode is that it’s inoffensive and fast-paced. The stakes are high, but contrived. The whole Jedi council is supposed to be on that Republic space station, for example, but we only see Anakin and Obi-Wan. Gascon and WAC admit their own fallibility, but only a little. The stakes are purely physical, not emotional, and the episode is pretty much one long chase from one side of the cruiser to the other. Battle droids offered some funny, if bizarre, physical humor, and “I wasn’t programmed for this!” Ultimately, the droids are the only useful ones in the arc. Anakin and the captain of the Republic space station call upon theirs as soon as they need help.
Read her full review for more thoughts on the episode and the arc as a whole.
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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