REVIEW: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Shades of Reason

This week’s episode of The Clone Wars brought Maul, Savage, their underworld criminal army, and the Death Watch back to Mandalore for a faceoff with the pacifist Duchess Satine. In her review, Megan emphasizes just how much “Shades of Reason” impacted the ongoing stories of The Clone Wars:

The duel between Darth Maul and Pre Viszla likely would have been bloody if the network had allowed it. The fight was intense and enjoyable, with Pre Viszla seemingly unconcerned about setting his surroundings on fire and Maul getting his lightsaber cut in half yet again. At this point, one would think he would practice moves specifically to prevent that. The musical cues say we should be rooting for Maul, and I was, while also realizing that of the three factions there – the Zabraks, Pre Viszla’s Death Watch, and Bo-Katan’s Death Watch – none of them are exactly upstanding citizens. But in “Shades of Reason” they are all just so unrelentingly cool.

This episode certainly changed big things for the galaxy. It had an impact on the Mandalorians’ system, and showed that Maul has fully returned – his metal legs certainly served him well against Viszla – and that he’s capable of great things. I don’t imagine he will be unseated easily. “Shades of Reason” had a lot going on and flowed well, and I’m curious to see the surely complicated ways all the various plot points will come together next week.

Click here for her full review.



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 the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and 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

One thought on “REVIEW: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Shades of Reason

  • February 10, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I loved Megan’s review, but I was amazed that the word “FRIDGED” didn’t come up once. Because that certain character was straight up Stuffed In a Damn Fridge, and it really sucks.

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