Friday, January 2, 2009

TCW - "Dooku Captured"

The very title of this episode seemed rather suspect from the start. How in the stars can Dooku be captured, let alone by non-Jedi? The answers are somewhat lacking.

The story starts off with a rather shaky idea: Anakin Skywalker has allowed himself to be captured by Dooku and imprisoned on Dooku's ship, while Obi-Wan sneaks on board the ship later to rescue Anakin, so that they can both fight Dooku together.
There are many problems with that plan.
  • How do the Jedi know that Dooku wants Anakin alive? He certainly hasn't seemed to show any such mercy in their previous encounters.
  • Why did the Jedi have to go separately? If it's as easy to get on board Dooku's ship as Obi-Wan made it seem, then why couldn't Anakin simply have gone with Obi-Wan?
  • What was their goal, exactly? Did the Jedi want to capture Dooku? That would seem to contrast with their goal in Revenge of the Sith, where they only wanted to kill him and be done with it.
There's a cool moment where Dooku, while sliding down a (very conveniently-placed) escape shaft, fires lightning backwards over his shoulder at Anakin, which Anakin blocks with his lightsaber. It's cool to see lightning being used in a very specific fashion--like a weapon--rather than the seemingly random "LOOK AT MY POWER!!!" way that it's been used before in the films. The more weaponized, clever use of the Force is an apparent constant in TCW, and is always appreciated.

The Jedi/Dooku confrontation scene seemed rather odd, if only because of continuity. It seemed that the Dooku fight scene in Revenge of the Sith was the first time that Obi-Wan and Anakin had fought against Dooku together since the Battle of Geonosis, so this scene in "Dooku Captured" was a bit odd, considering that it was a very similar situation.

The cave scene bothered me. It really seemed unnecessary, though it was cool to finally see a gundark.

I must say that I never liked the comic banter between Obi-Wan and Anakin. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon had an amazing fight scene in the beginning of The Phantom Menace that was devoid of silly lines that would have otherwise ruined the seriousness and coolness of the situation. Revenge of the Sith, on the other hand, had an Obi-Wan/Anakin scene that was filled with cheesy, forced lines. If I never have to hear another line of not-so-witty banter, I'll be happy. Sadly, The Clone Wars seems to be following in Revenge of the Sith's tradition.

Dooku's capture made sense in that he really wouldn't be able to defeat 30-40 pirates, especially not without his lightsaber (and no rocks or ceilings to drop on them). However, it made the entire point of the episode rather unclear.

All in all, this episode was really very... "bleh."

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