Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“The Lair of General Grievous”)

Season 1, Episode 10
Date of airing: December 12, 2008 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.145 million viewers

I guess I’m not getting into the episodes when they are focused on characters I don’t even know. I do like that the universe is being expanded continuously, but I was unable to give any damns about whether Kit Fisto or Nahdar Vebb are gonna survive the fight against Grievous, or if Grievous would settle with another loss and turn himself into a lone wolf against the Republic, because Dooku won’t have anything to do with him any longer. What I found great though is that Grievous finally had to pay for all the losses he suffered for the Separatists. All this time I was rolling with my eyes when Grievous lost another battle, but now that he might be a little bitchy towards Dooku, Grievous might turn into a bitchy villain in general. One who isn’t appreciated by the Separatists, and one who could be developing his own agenda now. It’s almost like Grievous is about to turn into his own master villain, and it might make him a more intriguing character this way. There are still five and a half seasons plus the Disney+ revival left, so Grievous better develop as a character during the Clone Wars.

Rocket launchers are helpful in pissing off Jedi masters.

But first he needs a back story. I barely know anything about Grievous, but this episode helped me establish a couple of facts. When I watched Episode III and Grievous was part of it, at first I thought he was literally a cyborg of sorts. Thanks to STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS though, I realized he is just another living being, most likely heavily scarred from a previous battle, hiding behind technology and a mask that looks more and more like the mask of the Punisher – which makes him the parable to Darth Vader later, and that explains why the character was introduced in Episode III in the first place. But the thing is that Vader has all the back story we don’t need in three movies and an entire freaking TV show. Yet Grievous, who seems to be the more intriguing villain, has only one story in one movie, and loses all his battles in said TV show, which is hopefully why he gets some depth throughout it.

Like I said, I didn’t care about Fisto or Nahdar at all, thanks to the fact I didn’t know them at all. Nahdar’s aggressiveness in his fights, and the power he went into them, made me think about his allegiance though. For a second or two I was believing he was part of the Separatist movement, and he was leading his former Master into a trap. But as soon as I realized this isn’t the case, his death was to be predicted. Only the most Jedi of the Knights survive a simple lightsaber battle against a villain with uncoordinated moves, and Nahdar was anything but a Jedi Knight in this episode. He was pretty much still a kid, not worthy of being a Jedi, so no wonder that he got killed by gunshots. It’s a shame that the episode missed to have a few seconds of emotional drama though. Fisto saw his former Padawan die right in front of his eyes, but he wasn’t sad at all. The only thing that basically affected Fisto was his episode-ending battle against Grievous – with neither won nor lost.

This is the screenshot of a cold-blooded murder scene.

By the way, I see what you’re doing, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. Looking like a show with episodes that continue off of each other, but still being entirely stand-alone. These past three episodes were pretty much a trilogy about Gunray’s capture, arrest and escape, yet all three episodes were led by different characters. That could actually be the style of the show, if the writers realized it like I just did — it would help to have the show look more continuous, instead of jumping from one battle to another, with both not having anything in common, except they happen in the same war.

Best part of the episode: On his way to his lair, Grievous was bitching to Dooku about how he was only given battle droids to fight against the Jedis. Grievous likes those droids as much as I do (and most of the show’s core audience, probably), which is especially hilarious, considering the way they have been portrayed as of late. Besides that, it turns out Grievous might be a better fighter without them in general — all he needs is more lightsabers to wield around and suddenly he thinks he is more powerful.
Best part of the episode, honorable mention: Grievous was like a spider when he lost his leg against the two Jedis and their Clone troopers. That was creepy as hell and offered another look on the villain — one which hopefully gets additional focus in future episodes.
Worst part of the episode: I hate it when villains play a two-fold game. Because every once in a while I can’t figure out what the plan really is. Either Dooku wants to get rid of Grievous and thinks the Jedis are good-enough adversaries, or he hopes that Grievous has an ace under his mask and can actually deliver. It was probably both, it could have been neither.
Weirdest part of the episode: Grievous murdered Nahdar in cold blood, and the depictions of ice-cold murder during battle on the Cartoon Network continues.

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