Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Storm Over Ryloth”)

Season 1, Episode 19
Date of airing: February 27, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.372 million viewers

Hallelujah, what a great episode this was. Anakin forces Ahsoka into a leadership position for the first time and I couldn’t have liked it any more for a half hour show like this. I even loved that Ahsoka’s first stint in a leadership role turned out to be this disastrous and she had to deal with it for a little bit before having to prove herself. That was a moment of character study for Ahsoka, and I can only hope that STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will have a few more character-focused episodes in its future. It doesn’t always have to be about the action and visuals, every one in a while a story can do it, too, and this episode might have had the most thought-through story of them all so far. Besides that, it had Ahsoka front and center and it’s not a secret when I say that she is my favorite character of the entire franchise.

It’s Ahsoka when she is emotionally troubled.

The writers did manage to waste two potentially great storylines though. The first one is indeed Ahsoka’s miserable day after she lost almost all of her platoon in the effort to break the blockade. This could have been an ongoing character arc, one which could make her uncertain about her future, let alone the war. For the first time she has come to realize what fighting in this war really is all about and how it feels when you don’t win all of the time. For the sake of a character arc, she could have started questioning the decisions of certain Generals, and maybe there could have been the potential of Ahsoka realizing how the Clones really are just cannon fodder for the Separatist army and their battle droids. She could have joined a few rogue Clones that way, who wanted to prove that they don’t just exist to fight and die in a war, and all of this could have been a dramatic way of showcasing a wholly different way of how a Jedi can separate with the Council and become his or her own. In fact, it’s kind of a cool premise for a film, making me wonder if it’s worth to do an anthology movie out of it. They might be questioned after the moderate outing that was SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, but the anthology films are still a good idea, I think.

The second wasted idea would be a General who finds a liking to Anakin and decides. The Captain of the blockade (was he ever given a name?) was interesting intrigued by how Anakin operates as a General and was attempting to emulate him. It’s as close to a villainous story as the show could have gotten by creating an antagonist for one of the major characters who will continue to haunt said major protagonist, as he will not give up to emulate Anakin. The fact that the Captain used an escape pod before the blockade fell almost guarantees that he might return and give Anakin some more trouble in a future episode. I know that STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS is something of an anthology show that doesn’t care much about a continuous timeline, as long as everything happens within the realm of the Clone Wars, but maybe there is an idea behind the creation of a recurring antagonist with a personal vendetta, instead of using Dooku or Grievous or Ventress over and over. By the way, I am quite happy that Grievous has been taken offline since he escaped from his exposed lair. That character could have quickly grown annoying, but that’s not happening, because he hasn’t been around lately.

Ahsoha, the commander of this mission.

The space battle scenes looked slick, as always. This episode reminded me more of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA than the previous ones, especially since the heroes had to deal with a defeat first before coming to the victory. Also, Ahsoka’s plan looked and sounded like it could have come straight from Admiral Adama himself. Plus, Anakin was steering the cruiser into the blockade, which might be an intended nod to the final battle between the human fleet and the Cylons, and seeing one of the other battle cruisers function as cannon fodder reminded me of how the Galactica had stuff incoming all of the time and never broke apart in spite of it. Not to mention that Ahsoka fully proved herself as a commander here by forcing her idea through.

Best part of the episode: I liked that the Clones knew that Ahsoka was still fresh and that there might be an easier way to question her idea for battle. It shows that the Clones have the freedom to criticize their commanders and maybe even offer their own ideas, without the fear of punishment or death.
Best part of the episode, honorable mention: That scene during which Ahsoka enters the bridge and all the Clones were in attention gave me a lot of joy.
Worst part of the episode: Anakin used the situation to teach Ahsoka something about leadership, but he decided not to get into what it was like for him when he failed in the leadership role for the first time. I’m pretty sure his first commanding mission was a failure as well. He should have shared that with Ahsoka to make her feel less miserable.
Weirdest part of the episode: The Republic wanted to assault and invade a planet. Say what again?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Mystery of a Thousand Moons”)

Season 1, Episode 18
Date of airing: February 20, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.112 million viewers

I wasn’t expecting for the Blue Shadow virus to return as a MacGuffin, but here it was and this time around it was more than just said MacGuffin. What a shame that STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARSis only 22 minutes long each episode, because I would have loved seeing what the writers could have made out of a contamination premise. Something in the realm of the first RESIDENT EVIL film, and if the writers had really been ballsy, even something like CONTAGION, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite feature films.

Still, this was a good-enough episode. Of course the story was predictable as hell, and Anakin and Obi-Wan would successfully get to their people in time to save them with the antidote, but there was something intriguing about Padme and Ahsoka deciding to spend their final minutes fighting, making sure that the droids won’t get out of the sealed lab and saving an entire planet in the process. Apparently this was an easy decision to make, although it might have helped that the Clone troopers, Padme and Ahsoka knew that there isn’t an antidote, so it would have been useless to bitch about how they were dying. Also intriguing was the notion of the Clones wasting their time, even though they know that is what they have been created for. I think this episode for the first time established one of the Senate members to ask the question whether the Clones are being well taken care of during this war, and what might happen to them if the war would end. It’s an interesting dilemma to discuss: If the Republic had won the Clone Wars, what would have happened to them? Would they have been able to live full lives after the war, or would they have been disposed of, since the only reason they exist is to fight for the Republic?

Introducing: the rebel battle droids.

Anyway, I loved seeing Padme and Ahsoka taking charge in the lab – I am in love with the latter’s moves when she goes in to slice’n’dice most, if not all of the battle droids, and I am respecting the former’s way of accepting fate, yet still not losing sight of the mission. Padme is way too good and patriotic for Anakin, making me wonder what the two even see in each other. By the way, this episode could have been a nice opportunity to put Padme and Anakin’s relationship front and center. I get the feeling Obi-Wan knows about the two already (I can’t remember if he did during Episode II, since it has been a long time ago I watched the prequel trilogy — for May the Fourth Be With You 2015, to be exact, which is when I watched all six films back to back over two days), and yet the writers have decided to keep Padme and Anakin’s romance out of the show. I’m not only asking why, but also why the writers didn’t realize there is an interesting story here, least alone the fact that a Jedi is having a romance he is not allowed to have. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS could deliver a verbal scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan that would resemble their climactic fight on Murfur in Episode III.

Meanwhile on a strange planet, Anakin and Obi-Wan went through an adventure which reminded me of the monster pit scene in Peter Jackson’s KING KONG. It was a solid little time-wasting story, although maybe a little too much time was focused on the kid, who looked more like a Star Wars edition of Pinocchio than a potential rebel kid with the hang for reprogramming battle droids like this is the year 2032 in the Terminator franchise. A question was raised during that story, too: The people on that planet believed in a ghost, and they probably governed their people around that superstition. What is going to happen now that the ghost has been neutralized? Did God just die for them?

There’s some new astrology in the Star Wars franchise.

Best part of the episode: The destruction of the laser and their mirror rocks looked like star constellations from the point of view of the planet people. I found that pretty neat.
Worst part of the episode: It would have been nice if Jaybo Hood had not been the only one Anakin and Obi-Wan were talking to for most of the time. I get the feeling the entire planet and its civilization was trapped here, but only about five or so of them were seen on screen.
Weirdest part of the episode: Wait, Jar Jar did absolutely nothing stupid? Consider me stupefied, because I cannot believe that Jar Jar would not screw up in one way and lead his people to a life-saving revelation right after.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Blue Shadow Virus”)

Season 1, Episode 17
Date of airing: February 13, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.936 million viewers

I was not expecting a “mad scientist” episode within the Star Wars franchise, but in hindsight it was inevitable that such a story will exist at one point. The universe is so rich with characters and plots that a character with a German-sounding accent (who reminded me of Arnim Zola in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) trying to recreate a super virus to kill all of life in the galaxy sounds pretty logical. One can only hope that this wasn’t the only episode with Dr. Nuvo Vindi, because I really liked his stereotypical evil attitude. If I had seen the character in a show that takes itself serious most of the time, I would have laughed about Vindi, but in this episode of this show he worked quite well — utterly villainous, evil as far as the sun shines, and even freaking hilarious when he realized that all the bombs were deactivated. That was some animated comical stuff and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of that.

It’s my favourite position of Ahsoka’s.

The premise was solid. Consider me weirded out though that the premise is supposed to be set on Naboo, which I always thought of as the home planet for Padme Amidala, but here she is, being considered a weird species by Vindi. Maybe it has something to do with the make-up the Naboo queens wear, which makes them look less human and more like their own species, but in that case Vindi didn’t have a device that could scan over a life form and immediately tell you what species they are. You know, that thing the Star Force had in CAPTAIN MARVEL, when they freaked out about a Flerken being among them. It was nice to see more of Jar Jar’s race though, even if it was only through Peppi Bow, who thankfully did not turn into a romantic love interest for Jar Jar in this episode. It’s what I was expecting when she was attempting to remove Jar Jar’s helmet, but apparently Jar Jar was very much respectful to the situation and also busy not freaking out. Then again, I wouldn’t have to apologize believing he would develop an instant crush on Peppi, considering he developed an instant crush on eating that bug which was hiding in the droid intestines.

Meanwhile, the writers have no idea how to handle Padme as a character. Once more she is being kidnapped, and once more she has to be saved by her secret boyfriend Anakin. At one point she is going to need a holster with a gun in it, because then she can try to free herself and doesn’t have to wait until Anakin and his Padawan and Master arrive. It’s one of those premises that made a bit of a joke out of the idea of Anakin being in some sort of danger again, but it’s starting to do anything but impress me. She managed to win the upper hand while breaking out during “Bombad Jedi” — what happened between then and now that had her in absolute danger and in need of a rescue?

Padme still has hopes to find a good evil droid.

Also, plus points for Jar Jar not being this annoying an idiotic. One of his usual dumb antiques was once again used as a plot device to let Padme realize what is going on and where she needs to go next, but other than that Jar Jar behaved most of the time. Which I can probably attribute to the fact that Peppi was not made his love interest for the episode, or otherwise he would have been silly and annoying again.

Best part of the episode: Scared little rabbit droid with the bomb in its hands. Was this an allusion to Alice in Wonderland I didn’t get? Because the droid certainly didn’t lead Padme and Jar Jar down a rabbit hole, but its antiques were still funny. It was like a cute little pet you think you can take care of and love, but then it opens its mouth and shows its salivating teeth, threatening you to be eaten by it.
Worst part of the episode: A planet with a virus on it, and its inhabitants were nowhere to be found to be scared about what is happening here. Not even Peppi was sufficiently scared about the events, because she definitely had it in her to punch the hell out of Padme and Jar Jar.
Weirdest part of the episode: Why would Vindi blow up all the bombs with the Jedi when he needed them to distribute the virus all around the galaxy? That Vindi guy wasn’t really clever, was he?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Hidden Enemy”)

Season 1, Episode 16
Date of airing: February 6, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.512 million viewers

And so we have arrived at the episode that plays right before the series-opening feature film. Does it mean George Lucas had the next few episodes cut together, because he realized he liked them so much he wanted to get a little more money out of them before premiering the show? I don’t even mind, because I am one of the few people who liked the film, but it seems a bit weird that sixteen episodes after the premiere of the feature film, the show brings the episode that is the prequel to it. Not that the Star Wars franchise is very hot in creating a linear narrative, but it does tend to show that the writers weren’t really interested in creating a linear narrative and have previous episodes impact current ones. At the end of the day, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS is nothing more than an anthology show reusing the same characters.

When you want to go North, use the Clone troopers.

The episode was good enough. I was wondering when one of the Clones would go rogue, and as it stands it happened even before the feature film. One can only hope it will be a story again, since Slick had a proper argument when he said that he just wanted to open everyone’s eyes on how the Clones were used as slaves for the Republic and the Jedi Order. It’s a story the writers could bring once or twice a season, as it’s essentially a series about the Clone Wars and in those wars the Clone troopers fight for the good side. I always found it curious that the Clones kew about their heritage and mission and that nothing was being kept a secret from, but every once in a while there has to be a free-thinking Clone who was not satisfied with the way he is being used by his superiors. Slick shouldn’t be the first one to have this opinion in the show, and I certainly hope he isn’t the last one.

The Clones’ hunt on the spy looked interesting. There was a sense of a Whodunit crime mystery, and behind every scene there was potential that either one of the Clones could have been the spy. While they were investigating, one of them could have easily been the spy already, leading the investigation into a dead end, but I guess with each episode carrying its own story arc, it had to end after 20 minutes. Now I would like to know how weird it must have been for Dee Bradley Baker to voice multiple characters in the show, in the same episode even, hell, even in the same scene, where he had to voice more than two characters. Did Dave Feloni ever think about giving the Clone troopers different voices? Some Clone troopers with an accident, some with a broken voice, some a notch higher or lower in their pitches…

When you want to find a spy in your midst, use the Clone troppers.

In the meantime, Anakin and Obi-Wan were on their way to a trap and it turned out to be the least interesting story of the episode. The fight against Ventress, as pretty as it might have looked like while they were falling down, was a bit boring, but since it was the lead to the feature film episodes, I can understand that the animators decided to take it slow with the action in this episode, before ramping it up in the next episode, which would turn out to be the first act of the film. There wasn’t a lot of excitement in Ventress’s short battle with the two Jedis and I was happy that it was only the B plot.

Best part of the episode: That hand-to-hand combat scene between Slick and the Clones looked impressive. Consider me pleasantly surprised that the writers and animators even decided to bring in a fist fight into an animated show in the first place.
Worst part of the episode: I’m starting to get annoyed by the banter between Anakin and Obi-Wan, especially this time around when they were talking about all the eyes that were watching them and how they believed they were going straight into a trap. Can they never talk about something that isn’t just related to the plot? Can’t they talk about their feeling for a second, or how it’s annoying for them to be fighting in a galaxy-wide war instead of enjoying the fruits of life?
Weirdest part of the episode: For a major city on a major planet that could be confused for Coruscant, there was surprisingly no action on the planet itself. Was it already evacuated due to the war?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Trespass”)

Season 1, Episode 15
Date of airing: January 30, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.625 million viewers

This episode might become mandatory viewing in political courses as to how not to act when facing a group of adversaries who could either be villainous or peaceful. Republicans probably will like this episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS very much, considering how pressed towards war the story has been, and how Chairman Cho wasn’t ready to listen to a single word either the Jedis or Senator Chuchi were saying. Cho was ready for war, he was hard for war, so he figured all he needed to do was being a villainous dick to the people of the icy moon. Flashbacks come back to me to one of the Republican debates during the 2016 presidential campaign, in which pretty much every Republican on stage talked about how they wanted to “carpet bomb” ISIS, and how ruthless they have become just to get the vote of any American who might be a little too much in love with their AR-15s at home. Cho was a terrible character, one who should have never been a ruler of people, and one who should have never been listened to. In this series universe, subordinates apparently can’t go against the orders of a Chairman, because that might be more of a crime than the Chairman attacking people who were only interested in peace.

Even in harsh temperatures, Jedis still have to make peace with civilizations.

In a way, this episode could be considered GENERATION KILL created by George Lucas. A superior person at the helm of either war and peace, and for some reason that person chose war, without knowing anything about what was actually happening here. Cho was not only having a hard-on for the war he wanted to lead himself, the Jedis and the Clone troopers in, but he also was misogynistic enough to talk down on Chuchi, to reject her opinion, just because she is younger and happens to be a woman. Cho presented what privilege looks like in the Star Wars universe and I couldn’t have hated more. It was obviously on purpose that Cho was written to be this terrible character, but damn, maybe the writers went a little too far here.

Other than that, I liked the setting of the episode. It’s intriguing that a show produced in 2008 could deliver solid-looking animation, even with a continuous snowfall. Maybe it was easier to get the snow planet depicted better with pretty much almost all of the characters behind masks. Hell, putting Anakin and Obi-Wan’s faces behind head coverage minimized the cost of and time of animating moving mouths of these two characters. But the setting might have killed all the momentum of a potentially great story that wasn’t just about how a war in the Star Wars universe started. There was pretty much no story at all — just an egomaniac for a Chairman, and a Senator who couldn’t even risk her own standing with the Senate by taking over and telling Cho how freaking useless he is as a Chairman right now. But I guess Chuchi and the Jedis following all kinds of established rules just show that sometimes you can’t do anything but follow orders. The thing is just, with Cho’s way of thinking, you had every opportunity in the world to defect from him and tell him how you really think. You didn’t need the Senate to tell you what you already knew. Sometimes there is absolutely no common sense with the characters.

A few versus many.

The rest of the episode was okay. I kinda liked the image of Rex all by himself in the battle, being thrown huge darts at while trying to get Cho out of the crossfire. This Clone trooper is an action hero! And I also liked the final scene of peace, with Chuchi going somewhat emotional during her very short speech, which, yes, could have been a bigger speech. It could have been a speech with a meaning and message behind it, because after all, we still have egomaniacs in politics, who think that war is the only answer. Like Ted Cruz and Chris Christie were thinking during that aforementioned GOP presidential debate.

Best part of the episode: Sometimes animation can surprise me. The snow effects in FROZEN have always been impressive, and so were the water effects in MOANA. Consider the snow effects of this episode great, for a television show.
Worst part of the episode: As I have already mentioned, it’s Chairman Cho. It’s even worse when you know that people like Cho exist in real life, and they have enough power to lead a country into war. Like John Bolton
Weirdest part of the episode: How strong can you be as a leader and member of the Senate when you’re unable to speak up as a politician? Chuchi, were was your courage?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Defenders of Peace”)

Season 1, Episode 14
Date of airing: January 23, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.168 million viewers

This was another surprisingly great episode. Sometimes it’s kind of shocking how good the show actually is, in spite of the things that make STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS the kids show that makes it deserved of airing on the Cartoon Network. Sometimes it can be impressive with what story the writers were coming around the corner with this time around, and how close to the franchise it actually comes. But then again, not everything about the show is super perfect, and this episode managed to be a bit repetitive with Tee Wat Kaa’s non-war stance, although there was an interesting aspect in his decision to leave his folks out of the war, when it means that they will get eradicated in the progress. That also meant the writers were creating a story they never had time to handle in this episode: the conflict between Tee Wat Kaa and his people. Yes, Wag Too was standing against his father midway through Lok Durd’s attack on the colony, but maybe more than just one of them could have stood up to their leader and decided to get into the war, simply just to defend their livelihoods and live to see another sunrise.

The innocents are always good cannon fodder.

Meanwhile, the episode might also have unintentionally shown the disadvantages of living your life under a certain belief system. The village people intended to live their lives under peace, never to be involved in any kind of war, even if some of them can’t agree. Turns out it almost cost their lives, because if it hadn’t been for the Jedis and their two remaining Clone troopers, they would have been eradicated, as the Separatists weren’t just landing on the planet looking for escaped Jedis. Granted, Jedis crashing on a planet not involved in the war, followed by Separatists landing on same planet to test out a new weapon, is quite convenient storytelling, but it functioned quite well as a framing narrative device leading a village who hasn’t seen war in probably forever to fight for their lives for the very first time. Anakin could have guaranteed Tee Wat Kaa that the Republic will never mingle in their affairs from now on, but fact is that the village is now involved in a war, whether they want to or not.

The battle between the Jedis and the Separatists looked pretty cool once again, making me realize I have a serious crush on those action sequences, which still look surprisingly great for an animated television show. When the super weapon hit the shield above the village, I almost felt reminded by the attempt of CBS to do a proper UNDER THE DOME show, and the nuke was exploding right outside the dome. This episode showed what UNDER THE DOME could have looked like in that regard, if budget hadn’t been an issue, proving once more that animated films and shows can do so much more with their story when the writers don’t have to lookout for an overblowing budget. I’m also quite glad that the action is still being kept in the realm of the realistic and possible — three Jedis and two Clone troopers don’t just clean up three waves of battle droids like that. No, they will breach the shield, they will ransack the village and they will destroy the shield generators, bringing a little bit of tension to the plot, because it’s what always happens in a war: Sometimes the bad guys almost win, but a few clever good guys turn the tables every once in a while.

Under theme you get to see the fire wave hit you.

Best part of the episode: The assault on the Separatist base at night had something cool to it. The show should do those kind of breaches more often, in which barely anything is seen, no one says a word, and all you can hear is a lightsaber slicing a battle droid. More of this, please.
Worst part of the episode: Tee Wat Kaa happened to be annoying near the end, still refusing to go into war, accepting the fate of his folks that was essentially annihilation. You should never trust a leader whose only opinion on war is that it’s bad and before you get to kill someone you rather want to die.
Weirdest part of the episode: So, who was Lok Durd really? His name already sounds funny, and George Takei put some of his weird voice into the character, turning Durd into what his name sounds like, but the guy was yet another Grievous clone with a super weapon who failed to impress Dooku at the other end of the transmission. At one point this is getting ridiculous.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Jedi Crash”)

Season 1, Episode 13
Date of airing: January 16, 2009 (Cartoon Network)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.352 million viewers

Well, this show continues to be surprisingly good. The battle scenes during the first act looked great and it felt like I was watching the beginning of Episode III all over again. And with the Republican ship entering the atmosphere and the gravity of the planet was taking over, the episode even reminded me of that spectacular effect of the Galactica jumping into the atmosphere, falling down to the planet and jumping out again during the New Caprica arc in the third season of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. There is some serious good-looking action in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, and I’m starting to appreciate it more with each new episode. Even the crash of Aayla Secura’s ship later looked stunning, though a few seconds later I was wondering how Anakin, Ahsoka, Secura and the Clone troopers could have survived that crash in the first place. They were crashing on it pretty much head first. There should have been no survivors, or at least some more broken limbs and injured people than just Anakin, whose only injury resulted out of getting blasted by a wave of explosions and fire.

Mid-air action sequence that has robots.

The “rescue mission” during the beginning was great, and not just because it had a ship falling down on a planet. Secura turned out to be an interesting Jedi character, I have no idea who she is or why she wasn’t smart enough to get out of the attack of the tactical droids, but the show is continuing to introduce more Jedi characters to the audience and I am all in for that. They are supposed to be a force after all, so it always was a bit ridiculous that only Jedis from the council have screentime, as well as those younglings Anakin would later murder during his transformation into Darth Vader. I would have loved to see more of that rescue mission and I am wondering if there will be an entire episode just with that, or a story similar to the opening of Episode III. I would certainly be entertained.

The crash on the planet finally gave the episode a premise. Anakin is unconscious for some story-related reason, and Ahsoka needs to be a good Jedi Padawan to save her Master, because every once in a while she needs to take over the story and be the hero. The story would have worked a little better though if Secura have taken Ahsoka under her wing a bit more, turning into Ahsoka’s impromptu Jedi master while the two were dealing with this strange planet that has huge birds and even huger trees dropping monster nuts. At the end, Secura was just saying the same stuff every other Jedi master would tell her, if Anakin wasn’t around to do the teaching. Jedis turn out to be a record stuck in repeat, and that goes double for strange life on an even stranger planet, which is being discovered for the first time by the characters. The peace lovers of inhabitants led by Tee Watt Kaa were something of a cliche here, especially when they had to push peace while the Jedis and Clone troopers were in the middle of a war. It was nothing but an attempt at putting a mirror between the alien race and the people fighting a war, and to remind the characters and the audience that war is pretty much meaningless, even if you only strive for peace. I would have wished for Tee Watt Kaa to press the peace versus war thing a little more, because then the episode would have had a much greater meaning.

They are marching to guarantee peace and protection.

Best part of the episode: Monster birds versus ant-sized Jedis and Clone troopers — that was fun, and it could have been a horror film premise. Maybe stories like these fit better into Disney’s attempt at creating an anthology film series than putting them in an animated show targeted at kids.
Worst part of the episode: Great, now the tactical droids are starting to sound like Dooku. I am not excited about that at all.
Weirdest part of the episode: So, how come the ship’s passengers all survived the crash on the planet, when the ship should have exploded into millions of pieces? And how come that Anakin had to be unconscious for almost half the episode, when his superpowers could have easily woken him up before danger came to kill two Clone troopers?