Episode: "Grievous Intrigue"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 2, Episode 9
Original Air Date: January 1, 2010
There is, however, an interesting wrinkle worthy of note. While Grievous is in contact with the Jedi via holo-transmission, he lords over a seemingly inert Koth, exhausted by the torture his captor has exacted upon him. However, Koth manages to communicate his coordinates through hand gestures. This is the first and, as far as I can tell, only appearance of a Jedi sign language within a canon story.
As noted last week, The Force Awakens has definitely raised the bar for future Star Wars stories. The new movie has also brought me to reevaluate the place of The Clone Wars within the franchise. At its best, the series provides much of the personal intimacy that was lacking in the prequels. It rests on the timeline between movie episodes so it does nothing to alter the broader narrative. Instead, it provides richer context for a time in the galaxy's history when the Jedi were still powerful, if threatened. Koth's hand signals, for instance, are a subtle but meaningful enhancement of Jedi culture.
However, Star Wars often struggles to break away from its basic story structures. I have discussed the tendency toward formula with The Clone Wars but even the new movie adheres a bit too close to A New Hope for my comfort. How many times are our friends going to have to destroy a Death Star? The new characters offer exciting possibilities going forward. If Episode VIII comes off as an Empire Strikes Back rehash, I will be miffed.
That said, let's be clear: I can't wait to find out!
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