Episode: "Rising Malevolence"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 1, Episode 2
Original Air Date: October 3, 2008
In "Rising Malevolence," a Republic fleet led by Jedi Master Plo Koon is attacked by a new, terrifying Separatist weapon. Anakin and his padawan Ahsoka, defying the orders of the Jedi Council, head for the point of attack in desperate hopes of finding survivors. Obi-Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu are already worried about Anakin's reckless, independent tendencies but they're willing to forgive him as long as his heart is in the right place and everything works out. Of course, they don't yet know what we all know: how vulnerable Anakin will ultimately be to manipulation. Chancellor Palpatine knows.
My favorite part of the episode comes near the end: a wonderful chase scene with Anakin's ship and the ion blast behind him. Obviously, he survives but the suspenseful tension is well executed. I also appreciate the inclusion of a medical droid, not to mention its meaningful role in the story.
Lanter, not exactly a face for radio, broke into show biz as a contestant on a reality show, Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. While he didn't win (this guy did), he got his foot in the door. In live action, he has had roles in Commander in Chief, Heroes and 90210. Beyond Star Wars, he's found voice work in Ultimate Spider-Man and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Feature films include Disaster Movie, Sorority Row and Vampires Suck.
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