Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Clone Wars: Liberty on Ryloth

My friends and I are watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Every Tuesday, we will be featuring an episode from the series which began in 2008 (as opposed to the one that started in 2003).  All are welcome to join us for all or parts of the fun.

Episode: "Liberty on Ryloth"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 1, Episode 21
Original Air Date: March 13, 2009
via Wookieepedia
This week's episode completes the Ryloth story arc.  The Republic's effort to free the planet from brutal Separatist control is going well.  But for a successful assault upon the capital city, Mace Windu requires the assistance of Cham Syndulla, a Twi'lek freedom fighter wary of aligning himself with the Jedi.
via Wookieepedia
The Cham Syndulla story is the most blatantly topical episode of the series so far.  It's worth remembering that the United States was still deeply immersed in two wars in 2009.  Six years later, long-term stability in both Iraq and Afghanistan still feels out of reach.  At one point in discussions, Syndulla expresses reluctance to put his trust in an ally he might have to fight against in time.  Boy, is that ever recent Middle East relations in a nutshell!
via The Elder Scrolls Wiki
Syndulla is voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.  Downes was born in London.  In addition to extensive voice work in film, television and video games, he has made live action appearances in such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5 and Beverly Hills, 90210.  He has been married to actress Michael Ann Young since 2004.

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12 comments:

  1. I didn't do much more than mention the occupation issue in my post, but I did point out the timeliness of it. And it's still going on...

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    1. I loved your reference to the children's book.

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  2. Interesting. And yes it seems never ending.

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  3. Interesting how Syndulla looks a lot like Robin Atkin Downes.
    Did he play one of the Rangers in Babylon 5?

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    1. I'll admit, I'm out of my depths on that one. I don't know the show at all. He actually played two different characters on the show: Byron and Morann. I don't know a thing about either.

      I am, however, an admirer of J. Michael Straczynski's comic book series Rising Stars - great stuff!

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  4. That is topical. With all the complaints about the politics in Star Wars they get it right.

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    1. Sometimes. I'm still gnawing on the Jedi/Clones relationship. It doesn't sit well.

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    1. Where are the grown ups when you really need them? Oh wait, that's us. Yikes!

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  6. Interesting post. Will it really ever change? So sad.

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    1. It is sad. But I see no choice but to be hopeful. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

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