Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Clone Wars: R2 Come Home

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: "R2 Come Home"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 2, Episode 21
Original Air Date: April 24, 2010
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"R2 Come Home" continues the story begun last week with "Death Trap."  In that episode, the young Boba Fett destroyed the Republic ship Endurance when his assassination attempt upon Mace Windu failed.  This week, Windu and Anakin follow the wreckage down to the planet Vanqor in hopes of finding survivors.  Boba and his bounty hunter pals are sniffing around, too.  Boba is in search of confirmation that Windu is dead.  Despite his inclusion in the title, R2-D2's story is a secondary plot line.  He has to get back to Coruscant to warn the other Jedi of the situation on Vanqor.  He has some action scenes but the story isn't really about him.

Gotta say, this episode didn't do much for me.  I appreciate the effort to develop the Boba Fett story but somehow this one failed to grab me.  As I said from time to time in my Star Trek posts, boring is an unforgivable sin in science fiction.  The Clone Wars usually steers well clear of dull but this one trended too far in that direction.

The leader of Boba's bounty hunter band is Aurra Sing, a character first introduced in The Phantom Menace.  In the film, she was portrayed by Michonne Bourriage.  Despite her minor role in the movie, she became a popular character in the Expanded Universe.  After Jango Fett's death, Sing took on the responsibility for training Boba.
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In The Clone Wars, Aurra Sing is voiced by Jaime King.  King was born April 23, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska.  She was named after Jaime Sommers, better known as the title character in The Bionic Woman.
via Wikipedia
King became a professional model at age 14.  Her early success came at a great cost.  As a teenager, she struggled with, and ultimately overcame, an addiction to heroin.

After recovering, King got into acting.  She has had major roles in such films as Pearl Harbor, Bullet Proof Monk and Sin City.  She and husband Kyle Newman have two sons.  Taylor Swift is the godmother of their second child, Leo.

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8 comments:

  1. Yeah, I wasn't crazy about this one, either. R2 going into battle against things, even if he's just trying to get away, doesn't do it for me.

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    1. There have been R2 stories that worked better.

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  2. What can be possible often collides with the impossible, like R2 fighting. King certainly conquered and flourished.

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  3. It's cool to see Aurra Sing has more of a back-story than the brief one second appearance in the Phantom Menace. Isn't it odd how certain characters spark in interest?

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    1. Definitely. The bounty hunters, in particular, seem to hold a lot of appeal. As the Star Wars universe expands over the next few years, I am hopeful that the nefarious underworld will be significantly developed. There is more to The Galaxy than the Skywalkers, after all. Stand-alone movies for both Han Solo and Boba Fett certainly feel like a step in the right direction.

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  4. Just finished the Zillo one I might even catch up soon.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Awesome. This coming week's episode wraps up season two. Expect the episode review on Tuesday and the season overview on Thursday.

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