Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Clone Wars: ARC Troopers

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: "ARC Troopers"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 2
Original Air Date: September 17, 2010
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"Clone Cadets," last week's episode, was a prequel to "Rookies," a particularly strong episode from The Clone Wars's first season.  "ARC Troopers" is a "Rookies" sequel.  The planet Kamino, home to the cloning factories, is under Separatist attack.  Echo and Fives, two members of Domino Squad, have returned with Anakin and Obi-Wan to help defend the homeworld.

The story has several touching moments involving 99, a deformed clone introduced in "Clone Cadets."  Otherwise, "ARC Troopers" is too heavy with battle scenes for my taste: fighting in space, underwater, in the cloning complex, etc.  The always intriguing Asajj Ventress is back, though, which is definitely a plus.

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via Wookieepedia
Shaak Ti is the Jedi General supervising clone trooper training on Kamino.  She is a Togruta from the planet Shili.  Shaak Ti first appeared in Attack of the Clones, played by Orli Shoshan.  In The Clone Wars, she is voiced by Tasia Valenza.
via Wookieepedia
Valenza was born April 5, 1967 in New York City.  Her first major television gig was the recurring role of Dottie Thornton on All My Children, for which she received an Emmy nomination.  She also has made appearances on The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Coming of Age") and Space: Above and Beyond
on Star Trek: TNG via Memory Alpha
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8 comments:

  1. Put the three episodes together, and it's an interesting arc.

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  2. I enjoyed this episode battles and all. I was caught up in all the action.
    As Andrew said they work as an arch.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Star Wars is good at infusing battle scenes with narrative and this episode is no exception.

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  3. The bios you give on the characters always intrigue me. I now try harder to identify voices when I am watching animation. ;)
    ~Jess

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    1. That's a fun game. Try it with commercials, too. Some are obvious like Jon Hamm for Mercedes. Others are more subtle. While there is a taboo about A-listers appearing in TV ads, they can get away with it more easily with voice overs. Kiefer Sutherland is one of my favorites.

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  4. Donald Sutherland makes orange juice commercials, which always gives me a smile.

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