Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Clone Wars: Corruption

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: "Corruption"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 5
Original Air Date: October 8, 2010
via The Clone Wars Wiki
Padmé visits Mandalore on a diplomatic mission.  During her stay, scandal breaks out in catastrophic form.  Children are being rushed to the hospital in alarming numbers, apparently poisoned through their school lunches.  Padmé and Countess Satine investigate the root cause.  The story has many real world precedents, well-documented in a book I read and reviewed recently: Swindled by Bee Wilson.

In Star Wars films and novels, the corruption on individual planets is mentioned but we never get to see it up close.  Through occasional visits to Mandalore, The Clone Wars offers a more intimate view of such political machinations.  Always worth noting: no Jedi in this story, except in passing mention.


Mandalore is governed by a Ruling Council, comprised of several ministers and led by the Prime Minister.  Among them is Armatan, Minister of the Interior.  He'll be back for another episode in Season 5.  In both episodes, he is voiced by Corey Burton.
via Wookieepedia
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  1. I like the political episodes. The political stuff gets so overlooked.

    1. Usually, I don't enjoy them as much, though I appreciate their narrative purpose.

  2. I enjoyed this one. I liked seeing another layer (?) of what the the different worlds are like. It is like the frosting between the layers of a cake.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. We do get multiple layers with Mandalore in particular. I do enjoy that.