Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Clone Wars: Pursuit of Peace

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: "Pursuit of Peace"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 11
Original Air Date: December 3, 2010
via Wookieepedia
No Jedi this time - always seems worth mentioning.  And a strong episode, too.  In fact, I would say "Pursuit of Peace" is a leading candidate for best episode of the season.

In a continuation of last week's story, Padmé is working desperately to defeat a senate bill that would deregulate the banks, allowing for a massive increase in funding for clone production.  Her efforts have been undermined by an attack on Coruscant, followed by personal assaults upon senators sympathetic to her point of view.  We all know from the real world how difficult it is to push back against widespread panic.  As she struggles to find the right message - and messenger - to convince her colleagues not to bankrupt the Republic for the sake of war, she turns to Teckla Minnau, her handmaiden, for insights into the impact of the conflict on the citizenry.  The result is genuinely moving.
via Wookieepedia
Minnau first appeared in the novelization of Attack of the Clones.  In this episode, she is voiced by Ashley Moynihan.  This is the second of two Clone Wars appearances for Moynihan.  She was also Cadet Soniee in "The Academy."  Other voice work includes the TV series Wulin Warriors: Legend of the Seven Stars and Detective Conan and the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
via Behind the Voice Actors
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  1. It's a good episode. It's not going to get best of season from me, though, but, then, I'm about five episodes ahead, right now.

    1. I've gotten a bit ahead now, too. I have a very busy fall looming so getting a jump on posts over the summer is vital.

      The next two arcs are definitely very good and we'll have plenty to talk about with both, especially the Mortis arc. But my emotional response to this one was undeniable. When she turned to Teckla while speaking in the senate chamber - so nice.

    2. Not to get ahead, but the Mortis arc is probably the most significant of the entire series, at least in how it relates to the Star Wars universe.

    3. It is a remarkable reduction of the moral dilemma that lies at the heart of the franchise.