Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Clone Wars: Weapons Factory

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: "Weapons Factory"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 2, Episode 6
Original Air Date: November 13, 2009
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The narrative intent of "Weapons Factory" is clear: juxtapose the Anakin-Ahsoka relationship with a more normal (read: healthier) Jedi-Padawan relationship.  Luminara and her protege, Barriss Offee join the assault on a Separatist droid factory.  Ahsoka and Barriss are sent on a dangerous mission to plant explosives while their masters divert attention. 

Throughout the story, the two elders exhibit different levels of both trust and attachment towards their apprentices.  Sometimes the Jedi way can seem a bit cold-hearted in its caution against emotional involvement.  But Luminara expresses deep compassion for her Padawan, though it is tempered by an appreciation for life's realities.  In essence, she is prepared to let go, when and if necessary.  We see that Anakin's affection for Ahsoka or Padme or even R2-D2 is not the problem.  His weakness is his belief that he can and should protect everything he holds dearest at all cost.
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Barriss Offee was first introduced in The Approaching Storm, a novel tie-in to the release of Attack of the Clones.  She is a Mirialan, the same species as Luminara.  She holds a special role within the Order, that of Jedi healer.  In the film, Barriss is performed by Nalini Krishan.  In The Clone Wars, she is voiced by Meredith Salenger.
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Salenger was born March 14, 1970 in Malibu, California.  At age 15, she had her first starring film role as the title character in The Journey of Natty Gann.  At 17, she was one of River Phoenix's many love interests in A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.  In 1992, she graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in pshychology.  In addition to her continuing acting career, she works as a mediator for the Agency of Dispute Resolution in Beverly Hills.

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