Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Clone Wars: Lethal Trackdown

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: "Lethal Trackdown"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 2, Episode 22
Original Air Date: April 30, 2010
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This week's episode is the third and final installment of a Boba Fett story arc.  It is also the last episode of Season Two.  I was concerned about the arc last week - a bit dull - but it recovered nicely in the end.   The leader of Boba's band, Aurra Sing, has taken hostages in an effort to force a confrontation between her young charge and Mace Windu, the Jedi who killed his father.

Some great character development for both Aurra and Boba this time.  Hondo returns as Aurra's old flame.  We see Boba's sympathy for the clone troopers, his kinsmen, a sympathy that compromises his relationship with Aurra.  That relationship - mother/son to a severely limited degree - is the driving force of the episode.  The harsh realities of Boba's existence are laid plain.

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Admiral Shoan Kilian was one of the three hostages and the only one not a clone.  He was named after Kilian Plunkett, a concept artist for the series.  This story arc marks Kilian's first appearance.  The admiral was voiced by Julian Holloway who gave the character a Scottish accent.
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Holloway was born June 24, 1944 in Watlington, Oxfordshire, England.  He is the son of Stanley Holloway who rose to fame on both stage and screen as Alfred P. Doolittle, Eliza's father in My Fair Lady.  Julian found modest success of his own on screens both large and small.  Television work has included Beverley Hills, 90210, The New Avengers and Doctor Who.  Film credits include Young Winston, Porridge and a minor role in the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night.

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  1. It's a good arc that leaves as many questions as it... oh, wait, it didn't really answer any, did it.

    1. I suppose not, though we're left with a pretty clear appreciation of Boba's messed up youth.

  2. Yea, I caught up. Sorta of.
    This arc makes me wish I knew more about Boba's early childhood. His and Anakin's childhood anger leading them both to revenge and hate.
    Plus in my brain fog I keep forgetting which Boba Fett this is. Is he the one that grows up to be eaten by the Sarlacc Pit ?

    cheers, parsnip

    1. This is really the first meaningful glimpse of his childhood so it's new for me, too. And yes, it's the same guy who falls in the Sarlacc Pit.

    2. When my son was in pre-school for a Mother's Day they drew on melmac plates that were sent somewhere to be fired (?) and we received the best gifts ever.
      All the kids drew hearts, flowers or themselfs. My child drew a sort of spiral circle with smaller lines coming out of the spiral. It was mostly brown and with some orange. I loved it and thought it was some sort of abstract flower.
      He told me it was the Saracc Pit !
      He and all his friends were always playing Star Wars so why not.
      I loved that dish with all my heart because it was so him. I lost it in a wildfire that burned down my home. I don't even have a photo of it. But I remember it. Since then I kind of like the Sarlacc Pit more than other people.