Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Clone Wars: Nightsisters

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: "Nightsisters"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 3, Episode 12
Original Air Date: January 7, 2011
via Wookieepedia
"Nightsisters" is a big episode for the development of Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's apprentice, though not for much longer, as it turns out.  Darth Sidious (aka Palpatine) now perceives her as a threat and commands Dooku to destroy her.  Dooku dutifully follows the order, or so he believes.  While the ship she had been on was destroyed, Asajj manages to slip away at the last moment and makes her way to her home world, Dathomir.

From here, we get a full origin story for Asajj.  The episode also introduces her "family": the Nightsisters, a witch coven who wield magic derived from the Dark side of the Force.  Fortunately, we're going to have a chance to explore this group further over the next couple episodes.
via Wookieepedia
The coven is led by Mother Talzin.  She welcomes Asajj back into the fold and helps her plan her revenge.  In time, we learn she holds respected status on the Dark side, at least enough to inspire Dooku's trust.  Visually, she is based on unused concept art for the character of Darth Maul.  She is voiced by Barbara Goodson.  Told the show was looking for a "Romanian witch" voice, Goodson based her performance on horror actress Maria Oupenskaya.
via Behind the Voice Actors
Barbara Goodson was born August 16, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York.  While her voice resume is extensive, her biggest gig has been the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, for which she voiced the character of Rita Repulsa among others.  She has also contributed to Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky and numerous anime projects.

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  1. Oh, Rita Repulsa. Now we're talking. :D
    I've heard Elizabeth Banks is playing here in the movie soon.

    1. I have to admit, I don't know the Power Rangers at all.

  2. Speaking of Darth Maul, did you know the horns on his head were an accident? Originally, they were supposed to be feathers, but someone mistook them for horns from the concept art and the whole character ended up being changed by it.

    1. I did not know that. To me, Darth Maul was the best part of Phantom Menace.