Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Clone Wars: Darkness on Umbara

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: "Darkness on Umbara"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 4, Episode 7
Original Air Date: October 28, 2011
via Wookieepedia
Phew, I feel better now.  I'd been worried about Season 4: signs of formula creeping in plus two consecutive droid stories.  But now we're on safer ground.  "Darkness on Umbara" is, at least in part, a clone troopers story and The Clone Wars is really good at those.

The Republic launches a strategic strike on Umbara. Anakin and his troopers fall victim to a sneak attack by the Umbarans, though their bacon is saved by Jedi Master Pong Krell's air strike.  Krell's maneuvers aren't finished.  He informs Anakin that he has been called back to Coruscant.  Krell will take over command in his absence.  We soon learn Krell's a jerk, dismissive and insulting to the clones and reckless in his decisions.  Understandably, the troopers chafe, respectfully.  We're likely to learn more about Krell.  "Darkness on Umbara" is the first in a four-episode arc.
via Wookieepedia
This arc is the first and only appearance of Pong Krell in the Star Wars universe.  He is a Besalisk from the planet Ojom.  He is voiced by Dave Fennoy.
via Fables Wiki
Fennoy was born January 20, 1952 in Silver Spring, Maryland, though he grew up in Cleveland.  He worked as a DJ in San Francisco until 1990 when his station, KSOL, fired its entire staff.  Already in contact with a voice over agent, he moved to Los Angeles and dove into his second career full time.  Most of his work his been in video games, including the lead character in The Walking Dead, but he has plenty of screen credits, too.  In television, he has contributed to Archer, Ben 10 and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  1. The problem with this episode is that I remember how this arc ends, but I do have to wonder if Krell was always an asshole or if that's just what he became.

  2. I have not followed this at all. Love Star Wars, but just could not get interested.

    1. I understand. It took me a few episodes to get hooked.