Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Clone Wars: The General

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: "The General"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 4, Episode 8
Original Air Date: November 4, 2011
via Wookieepedia
"The General" is the second in a four-part story arc.  General Krell continues to lead the 501st Legion in Anakin's absence.  Krell is doing little to endear himself to the clones, ordering them into what appears a certain suicide mission.  The clones grumble, or at least the ones who survive do.  The banter between the clones is, in fact, the highlight of the episode.
via The Monster M*A*S*H Wiki
Krell reminds me of a M*A*S*H story.  At one point, one of the clones states that Krell has the highest casualty rate of any general in the Republic.  I recall there was a similar character in a M*A*S*H episode: Colonel Lacy in "Preventative Medicine." I see M*A*S*H storylines creep into other TV shows from time to time.  Battlestar Galactica had a couple.  I think most people forget how good M*A*S*H was at its best.

via Wookieepedia
Dave Filoni was the supervising director for the Clone Wars series.  Filoni was born June 7, 1974 in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  In high school, he played in the marching band and was the starting goaltender for the hockey team.  He attended Edinboro University.  Prior to Star Wars, he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Filoni has been deeply involved in all of Star Wars's recent major animated projects.  He was the director of the Clone Wars film and currently serves as executive producer for Star Wars: Rebels.  Plo Koon is his favorite character, to the point that he wore a Plo Koon costume to the premiere of Revenge of the Sith and has paraphernalia of the character all over his office.  He has also contributed voice work to the Clone Wars, performing the bounty hunter Embo in several episodes.

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  1. I read "goaltender" as "goatlender" the first time through. That made me pause for a moment, let me tell you.

    I watched MASH as a kid, but I don't remember specific episodes at this point. Probably, I will not ever get around to watching it again.

    1. Naturally, goatlending is a common side business for high school hockey players - great cashmere market in western PA, too.

      My daughter loves old sitcoms in general but MASH didn't take with her - at least, not yet.