Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Clone Wars: Soft War

Andrew Leon and I are watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Every Tuesday, we will be featuring an episode from the series which began in 2008.

Episode: "Soft War"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 5, Episode 4
Original Air Date: October 19, 2012
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"Soft War" is the third in a four-part story arc, one in which a rebellion is waged against the new, Separatist-aligned king on Onderon.  As Andrew pointed out in a recent post, this arc is a particularly important one for the series and the Star Wars saga as a whole as it marks the beginning of the Rebel Alliance.  This week, the rebels on Onderon are working to free their true king and oust the pretender.  While Anakin and Obi-Wan have gone back to Coruscant, Ahsoka is still hanging around.  Her actions in this episode establish a new relationship between the Jedi and the rebels, a relationship with major implications for the adventures to come.
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The pivotal character in "Soft War" is General Tandin for reasons best not shared just yet.  The episode marks his first appearance in Star Wars.  He is voiced by David Kaye.
via Scoobypedia
Kaye was born October 14, 1964 in Peterborough, Ontario.  In the '80s, he moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in radio.  He found stage work there, too, starring in both Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Harvey.  His voice over career began in 1989 with the G.I. Joe animated series.  His voice credits are extensive and the Transformers franchise has been particularly kind to him as he has had prominent roles on six different series.  At present, he is the in-show announcer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Next week: "Tipping Points."


  1. Without going into the future of Ahsoka (especially since I still haven't gotten past the first season of Rebels), I think this arc could be called foundational.

  2. My 5 yr. old grandson is making a shift from Dinosaurs to Star Wars. We will visit Switzerland in June, and I'll let you know where he is in the shift.

  3. Oh, G.I. Joe. Remember that from my childhood. :)

    1. Yup, as sanitized as a show about violent combat could possibly be: loads of explosions but nobody gets hurt.