On this past weekend’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka and the younglings get recaptured by Hondo Ohnaka’s men, but when they are taken back to the pirate camp, they find it under the control of General Grievous. It seems that Count Dooku is finally exacting his vengeance for being taken prisoner by Hondo way back in Season One, and has captured the entire system. Ahsoka convinces the pirates to free her and the younglings so that they can all work together to free Hondo and get to his secret fleet of ships so they can escape the droid army. They do, and after a lengthy chase and an appearance by a rebuilt and repainted Slave I (you’ll remember it crashed on Florrum in Season Two), the Jedi and the pirates escape.
For the most part, I liked this conclusion to the Young Jedi arc. I thought it had a lot of great action beats, particularly the chase through the canyon after the Jedi free Hondo, and also Ahsoka’s lightsaber duel with Grievous. Once again, I’m taken aback by how much her character has grown–this is not the same Padawan who was hiding from Grievous during Season One’s “Duel of the Droids.” I also found myself liking all of the younglings by the time this final episode of their story aired, and I really do hope that they spin them off into their own show, provided that it’s anything like these last four episodes have been.
Though, one thing annoyed me right up front, and it’s an issue I have with Clone Wars from time to time: Jedi only being as strong as the writers want them to be for a given scenario. After seeing the younglings doing their acrobatics last week when they joined the circus, I had a bit of a hard time believing they were finding it difficult to jump onto the Jedi cruiser’s ramp when they were initially being chased by the pirates. I mean, we just saw that they are capable of some pretty amazing stunts. Why were they finding it so hard to do a straight leap onto a ship?
That nitpick aside, this was a really fun episode. I once again enjoyed Hondo, but am kind of hoping we don’t see him until at least halfway through Season Six. I’ve had my fill for the time being, and I’d rather see him put away before he goes stale on us. I also loved the battle droid commander’s holographic message about the “miniature Jedi” and his scream of “My knees!” when one of the younglings takes him out there. And for about the millionth time, I’m lamenting that Hasbro likely won’t turn Gungi, Byph, Zatt, Katooni, Petro, Ganodi, Huyang, and some of Hondo’s pirates into action figures. Not to mention last week’s Gamorrean clown…