Boba Fett make's his Clone Wars debut, ready to settle the score against Mace Windu for his father's death.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by: Doug Petrie
Directed by: Stewart Lee
Daniel Logan as Boba Fett/Clone Cadets
Dee Bradley Baker as Clone Troopers/Clone Cadet Jax
Terrence Carson as Mace Windu
Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker
Jaime King as Aurra Sing
Julian Holloway as Admiral Killan
Tom Kane as Narrator
The creators of this show weren't kidding when they said this season would focus on the bounty hunters. From Cad Bane to the introduction of Mandalorian Warriors we've seen all sorts of antics from them. Not only that but this season we've been shown even more independent thoughts going on amongst some of the Clone Troopers. Though it has been all brewing to the season finale as we're given the Clone Wars introduction of the one who'll eventually become the most famous of them all in Star Wars, Boba Fett.
Besides the introduction of said Fett, we are treated to probably what many fans wanted in Revenge of the Sith, a Boba/Mace Windu confrontation. How does this occur? Well given Boba is a clone of his pop and since his pop has clones running around the Republic Army, Boba tries fitting in with some young clones as they take a tour of a starship that just so happens to be also carrying Mace.
Though for those expecting Boba to be all in Mandalore hardware and him going blaster to lightsaber with Mace you'll be sadly disappointed. This isn't the Boba we know in the Original Trilogy that's on display here. Plus honesty do you really think a kid such as Boba with one year of training can get the drop on a harden Jedi Master on the field of battle? So we get an alternate and probably the best method for Boba to attain his revenge which is way more realistic. Plus it gives the creators to show Boba before he puts the helmet on, much like Anakin Skywalker (even though in novels Boba was already doing all this the crazy bounty hunting antics which I always felt was hard to stomach).
Here Boba has the fire within him, but he still lacks that killer edge that he'll eventually gain in later years. We do get glimmers of this during the episode (the target practice scene and another), but we also still see traits that Boba is still very much a boy and he'll hesitate (which obviously shouldn't be surprising I mean he's just a kid you just don't become a harden take no prisoners bounty hunter by night). Enter Boba's teacher, Aurra Sing (who ironically is what some fans have called the Prequel Trilogy version of the famous bounty hunter). She gives the lad the necessary pushes that are needed to carry out the cold blooded tasks. My only wish is we could have had more of her little nudges, but given that this is the beginning, I have no doubt she'll be doing exactly that.
The other thing that was an intriguing concept shown in this episode is the young clones who're the same age as Boba. Much like Season 1's very memorable episode Rookies, we see things again from the Clones' side more, with the Jedi as the side characters. Here we get a glimmer of the training and atmosphere the young clones are given. Not surprising, it isn't a very happy one. The teachers (other clones of course) are very strict for the most part (which isn't surprising given the fact their only bred for combat). Still, there are little bits where we shown the clone elders do know the fact they're handling kids.
That said much kudos go to Dee Bradley Baker and Daniel Logan (yep they pretty much got the actor who played Boba in Attack of the Clones to reprise his role) who spend pretty much for the entire episode are talking to each other and themselves. They each give a pretty good distinct vocal to each clone they voice too.
However I still have issues with the episode. They are petty ones, but they're still good damn issues. Honestly, why the hell would a trooper give a kid their blaster? I don't care if he's a clone, if he starts showing interest in it you don't just hand him the damn thing. Then there's how Boba got into the group of young clones which was the old him replacing someone else who was “ill”. Also the episode ended too much on a darn light note. I know these are clone kids and all, but I'll be damned if this wasn't a VERY dark episode. I mean I lost count on how many Clone Troopers died in this episode. Plus that haunting score at the end when Slave-I departs and leaves one of the escape pods (with Kevin Kliner's VERY haunting score as it does this) to rot. Why couldn't the show just cut it from there? Just think of the dropped jaws of viewers if they did that. But of course we're treated to a somewhat happy ending. Though yeah I know this is also a “kid's” show and given how idiotic parents are nowadays at the slightest hint of bad stuff they'll complain Personally, I wanted the show to take that extra dark step and I think by this arc's end we'll be getting just that.
4 out of 5