Scipio Under Attack
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The last chapter of the Clovis trilogy is well-paced, well-written half-hour of the Clone Wars, even though the close to final scene had me seething. The action quote came back with brutality and Count Dooku came back with his terrible name and terrifying aura. Clovis quickly learns that his promotion wasn’t nearly as exciting as he thought it was. It’s an exciting episode that has the unfortunate taint of wrapping everything up too neatly.
Clovis, under Dooku’s pretty serious threats, reneges on his promise of being fair to the Republic and basically doubles their interest rates. The Republic is outraged and the invasion of Scipio begins. Talk about a terrible first day on the job. Padmé is furious at what she can logically see as a massive backstabbing, but what can you do, eh?
Count Dooku arrives on Scipio with his elegant accent and uses the Force to have the Separatist senator shot on sight by Padmé’s hand. Accidents, am I right? The Separatists launch their own invasion of Scipio and the battle sequences, although brief, are executed very well. Clone Commander Thorn makes a great introduction then is killed off in a blaze of glory – though it looks fairly painful. Clovis, now in a full state of panic, attempts to hold Padmé as his hostage, but that goes over as well as you think it would. Anakin was having none of it. Suddenly a Vulture Droid slams into the tower where the trio was having their stand-off. In a tense moment, Clovis sacrifices himself and Anakin and Padmé embrace. It’s almost touching but it’s frankly irritating. It’s way too neat and I get that they need to be back together for Episode III to work, but they could have just left it open-ended. The embrace was way too neat, far too quick, and anti-climactic.
On Coruscant, the true political masking behind the entire Banking Clan episode comes to light – Chancellor Palpatine is now head of the banking system. Funding enough for a future Empire? Here’s where the start begins. In retrospect, it’s a brilliant storytelling move that almost overcomes the tepid embrace that comes before it. This entire trilogy of episodes has been a very strong one and despite the neat ending for the couple, some of the best writing Anakin and Padmé have ever received.
Title: Crisis at the Heart
Writer: Christian Taylor
Director: Steward Lee
Chronologically Episode #115
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