Mace and Jar-Jar Team Up
A TV Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The Clone Wars has this annoying habit sometimes of producing episodes that are completely bizarre and you wonder why they happened in the first place. This two-parter is in the same vein, pairing up Mace Windu and Jar-Jar Binks. It’s entertaining enough but makes you wonder whether these episodes were really the best use of resources in the final, truncated season.
Queen Julia of the planet Bardotta sends the Senate a request for help. Mysterious disappearances of their spiritual leaders have been occurring and it has been accredited to an ancient prophecy. The Bardottans are at a loss and Jar-Jar Binks is sent to help. The Jedi enlist Master Windu to come along, a risky endeavor as the Bardottans believe the Jedi’s methodology of garnering Force-sensitive children to be akin to kidnapping. It is an interesting piece of Star Wars lore that is rarely mentioned. In a certain sense it’s a logical stance, depending on your point of view. Your child is born, discovered to be Force-sensitive, and then taken away and more than likely never heard from again. To call the Jedi kidnappers in that regard wouldn’t be entirely wrong.
The Bardottans are naturally angry about Master Windu’s appearance and it turns out theta Jar-Jar Binks’s girlfriend is Queen Julia. Yep, Jar-Jar is dating royalty. So if you are reading this and are single, that’s a little depressing. Anyhow, during their investigation the Queen is kidnapped and the Indiana Jones homage begins in full force. The Dagoyan cultists have a fantastic show down with Mace Windu and Jar-Jar, both of whom are used phenomenally well, and in the case of the latter, that’s saying something. The queen, however, is captured again and thereupon the episode ends on a cliffhanger.
For the most part The Disappeared, Part I is a fun episode that was better than I had expected (but it had Jar-Jar, so I can hardly be blamed for having low expectations). Mace Windu was utilized well and the animation as always was gorgeous. The excellent use of lighting as always is a hallmark of Clone Wars, and the Indiana Jones homage thankfully was kept from going over the top. The art direction and design was exceptional and the Bardotta planet was given a very distinct feel that works. This was overall a fun sojourn, but at this crucial juncture in the series, kind of a waste of time.
Title: The Disappeared, Part I
Writer: Jonathan W. Rinzler
Director: Steward Lee
Chronologically Episode #116
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