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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid 5th season - at times reaching major highs, 25 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Star Wars Clone Wars - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
The Clone Wars saga rampages on with season 5, which I found to be at times absolutely brilliant but let down by a weak and long story-arc in the middle - hence 4 stars and not 5. The season marks key developments in characters and storyline that set the scene for what should be an exciting end to the franchise next year. As in previous seasons, there are multiple story-arcs involving our usual heroes and villains. The action and detail in animation is again top drawer.

This season has 20 episodes as follows:
1. Revival
Darth Maul and Savage Opress attempt to take over the pirate stronghold of Hondo, but Jedi masters Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia arrive to intervene. A solid opening episode for the season, with (**SPOILER**)at least one significant character killed in the fight. This is something the writers have generally avoided with lightsabre duels, but it gave the episode a sense of realism and sadness that you'd expect considering the magnitude of the conflict and the toll it takes on the Jedi order.

2. A War On Two Fronts
3. Frontrunners
4. The Soft War
5. Tipping Points
Ep2-5 cover the battle for control of the Planet Onderon, with Ahsoka showing great maturity in playing a key role to support the planet's freedom fighters. A real mix of politics, subversive/guerrilla warfare and all-out action, though probably too long at 4 episodes - 3 should have covered it.

6. The Gathering
7. A Test of Strength
8. Bound for Rescue
9. A Necessary Bond
Episodes 6-9 also involve Ahsoka, who is now helping Jedi younglings to build their lightsabres. The novices are attacked by Hondo and then later by General Grevious, forcing the younglings to show bravery and skills much sooner than they ever imagined.

10. Secret Weapons
11. A Sunny Day in the Void
12. Missing in Action
13. Point of No Return
Episodes 10-13 follows R2-D2 and a team of droids on a secret mission. This was definitely the weak part of the season. It was a boring story-arc with a collection of quite dull droids (R2 aside) on an even duller planet - how this concept got so much time at 4 episodes is honestly beyond comprehension. A major oversight by editors/producers in my opinion.

14. Eminence
15. Shades of Reason
16. The Lawless
Darth Maul and Savage Opress are rescued by the Mandalorian Death Watch, who then form an alliance to take over the planet Mandalore. These episodes for me were probably the best I have seen in all of seasons 1-5. Climactic lightsabre duels are aplenty with Pre Vizsla battling Darth Maul and then the topper - Darth Sidious vs. Maul and Opress. For me, this is what Star Wars is all about. It may sound unbelievable for a CGI/Lucas production, but there is also great direction with good display of emotions (Obi-Wan and Satine), drama and memorable music throughout. Adding another episode or two to this story-arc, while shortening others, would have been the way to go.

17. Sabotage
18. The Jedi Who Knew Too Much
19. To Catch a Jedi
20. The Wrong Jedi
The last few episodes again focus on Ahsoka, where she is implicated in a bombing of the Jedi Temple. She escapes and seeks out the real perpetrator resulting in her reconsidering her future in the Jedi Order. Without doubt Ahsoka was the outstanding character in the season, making you wonder how the prequels could have been so much better if her character had been thought of sooner.

The franchise is nearing it's close with probably one more season to go. It has definitely been stretched out to the max, but Star Wars is Star Wars and so I will keep watching.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2013 02:34:02 BDT
Chris D says:
This isn't really a review; I count only 9 lines of critique on 20 episodes. You didn't give your opinion at all on nearly half if it, eps 1-9. Anyone could go to wikipedia to find out what these episodes were about, what did you think of them? Let's see an actual review (not trying to be a d*ck, just came here to read analyses not synopses).

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 19:13:31 BDT
Frozen Flame says:
Revival has been moved to Disc 2, just before Eminence.
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