It feels good to be back in the swing of things, doing these Uncovering posts! I’ve been majorly impressed and have very much enjoyed this storyline as we wrap up the second story arc of Season 6 with action, intrigue, and much emotion. But with such a wide variety of happenings happening in this one, who knows where this blog’s going to go? I guess that’s one of the fun things about writing these Clone Wars commentaries. So enough chatter out of me, let’s find out exactly what’s caused this Crisis At The Heart! OK, I’m not sure I’m ever going to mesh the title into a sentence like that ever again…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the TCW episodes Senate Spy, An Old Friend, and The Rise Of Clovis
So when we left our heroes, some crazy stuff happened. I mean, I guess it’s not that crazy… Clovis just became the new head of the banks with help from Count Dooku and no one but Clovis knows this. Oh, and Anakin and Padme had a major falling out between them. But whatevz, nothing to write home about– WHO AM I KIDDING, IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL!! THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL RIGHT NOW! Though nobody would’ve guessed that at the moment; Padme and Clovis were heading out to the big bank on Skipio to instigate Clovis as the new boss. So right after the muuns kick out the original banking clan bad guys who messed with the bank to start with, Clovis steps in humbly, stating that he will be in charge of, but not controlling, the banks. And to that simple admission comes much applause from the muuns, Padme, and Bec Lawise, the Sep rep who’d joined them. All is well as far as everyone can tell. And soon we find Clovis sitting at his big desk in his new, huge, majorly swanky office. It’s a seriously awesome office 🙂 OK that was random, but yeah. Anyway, he was chilling at his new desk when who would call but Dooku. And at first Dooku’s all “Hey bro, what’s up? Liking the new digs, my main banker man?”, which feels majorly weird to me. Dooku’s classy, disdainful, snobby, and a big-time Sith jerk, and him being even remotely nice seems totally out of his element. I mean, we’ve seen him butter up associates every now and then and play the occasional charm card on both his enemies and allies, but never outright try and have a second of normal conversation! But then again, maybe this isn’t that abnormal and I’ve just forgotten entirely, but something just felt weird about it this time. Of course, all the pleasantries in the world don’t make up for the fact that he’s then all “So Clovis… think you could cut your Sep bros some slack and charge us a little less? Or at least overcharge the Republic a bit more?” Rush isn’t having it and he’s all “Uh, no! I’m on neither side now and I’m not going to do something majorly unfair!”. Buuuut Dooku… he reminds Clovis that the only reason he’s sitting behind the big desk is because of the deal he made with the second-banana Sith, and because of that Dooku’s really the one calling the shots around here. And poor Clovis has to make the unfortunate announcement that the Republic’s going to have to cough up quite a bit more cash, and he’s clearly not happy about it. And Padme’s all “WHUT?” and before we know it, the entire Senate’s going crazy over this sudden, incredibly uncool move. You can tell pretty quickly that the Republic is not happy by the shouted words of a handful of senators, particularly at word that the banking clan isn’t doing the same to the Seps. And watching this debacle are Yoda, Mace Windu, and Anakin. Yoda’s all “Dude you might have been right…” and though Anakin doesn’t let in on it, he’s probably thinking “Told you so”. Of course, Anakin’s distrust of him stemmed from more than just the guy’s Separatist ties, more like the guy’s old ties to Padme that had him worried, but he wasn’t about to admit to that… I mean, you know what happened last episode. But money issues are far from the only bad thing to happen today…
Not too far away from Skipio, Dooku’s got a ruse that will ruffle even more feathers — a little Sep attack that will have Clovis’ name written all over it. Aw dang, the Separatists are definitely bringin’ it today. Before the clones even know it, super battle droids come and crash the party outside the banks, and caught off-guard as they were, Commander Thorn and his troops don’t come out exactly victorious, but the Commander gets a second to warn Padme, to which she’s again all “Seriously?! Whyy is everything going crazy like this all of a sudden??”. Like say, the money issues were only the beginning of what was going to go down today.
So with the clones cleared out, the illustrious Count makes his grand entrance. And he’s seriously giving me chills right now, particularly when he walks on through the carnage, and while he steps over the downed droids, he subtlely kicks the downed clones he walks over. I can tell you with great certainty that I would never want to run into him in a dark alley, but who would? Yikes.
So what now? Padme makes a call to the Chancellor and Anakin, and she lets them know of the sudden insanity happening on the banking clan’s turf… and the little fact that she’s more or less trapped there. And then a battle droid drags her off and hangs up, which Anakin is more or less a little freaked out about. Palpatine’s not too thrilled either (evidently) and heads out to update the Senate. And Anakin knows that one way or another he’ll be hopping the first ship to Skipio.
So yeah, Padme’s day was not getting much better, considering she’s dragged to Clovis’ office by a battle droid and a commando droid. And it’s not just Clovis hanging out in there, Dooku and his Sep rep had already joined the party. There is seriously something scary about the fact that for the first time ever, as far as I know, Dooku and Padme are in the same room. And Dooku doesn’t bother wasting any charm on her, he just arrests her then and there. But Senator Amidala’s not so easily taken down and grabs ahold of the battle droid’s blaster… and well, it could’ve worked if it hadn’t been for the fact that the Count’s a Sith Lord and stuff. Dooku decides to point the weapon at Lawise instead, considering that his rep wasn’t fond of his politics. Um that was entirely uncool on both mine and Padme’s accounts. She then turns to Clovis and is all “Dude I thought what you wanted was legit! I would’ve never helped you if I’d known!” and he’s all “I didn’t want this to happen! It’s all Dooku’s fault!”. And Dooku’s all “Not to interrupt, but you kinda did make the deal with me, you just didn’t read the fine print.” and Clovis is like “THERE WAS NO FINE PRINT!” to which Dooku says “Uh yeah there was, it was just so fine evidently that you couldn’t read it”. Yeah this is what you get when you make deals with this dude, honestly… if he wasn’t working this Sith job he’d be selling lemons, I’m sure of it.
Whilst this happened, Palpatine returned to the rather ruffled Republic Senate and told them what craziness just conspired, but to make it all better lets them know that General Skywalker and his troops are going to smooth everything out the way it should be. Now I have to talk about this for a second… the entire time Palpatine speaks it seriously looks like he’s smiling a bit! OK maybe it’s just the wrinkles around his mouth giving that appearance, but to me I’m guessing he’s really tickled how well his little plan’s working out at the moment… and that, my friends, is really really majorly creepy. In fact, he’s kinda been smiling the entire episode from what I can tell! He never looks totally happy, but I’m sure not buying his “disappointment” or “concern” or “disgust” or “sadness”… perhaps the Jedi noticed this and that’s why they started wondering if he was really to be trusted and sent Anakin to spy on him in Episode III. But at the word of the Chancellor, Anakin’s sent off, but not before a few wise words from Yoda to keep his little selfish side in check. Meanwhile, Palpatine takes a second to let Dooku know how awesomely his plan is turning out as everyone will see Clovis as the bad guy and ultimately it’ll be the Chancellor (read: himself) who gets ahold of the banks. And then he lets loose all the joy he was evidently trying to hold back and laughs his creepy evil laugh and in turn sends a chill down my spine.
So the space battle begins! The Republic ships work to bring down the Seps while Anakin and the 501st take it to the planet surface to get to saving the Senator. And our heroes have no idea that the Separatists are rather allowing themselves to be defeated today… but Anakin could care less, his beloved is in major trouble!
And in the midst of this Clovis is completely bummed out, he really didn’t want this to all go south, and he tries to get Padme to understand this as everything starts falling apart around them. Padme thinks the best move for him to make is to turn himself in, but the minute Anakin arrives, he freaks out and puts a gun to Padme’s head to keep the Jedi from doing anything cray. Anakin’s a bit more chill this round, though not without a firm grip on his lightsaber, as Clovis tries to explain everything, and all that while Padme tries to weasel her way out of his arms. And then boom! Along came an shot-down vulture droid and everything literally starts falling apart around them!
So I’m going to leave you guys hanging for a bit and talk about Clovis for a minute. I’m really glad they brought the guy back for this story arc, because it lets us see him in a new, more respectable, light. Back in Senate Spy, he came off half as a bad guy and half as a guy who’d been blinded by love, and together he made some dumb choices that both nearly killed Padme and let her get the dirt on the Seps’ droid factory. But now we see him as, I believe, probably a decent guy, but still a decent guy who made stupid bad choices. He and Padme once were on the same side, but then the war happened and what has he done since then? Joined the Separatists, used Padme’s name as his password, let his emotions blind him to the treachery his fellow Seps were putting together that ultimately lead to Padme being poisoned, he tried to do the right thing and expose corruption, but he tried too hard with Padme, instigated a fight with Anakin that didn’t need to happen, bought Dooku’s lies and now all of this. So much fail. This guy clearly has a good heart, he clearly wants to fight for what he believes is right, but if he had a) been able to see past his feelings, and b) has been more careful with who aligned himself with, maybe all of this crazy wouldn’tve happened. I have to say, it about broke my heart when a few minutes earlier he said regretfully to Padme “I’ve always been misunderstood… who knows what people will say about me now?”. We see through Clovis that we have to be very careful when making choices and how we handle our feelings (and also making strong passwords; I’m sorry I’m sorry but it’s still kind of funny to me). But ultimately, as we will see shortly, Clovis will redeem himself in a very unexpected way.
So the entire office started slanting and leaning to what could be a seriously nasty fall, with Clovis and Padme headed to the edge! Anakin grabbed them both with each hand. And not only do I love that Anakin has clearly taken Yoda’s words to heart as he holds tightly to both Padme and Clovis, but the same hand that threw punches at Clovis a short time ago, that robotic hand, is now determined to not let him go, even with all the bad choices he’s made. Wow. But despite Anakin’s determination, his grip can’t hold onto them both forever, and neither Padme nor Clovis can get enough traction to climb up. And it’s in that moment that Clovis makes what ultimately would be the right choice; he apologizes to the girl he’d always love no matter how she felt about him, and lets go. Anakin and Padme are equally shocked and rather saddened by this move, and as Anakin finally pulls Padme up to safety, the two hold each other in the midst of the destruction around them, as it’s clear and evident that their relationship has been mended as the battle comes to an end. Ahhhh it’s so sweet and bittersweet at the same time I just can’t… 😥
So back in the Senate building, things are looking up as Palpatine is given control of the banks from here on out, but somehow amidst the cheers of the other Senators… Padme and Anakin exchange this look that questions if this is really the right thing. And we all simultaneously mutter “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”
Whoa I’m finding these blogs getting more and more difficult to end on anything but a mysterious and dramatic note! But perhaps that’s why these episodes have been so great! And certainly the Lost Missions will only get more intriguing from here on out! Which is why my next blog will be a Closer Look at the New Yoda Chronicles: Escape From The Jedi Temple! After that the Uncovering blogs will resume as they should. But yeah… anyway, I’ll let you get back to your life now, or at least let you get back to contemplating this episode yourself 🙂
Keep The Peace,