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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Crisis At The Heart

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


(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

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,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Orders

So we’ve arrived now to the last of this first series of Season 6, and whoo boy, this one’s intense with a capital “I“! But yeah, I think we’re all quite aware of that. It’s about to get crazy heady in this blog… but don’t despair! I’m good at sprinkling in some positivity here and there, even in an intense-ish episode of the sort. And even in the midst of the crazy headiness, I hope I’ll spark some interesting conversations, incite plausible theories, and fascinate with my potentially crazy points of view. Well, I wouldn’t say my points of view are that crazy but… I guess you can be the judge of that. Anyway there’s no point in making you read all this blathering, let’s move along and start my commentary on Orders!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Force Unleashed, and TCW episodes The Deserter, The Jedi Who Knew Too Much, To Catch A Jedi, The Wrong Jedi, The Unknown, Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders


(Original screencap credit: the official Star Wars Youtube)

When we last left our clone hero, Fives had dug up a boatload of information that could potentially dethrone the entire Sith game, and the awesomely awesome Shaak Ti decided that the best thing to do would be to let Fives tell Palpatine what’s going on. Of course, as we well know, uhm… the so-called “Chancellor” is kinda orchestrating the whole uncool evil Order 66 thing! I’m sure somewhere in the midst of The Force Unleashed, Shaak Ti is facepalming herself looking back. But at the moment, she’s pretty calm with everything going on. Until then, we as the audience are facepalming ourselves in the crazy ironicness of it all! But unbeknownst to her, the “honorable” Kaminoan doctor Nala Se does something that quite possibly alters the outcome of the entire episode: she rather subtly hits Fives with a medicinal drug (possibly a sedative?). How does that affect him ultimately? We shall see. But looking back myself… let’s just say any sliver of respect I had for Nala Se just went out the window.
So once they get there, Palpatine is all smiles and old-man-charming as usual, and Fives is having a hard time having any meaningful conversation with his vision blurred and his senses dulled. The Jedi and the Kaminoan explain both sides of the story in the midst of Fives’s inability to get his thoughts out right. So then the Chancellor thought it’d be just great to have a casual chat alone with Fives to help chill out his clone “compadre” out. The dueling dudettes comply, even though it was with a bit of a raised eyebrow. We don’t see or hear this mano y mano conversation, but considering what happened in the end, I’m not sure we want to. I’m guessing that Palpatine tried to explain his ultimate plan without giving away all the details and trying to make it sound like he’s the good guy (and he’s aware that he’s really good at that) and Fives read between the lines, leading him to just nearly rid the galaxy of the ultimate terror. But of course, everyone buys his “I’m an innocent sweet old guy and he totally just tried to kill me for no reason!” act as usual; the only one who didn’t was, well… Fives. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a clone run as fast as Fives did as he somewhat groggily made a dash for the door. He was too fast even for Shaak Ti — and she awesomely jumped off the staircase to catch up with him! She explains the situation to Mace, Anakin, and Yoda and they’re all like “whuuuuuuut?”, which is the logical explanation one would have if they heard that a friend attacked the Republic’s grand poobah. Gets a bit more confusing (or not so much for us as the audience) when they’re told the Jedi haven’t been asked to help find him. But Anakin knows that Fives would no doubt listen to him and Rex, so the secret search is on…
Meanwhile, no one looked more out-of-place in the busy Coruscant city than Fives… in full armor, minus a helmet, and walking about, looking lost and little off. He’s about as free at the moment as any clone ever had been or would be (well, if you don’t count the fact that he’s on the run and stuff, and I suppose that’s only if we’re not counting Cut Lawquane from Season 2… oh never mind), but he’s not out here for fun — he’s out here once again searching for the truth, or at least a friend who will truly listen to him (oh, don’t we wish AZ were here right now!). Fives doesn’t know exactly who to talk to, but he knows where to start, and he’s going to get there by taxi.
I must take a moment and talk about the Coruscant taxi and its driver. It’s absolutely surreal seeing something even more so familiar to what we have in our world in the midst of this major drama. And the driver’s kinda hilarious and true to the New York drivers we all know well. And on top of all this crazy similarity, there’s what sounds like hip-hop/rap music going on in the cab! I guess that’s not terribly abnormal really (especially since I watched Episode II not very long ago), but in this scenario, in this episode, it sorta knocked me for a loop. Of course, all the funky music and jabbering drivers couldn’t distract Fives from his clear mission, though he certainly didn’t mind having some rather awkward and not-too-pleasant conversations with the driver, who isn’t surprised or swayed by anything. I’m sure our clone hero was quite glad it was an ultimately short ride to his destination (and that he can just get the fare billed to the Republic, since he probably doesn’t have pockets for pocket change in that armor). His destination was the clone bar 97’s, to which I thought “The clones have their own hangout? Oooookaaaay I didn’t know that…”. Though it almost looks like a club for Imperials, because that infamous gray uniform is evidently party wear for clones. And the fact that the clones have any casual wear aside from their fatigues is mind-boggling to me. And plus, it feels a bit weird to see these normally steadfast clones chilling out (not to mention a tad tipsy…). So in a room full of clones, Fives, wearing only a borrowed uniform hat, scopes out for any familiar 501st face he can find… and the first he finds is fellow teammate Kicks (forgive me if I spelled his name wrong). And in the quiet of the men’s room (again, something else I couldn’tve imagined I’d ever see in the SW Universe), Fives asks Kicks for a favor: to tell Anakin and Rex to meet with him alone. Kicks is awesome and is all “sure thing bro” and Fives proceeds to grab a speeder bike and stealthily sneaks out of the club and to his rendevouz spot. But unfortunately for him, he wasn’t stealthy enough to avoid the eye of a Republic probe droid. You know, a lot of this situation reminds me of Ahsoka’s plight in Season 5, in which we find our hero on the run, searching for truth, and at odds with both our good guys and bad guys (plus, Anakin doesn’t end up helping either of them the way they’d wanted to be helped). It’s one of those episodes that put things in perspective as we recall that the Republic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (as it’s kinda run by the most evil guy in the galaxy and that same guy will shut the whole thing down pretty quickly in favor of his new empire). It’s not easy to return to that viewpoint after so many heroic missions and brave deeds and great rescues by so many Republic heroes these past five seasons, but being reminded of the finiteness of the Clone Wars and where they’re headed is important, so we don’t forget the ultimate outcome and the ultimate victory for the Jedi and Rebels in the end. So yeah I was actually booing the Republic probe droid as he followed Fives closely behind as our hero found an old secluded warehouse of which to meet General Skywalker and Captain Rex. But as far as Fives could tell, everything was going to plan: he’d finally be able to get the truth out.
When Anakin and Rex arrived, they were a bit wary as Fives wouldn’t come out and face them until they put their weapons down. Understandably so, since they’re pretty certain that their clone friend has lost his marbles, oh, and then Fives traps them in a ray shield. Well, maybe “trap” is a bit harsh, but I’m not sure how to say it better. Oh, poor poor Fives… he’s trying to explain the whole crazy conspiracy, but he’s not doing the best job of getting the words out (aside from already being pretty freaked out, he’s also drugged, you might remember) and isn’t doing the best job of not coming off loony. That’s a pretty big question, isn’t it? Is Fives just crazy to reveal the truth… or is he actually just crazy? I like’d to believe that it’s the first option, with the added disadvantage of the drugging. Though he probably shouldn’tve added “I’M NOT CRAZY!”, as that sentence tends to make people believe the opposite. Anakin tries to calm him down and get him to come quietly, but Fives is not having it. He knows that Palpatine’s involved and that a bazillion clones are awaiting orders to kill their leaders and friends in the Jedi, and of course Anakin’s all “Bro, Palpatine’s awesome! How could you say that?? Let’s just chill out and try to think things over” (Yeah, and Ani’s an excellent judge of character, as we all know…). But such chilling out couldn’t happen because along came Palpatine’s clone gang with weapons drawn. Fives doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but they weren’t interested in listening, so he grabbed Rex’s blaster to get them to stop. Buuuut well… the other clones didn’t get that message and shot first. And that’s where I started ugly crying. Anakin and Rex manage to escape the ray shield and come by Fives’s side. And OMGosh there’s not a dry eye in the house… I about lost it further when I saw Rex tearing up just the slightest. The Arc Trooper’s mission has ended, but not alone… with his friends and leaders General Skywalker and Captain Rex, and several of his brothers in armor 😥 IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO SAD THAT I CAN’T EVEN… 😥
I had originally hoped that maybe Fives would ultimately escape from the eye of Republic, like Cut Lawquane, but in retrospect, Fives joining with the Force was probably the inevitable. And after much thinking, I realized that even if Fives had convinced the Jedi and his fellow clones of Palpatine’s true identity and Order 66, it probably still wouldn’tve changed much. I mean, we’ve seen what happens when Jedi attempt to arrest the Chancellor; it doesn’t end too well. And with Dooku and Grievous still be alive, who knows what they would’ve done! Or would Palpatine have found a way to kill them off early? And I’m guessing that he still would’ve found a way to convince Anakin to join the Dark Side. Plus, any clone with the chip could still be told to execute Order 66, probably even if they did know the truth. Not to mention Fives would probably get killed anyway, and probably in an even worse way, if not just memory-wiped and dumped in the middle of Hoth or something. While I would’ve loved to see the good guys win this one entirely, the likelihood is that the SW story would continue onward as it already does, Vader and all, just possibly even worse (Just thought about this: what if Padme had died before she was pregnant with Luke and Leia? Ahhh the idea is terrifying!! It would definitely be even worse!). So Palpatine supposedly got reports from a biopsy that Tup and Fives both had some parasite they picked up from the last planet they were on, and the Jedi are like “OK, that seems reasonable”. Dooku gives props to Nala Se for keeping the secret (and also being a huge part of what led to Fives’s death; think about that! If he hadn’t been drugged…), and then Sidious gives props to Dooku for overall keeping the secret, and proceeds to emit the most creepy laugh ever as the SW drama continues onward, closer and closer to the day when the he would say the fateful words that would destroy the Republic and the Jedi Order: “EXECUTE ORDER 66“.
So that was indeed a heavy episode and a lot to take in, but amidst tragedies of this sort in the SW universe, I always remind myself of the beauty that will come out of it when Luke brings the good back to his misguided father (and of course the awesome Ewok party the ensues afterward). And it helps to have drawn a very humorous TCW sketch on tumblr yesterday 😀 So I’m glad you guys joined me for this edition of the Uncovering The Lost Missions and managed to sit here and read all my jabberings. I’m quite excited for the next series — Aname draaamaaaaaa!! (My couple name for Anakin and Padme ❤ ) Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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