Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Ambush

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2015

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Ambush

The first episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars builds on the setting introduced in the feature film set between the events of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Rather than center around Anakin (Matt Lanter) and his young padawan, “Ambush” is a separate Yoda (Tom Kane) adventure as the Jedi Master travels to the system of Toydaria in hopes of forming an alliance. Beaten there by Count Dooku‘s (Corey Burton) emissary Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman) and an entire Droid Army, Yoda finds himself in a contest against the Separatists to win the support of King Katuunko (Brian George).

With only his wits, lightsaber, the Force, and three Clone Troopers (Rys, Jek, and Thire), Yoda manages to confound and eventually defeat the much larger Droid force winning the support of Katuunko and infuriating Ventress. The episode certainly plays to an all-ages audience while allowing one of the most beloved Star Wars characters a chance to show-off in front of his small band of allies and find a way to win the support of a needing ally against the Separatists. The story, and Yoda’s victory, might seem a bit simplistic (as does the even more cartoonish nature of the Droid Army), but it plays well enough as the introductory episode for the series.

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