Clone Wars 2.13-2.16

Star Wars – The Clone Wars Season 2

2.13 “Voyage of Temptation”
As Satine heads to Coruscant protected by clones and two Jedi, Anakin, R2 and the clones find assassin droids in the cargo while Obi-Wan tries to identify the traitor.

2.14 “Duchess of Mandalore”
On Coruscant, Satine disguises herself as a civilian to avoid assassins as she pleads for the Senate to leave her planet in peace. At this point, the plot becomes more political than military.

2.15 “Senate Murders”
Senator Onaconda Farr is poisoned, and Padmé teams up with Bail Organa to unmask the culprit, who turns out to be a fellow senator. Now it’s murder mystery time.

2.16 “Cat and Mouse”
A highly seasoned Separatist strategist stands between the Republic fleet and beleaguered Republic forces on Christophsis. Anakin finds himself in command of an advanced prototype stealth ship with orders to ferry supplies to the weary troops on the planet below.


Jersey Boy

Jersey Boys is a 2005 musical with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons.

The Court Theatre returns to full production mode with one of the best musicals they have presented in years. It’s Frankie Valli and the boys over a 20 year period of the major hits. Not only is the music great, but the drama works too. We get an insight into each character, their motivations and drives.

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Clone Wars 2.09-2.12

Star Wars – The Clone Wars – Season 2

2.09 “Grievous Intrigue”
Jedi Master Eeth Koth is captured by General Grievous. While Jedi Master Adi Gallia and Anakin try to rescue him, Obi-Wan plays bait to lure Grievous and capture him. Still, the General gets away. More escapes and he will regarded as immortal as Jedi !

2.10 “The Deserter”
After escaping to the planet Saleucami, Grievous searches for a ship to get off-world.  Rex is wounded and meets a deserter at a farm where he takes shelter. Another episode to ‘humanize’ the clone troopers.

2.11 “Lightsaber Lost”
When Ahsoka’s lightsaber is stolen by a pickpocket, she gets help from the seemingly feeble elder Jedi Tera Sinube as she tracks down the thief. This one focuses on Ahsoka, and the fantastic urban landscape of Coruscant.

2.12 “The Mandalore Plot”
Obi-Wan is assigned to protect Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore from a terrorist organization called Death Watch.
Is this a love interest for the Jedi ?
It looks like it, and she can kick butt too !

Clone Wars 2.05-2.08

Star Wars – The Clone Wars Season 2

2.05 “Landing at Point Rain”
Using the information stolen from Senator Clovis, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, and Ki-Adi-Mundi lead a combined clone trooper assault on a massive droid factory on Geonosis. This is just one lone battle. Tactically, it doesn’t make sense. They should have just dropped asteroids on the facility. This was done at the start of Babylon 5.

2.06 “Weapons Factory”
Ahsoka and Luminara Unduli’s Padawan Barriss Offee sneak into the droid factory to destroy it while their masters face the new indestructible “Super Tanks”. Well, they were not that super, as they didn’t fly !

2.07 “Legacy of Terror”
Luminara is captured while looking for Separatist leader Poggle the Lesser, and it’s up to Anakin, Obi-Wan and Commander Cody to enter a colony of Geonosian zombies to find her. Is this just a ripp-off the Aliens film ?
The ‘Queen’ looks very similar. Of course the Alien Queen didn’t tank, but her warriors had similar size and design the the Alien creatures.

2.08 “Brain Invaders”
Ahsoka and Barriss are to transport critical supplies to a medical station, but their clone troops are infected with mind-controlling Geonosian worms which try to kill the Jedi. Barriss is also infected by this mind-controlling worm. Now it’s ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. Will the references to other SciFi properties never stop ?

ST:D 3.07

Star Trek Discovery Episode 3.07 “Unification 3”

Burnham believes she can find the source of the Burn with more data. She wants access to Federation project SB-19, a possible space travel alternative to dilithium developed by the unified Vulcan and Romulan people on Ni’Var.

They believe SB-19 caused the Burn and do not want to give the data to the Federation, who they have left. Vance believes Burnham can convince them otherwise since her brother Spock began the process of unifying the Vulcans and Romulans.

This feels like a one room episode, where money is saved on CGI and sets by substituting it with a lot of talk. And there is a lot. Everyone is acting to the maximum and it all feels like a lot of filler.

Clone Wars 2.01-2.04

Star Wars – The Clone Wars – Season 2

2.01 “Holocron Heist”
Obi-Wan and Anakin try to stop bounty hunter Cad Bane from stealing a holocron from the Jedi temple. This plot requires some very lucky burglars to pull of the  heist.

2.02 “Cargo of Doom”
Cad Bane moves to sell the stolen holocron to the Separatists while Anakin and Ahsoka try to retrieve it and return it to the holocron vault inside the Jedi Temple. Back to Mustafar, where the buildings  are sunk at the end. They must have been revived for Obi Wan and Anakin’s final battle.

2.03 “Children of the Force”
Cad Bane uses the holocron to find and kidnap Force-sensitive younglings. Anakin and Ahsoka try to find them and take them home while Mace Windu and Obi-Wan track down the holocron.

2.06 “Senate Spy”
The Jedi suspect that Senator Rush Clovis is working for the Separatists, so they recruit Padmé to spy on him. Anakin discovers that Padmé and Clovis have a romantic history. Which means that Anakin has to act like a teenage jerk for the plot to work.

Fiendish Schemes

Fiendish Schemes
(Infernal Devices #2)
by K.W. Jeter (2013)

The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess.

Another try at a K. W. Jeter book.  This is the second in his steampunk trilogy. The first “Morlock Night” I had read in 2013, so had little memory of it.

This is written in a very florid and verbose style, trying to emulate the ethos and style of the Victorian era. It is well done, and works as it’s written in first person and the protagonist is not that smart and almost an un-reliable narrator.

There is considerable detail and explanation of the invented world. And it does stretch on with excessive dialogue. But at almost halfway through it becomes clear that this is a case of style over substance. Dower gets taken to a brothel and the author seems intent on explaining more of his world than pushing on with the story.

It this point I became frustrated and stopped reading.

Clone Wars 1.20-22

Star Wars – The Clone Wars

1.20 “Innocents of Ryloth”
With the space blockade around Ryloth destroyed, Obi-Wan must lead a small clone force into a droid occupied town to sabotage their anti-aircraft guns. Obi-Wan’s mission is complicated when he learns the town’s inhabitants are being used as living shields. A pair of clones in his platoon forges an unlikely friendship with a refugee Twi’lek girl, Numa, who has been orphaned by the war. Through their relationship with her, the clones begin to understand the real cost of the war.

1.21 “Liberty on Ryloth”
The battle for Ryloth rages as the Republic attempts to drive off the occupying droid army led by Techno Union foreman Wat Tambor. Mace Windu must convince Twi’lek freedom fighter, Cham Syndulla, to help him save the capital city from the droids’ destruction.

1.22 “Hostage Crisis”
In an attempt to force the release of the crime lord Ziro the Hutt from prison, bounty hunters seize control of the Senate Building and hold members of the Senate hostage. Cad Bane, the leader of the operation, with the help of bounty hunter Aurra Sing, issues his demands to Chancellor Palpatine.


Mandalor Armour

The Mandalorian Armor
(Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars #1)
by K.W. Jeter (1998)

He’s the most feared and successful bounty hunter in the galaxy. He is Boba Fett, and even the most hardened criminals tremble at his name. Now he faces the deadliest challenge of his infamous career–an all-out war against his most dangerous enemies.

K. W. Jeter has always been a reliable author, notable in his ‘Kim Oh’ series of thrillers. In this Star Wars book, he is not so good. Where, in the thrillers things move fast and break, here it’s all exposition and talk. Boba Fett is first introduced after his experience in the Sarlac pit of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Turns out he survives, just. He is taken for recuperation by an unknown alien.

Then a young woman turns up looking for him. It’s not clear she is and what she wants. Then there is a jump back in time to Boba Fett and his working to plot against smugglers. It’s all a bit slow and political. Nothing much happens, and the jumping between timelines doesn’t help.

So ultimately I tired of the lack of any clear plot and just gave up.

Clone Wars 1.06-1.19

1.16 “The Hidden Enemy”
Anakin and Obi-Wan lead Republic forces in an attempt to defeat the droid armies and free the planet of Christophsis from the Separatist siege. When the Republic is ambushed and forced to retreat, it becomes clear that someone in their midst is a traitor.

Another good episode illustrating that not all clones think alike.

1.17 “Blue Shadow Virus”
The Republic discovers a Separatist bio-weapon lab hidden on the planet of Naboo. Rather than wait for help, Padmé explores the lab with Jar Jar. Dr. Nuvo Vindi, a mad scientist has been developing a lethal virus.

Another plot filled episode. Things really move, a lot of running and exploration.

1.18 “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”
Dr. Vindi manages to activate the dreaded Blue Shadow Virus, infecting Ahsoka and Padmé. Anakin and Obi-Wan must travel to the mysterious planet, Lego, to secure the only known antidote to the sickness.

Back to Anakin and Obi-Wan  who retrieve a root that magically fixes everything.

1.19 “Storm Over Ryloth”
Ryloth, home world of the Twi’lek people, has been subjected to military occupation by the droid army of the Separatists, and surrounded by a blockade of Trade Federation battleships. Ahsoka, for no apparent reason is now in charge of a squadron. Everyone dies, except for the plotoniun that saves her.

Then Anakin takes charge and destroys a very expensive spacecraft, just to make a point (that he’s the most awesome being in the universe).