Clone Wars 1.12-1.15

1.12 “The Gungan General”
Anakin and Obi-Wan have been duped and are being held for ransom, along with Count Dooku, by the pirate chief Hondo Ohnaka. But don’t worry, Ja Jar Binks is in the way.

1.13 “Jedi Crash
Anakin and Ahsoka arrive at a pitched sky battle to help besieged Jedi General Aayla Secura. Anakin is gravely injured in the fight. Aayla and Ahsoka, along with the now-wounded Anakin, Rex, and the surviving clones, crash land on the uncharted grass-covered planet, Maridun.

This episode I recall from the first time I watched it. Mainly due to the pacifist vs warrior theme.

1.14 “Defenders of Peace”
Tee Watt Kaa refuses to shelter the Jedi from arriving Separatist forces, fearing that such an action would unnecessarily bring his neutral people into the war. Ultimately, the villagers have to decide whether they will lay down to the Separatists or fight with the Jedi to defend their village.

1.15 “Trespass” 
On the desolate ice world of Orto Plutonia, Anakin and Obi-Wan investigate the disappearance of a clone security force stationed on a remote outpost. The Jedi, soon discover their clone troopers were attacked by a tribe of furry natives known as the Talz.

There is a lot of plot in this episode, from introduction of a new species to resolution of a long standing war.

 

Clone Wars 1.09-1.11

1.09 “Cloak of Darkness”
Ahsoka and Jedi Master Luminara Unduli escort the captured notorious Separatist leader Nute Gunray to Coruscant so he can stand trial for his crimes. Count Dooku has sent his assassin, Asajj Ventress, to free their captive.

An excellent episode as it’s the secondary characters that do most of the fighting. And it’s not clear that any need to survive the season.

 

1.10 “Lair of Grievous”
Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former Padawan, the Mon Calamari Jedi Nahdar Vebb, track escaped prisoner Nute Gunray to a remote world. Learning that Count Dooku has led the Jedi there in order to punish Grievous for his recent failures, the general is determined to prove his abilities and destroy the Jedi.

Another great episode with an (almost) unexpected ending.

1.11 “Dooku Captured”
The Sith lord has already been captured by pirates. Hondo Ohnaka and his gang of pirates hold Dooku captive in their den on Florrum, for ransom. Anakin and Obi-Wan go to see if the offer is too good to be true.

Why must the Jedi Council always send these two to act as ‘negotiators’ ?. They never succeed or get along.

 

ST:D 3.06

Star Trek Discovery 3.06 Scavengers

 

Burnham and Georgiou run off to get her boyfriend banc and retrieve a ‘Black Box’ that may provide answers to the Burn.

Yet again, Burnham can’t be trusted. And it wasn’t that urgent. The Discovery could have done missions, but for tension and drama it had to be this way.

Georgiou seems to be partially in the alternative universe, but she is a major character so can’t die at this stage.

There were some impressive sets and CGI on the rust coloured world they visited.

 

Clone Wars 1.05-1.08

Star Wars – The Clone Wars – Season 1

1.05 “Rookies”
Alone on a distant outpost, clone officers Rex and Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a droid commando invasion. Thone focuses on a group to Troopers.

1.06 “Downfall of a Droid”
R2-D2 is lost during a fierce space battle—and Anakin must find him before the Separatists discover the Jedi military secrets locked in his memory banks. Introducing ‘Bad Droid’.

1.07 “Duel of the Droids”
Anakin, Ahsoka, and replacement droid R3-S6 embark on a dual rescue/sabotage mission when they discover that R2-D2 is being held at General Grievous’s secret enemy listening post.

1.08 “Bombad Jedi”
On a diplomatic mission to the planet Rodia, Padmé discovers that her old friend and fellow Republic senator Onaconda Farr has allied his planet with the Separatists.

Jar Jar Binks out for another comedic adventure!

 

Clone Wars 1.03-1.04

1.03 “Shadow of Malevolence”
With the help of his Padawan, Ahsoka, and Jedi Master Plo Koon, Anakin utilizes new long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous’s warship, the Malevolence, and its destructive weapon.

1.04 “Destroy Malevolence”
Padmé Amidala and C-3PO are taken hostage by General Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence.

Clone Wars 1.01-1.02

So Ko-Katan turns up in the Mandalorian. Turns out she was a character in the animated series ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Rebels’. It’s time to go back and catch up. I watched ‘The Clone Wars’ when it first arrived around 2008-2009 So this is a re-watch/refresher of the seven season show.

 

1.01 “Ambush”
Jedi Master Yoda must face off against Count Dooku’s dreaded assassin Asajj Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect a strategic planet and forge a treaty for the Republic. Ventress fails against Yoda, so Dooku tells Ventress to kill the king of the planet, who wants to sign the treaty with the Republic. Yoda protects the king from Ventress, who then flees.

This first episode seems to have the objective of showing Yoda as a bad-ass warrior and leader. He does show this, but only at critical times in the plot when needed. Otherwise it’s up to the troopers to blast the enemy.

The writing also emphasis’s the humour and flippancy in the droid army. They are clearly al the low end of the AI spectrum.

 

1.02 “Rising Malevolence”
An attack by a devastating new Separatist weapon—the powerful starship Malevolence—leaves Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers struggling to survive until Anakin and Ahsoka can find them.

This episode kicks off a long story involving Count Douka and Anakin Skywalker. It also introduces  Ahsoka, his padawan apprentice.

Spear Destiny

Chase Baker and the Spear of Destiny
(Chase Baker #11)
by Vincent Zandri (2017)

One of the church’s great relics has been stolen by a surviving member of the Nazi SS. A man by the name of Adolf Rickman. The relic is none other than the spear of Longinus.

Is that a thing… yes it is !

The very weapon that pierced Jesus Christ’s side while he hung from the cross on Golgotha.

If Chase can’t recover the spear, it will be used by Rickman and his neo-Nazi cohorts, to create a brand new evil Fourth Reich.

Yet again, and for the last time Chase gets to save the world, OK – just the Pope. In the most absurd way possible.

Possibly Zandri has finally realized just how ridiculous these plots have become and goes all out in the final episode.

And it is a fun ride, despite an army of enemies who have been issued with weapons using ‘Stormtrooper Mode’.

 

Mandalorian 2.03

The Mandalorian
“Chapter 11: The Heiress”

Once at Trask, the Frog Lady reunites with her husband and the Mandalorian boards a fishing ship following a clue he had on other Mandalorians, which reveals itself as an ambush.

They are rescued by three other Mandalorians who have another mission for the Mandalorian. One of them looked familiar. It was Katee Sakoff.

Katee Sackoff as Ko-Katan and Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica

Another action filled adventure. However it does appear that the Mandalorian can easily communicate with the Frog people.

Misty Rosas plays the Frog Lady

Raised Arizona

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American crime comedy film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

It stars Nicolas Cage as H.I. “Hi” McDunnough, an ex-convict, and Holly Hunter as Edwina “Ed” McDunnough, a former police officer and Hi’s wife. Other members of the cast include Trey Wilson, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, Sam McMurray, and Randall “Tex” Cobb.

This film I saw originally in the cinema at the time of its original release. I remember it as this was one of the last films I saw that had an interval. This occurred when the guy bangs into a cactus. I thought it was the main character, but it turned out to be someone else.

Watching it again, some scenes were familiar – where John Goodman extracts himself from the ground, covered in mud (and other things) is memorable. And the ‘I’ve got the pin’ moment in the final confrontation I knew, but forgot it was part of this film.

Overall it’s a fun film despite the dark and criminal nature of the story. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are perfectly cast. Plus there are a few familiar faces that have appears on lots of American TV over the years.

So despite being 33 years old, it holds up very well. And it’s 31st on the American Film Institute’s ‘100 Years…100 Laughs list’ and 45th on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” list.

 

ST:D 3.05

Star Trek Discovery: Episode 3.05
Die Trying

So the crew of the discovery makes it to Federation HQ. It’s shrouded in a force field and hidden away from the galaxy.

The guy in charge is the very photogenic Fleet Admiral Charles Vance. Possibly a reference to science fiction writer Jack Vance.

Oded Fehr as Admiral Vance

The admiral is suspicious of the crew and keeps them at a distance. But with a medical crisis underway, he eventually gets their help to retrieve a seed from a stranded spaceship. This must be a future version of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

Off they go, and with the usual pyrotechnics and CGI they retrieve the seed, only to leave Security officer Nahn behind.

Rachel Ancheril as D. Nahn

So that’s one mission done. Here’s hoping the rest of the season doesn’t descent into a mission-per-episode and looses its long plot arc.