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Clone Wars Rewatch: 2.12 "The Mandalore Plot"
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And the controversy begins!  Boy did these episodes throw the fans into a fit.  Mandalorians, pacifists!  Mandalore, a wasteland!  The planet of Concordia, not Concord Dawn!  Jango Fett, apparently not a Mandalorian.  And all kinds of fallout for Karen Traviss' continuity choices.  So, revisiting them should be a blast!

Cookie: "If you ignore the past, you jeopardize the future."  Say what you will about this show's writing quality and its overall story arc, but I've liked this idea when it comes to this new Mandalore ever since we saw it on the show.  I think we get hints between this episode and the Maul arc in season five that there are plenty of problems with Satine's carefully constructed pacifist society.  Mandalore can't just bury its past, as we see beginning in this episode and finally reaching its culmination three seasons later.

The Council of Neutral Systems.  I've wondered what some of the other 1500 systems represented by this council might be.

Ah, there's the Duchess and that giant headdress of hers.  That thing is crazy.

Almec has Boba Fett's chest symbol actually cut into his hair.  In fact, that hexagon is all over Satine's throne room.

Greg Proops!  Satine basically ignoring him reminds me of Bail's first scene in Attack of the Clones.

Death Watch originated in the EU, an opposition group to the True Mandalorians who mentored Jango Fett.  That Death Watch also had a leader named Vizsla.

In essence, Dooku's initial plan is pretty much the same as Maul's three seasons later.  In both cases, some outside threat endangers the Mandalorian people and the Death Watch are their saviors.

That suicide was pretty shocking, particularly for a kids' show.

Satine speaking Concordian makes her sound pretty Lord of the Rings elvish.  Makes the whole Cate Blanchett resemblance even more blatant.

There's our man, Pre Vizsla!

Obi-Wan and Satine have a pretty entertaining back and forth.  On the other hand, I think Kenobi could have a witty exchange with just about anyone.

I never quite figure out how punching helmeted heads seems like a good idea.

Funny hearing James Arnold Taylor's voice coming out of the DW guy standing right next to Obi-Wan.

I like the scene where she's talking to Kenobi and Vizsla simultaneously.

"Not good"!

I do have to wonder why they don't just shoot Obi-Wan.  They could even have smashed him after he was dead.

Yeah, Obi-Wan, shouting at her should really help her focus on saving you.

They do a good enough job muffling his voice under the helmet that's it's not obvious it's Vizsla under the helmet.

"Failure!"  Brutal.

Kenobi busts out the Episode III lightsaber stance!

That darksaber is one sweet blade.

Apparently, Anakin isn't the only Jedi who likes to build himself up.

Seems like Satine was on her way to maybe learning the lesson the Lurmen were forced to learn in their two parter.

Vizsla never does get the "defeat me or die" line he had in the trailer.

Next: Assassin droids go after the Duchess in "Voyage of Temptation"!