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06 February 2010 @ 04:21 pm
SW: The Clone Wars - w/Screencaps!  
 Best. Cartoon. Since. Avatar.  

And this Mandalorian arc?  BEST EVER.  FINALLY, we get Obi-Wan's past.  And oh, what a past it is!

 I called Obi-Wan's previous relationship w/the Duchess from the first line, ie "Far be it from me to keep the Duchess waiting." - I turned to Mark and said "He and the Duchess have a history.  You watch."  And sure enough.  

So, I loved The Mandalore Plot.  LOVED the way they played off each other.  Her "very proper" demeanor such an excellent match for Obi-Wan, who gets cast in the role of rabble rousing rebel next to the so-very-proper Satine.  (Anakin would have a hernia laughing at that.)  And as he does with Anakin, when Satine comes to his rescue, he's impatient and cranky with how she goes about it.  :)

Then Anakin shows up at the end, and they all take off to escort to Duchess to the Senate.  There is simply no way this is not going to be awesomesauce!  Obi-Wan confesses to Anakin how tired he is from "the peace loving ways of the locals", meaning Satine, of course.  Because being around her again and stirring up all of those old feelings, good and bad, is exhausting, isn't it Obi-Wan?

"Voyage of Temptation".  What can I say?  IT TOTALLY SURPASSED ALL EXPECTATIONS OF AWESOME!!!  Not only do we have the tension mounting between Obi-Wan and Satine, but Anakin's observations, questions, comments, exressions - AWESOME.  I knew from the moment they introduced this past of Obi's, they'd be using it as a foil to Anakin and Padme - see, look here, this is how a proper Jedi should react to falling in love.  You stick to the code and walk away, and then regret it for the rest of your life!  I was so pleased when Obi-Wan said that line "He [Yoda] usually leaves out the undercurrent of remorse [to not forming attachments]."

Of course, that's the irony.  The attachment is still there.  Just because Obi-Wan chose to stay w/the Jedi all those years ago (and ONLY because she didn't ask him to stay!!) does not mean he doesn't love Satine.  He admits he does.  Satine admits her love to him, and he tells her how he would've left the Order, with one word from her.  Of course, now he won't, because doing so would mean turning his back on the war, and possibly letting people die because he isn't there doing his part.  And she, of course, must remain leading her people, and all of the other neutral worlds.  (They better not kill her off!!!) 

They're making the "right" choice, the one Anakin and Padme didn't.  Of course, I don't actually believe that.  I think denying the Jedi the right to love and be loved is a ridiculous and stupid rule, and only helps create the situation which leads to their downfall.  

Speaking of their downfall, there were a LOT of lovely Vader-isms from Anakin this time around.  Throwing his lightsaber, as he does in Empire, and killing the Senator with a lightsaber to the back, with no idea why that might be morally questionable - after all, he's a bad guy.  "What?  He was going to blow up the ship."  

The entire last two episodes were awesome, and the way they're treating Obi-Wan and Satine so far is just lovely.  She's a great character, and you can see why Obi-Wan loves her, and vice versa.

Sooooo, sorry these all of the horrendously ugly cartoon network logo on them.  I couldn't find a download without one.

Here we have Anakin and Obi-Wan talking about the Duchess.  



Anakin: "Oh.  So you're close to her.  Obi-Wan: "I knew her.  A long time ago."



Anakin: *smiles knowingly* 



And then later, as Obi-Wan and Satine snipe at one another, Anakin has a drink and watches the show, obviously and thoroughly amused!



Obi-Wan and Satine make a good team.



I somehow failed to screencap it, but another favorite scene is in the lift with Anakin and Obi-Wan.  Satine has been taken hostage, and Obi-wan is visibly upset.  Anakin asks him "This may not be the time to ask, but were you and Satine ever...?"  Obi-Wan: "I don't see how that has any bearing on the situation at hand!"  

Avoiding an answer is just as good as saying "yes", Obi-Wan.  And from the look on Anakin's face, he knows it, too.  (See that??  A CANON intimate relationship for Obi-Wan.  Very nice, PTB!  

Then, when they exit the elevator:

Anakin: "I'll take care of this, Obi-Wan.  You, go find your girlfriend!"
Obi-Wan: "Right.  No! Anakin, she's not my...!"

Then later, still a hostage, and thinking she may never see him again, Satine confesses her love for Obi-Wan.  When he tries to tell her this isn't the time or place, she gives him this pleading look, and he capitulates. 

Satine: "Obi-wan.  It looks like I may never see you again.  I don't know quite how to say this, but...I've loved you.  From the moment you came to my aid, all those years ago!"

Obi-Wan: "Satine. This is hardly the time or place for..."







Obi-Wan: "All right. Had you said the word, I would have left the Jedi Order."



Then, after killing the rogue Senator, Anakin knows he's interrupted a private moment, and does his best to give them an additional moment of privacy, by pretending not to see and shielding his eyes with his hand.  Except of course, reality intrudes with some clones, and the Duchess goes back to her duties.

The next time she and Obi-Wan can speak privately, they admit it's hard being the opposite sides of an issue (the war and peacekeeping).  She remarks that she still isn't sure about his beard...



Obi-Wan, surprised: "Why? What's wrong with it?"
Satine: "It hides too much of your handsome face."




Can't wait for next week. And to reiterate: they better not kill her off!

You know what would have been even more awesome?  Not that they would ever do it on the show, but it would make quite a story to have a Jedi meet up with an old flame like this, only to discover the child he left behind as well.  Is he/she Force sensitive? And it they are, does the Jedi "do the right thing" and take the child back to the Jedi temple, or the other right thing, and leave him/her with their mother to be raised?  It would make a really interesting dilemma!  (Also, Obi-Wan having a child that's Mandalorian royalty would also be awesomesauce!)
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David Cardillo: Commander Adamawookiemonster on February 7th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Although I don't watch it regularly, I have to say that this incarnation of Clone Wars is excellent!
rhienelleth: obi-wan_satinerhienelleth on February 7th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
It is, yes. :D
Jim C. Hines: Sith Plotbunnyjimhines on February 7th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
My only complaint was that the lightsaber through the back struck me as a foolish move. The guy had a detonator in his hand. One twitch, and the ship blows up. Wouldn't it make more sense to cut off the arm (using the force to neatly pluck the detonator away as it fell)?

Might not have been as dramatic, or as appropriate for a Cartoon Network show, but I wouldn't trust an impalement through the back to cause the instant death you'd need in that situation.
rhienelleth: obi-wan_satinerhienelleth on February 7th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I have a LOT f those sorts of issues with the show, regularly. The Jedi hardly ever use the Force to do things when it would make the most sense, and keep them out of trouble. Obi-Wan getting captured by the Mandalorians two eps ago was a perfect example. The show often "forgets" the full range of Jedi powers to more easily create the plot for the episode. It's bad writing. In the Obi-Wan example, they could have had more than two Mandalorians on scene, and it would have been more believable.
Jim C. Hines: Sith Plotbunnyjimhines on February 7th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Yep. Or Anakin's Padawan getting her lightsaber stolen, seeing the guy who took it (still carrying the lightsaber), and not either plucking it away from him or just hauling him back through the air. But I guess that would have made for a short episode :-)
rhienellethrhienelleth on February 7th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
EXACTLY. Yeah. Mark has a heck of a time letting things like that go, as much as he loves the series. :) It's a rare episode when he doesn't have some comment similar to "That's dumb. Why doesn't he/she just [use the Force for xyz]?"