Remember how “Secrets Revealed” was the promotional subtitle for this season of The Clone Wars? Well, we’ve had a few secrets served up here and there, but, let’s face it, in magnitude they’ve been more along the lines of “Anakin built C-3PO!” than “I am your father.” But no matter. We learned that Darth Maul may still be alive, how Ventress may have left the Clone Wars for good, and, above all, that femme fatale Sy Snootles has Ziro the Hutt’s blood on her hands. “Overlords,” though was such a treasure-trove of geeky revelations, that I was half tempted to shout “This is wizard!” Ani-style, before thankfully restraining myself. (Better yet, “Yippee!”)
“Overlords” began with Tom Kane’s B-movie narration telling us that the Republic had received a mysterious message based around a Jedi distress code not used for 2000 years. Ah. Already my mind was a
Grand Prix, er, podrace of thoughts racing. 2000 years earlier? Hmm. That’s about the time of the Fourth Great Schism, when the Jedi Knight Phanius fell to the Dark Side, becoming Darth Ruin. He took 50 fallen Jedi with him to found the New Sith Empire, a period in Star Wars lore that’s been largely unexplored. Could “Overlords” finally open up that era’s mythology? Well, ultimately, it didn’t. But it did reveal more about exactly what Anakin’s role as “The Chosen One” really means.
Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka followed up the distress call to the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim, where they expected to meet up with Rex. But no Rex was on hand! Instead, they found themselves pulled in (via tractor beam?) to a diamond-shaped space station floating dead ahead. Before Obi-Wan could say, “That’s no moon…it’s an octahedron-shaped portal to another dimension,” they were already inside its blazing white interior. I’ve got to say, with this opening, The Clone Wars captured the thrill of the unknown, a sense of wonder that we’ve been craving from Star Wars for some time. When the Jedi were pulled in to this portal, it honestly reminded me of the sheer exhilaration I (and just about everyone) experienced as a kid when the Millennium Falcon first made the jump to lightspeed. Throughout this whole episode, there was an electrifying sense of discovery, of going where no Jedi had gone before.
Okay, I’m getting my franchises confused. When they woke up from their white-light induced stupor, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka tried to get their bearings. They hadn’t landed on a planet per se, but “some kind of organic mass bigger than an asteroid.” Again, my mind was racing: could it be a Yuuzhan Vong ship? A living planet like Zonama Sekot? Hethrir’s worldship? When they stepped outside, the “planet” seemed like a cross between H.G. Wells’ Earth in the year 802,701 A.D. and one of Roger Dean’s album covers for Yes, down to even floating mountains hovering above lush forests. (What’s up with the revival of Yes, by the way? First, Avatar. Now, this?)
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