Now that the Clone Wars has wrapped up its newest season I thought it fit to compile a list of my five favorite episodes from the season II. These episodes are by far the shining stars of season II and even if you've not been interested in TCW previously, these are certainly worth watching.
5. Lethal Trackdown
The final episode of season II, 'Trackdown' featured some of The Clone Wars' strongest characters, Aurra Sing, Plo Koon and Hondo Ohnaka. While that alone may support an episode, Trackdown also features great action scenes and wraps up the Boba Fett story arc quite nicely.
Though I don't understand how both Slave I and Jango Fett's helmet could both be destroyed when they appear in episodes V and IV of the film saga.
4. Voyage of Temptation
Though its name seems to have been derived from a raunchy romance novel, 'Voyage' was by far the greatest TCW episode to date in terms of character development.
'Voyage' showed a side of Obi-Wan not seen in the films. By throwing a new character by the name of Duchess Satine into the mix, (a peace loving politician with ties to Obi-Wan's past), TCW successfully added new depth to these characters we all know and love.
Obi-Wan's romantic side shown in 'Voyage' was quite a breath of fresh air compared to his constant role in the television show of Anakin's strict former master. While on the subject of Anakin, we also get to see quite a bit of foreshadowing with him at the episode's end.
3. Lightsaber Lost
Until Season II I hadn't seen an episode that I thought portrayed Ahsoka very well, at all. 'Lightsaber' showed just how competent Ahsoka is and isn't. It also introduced a fun new character in the shape of Terra Sinube, an aged Jedi Master who accompanies Ahsoka on her quest to retrieve her lightsaber from a pickpocket.
Finally, Lightsaber featured incredibly detailed shots of Coruscant, something TCW crew seems to have nailed since season one when shots of Coruscant outside of the Jedi Temple and Senate were quite rare.
2. Landing at Point Rain
Hands down the most action packed episode The Clone Wars has to offer, Landing at Point Rain is full to bursting with massive explosions, aerial attacks and not to mention burning bugs.
Rain was a huge step forward for TCW, showcasing near cinematic visuals and an amazing amount of on-screen CGI models. 'Rain' also features the first appearance of Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi in The Clone Wars.
1. Children of the Force
Children of the Force was an awesome ending to the Cad Bane-Holocron story arc and actually aired as the third episode of Season II. After watching this for the first time I had high hopes for season II and, for the most part, those hopes were fulfilled.
'Children' showcased a myriad of 7 planets and locations in its 22 minute time slot, and while I'd usually consider that a detriment to the story, well to put it simply, it worked well for this particular episode. The pacing wast fast and the action was packed.
The mysterious tone of the episode combined with what is by far some of the greatest examples of both Bane and Darth Sidious' villainy, created a wonderful episode that will remain the highlight of Season II for me.
Brain Invaders is action packed and contains multiple examples of Revenge of the Sith foreshadowing. In addition to that, a great Jedi VS Jedi fight can be seen in the episode.
'Deserter' is one of the only episodes from season II that showcases Captain Rex. His character development throughout the episode is memorable, along with the final fight with the clones and the commando droids.
I could sum up why this episode is a standout with one simple statement; Padme doesn't need rescuing for once in this episode. But that alone doesn't make Senate Murders great. The ambiance in this episode is wonderful and while I could do without Spongebob voicing the obnoxious police detective and the ending was quite foreseeable, Murders truly deserves to be an honorable mention.
So to wrap things up, The Clone Wars pulled through in season II. It fixed multiple problems from season I, no Jar Jar and less "Roger roger". It also featured more side characters compared to the constant use of Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka in Season I.
The one problem I can think of is that Asajj Ventress wasn't shown once in the entire season. Why?!? Ventress improved some of season I's episodes greatly, and while she did appear in a season two episode that was pushed back to season I, I'd certainly enjoy seeing her role expanded in Season III.