Voyage of Temptation: Not Very Tempting

8 02 2010

The second part to a three part story arc (starting with last week’s The Mandalore Plot), Voyage of Temptation reunites viewers with the beautiful pacifist, Duchess Satine. Here’s the breakdown:

On her way to Coruscant to address the rumors of Mandalore’s militarization, Duchess Satine is attacked by assassin droids. Obi-Wan and Anakin must keep her safe while uncovering a traitor in their midst. During the struggle, Satine and Obi-Wan must come to grips with their past.

The Monkey: Once again viewers are treated to more of the exciting new character, Duchess Satine. Satine Kryze is one of the most interesting (and further-expansion worthy) characters yet created for The Clone Wars. This episode delved a bit further into her past, especially her previous relationship with Obi-Wan. This is the episode’s greatest strength. For the first time, it is revealed that a galaxy far, far away could be very different…namely, Obi-Wan Kenobi could have turned his back on his Jedi training and taken up domestic life with Satine. This revelation throws the Anakin and Obi-Wan relationship into a new light as well. Anakin is dealing with his own “attachment” (Padme) and seeing Obi-Wan dealing with similar issues gives new depth to their friendship/mentorship.  It even makes me watch Episode III differently…Padme is convinced Obi-Wan will help her and Anakin…maybe she knows about Obi-Wan’s past as well?

How Satine fits into the rest of canon is something I think can be mined extensively. She is a strong character, with possible connections to many other prominent Star Wars characters and situations (does she know or come to know Padme? How does she react to Order 66? What happens to her after the establishment of the Empire?) I think fans will want to know more about her story and how it fits in with the larger Star Wars saga.

While the love story might have failed (see below), the episode was surprisingly successful at highlighting the dilemma of a pacifist during war time. And kudos to the writing team for working in this serious philosophical point of view with a little humor all while foreshadowing Anakin’s turn to the dark side in the episode’s climax.

Once again, some great design work, especially the luxury cruiser, Coronet.

The Weasel: This was a bridge episode. Nothing much happened to advance the Mandalorian plot started in the previous episode – and with only one more episode in the story arc, I’m worried there will be many questions left unanswered. The revelation about Satine and Obi-Wan’s romantic past was painfully forced. Even the characters in the episode felt so, one going as far to say, “I don’t believe this…it’s making me sick!” Couldn’t have said it better myself. With many fans feeling the Anakin/Padme love story in the Prequels was botched, I’m surprised The Clone Wars team didn’t tread this familiar territory more carefully. Let’s just hope this isn’t the only opportunity to glimpse this fascinating part of Obi-Wan’s history.

A bridge to nowhere. Dissappointing that this episode didn’t continue the intrigue of the Mandalorians, and a shame the romantic plot line was mishandled. It seems Han and Leia remain the galaxy’s most-successfully-written-couple. It will be interesting to see how the three part story arc is wrapped up next week!

2 Death Star out of 5

What do you think? Did you think the Obi-Wan/Satine romance was believable? Share your thoughts about Voyage of Temptation in the comments!

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2 responses

9 02 2010
Jayson Peters

I really enjoyed this episode! I loved the irony on Anakin’s face as he discovered Obi-Wan has a human past and faced the same choices he did.

9 02 2010

This dynamic was definitely my favorite part of the episode! I look forward to getting more of Obi-Wan’s backstory as The Clone Wars continues! I even liked the reference back to Qui-Gon…such an underused character in the films…nice to see him get his first Clone Wars reference!

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