Duchess of Mandalore: The Conclusion to the Satine/Obi-Wan Adventures

17 02 2010

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The three part Mandalorian story arc (including The Mandalore Plot and Voyage of Temptation) was concluded this Friday with Duchess of Mandalore. Here’s the breakdown:

Arriving on Coruscant safely,  Duchess Satine Kryze must dissuade the Senate from occupying Mandalore in an effort to curb the rising Death Watch threat. With the help of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Satine races to uncover falsified evidence, all while dodging Death Watch assassins and avoiding arrest after being framed for murder.

The Monkey: I really enjoy episodes that take place on Coruscant. The neon lights, flying speeders and towering skyscrapers really have a Star Wars feel to them – not to mention the designers must have a field day with all these beautiful and creative designs. In particular, the Coruscant Park setting was stunning, a great addition to the Coruscant cityscape.

The Senate deliberations were very weighty, yet another example of how The Clone Wars writers have elevated this show above mere kids’ fare. The issues of occupation and governmental sovereignty are not only timely, but very controversial. It was interesting to see these real life debates played out in a galaxy far, far away.

Viewers get another chance to see Satine and Obi-Wan in action together. While the romance plot is pretty dead in the water, their friendship is not, and it will be interesting to see what role Satine plays in the rest of the series. As a side note, it’s fun to hear Satine call Obi-Wan, “Obi.” She’s been the only character to ever call him by “Obi,” and it adds to the familiarity and intimacy the two share.

The fight sequence between Obi-Wan and the Mandalorian assassin was intense and well executed, verging on brutal; at one point, both men lose their weapons and the brawl turns into an all out fist fight. Nice to see that Jedi can still kick butt without their trusty lightsabers.

The Weasel: I think this “Mandalorian” story arc was misleading. The three episode arc dealt much more with Satine and Obi-Wan than with the Mandalorians/Death Watch. I wasn’t expecting all the questions to be answered, but these episodes didn’t add much to the Mandalorian mythos. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Death Watch and Pre Vizsla, but this episode did little to further their story.

The pivotal scenes in the Senate didn’t make much sense; why would the Republic, embroiled in the middle of civil war, take so much interest in Mandalore’s local dispute? It would make sense if the Separatist’s and Dooku’s involvement was brought to light, but their connection to Death Watch is still a secret…so why is the Republic so insistent on sending an occupational force to Mandalore? While this is more of a political issue (and one that won’t bother kid fans), it felt like a larger gap in logic than we’re used to.

A nice addition to the Obi-Wan/Satine story line, but undeserving of all the “Mandalorian” buzz. But I don’t think we’ve seen the last of those T-visors…

3 Death Stars out of 5

What do you think? Did you want more Mandalorians? Will Death Watch resurface? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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