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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 5.17 'Sabotage' Review
by Gregg Katzman on
A bomb goes off in the Jedi Temple and it's up to Ahsoka and Anakain to investigate the event.
It's the start of a new story and unfortunately it's not nearly as gripping as the tale on Mandalore -- at least not yet. A bomb detonates in the Jedi Temple and the Jedi Masters task Anakin and Ahsoka with investigating. Why them? Because Yoda and the others fear a rogue Jedi Master could be behind the attack. The ongoing war is diving them and public support is fading, so they suspect that's the motive behind the bombing. So begins the investigation which turns obvious very, very, veeeeeeery quickly but still keeps us amused with some fairly cool moments.
First off, right when the wife expressed a clear disliking of the Jedi Temple ("not anyone can just walk into your precious temple!"), it was obvious she was going to play a bigger part -- otherwise, there was really no point of introducing her. The investigation itself is unfortunately a bit boring but there is one scene which manages to steal the spotlight. When they're at the scene of the crime, a massive hologram replays the event and it looks stunning. This show has made leaps and bounds with its visuals over the years and it really shines in moments like this. Seeing them observe the still explosion was an awesome sight and then having them casually stroll through as it unfolded around them looked fantastic.
Aside from that, the other highlight belonged to the opening sequence. While it wasn't particularly exciting, the visuals once again sold the scene. From the reveal of the droids under the ship to the harsh crash landing, it was quite a solid way to begin the episode.
My biggest gripe here is the investigation didn't really give us enough to keep our interest at full levels until next week, and the final chase sequence was totally lackluster compared to the fast-paced scenes the program usually offers. I would have loved a little segment that played off last week's amazing conclusion. What is the Emperor up to and what is Darth Maul's current condition? It would be great if the show did a better job of juggling the huge cast, but it seems to prefer focusing solely on one thing at a time. Even if they're the ones behind the attack, it would still be possible to chime back in on them without giving it away.
This certainly wasn't a bad episode, but when it comes to building up the tension for a season's final story arc, I would have preferred more intrigue and a proper tease to keep us anxious for next week.