The Clone Wars
Episode 5.01: Revival

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

We left off last season with the wild brothers Savage Oppress and Darth Maul free to cause chaos and destruction in their paths. They’ve already killed off at least one village on a planet, as well as Jedi, with stories of them murdering spreading fast. Savage and Maul take over and steal a fortune from a large cargo ship in space, meaning they have all the credits they will need. Maul, however, makes the point that the credits are meaningless without a plan to survive and get his revenge. He self-promotes himself as Master to Savage, and formulates a plan. Savage accepts this, only after a brief fight where Maul was shown clearly the stronger of the two.

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Adi Gallia have been tracking down the deadly pair from reports of their attacks and find the cargo ship Maul and Savage just raided. With help from the owner and a surviving droid they are guided to Sertar sector where they think the Sith were going.

Pirates board the Sith’s still ship for riches, but the Sith show their strength and lure the pirates to work for them for their credits. Hondo Ohnaka is contacted, leader of the pirates, and a tension is formed between him and the brothers. Obi-Wan arrives now and contacts Hondo, and decide that Hondo will try and get his men back, while Obi-Wan deals with the Sith. A battle on land in the town where the pirates live commences, between the two forces. A hand-to-hand battle between the Sith and the Jedi leaves Adi Gallia slayed by Savage when he stabbed her with his horns and double bladed lightsaber. The pirates and Obi-Wan flee into a passageway and formulate a plan to leave Obi-Wan with the “two crazy’s” and the pirates all together for Hondo to sort them all out. Obi-Wan manages to cut Savages arm off and are separated. The brothers decide to flee from their ship, but the now united pirates manage to shoot their ship down with a cannon and go collect the riches they can find. The Sith, however, are not found.

Emperor Palpatine now expresses how he thinks that the Sith brothers are of no concern and Obi-Wan and the other Jedi must focus on the major threat in The Clone Wars… Dooku and his army. Master Yoda and other members on the council agree to push Obi-Wan’s “personal” issue but reassure Obi-Wan that Maul, if he did survive the crash, would re-appear and then be dealt with. The episode ends with Palpatine, who dismissed himself to his quarters, sitting at a chair and smiling knowingly.

It’s always great to hear the theme tune for a new season, and what better way to do it than start with two rouge Sith, one of them thought to have been killed a long time ago. We got to see some more of the powerful Darth Maul, this time with his curious mind of superiority over his brother Savage, and the signature lighting of his animation leaving his forehead and chin in the shadows where his eyes are the centre of attention.

We got to see more of the great character that is the leader of the pirates, Hondo Ohnaka and his old witty self we saw in season one and two, teamed up with Obi-Wan. Another character we got to see a bit of was Jedi Adi Gallia, who was… uniquely killed off by Savage who dug his horns into her stomach mid combat. A move that sparked some more controversy about the show so early in the season about some of her appearances in the Expanded Universe, especially in the comics Obsession which I wasn’t particularly fussed about, not being a fan, although I can understand some peoples anger towards that. I was a little upset how she was killed off so brutally without much effort so early in the season, and episode, I felt.

At the end of the episode we saw Palpatine grinning with a smug look, and I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of him in this ordeal with these brothers. The episode wasn’t filled with droids and clones hopelessly falling everywhere without importance, rather pirates up against each other in that battle, giving it a bit more character which I liked just to start off the season. It was a satisfactory answer to the cliff hanger of last seasons finale, a nice beginning that ties right in, not leaving us to sit through side stories before we see what happens next with Maul and Savage, which I really appreciate. Anyway, it feels great to be back watching The Clone Wars again.