Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Season 3

7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10

Still a pretty stylized show and better than a lot of the prequels

Some episode arcs are better than others


Vader is coming…

The Clone War rages on and more clones are needed for the front line.  With newly trained forces, the Jedi find themselves battling new threats from bounty hunters like Cad Bane, the Hutts, and a strange trio called the Father, the Son, and the Daughter who could show Anakin the future he has feared.

Star Wars:  The Clone Wars—Season 3 aired form September 17, 2010 to March 26, 2011.  The series continues to receive positive reviews and ratings.

I initially was a bit worried about Star Wars:  The Clone Wars after seeing the big screen version of it, The Clone Wars has really grown on me.  This series has a number of storylines that were quite fun and worth exploration.


The biggest shock of the series…the Truman Capote-esque Ziro the Hutt is interested in something womanishy

This season’s focus on the Clones (starting with its opening series), is a little tough because despite their fact to differentiate between them, it is awful hard.  The clones, as defined by their nature, all look alike.  Giving them guns and personalities don’t really work when their uniforms for the most part match.  I mean it was a bummer when Echo died in later episodes, but I didn’t have any real ties to the character.

The real episodes I like involve the core stories.  Though it dragged, I enjoyed the whole Father, Son, and Daughter storyline due to the fact that Anakin’s dark side was shown.  I also liked the assassination of the creepy Ziro the Hutt (who surprised everyone by having a relationship with Sy Snootles)…and any storyline involving the bounty hunters is always a plus for me.  In addition you get the return, sort of, of Darth Maul…well at least another one of his kind…who’s also extremely angry.


It’s Bossk…sort of…

The best story in the season probably is the last story.  Though we know from the other films and stories that Ahsoka is doomed with the assassination of the Jedi, she still is a good character.  Adapting a bit of The Most Dangerous Game, Ahsoka and other Jedi Younglings are hunted by Trandoshans and must rally them. Growing up with all the toys, Bossk was one of my favorites and he did nothing in The Empire Strikes Back…It was nice to see his race get some action plus the return of Chewbacca.

If you are a Star Wars fan, Star Wars:  The Clone Wars is a worthy ride.  To me, it feels more like the original story than the prequels in themes and characters.  With a stylized art that takes a bit to get used to, give Star Wars:  The Clone Wars a chance.

Star Wars:  The Clone Wars—Season 3 Complete Episode Guide:


“Clone Cadets”

3.1       Clone Cadets Airdate:  09/17/10

Jedi Master Shaak Ti and hired bounty hunters Bric and El-Les work to train new clone cadets on Kamino.  When Domino Squad finds it hard to work together, Shaak Ti must decide if they should join clone 99 as maintenance clones or join the Republic army.


“ARC Troopers”

3.2       ARC Troopers Airdate:  09/17/10

Fives and Echo of Domino Squad return to Kamino as it comes under assault from Ventress and General Grievous.  As Anakin and Obi-Wan try to defend the clone manufacturing, Fives and Echo join their old friend 99 in a last stand effort to save the facility.


“Supply Line”

3.3       Supply Lines Airdate:  09/24/10

Ryloth is being besieged by the Separatists and Master Ima-Gun Di tries to protect the Twi’Leks as they battle the invaders.  Senator Bail Organa and Jar Jar Binks are sent to Toydaria to try to convince King Katuunko to break their neutrality to help the Twi’Leks but find the Trade Federation is trying to stop their mission.


“Sphere of Influence”

3.4       Sphere of Influence Airdate:  10/01/10

The Trade Federation has set-up a blockade of Pantora and Senator Chuchi has gone to the Senate to ask for assistance to end the blockade.  Chairman Papanoida’s daughters are kidnapped as a means to convince Pantora to join the Separatists.  As Chuchi and Ahsoka investigate the Trade Federation, Papanoida and his son travel to Tatooine to investigate a bounty hunter named Greedo’s involvement in the kidnapping.



3.5       Corruption Airdate:  10/08/10

Padme travels to Mandalore where she and Duchess Satine investigate an illness which is overtaking the children.  As the Duchess and Padme look deeper, they discover corruption within the government.


“The Academy”

3.6       The Academy Airdate:  10/15/10

Requesting aid from the Jedi, Ahsoka is assigned to Mandalore to tutor a group of cadets in the ways of investigation.  When Ahsoka challenges them to question their government, the cadets find that the food shortage which has been plaguing Mandalore might be artificially created.



3.7       Assassin Airdate:  10/22/10

Ahsoka and Anakin return to Coruscant where Ahsoka begins to have visions of an attack on Amidala.  Accompanying Amidala back to Alderaan, Ahsoka questions if she’s really seeing a possible future where Amidala is assassinated by Aurra Sing.


“Evil Plans”

3.8       Evil Plans Airdate:  11/05/10

Cad Bane targets C-3PO and R2-D2 when they are sent out on a shopping mission for Amadala.  Stealing information from their memory banks, Bane provides information to the Hutts for a plot to free Ziro.


“Hunt for Ziro”

3.9       Hunt for Ziro Airdate:  11/12/10

Ziro has escaped prison but now is wanted by the Hutts for the secrets he is hiding.  On the run with his lover Sy Snootles, Ziro must keep one step ahead of the Jedi and the Hutts.  When Obi-Wan, Quinlan Vos, and Bane catch up to Ziro, they find someone has reached him first.


“Heroes on Both Sides”

3.10     Heroes on Both Sides Airdate:  11/19/10

A push to deregulate the banks to fund the creation of more clones is pushing the war to get more and more expensive.  In an effort to stop the move, Amadala and Ahsoka have an illegal meeting with Amadala’s Separatist friend Mina Bonteri to negotiate peace talks.  With the threat of the war ending, General Grievous plots an attack on Coruscant to ensure the war will go on.


“Pursuit of Peace”

3.11     Pursuit of Peace Airdate:  12/03/10

The attack on Coruscant has pushed the Senate to try to fund the creation of more troops to escalate the war.  As Padme tries to get votes to defeat the bill, the Senators considering joining her plight are attacked by hired men to keep them from voting.  When Amadala and Bail Organa are targeted, the battle to stop the bill appears to be doomed.



3.12     Nightsisters Airdate:  01/07/11

Darth Sidious fears Asajj Ventress is becoming a threat and orders Count Dooku to have her destroyed.  When Ventress discovers she’s been betrayed, she returns to the Nightsisters and Mother Talzin to help her get revenge on Count Dooku.



3.13     Monster Airdate:  01/14/11

Count Dooku believes the Nightsisters are on his side, but doesn’t realize they are plotting against him for the attempt on Ventress’ life.  Promising a warrior, Ventress travels to the barbarians on Dathomir to find and groom a replacement for Dooku.  When finding two brothers named Opress and Feral, Ventress sets out to make Dooku the ultimate warrior and secret assassin for the Nightsisters.


“Witches of the Mist”

3.14     Witches of the Mist Airdate:  01/21/11

The Jedi learn of Dooku’s new assassin and Anakin and Obi-Wan are sent to Dathomir to investigate as Dooku works to train Savage Opress in the ways of the Dark Side.  When Anakin and Obi-Wan are led to a confrontation with Opress, Ventress arrives to launch her part of her plan against Dooku.  Savage Opress learns from the Nightsisters of a different path.



3.15     Overlords Airdate:  01/28/11

When the Jedi receive a strange encoded distress signal using old Jedi code, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Anakin are sent to investigate.  Pulled into a strange self-contained world, the Jedi find themselves facing a strange family of Jedi who can tap into the root power of the Force.  Faced with strangers stronger than themselves, Anakin must face his destiny as the possible Chose One of Jedi legend.


“The Altar of Mortis”

3.16     Altar of Mortis Airdate:  02/04/11

Anakin’s rejection of the Father’s offer to bring balance to the Force isn’t enough for the Son who tries to force Anakin’s hand by capturing Ahsoka.  As Anakin discovers Ahsoka is under the Son’s control, the Daughter leads Obi-Wan to the Altar of Mortis and the Dagger of Mortis which could be the only means to defeat the Son.


“Ghosts of Mortis”

3.17     Ghosts of Mortis Airdate:  02/11/11

Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka must escape to prevent the Son from being unleashed on the galaxy, but when Anakin sees a vision of his future and what he will become, a union to defeat the Emperor and end the Clone War could be imminent.


“The Citadel”

3.18     The Citadel Airdate:  02/11/11

Jedi Even Piell has been captured by the Separatists and imprisoned in the Citadel, a maximum security facility that has never been breached.  Anakin and Obi-Wan lead a surprise raid of the Citadel but find Ahsoka has disobeyed ordered and joined the mission.  With Even Piell and his fleet officer Captain Tarkin free, Obi-Wan and Anakin must find a way off the planet.



3.19     Counterattack Airdate:  03/04/11

Escaping the Citadel is proving to be more difficult than expected.  As Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka work with Even Piell, the means of escape get smaller.


“Citadel Rescue”

3.20     Citadel Rescue Airdate:  03/11/11

During the escape, Even Piell is lost, but not while first passing on his secret information to Ahsoka.  With the Separatists moving in on them, the Jedi must escape the Citadel and get the information back to the Jedi Council, but the Jedi learn that Captain Tarkin might have other orders.


“Padawan Lost”

3.21     Padawan Lost Airdate:  03/19/11

Ahsoka is kidnapped during the battle of Felucia and finds herself a prisoner of Trandoshans and being hunted for prey.  Rallying a group of Jedi younglings, Ahsoka tries to find a way to fight back against the hunters, and Anakin is ordered to give up the search.


“Wookie Hunt”

3.22     Wookie Hunt Airdate:  03/26/11

As the Trandoshans move in on Ahsoka and the Jedi younglings, the group finds new strength and a rallying point behind the discovery of another prisoner…a Wookie named Chewbacca.

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