April 24, 2024

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The Clone Wars “Weapons Factory”

Ahsoka and another padawan sneak into a factory to stop super-tank construction.

Alright, another exciting episode where there’s a lot of action mixed in with small character moments and maybe the occasional war crime.

After taking down the shield generator, now Anakin and Ahsoka need to take down the factory itself.  It’s located on a remote outcropping with a single rock bridge connecting it to the outside world unless you’re willing to sneak through what passes for a sewer on Geonosis where the sleeping bugs sleep.  To accomplish this, Anakin and Ashoka will get backup from Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her padawan, one Barriss Offee.

The action for the episode focuses on the need to destroy the factory before it starts to produce more of these “super-tanks,” armored vehicles that are impervious to all weapons damage.  Geonosian leader Poggle the Lesser is running the factory with an assist from a lousy tactical droid.

That tactical droid will get his head blown off thanks to a nearby bomb while he’s busy gloating.  So, even the tactical droids are still kinda stupid.

The main strategy is that old Star Wars standby: the diversion.  While Anakin, Luminara, and their clones attack the factory at the point of the bridge, Ahsoka and Barriss will sneak in through the underground tunnels and destroy the factory’s power source, thus blowing the whole thing to kingdom come.  Yes, the padawans get caught, and yes the plan doesn’t work exactly as planned.  Besides, for all the tactical droid claims the super-tanks can’t be destroyed through weapons fire, they apparently can be destroyed if you blow up the bridge they’re on and let them crash into the ravine below.  And apparently, the tactical droid didn’t think taking a super-tank that the padawans can cut into the cockpit for was a good way for Ahsoka and Barriss to blow up the generator.  It nearly gets them both killed, but it also shows the differences between the two master-padawan pairs.

The episode opens with Anakin and Ahsoka arguing.  The other two don’t.  They’re more by-the-book in the sense of the Jedi book.  As such, when the padawans are buried, it’s Ahsoka who won’t just give up and let go by fiddling with her communicator until she can get a signal out to Anakin, and it is Anakin and his attachment to his padawan who won’t give up until he finds her buried in the rubble.  Luminara is willing to just let things go, and Barriss seems to more or less be of a similar mind.

Man, it’s great that Anakin cares that much and forges such strong attachments to the people he cares about.  That can’t possibly come back to hurt everyone…oh wait….