July 15, 2024

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The Clone Wars “The Mandalore Plot”

Obi-Wan travels to Mandalore to look into rumors that the Mandalorians may be getting ready to side with the Separatists.

Oh look!  Mandalore! Dave Filoni apparently loves the place since shows he runs keep going there.

I’m generally of the opinion Boba Fett and the others work best when we don’t know much about ’em, but to each their own.

Apparently, Mandalore, under the leadership of Duchess Satine Kryze, is part of a group of neutral worlds in the Clone War, but there’s been some rumors that Mandalore is preparing to join the Separatists.  Mandalore has been a peaceful world for ages.  Satine is a pacifist and all.  If there’s any truth to these rumors, Obi-Wan has been tasked by the Jedi Council to look into it.  Satine isn’t too happy at first, but it’s a lot of posturing, and it turns out some cult calling itself Deathwatch is behind everything.  These are hardcore traditionalist Mandalorians that are making armor like in the old days and were sent off to mine a moon once upon a time.

So, yes, Deathwatch is behind all this.  The governor of the moon is their leader to the surprise of hopefully no one, and Satine and Obi-Wan have to work together to keep each other alive.  There’s a nice chase scene where Obi-Wan goes after a Deathwatch agent who jumps to his death rather than go in for interrogation no matter how much Obi-Wan says he just wants to talk.  Satine can use her position  to get the two of them to different meetings, and it’s a nice episode all told, the first in another multi-episode storyarc.

There’s just one thing that really makes this one, and that’s who Satine is.  I don’t mean that she’s the leader of Mandalore.  I don’t much care about the pacifist policies of a planet formerly known for its badass warriors.  I even get to see some of those guys in action.  No, instead, I mean how Satine is basically a Padme to Obi-Wan’s Anakin.  I heard George Lucas, who was still in charge of the franchise when these episodes came out, basically say that one of his interests as a storyteller was to look at how different characters reacted to the same circumstances.  His example was how young Anakin jumped at the chance to leave Tatooine to become a Jedi while Luke initially declined because he had responsibilities with his aunt and uncle.

That’s what I see here with Obi-Wan and Satine.  It’s not quite so pronounced in this episode since it’s her first appearance, but it’s coming.  The big difference is perhaps Obi-Wan and Satine are both older, more mature people who feel their own responsibilities outweigh their own potential happiness with each other.  Or that’s how I remember seeing it once upon a time.  I’m looking forward to seeing if I re-evaluate those thoughts over at least the next couple episodes.