June 19, 2024

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The Clone Wars “Supply Lines”

Senator Organa and Jar Jar negotiate a deal.

Well, this episode is not a flashback.  The returning character is one I have seen before.  Granted, there’s been, like, zero progress since the last time I saw that particular freedom fighters fight for freedom, but there ya go.

So, Ryloth is under assault again.  Or still.  I’m not sure.  Clones, Twi’leks, and one Jedi are stranded on the planet’s surface, starvation is likely, and that’s just for starters.  Can the Jedi get the nearby world of Toydaria to allow Republic ships to use their world as a waystation for aid ships to at least keep people from starving?  To that end, Yoda asks Senator Organa to use his diplomatic skills to smooth things over with Watto’s people.  The only problem is a representative of the Trade Federation is there too because the Separatists got word that the mission was happening and decided to make things more difficult since Toydaria is supposed to be a neutral world.  As back-up Organa has, for some reason, Jar Jar Binks.

And every so often, while all this negotiation is going on, the episode cuts back to Ryloth to show how bad it’s going.  That plotline has the Jedi Master and his clones essentially sacrifice themselves to stop a droid army from attacking the Twi’leks and their families because rebel groups always bring the spouse and kids along for things like that.

Yeah, the Jedi Master on Rytloth dies in this one.

But the negotiations work in part because the people or Toydaria believe in helping others.  Also, Jar Jar can juggle.  Seriously, that comes in handy.

You know, there’s an episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Lisa go to see a parody of Phantom Menace where everything is all politics and trade disputes, and the kids are unhappy about it.  Did someone see that episode and think that an episode about negotiation was somehow a good idea?  Because it isn’t.