June 19, 2024

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The Clone Wars “Nightsisters”

Ventress goes home, looking for help getting revenge.

OK, after a bunch of flashbacks to give unnecessary backstory to earlier episodes, this one feels like a step into something deep and dark.  I wholeheartedly approve.

Now, I am watching this show off Disney+, and there’s a brief plot description before each episode.  As such, I was well aware that this episode would have Dooku effectively firing Ventress, and I remember this show just well enough to know that Ventress doesn’t take that very well.  There was one small problem for me:  why the hell would Dooku try to get rid of Ventress?  She is easily the best operative on the Separatist side, and I don’t exactly see the far-more-deserving General Grievous getting the literal axe anytime soon.  Why would anyone want to get rid of someone that good?

Then I watch the episode and learn it’s Darth Sideous’s idea, and he wants Ventress dead and gone because she is so good.  That…that actually makes sense.  Dooku, according to Sideous, is raising up Ventress as a way to oust Sideous under the Sith Rule of Two.  To prove his loyalty, Dooku has to have Ventress killed.

Meanwhile, she’s holding her own in a pitched battle with Anakin and Obi-Wan at the same time.  It’s only when the ship the three are on starts exploding all around them thanks to Separatist fire that the fight breaks up.  Heck, the explosions kept Ventress from killing the two Jedi.  Is it really that smart to try and kill her?

Actually…no, it isn’t  Mostly because Ventress just goes home to the Nightsisters, AKA the Witches of Dathomir, a Dark Side-empowered cult that is led by one Mother Talzin, and she would love to help Ventress get revenge on Dooku.  And that comes after flashbacks show Ventress’s backstory, that she was given away as a baby in tribute, found by a Jedi, trained in the ways of the Force until her Master was killed, and then joined up with Dooku.  Suffice to say, Ventress has always had anger issues.

Dooku, meanwhile, ends up fighting off Ventress and two others while temporarily blinded when the three show up in smoky camouflage to take him out.  Dooku apparently can still fight well with his eyes shut, but the thing is, the failure doesn’t mean Ventress is finished.  That’s mostly because Talkin has another idea already.

This could get a bit ugly.  I think I approve of that.