The beginning of series 2 continued on from were the first one ended with my favourite bounty hunter Cad Bane causing more headaches for the Republic, this time as he attempted to steal a Holocron from the Jedi Temple.
I had high hopes that the great character work typified by Bane would raise the bar elsewhere. I also wanted more bounty hunters pitting their wits against the struggling Jedi, but it was not to be. Despite some excellent work in the first few episodes featuring the blue skinned Duros things settled into the more familiar pattern of Jedi and clones versus seperatist opposition.
Don’t get me wrong, the animation, stories and character development improves in season 2 (in fact the intricate stories seemed more attune to adult audiences) but what I really wanted was more bounty hunters. An example of this was the episode “Lightsaber Lost”. This story sees Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber stolen by a pickpocket, so she entails the help of the seemingly feeble elder Jedi Tera Sinube as she tracks down the thief.
The pace in this episode was frenetic at times and for the first time since starting The Clone Wars I started to grow an attachment to Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. At first I thought she was a sop to the young female fans Lucasfilm was/is hoping to attract to the Star Wars universe but it was at this point were her character really grew on me. She certainly has caught my eye and I’ll be watching her future episodes with keen interest.
But I digress. What I loved about “Lightsaber Lost” was our glimpse into the Star Wars underworld. Here was a place that few Jedi visited. A place teeming with ‘scum and villainy’. This is what we missed from the prequels and what I’m hoping for in the sequels.
I also really enjoyed the story arc featuring General Grevious, voiced wonderfully once more by Matt Wood, and the Zilo beast episodes which felt like something out of Cloverfield.
All in all, the second season of Clone Wars grew in many ways but I feel like the series as a whole has yet to kick in. Perhaps we’ll get that in season 3. I’ll be happy with more bounty hunters and perhaps a lightsaber battle between some Jedi and Sith. Now that would be tasty.
3.5 out of 5 nerds