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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review - Season 2, Episode 5 - Landing at Point Rain

Clone Troopers Geonosis
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By Chris "HothIcePlanet" Smith  Twitter logo  Facebook logo
Original Air Date:
November 4, 2009

Key Players:
Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi Mundi, Ahsoka Tano, Clone Commander Cody, Clone Captain Rex and Clone Commander Jet

Key Location::
Geonosis

Tagline:
“Believe in yourself or no one else will.”

Newsreel:
Counterattack! With the clone army stretched in desperate attempt to engage General Grievous’ Starfleet, Separatists planets that were once thought secure are now rising up against the Republic. On Geonosis, Separatist leader Poggle the Lesser, safe in his newly ray-shielded factories, creates thousands of terrible new weapons which march off the assembly line against the outnumbered clone army.

The Jedi, resolute in the effort to restore order to the Republic, mount a massive invasion to retake Geonosis and shut down Poggle’s factories once and for all…

Story:
In this episode we see Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ki-Adi Mundi lead a landing party to destroy a droid factory on Geonosis.

At the start of this episode Ki-Adi Mundi and Obi-Wan Kenobi are on the bridge of a Republic Cruiser waiting for Anakin and Ahsoka to join them. Once Anakin and Ahsoka arrive, they all ascend to the command center for a briefing on the impending mission. The four Jedi are joined by holograms of Yoda, Mace Windu, Luminara Unduli and Chancellor Palpatine, and the group discusses plans for an assault on Geonosis.

Obi-Wan feels that Poggle the Lesser is holed up in a droid factory protected by ray-shields. The group plans a massive attack on Geonosis, with gunships and AT-TE’s leading the assault. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ki-Adi are to take separate gunships and rendezvous at a certain point for a continued assault from there. Palpatine expresses his concerns with sending so many Jedi to one point, but Yoda stresses the magnitude of capturing Poggle. Once the holograms disappear, Commander Cody, Commander Jet and Captain Rex join the Jedi for the coordinates to their landing point.

In the hanger bay of the Republic Cruiser, Y-Wing bombers are lifting off for the start of the assault. Obi-Wan walks with Commander Cody to their gunship and tells him about his first experience on Geonosis when he was almost eaten by creatures for the amusement of the Geonosians.

Once Obi-Wan lifts off in his gunship, an armada of gunships is revealed, some carrying AT-TE’s on their bellies. As soon as they hit the sky over Geonosis a massive battle begins. The gunships concentrate on the cannons on the ground, but the Geonosian warriors come in from behind in their small pod-like fighters and cut them to pieces one after another. Clones fly from gunships as they are torn apart. The Y-Wing bombers that led the way didn’t do much to help in the first wave of the assault.

Obi-Wan is the first to leave the Republic Cruiser bay, followed shortly by Anakin’s team and then Ki-Adi’s team. Back in the battle we see one particular gunship and a clone aboard making the comment, “Good thing those bugs can’t aim.” A split second later the gunship is torn apart, and clones are hurled out to their deaths.

Anakin’s team is shot down in the melee. Most of his clones survive, but they’re stuck with no support and are badly outnumbered. Meanwhile, Ki-Adi orders his pilots to land their gunship before they’re shot down also. Commander Cody contacts Obi-Wan on the comlink as soon as they land and tells him not to land because the zone is hot. But his warning is too late as Obi-Wan’s gunship gets shot down as well.

An injured Ki-Adi and Commander Jet are regrouping from the crash. Jet reports their status and is informed that only Kenobi’s forces made it to the landing point. Anakin’s forces were stranded with no tanks for support. Ki-Adi presses forward, and they head off for a ridge in the hopes of meeting up with the others.

Captain Rex updates Anakin with the news from the others, and Anakin realizes they have no choice but to press forward and rush the cannon guns and hope for support. Meanwhile, Commander Cody sees what he believes is Obi-Wan’s downed gunship and sends troopers Waxer and Boil to check for survivors. The clones reach the gunship only to find Kenobi and trooper Trapper alive. Obi-Wan is badly injured, but manages to get himself back to reunite with Cody and his men. Surrounded by Geonosians, the forward group must hold out long enough for the other Jedi’s teams to join them. The situation looks hopeless, but they keep fighting valiantly.

Commander Jet and Admiral Yularen talk via comlink. Jet conveys that they need support, but Yularen can not give any at this time. They then realize that Anakin’s team is located outside a fortress which is heavily fortified with gun emplacements.

Meanwhile, Ki-Adi has splits his forces – sending his tanks on a route around some mountainous terrain, while he and his troops cut through a cave. Once inside the cave they are attacked by Geonosians from the air and yet another battle begins.

Back at the barricade, Anakin and Ahsoka load backpacks with detonators. The two Jedi make their way through oncoming fire and use their grappling spike-launchers to scale the canyon wall. They work their way to the top of the fortress wall fighting off battle droids in the process.

At the rendezvous point, the Geonosian warriors continue to overwhelm Cody’s forces. Things are beginning to look extremely dire, and Obi-Wan appears in no condition to sustain himself through a prolonged battle.

Back on top of the fortress wall, Anakin and Ahsoka start looking for some kind of hatch to put explosives in while still fighting off the droids. Things go from bad to worse as a couple of destroyer droids appear. As Anakin and Ahsoka are locked in a fight with the destroyers, Captain Rex sneaks up from behind and manages to eliminate one of them for the Jedi. Anakin takes care of the other, and then they drop the detonators down the hatches that the destroyers appeared from. Anakin and Ahsoka decide to jump from the top of the wall because there isn’t time for anything else. They don’t tell Rex the plan and push him off using the Force. Anakin and Ahsoka use the Force to slow their fall, but Rex continues to free fall. The two Jedi use the Force to stop the terrified Rex mere inches from the ground and certain death. Tongue in cheek, Rex asks them to just tell him to jump next time.

Ki-Adi’s team is almost through the cave and is using flame throwers to clean out the rest of the Geonosians. Once through they see Anakin’s squad and now have a clean path to the landing zone. Anakin contacts Admiral Yularen and once again asks for support. By this time Yularen has arranged for a squadron of Y-Wing bomber to come to the Jedi’s aid.

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan’s team is being overwhelmed. Despite his injuries, Obi-Wan manages to stand up and activate his lightsaber for what looks like a last stand. But relief comes as Yularen’s Y-Wing bombers come in on clear a path to the shield generator and the battle turns.

The Jedi and Commanders gather for a quick hologram briefing for the final run on the gun emplacements and the shield generator. They split up once more. Anakin’s team goes in to knock out the gun emplacements. The tanks then shoot down the shield generators to drop the shield and allow Ki-Adi’s team to come in with more troops. The day is won, and the mission is a hard earned success.

The Dish:
This episode is what The Clone Wars is all about – unbelievable action! It delivers a frenetic pace that leaves the viewer feeling exhausted, which of course is the entire point. War is hell, and this episode (which is clearly the best episode of the season – and quite possibly the entire series so far) truly makes us and the characters appreciate that motto.

While the episode does focus on action, Obi-Wan’s character is particularly well handled. He of course is badly injured early on in the fight, and we get to see a glimpse of just how physically tough he is and how resolute he is as a Jedi. Understanding this makes the wizened old wizard who slices off the arm of Ponda Baba in Chalmun’s Cantina seem even more bad ass!

The battle scenes rival anything in the live action films and the landing assault is reminiscent of the opening aerial battle in “Revenge of the Sith” – with ships being shot down, stifling laser blasts everywhere, collisions, debris and even dead/dying clones flying from exploding ships in a dizzying assault on our senses. Considering where the series began in terms of the technical ability of the animation, this episode represents a monumental leap forward in both scale and technical achievement. Quite simply, the battle and the animation can only be described as epic! We can only imagine where the series is headed in the future if this is the new benchmark.

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