Star Wars Celebration VII

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review - Season 2, Episode 7: Legacy of Terror

Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee
(Image via StarWars.com)

By Chris "HothIcePlanet" Smith  Twitter logo  Facebook logo
Original Air Date:
November 20, 2009

Key Players:
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Luminara Unduli, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Poggle the Lesser, Queen Karina & Clone Commander Cody

Key Location::
Geonosis

Tagline:
“Sometimes, accepting help is harder than offering it.”

Newsreel:
Victory on Geonosis! After a massive planetary siege, the Separatist forces on Geonosis have finally fallen. Key weapons factories have been destroyed, but at a heavy cost to Republic troops. Now, as Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Obi-Wan Kenobi begin a clean-up of the planet, they launch an intense campaign to find Separatist leader Poggle the Lesser and bring him to justice.

Story:
The main plot of this episode centers on Luminara, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ki-Adi trying to capture Poggle the Lesser and bring him to justice.

The episode begins with Luminara and Obi-Wan discussing how to find Poggle. Luminara takes it upon herself to go out and uncover a lead in locating him, and she zips off with clone trooper Buzz on BARC speeders.

We then see Poggle driving an AAT assault tank, dragging munitions behind. As he flees in haste, he loses one case and decides to leave it behind – too worried about the Jedi he knows are will soon be on his heels.

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Ki-Adi are discussing various places to search for Poggle, trying desperately to understand what his strategy may be. Out in the field, Luminara gets the break the Jedi need as she finds the lost munitions container. She immediately contacts Obi-Wan & Ki-Adi via holo link to inform them on her progress. Anakin updates Luminara with the news of a large sandstorm heading her way. The Jedi feel she should wait for the storm to subside, but Luminara insists on marching forward in her quest to apprehend Poggle.

Despite the other Jedi’s protests, Luminara continues through the massive sandstorm to find the Progate Temple where she sees Poggle has slipped inside. Even though the building appears ominous, Luminara and Buzz enter and begun searching. They soon realize Poggle must have gone down into the catacombs. She contacts the other Jedi Masters about her progress. Obi-Wan tells Luminara to wait for reinforcements. But before Luminara can respond to Obi-Wan’s requests we hear Buzz scream in the background and Luminara activate her lightsaber as the transmission ends.

As soon as the sandstorm has lifted, Obi-Wan & Anakin race to Luminara’s aid and arrive at the Temple with a squad of clones including Commander Cody. Upon entering, Obi-Wan finds Luminara’s lightsaber, and he tells the others he believes they have found the Geonosian Queen hive – something that was previously believed to be a legend.

Anakin, Obi-Wan and the clones enter the dark catacombs in search of Luminara. The Jedi use their lightsabers to light the way. We then see Luminara being dragged – unconscious and handcuffed – by Geonosians. She wakes up, starts fighting her way free and is able to get a very short transmission to Obi-Wan, telling him not to follow and stay away. But upon hearing her distress, Obi-Wan and the others race deeper into the catacombs to find her. In the process they have their first encounter with Geonosians who are actual zombies – the undead being controlled by the hive mind. The zombies attack and keep coming after them even after the Jedi have “killed” them. Unable to get a transmission out now, Obi-Wan sends two clones back to the surface to transmit for reinforcements, but they don’t last long at all – falling prey to the zombified Geonosians.

The Jedi have no choice but to stick together and rescue Luminara themselves. Along with the remaining clones, they keep delving deeper into the catacombs until they reach the Queen hive and come face to face with Queen Karina. Anakin comes up with a plan to rescue Luminara, but Obi-Wan wants to talk to Queen Karina in the hopes of learning more about the zombified Geonosians.

After “discussing” things with the Queen for a while and getting nowhere, Obi-Wan signals Commander Cody to start a diversion. The Jedi and clones attack, free Luminara and then must fight their way out while collapsing the Temple down on top of the Queen hive. In a harrowing race back to the surface, the Jedi and clones narrowly escape with their lives and capture Poggle the Lesser in the process.

The Dish:
Star Wars and zombies on screen together certainly make for an interesting episode of television! This episode had a lot of creepy and downright scary elements that worked well, allowing fans of the series to experience an episode with a unique tone. These types of experiments allow the show to keep evolving. The dank, dark catacombs also allowed for some amazing visual elements, such as Anakin and Obi-Wan using their lightsabers to light the way.

Despite the overall dark tone, in typical Clone Wars fashion, Anakin and Obi-Wan maintain a witty banter throughout the episode. They even manage a humorous exchange, discussing their options and “ignoring” Luminara as she is chained up and fearing the worst in the Queen’s hive.

The episode is certainly memorable due to its introduction of Queen Karina, a monstrous character that even makes Jabba the Hutt pale in comparison! There’s certainly an “Alien” throwback present, as Queen Karina looks quite like the Queen Zinomorph we see in those films. The creators most certainly intended this as an homage, rather than as an uncreative “rip off” of the earlier material.

Luminara Unduli’s character also shows a never before seen, fiercely independent (borderline stubborn) side in this episode. While she certainly never loses control of her emotions or Jedi principles, she demonstrates a determination that spills over and gets her into trouble. This makes her much more of a “real” character that we can relate to moving forward.

The episode did have one element that bothered me. When Luminara is flying her BARC speeder through the sandstorm, she is talking to Buzz without wearing a mask. She does have goggles on, but clearly she would not be able to talk to anyone in the kind of sandstorm depicted.

Finishing Touches:
  • The zombie motif was popular in the Star Wars universe at this time, as the “Deathtroopers” novel was released only shortly before this episode’s release
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