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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review - Season 2, Episode 13: "Voyage of Temptation"

Duchess Satine
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By Chris "HothIcePlanet" Smith  Twitter logo  Facebook logo
Original Air Date:
February 5, 2010

Key Players:
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Duchess Satine Kryze, Senator Tal Merrick, Clone Commander Cody, Clone Captain Rex and R2-D2

Key Locations::
Starship Coronet in space

Tagline:
“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”

Newsreel:
A royal welcome! Sent to investigate allegations that Mandalore was joining Count Dooku’s Separatists, Obi-Wan Kenobi was reunited with an old friend, the Duchess Satine of Kalevala. While Satine claimed Mandalore’s intentions were to remain neutral during the war, an attack on the capital city led Obi-Wan to the discovery of a terrorist organization known as Death Watch.

Now the Duchess travels to the Senate, so she can plead her case against her involvement in the war, as the Jedi prepare a defense against her opponents…

The Story:
This episode starts aboard a starship called the Coronet leaving Mandalore and headed into space. Inside the cargo hold we see Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin briefing a group of clone troopers, Commander Cody, Captain Rex and R2-D2. Obi-Wan and Anakin brief the troops that the safety of Duchess Satine is of the utmost importance and to keep alert of any signs of the Death Watch. R2 is instructed to use his sensors to probe for any droid activity. Obi-Wan is contacted via comm and told that his presence is requested by the Duchess. Along with Anakin, Cody and Rex, he hops in an elevator to meet with her. Anakin senses anxiety from his master about the Duchess and reassures him that she is in good hands. Anakin also senses that there’s more to the Duchess and Obi-Wan’s relationship than Obi-Wan is willing to share.

Back in the darkened cargo hold, the clone troopers are on patrol with head lamps to light their way. As they proceed with their search, they are unaware that a very large cargo crate begins to open. We see some kind of metal pieces starting to exit.

In the throne room, Duchess Satine discusses the war with Senators Orn Free Taa, Kin Robb, Onaconda Farr and Tal Merrick. She expresses her concerns of fighting a war when she is speaking for thousands of worlds who do not want to be involved. Obi-Wan and Anakin appear, and Obi-Wan interrupts the Duchess saying, “And yet some might agree that the strongest defense is a swift and deceive offense.” Everyone stands by awkwardly as the Duchess and Obi-Wan verbally spar. The Duchess reminds Obi-Wan that she did not ask for Jedi protection, but Obi-Wan stresses that her protection was requested by the other members of her court.

Back in the cargo hold, R2 and clone troopers Mixer and Red Eye are attacked by a spider-like assassin droid that resembles a probe droid. Both clones are easily killed by the assassin droid.

While heading for the dinning hall, Anakin asks Obi-Wan about his history with the Duchess. Obi-Wan tells him about a mission he had with Qui-Gon where they spent a year on Mandalore protecting the Duchess from insurgents who threatened her world. A civil war killed a lot of her people; the Duchess returned to rebuild her world, and Obi-Wan was assigned to another mission. Now alone, Anakin and Obi-Wan talk a little more personally. Anakin can see that Obi-Wan obviously had feelings for the Duchess, which would have affected his decisions. Obi-Wan said it did, and that he lived by the Jedi code.
Anakin: “Of course as Master Yoda says ‘A Jedi must not form attachments.’”
Obi-Wan: “Yes, but he usually leaves out the undercurrent of remorse.”
Captain Rex contacts Obi-Wan via comm to tell them something has scared R2 pretty badly and that two of his clones are missing. Anakin goes to join the troops, and Obi-Wan goes to join the dinner with the Senators. Once Obi-Wan arrives, he informs the group to wait here while a situation in the cargo hold is taken care of.

Anakin joins the troops in the cargo hold and asks what the problem is because he is missing dinner. R2 is still pretty scared, and Anakin asks him to use his scanners to see if anything is out of place. While searching, they find the empty crate the assassin droid was in, and Anakin contacts Obi-Wan via comm to tell him about the situation. Anakin continues with R2 and then sees Red Eye walking very strangely in the shadows. R2 shines a light on the clone, and Anakin realizes the assassin droid is using the clone like a puppet. Using his lightsaber, Anakin cuts two of the droids legs off, but it manages to throw a couple of crates at him. By this time the other clones come running and shoot the droid down. Anakin then notices another droid entering the elevator shaft and heading toward the dining room. He contacts Obi-Wan to warn him, but by this time the droid is at the dining room. After the droid kills the two guards, Obi-Wan takes it out rather quickly.

The assassin droids have various holes on the dome of their heads and all of a sudden smaller sized assassin droids appear and attack the group in the dining room and everyone in the cargo hold at the same time. Anakin uses his lightsaber to slice them up while the clones blast them, and R2 uses an electrical charge to kill them. Back in the dining room, Obi-Wan fights them off with his lightsaber and the Duchess uses a small hand-held droid deactivator to stop the droid bugs.

Anakin asks a service droid about the cargo manifest and finds out the crates have a Senate stamp, which means one of the Senators loaded the cargo. Anakin reports this to Obi-Wan, who has captured one of the small assassin droids and decides to use it to his advantage. Obi-Wan puts the droid into a glass jar on a serving tray and walks around to each Senator thinking the droid will want to kill everyone but the one who programmed it. By process of elimination Obi-Wan realizes that the traitor is Senator Tal Merrick. Merrick distracts Obi-Wan, grabs the Duchess, puts a gun to her head and backs out of the room. While chasing Merrick, Obi-Wan contacts Anakin to report the situation. Anakin disregards him for now because he is searching for another assassin droid in the cargo hold. Cody and Rex run into the smaller bugs and fight them off with the help of R2 and Anakin. As soon as they take care of the little ones, the mother droid attacks Captain Rex, who he manages to kick it off of him. The droid climbs up a wall and Anakin brings it down by throwing his ignited lightsaber at it and cutting off a couple of its legs. Once on the ground Rex, stomps a boot on its head and proceeds to blast it until it stops moving.

On the bridge, Merrick enters with the Duchess in tow and kills everyone in sight. He brings the ship out of hyperspace.

Back with Anakin and Obi-Wan...
Anakin asks: “This may not be the time to ask, but were you and Satine ever…”
Obi-Wan: “I don’t see how that has any bearing on the situation at hand.”
Back on the bridge, Merrick contacts Pre Vizsla via hologram. He reports his success to Vizsla and asks for reinforcements to help cover his escape. Vizsla sends in three droid boarding ships that plunge into the ship’s hull. Squads of super battle droids pour out like water out of a bottle. Anakin leads his troops and the Duchess’ guards as they fight off the droids.

Obi-Wan finds Senator Merrick on the bridge but learns he has wired the ship’s engines to explode and can detonate them at any moment with a remote he’s holding. Feeling hopeless about the situation, the Duchess tells Obi-Wan she has loved him from the moment they first met. Obi-Wan responds, “Satine this is hardly the time or place…” and then stops when he sees the looks in her eyes.
Obi-Wan: “Alright…had you said the word. I would have left the Jedi Order.”
Merrick is disgusted at this display of sentiment and is distracted for a moment. Satine stomps his foot, breaks free from his grip, grabs the blaster from his hand and then holds him at gunpoint.

With Merrick holding the detonator, they’re now at a standoff. Satine holds the blaster but won’t fire because of her pacifist ideals. Obi-Wan won’t act because he would look like a cold blooded killer in Satine’s eyes. While Merrick is enjoying the moment, a lightsaber suddenly plunges through his chest from behind. Anakin appears and catches the detonator that falls from Merrick’s dying hand. Obi-Wan and the Duchess basically ignore what they both just confessed and proceed with the matter at hand.

The Coronet finally arrives on Coruscant where Chancellor Palpatine is waiting to meet them. Once they land, Obi-Wan and the Duchess get one more brief moment where Satine confesses she wishes she could see more of Obi-Wan handsome face from behind his beard.

The Dish:
Overall this was a great episode, and everything from the plot to the characters to the tone worked well.

As expected, the episode further explores the relationship between Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine, and that avenue did not disappoint. The episode manages to capture the tension between the two very well and finally delivers a confession of love from both to each other. With this, the episode successfully elevates the Clone Wars series as a whole, and it removes the arrow from critics’ quiver that the series is solely a “show geared toward children” or an “animated cartoon with 2-D characters aimed at selling more toys.” The creators should be applauded for taking this story line and Obi-Wan’s character development to surprising new heights. This in turn completely changes the way “Revenge of the Sith” must be viewed; Obi-Wan can now relate to the emotions Anakin is feeling toward Padme. After all, he’s been there.

The episode also delivers some cool new assassin droids, which serve as a reminder that the series has consistently delivered excellent new character designs and concepts. These assassin droids are reminiscent to the probe droids from “The Empire Strikes Back” and also season one of the series. But they have the added aspect of the “baby” assassin droids being able to come out from the “mother” droid to wreak havoc. Again, a nice surprising twist!

R2-D2 was also great in this episode. It’s always awesome to see the character we all know and love doing what he does best. Not to mention, we get to see a new side of him when he is scared. It never ceases to amaze how well the little guy can emote his feelings with his beeps and whistles. At one point, he even clearly plays a joke on one of the clones when he pops out of the shadows to scare him and then “laughs”.

Finally, the episode delivers one more moment in Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader when he ruthlessly kills Merrick. A couple notes from Darth Vader’s theme play in the back after he commits the act, subtly reminding us again where we’re heading. Sweet.

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