I have a confession to make. I have been enjoying Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It may not be high art, but it reminds me of the kind of stories you would see in a Star Wars game brought to the small screen. At least that is what it does for me normally. However, I felt that Trespass, the most recent episode, was not very good. FYI... my commentary below has a ton of spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't watched the episode yet.
The story starts simply enough. For reasons never fully explained the Republic placed a Clone Trooper base on an uninhabited ice planet. They lose contact with this base, so they decide to send a group consisting of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3P0, R2-D2, a bunch of
Storm Clone Troopers, and two politicians from a nearby planet, who I will call Chairman Homicidal and Senator Jailbait.
They arrive at the base to find it deserted, with the exception of Clone Trooper helmets on spears. Chairman homicidal immediately decides it must be the work of those wacky Separatists. Were the spears the tip off? In any case, they travel to the nearby Seperatist base, who apparently also love uninhabited ice planets, only to find the head of droids on pikes as well.
Eventually, it is discovered that the stone cold killers known as the Talz are responsible. Apparently trained
Storm Clone Troopers and Battle Droids are no match for primitive aliens chucking flint tipped spears. Although, to be fair, decades later Storm Troopers fair no better against Ewoks.
Obi-Wan and Anakin go to speak with the Talz, and eventually receive their demands. Well, one demand actually: "Leave or we kill you". When this is reported back to Chairman Homicidal, he immediately decides to commit genocide.
Fortunately, Chairman Homicidal is pretty ineffective at wiping out the primitive Talz. Taking some
Storm Clone Troopers out on military speeders, the kind with shields and blaster cannons, they manage to get ambushed. They then stop the bikes and engage the spear-wielding Talz with their blaster pistols. Unfortunately for them, the Talz spears cut through Storm Clone Trooper armor like a knife through butter and Chairman Homicidal is fatally wounded.
Obi-Wan urges Senator Jailbait to make peace with the Talz, which is all she has wanted to do all along. She then concedes to the Talz demands to leave the planet forever, and Obi-Wan praises her skill as a negotiator. The End.
I know Star Wars often has plot holes you can drive a truck through, but it was seriously bad this episode. The ice planet is a complete MacGuffin, and a bad one at that. Everyone is fighting over the planet, but there seem to be no consequences for leaving it. Similarly, Chairman Homicidal's evilness and Senator Jailbait's innocence are comically overdone.
Oh well. Hopefully the next episode will be better.