Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Clone Wars Preview: Episode 3.13 "Monster": Savage Opress Explodes into the Star Wars Galaxy

Savage Opress before the Nightsisters sink their claws into him..

Jedi Fortune Cookie:  "Evil is not born, it is taught."

I guess we know where Star Wars comes down on the nature or nurture debate.  As you will see in this episode, Savage Opress is a very interesting character and not at all what I was expecting going in.  We are all profoundly effected by our environments, when you have force-using witches around things get a little crazy. 

Katie Lucas on Starwars.com: 
"Savage is a lot like Frankenstein's creation," says Lucas. "He's a monster, but you get brief glimpses of a real heart beneath the surface. He's a complicated character -- I don't think he would have turned to the dark side without the manipulation of the witches. They use him."

Official Site Episode Guide Preview: 
Synopsis: When Count Dooku calls upon the Nightsisters seeking a replacement for Ventress, she and her kin seize the opportunity to exact revenge. Ventress visits the far side of Dathomir and the males of the planet seeking the most brutal and powerful warrior among them. Through their witchcraft, the Nightsisters transform Savage Opress into a monstrous killer designed to turn on his new master...
Key Characters: Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku, Mother Talzin, Savage Opress, Brother Viscus, Feral, Halsey, Knox
Key Locales: Dathomir, Serenno, Devaron

Preview Clips:

Preview Notes: 

I would advice parental discretion for this episode as there is more then the typical Clone Wars level of violence and its almost all person versus person, instead of the person versus droid variety.  There is one particularly graphic scene about half-way through the episode on Dathomir that parents may want to be aware of before letting the really young kids watch it.

DELTA, DELTA, DELTA, DELTA, DELTA!  Republic Commando Cameo!  Boss (RC-1138), Fixer (RC-1140), Sev (RC-1207), and Scorch (RC-1262).

It's hardly a surprise that the Grand Army of the Republic's Delta Squad would be appearing in Season 3 of The Clone Wars.  The preview clip featuring the Deltas was one of the highlights of the Clone Wars content at Celebration V this past summer.  What was surprising was that they are part of the epic Savage Opress story arc.  They don't play a huge role in the episode but its definitely cool to see them, and now that they have the character models, hopefully the Deltas and other Republic Commando squads appear in the future of the series. 

Sight seeing around the galaxy we get a heavy dose of Dathomir, Serenno, and small stop overs on Devaron and Coruscant. 

This episode features an awesome look not only into the Nightsisters but assuming I am guessing where it is edited, a great look at Sith apprentice training.  You will have warped flashbacks to The Empire Strikes Back.

Episode 3.13 of the Clone Wars, "Monster" debuts this Friday at 8:30pm on The Cartoon Network.  It will be available for download on iTunes on Saturday, and up on Starwars.com on Monday.

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