STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS “Witches of the Mist” Review

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS “Witches of the Mist” Season 3 Episode 14 – STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, “Witches of the Mist” was the final piece in a three episode arc that follows Anakin and Obi-Wan as they track down the latest threat to the universe, Savage Opress.

There was so much going on in this episode that this arc might have benefitted from an additional episode. It seemed a bit rushed and all sorts of relevant information and character developing dialogue seemed squeezed into unusually short scenes. Nevertheless, this was only an issue because “Witches of the Mist” actually had quite a lot of awesome to deliver and not enough time to do it all perfectly.

Action scenes were used well in this episode not only to deliver visual excitement, but to develop character and plot. Watching Opress mercilessly plow through the Toydarians and thoughtlessly crush the throat of their king really emphasized his ruthless and still very uncontrolled nature in a way that dialogue couldn’t. Obi Wan and Anakin on the other hand, come out of the same scene looking a bit dim. Seriously guys! Two Jedi against one assassin and not only did you fail at stopping him, but you gave him enough time to knock your ship off the platform! It was tough to have faith in the good guys.

The fight scenes in this episode, particularly the three way battle between Count Dooku, Savage Opress and Ventress, were animated incredibly – pure visual candy. I probably could have watched that battle go on for just a little bit longer, but the separate fight between Ventress and Dooku was pretty great too. They’re both just so awesomely vicious that their aggression translated so perfectly into their duel. Unfortunately when Obi Wan and Anakin step onto the scene, the battle loses momentum and once again, everyone escapes. These guys need to get it together.

“Witches of the Mist” also delivered to fans of the expanded Star Wars universe. My husband (who was watching with me and who is an avid reader of the expanded Star Wars universe books) proceeded to geek out for about 10 minutes when Yoda and Obi-Wan discussed the planets Iridonia and Dathomir. For people like me that have only seen the Star Wars movies and the Clone Wars series, it’s a passing conversation; but for the dedicated super-fans out there who would like to have all their universes tie in together, it’s a thoughtful touch and subtle shout out.

Despite my irritation that Obi-Wan and Anakin couldn’t seem to get it together in this episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I’m kind of happy that Savage Opress made it out. He’s constantly being called a monster, but the more I see of him, the more I start to sympathize with him. He’s a tool with the power and aggression of a beast that ends up being used or manipulated by the individuals he thinks he should trust. The final moments of this episode culminate in a pretty significant reveal from Talzin. Savage Opress has a kinsman, a brother with a face that looks just like Darth Maul who is alive somewhere who will help Savage Opress attain the power and control he needs to exact his vengeance. I wonder – when he does finally get all the training he needs from someone who surely must be some revived form of Darth Maul, how will he have changed and who will be the target of his rage then? The Nightsisters? Count Dooku? The Jedi? It seems we won’t be shown this for a while, but I’m definitely curious to find out.