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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 1 Episode 3: Shadow of Malevolence

What is it ? : Continuing the story of the Malevolence and the Republics attempts to destroy it. This episode picks up as Obi-Wan, Plo-Koon, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano discover that the Malevolence is due to ambush a Republic medical facility, killing the 60,000 Clone Troopers being treated aboard.
In an attempt to beat the Malevolence there, Anakin, Plo-Koon and Ahsoka lead a squadron of Y-Wings through a Nebula to save time, while Obi-Wan commands the capital ships as they make the journey around it.
Upon arrival, the squadron attempts to kill General Grievous and disable the Malevolence by torpedoing it's bridge, but they lose too many ships, and have to settle for disabling it's weapon and saving the facility and it's occupants.

High Points : My favourite thing about Star Wars has always been the space battles, and this episode has them in abundance. The journey through the nebula was absolutely excellent, and the action around the Malevolence was brilliant.
The introduction of fresh off the factory floor Y-Wings, makes something which dates back 30 years new again, I really like this design, it really made the Jedi Starfighter look old and dated in comparison (the hyperspace ring it needs to use looks clumsy and problematic when going into battle).
The final scene with the Malevolence limping away from the battle in flames, I thought looked excellent, really showing the impact of the battle.

Low Points : Can't think of many at all. I'm not the biggest fan of "Jedi Reflexes" making the Jedi better than everyone else, so when Anakin comes up with a plan that it turns out only he and Plo-Koon could achieve because the Clone Pilots aren't good enough, I winced slightly and wanted to moan. But this episode even puts a good spin on that, as Anakin has to adapt to commanding non-Jedi and update his plan, which shows solid growth for the character (and the start of Jedi actually become decent leaders for the Clone Army).

So what do you really think ? : A good solid episode, really, really looking forward to the next, can't wait to see what happens to the Malevolence as Obi-Wan and the Republic Fleet hunts it down.

Final Words : Because of the way I'm doing these reviews, I'm watching an episode every 2 days (1 day to write the review, 1 day to do some stats), but I was ever so tempted to watch the next episode. If a series has you hooked enough to start binge watching episodes, it's doing something right.
For the sake of the site (and my own sanity), I resisted.

Score : 8.5/10

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