THE CLONE WARS episode 9- ‘Cloak Of Darkness’ or Now I really Hate Ahsoka
This episode starts off right after the last episode with Viceroy Nute Gunray being transported to a alliance outpost to await trial. In this episode we finally get to see some soldiers that aren’t clones, and we get the first animated appearance of Jedi master LUMINARA UNDULI. For some reason Ashoka is with Lumiara and they do battle with the Sith Assassin VENTRESS, who’s out to either rescue the Viceroy or kill him. According to STARWARS.COM Paul Dini wrote this episode, which surprised me. Overall I didn’t hate the episode but it finally showed me the light on how I felt about Ahsoka before…I freaking hate her. Fellow ‘Tipper’ Joe has always commented on how much he hated her, but I was always her defender. It’s not that I liked her before, it’s just that I didn’t mind her being made up for the show, and I still don’t. My problem with Ahsoka is that she’s really, really annoying. She’s constantly disobeying orders and acting like a spoiled brat, if this is supposed to help me like her it’s an epic fail.
As Joe told me today, “She’s everything a Jedi’s not.” With this episode I’m inclined to agree, although it’s not entirely the characters fault. I blame the writers for constantly having her undermine authority and never having it blow up in her face. The character has other peoples lives in her hands and she’s prone to temper tantrums and disobeying orders. Her constantly doing that makes her annoying and it’s even more annoying that she never experiences the downside of being a kid, thinking you know everything and being wrong. Now’s she’s been wrong before, but it’s never been anything too big and she’s always saved at the last minute, thus she never learns a thing about patience and obedience.
The fight scenes in this were good and the level of violence certainly earned the TV-PG label. In this episode we get a beheading and visible chest spearing, which makes the 2nd visible chest spearing this show that comes on Cartoon Network has had. All I need is a little less Ahsoka, or a bit of growth for the character and I’ll be satisfied or at least I won’t groan when I see her on an episode.
CHARLES’ GRADE: B-
PROS: THE RECENT UPSWING OF VIOLENCE MAKES THE SHOW HAVE SOME REAL CONSEQUENCES
CONS: THOSE CONSEQUENCES ARE UNDERMINED EVERYTIME NOTHING HAPPENS TO AHSOKA WHEN SHE ACTS IN A STUPID MANNER