Guest blogger Anakin Skywalker is a Jedi Knight and general in the Grand Army of the Republic. He is known as the "Hero Without Fear" and is held in high esteem by the Supreme Chancellor. When not on the battle field, he lives on Coruscant training his apprentice, Ahsoka Tano.
Well, this new season of The Clone Wars sure started with a bang. Two episodes, both describing our struggle to keep Mon Calamari out of Separatist hands. I had one of my rare quiet days today, so my good friend Senator Amidala and I got together to watch the episodes. I've got to say, Dave Filoni and his crew are doing an incredible job of bringing you these documentaries of the Clone Wars. The animation in this episode was particularly impressive - the simple things like the clouds and water were very realistic for being animated, and the explosion of our ship was well done. Even though I didn't exactly want to see that again.
Last season put more emphasis on what was going on away from the front lines, but this season brings you right back. The second battle of Mon Calamari was a conflict with a unique element - most of it took place underwater. Luckily, Master Fisto, Ahsoka and I already had lightsabers built or modified to work when wet. Regular lightsabers would short out.
Also, to set the record straight, I learned to swim not long after coming to the Jedi Temple and have since become as accomplished as Senator Amidala, who grew up swimming on Naboo.
But back to the battle, as you saw, it wasn't easy. It was supposed to be peaceful negotiations between the Mon Cala and the Quarren. But once the Separatists got the Quarren stirred up, negotiations came to a dead stop, even with the diplomatic Senator Amidala there. And the battle that followed...it's a shame that so many of the Mon Calamarian people were taken captive or killed as the Separatists attempted to take another world.
That young prince, Lee-Char - he's a good kid. Completely unprepared for the role he's been forced to take, but with Captain Ackbar and myself advising him, he's doing all right. He's going through a lot, dealing with the grief of losing his father, and now in danger of losing his people as he's thrust into the middle of the war. I saw that my Padawan Ahsoka was doing a good job of not only protecting him, but encouraging and advising him as well.
Ahsoka has really grown. She's gained a lot of wisdom since she became a Padawan. Hearing her today on the show reminded me of just how much she's matured. I told her to take the Prince somewhere safe and lie low...and she did. If I told her to do this when she had just graduated from the Temple, she would have done anything but lie low. These battles have taught her a lot about how even though the Jedi are powerful warriors, fighting is not always the best move. There is wisdom in waiting and watching (man, Obi-Wan's going to be thrilled to hear me saying this).
This Friday is the conclusion to this arc on the second battle of Mon Calamari. If you've seen the preview, you know that after I got captured with Senator Amidala, Master Fisto, and Representative Binks, things got a little rough. But you're going to have to wait and see what happens this week.
May the Force be with you.
This post was inspired by Father Longenecker at Standing on My Head and his hilarious, informative, and very creative "alter egos".