‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Nomad Droids’ Review
When the sneak peak for this episode aired right after last week’s episode I was really annoyed that they extended the droids’ time to two full episodes to themselves. But tonight’s episode proved me wrong. I loved Nomad Droids. It was a lot of fun and included a lot of neat homages to other classic stories. It also made me realize that Star Wars is as classic as the stories this episode referenced.
The episode started with General Grievous attacking a Republic cruiser. It all played out similarly to the opening scene of A New Hope making for a cool visual. The only major difference was that instead of Darth Vader walking in all evil looking, we got Grievous battling a Jedi. It was cool to see something in the background that would normally be at the spotlight of an episode.The droids escaped in a fighter ship and we saw R2-D2 pilot a fighter in a space battle. Clearly he learned some tricks from his master.
Eventually they landed on a planet and were attacked by tiny warriors. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Gulliver’s Travels and the little people who don’t understand the workings of government. C-3PO taught them of democracy, but then he said something surprisingly topical for a kids show. The droids decided it was best to leave them alone and let them work out democracy for themselves. Remind anyone of everything that isn’t going on a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? That’s right, they went there, Clone Wars made a brief, funny commentary on the war in the Middle East. Many will hate this, but I thought it was daring and actually pretty funny, even if it was unintentional.
Next, the droids found themselves being taken by a race who had no knowledge of droids. Funny, because their leader was a big hologram being created by behind the scenes droids that they just never see. Wizard of Oz anyone?
Once that adventure was over, the droids began to run out of power. It was actually a really depressing visual to see them both go stiff and their eyes fade to dark. Luckily, a band of pirates found them and took them on their ship and forced them to take part in their droid fight club. Just as R2-D2 was about to attack the champion (such a daring little droid), Grievous showed up and attacked the pirate ship. Then the Republic attacked and the droids found Plo Koon who took them back.
This was a fun, fast episode that had very few detracting moments. The duo fared much better this week than last. Also, this might be the funniest episode of Clone Wars ever. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (9/10)
Note: There is no episode of Clone Wars next week for some unknown reason.
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