SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, part 5. META: Whenever a Jedi tosses someone from a height, in RL it would result in fatal injury, but the victim evildoer falls onto a convenient awning or even another villain, and then groans a little or raises his head to let us know he's going to be all right. This prevents us from seeing a lot of murders, I suppose. Also, this far into the series, we've seen close to totality of Jedi culture: from near-birth, undergoing the Gathering to make a lightsaber, Masters training Padawans, solo knighthood such as Nahdar's, old age courtesy of Tera Sinube, and final farewells and funerals such as those of the Jedi victims of the Temple bombing. What's left out is middle age. Where are the midlife crises? balding? thickening waistlines? Now we shall never see those stories. Escape from Kadavo: Anakin tosses a baddie from a palace wall *see above para*; Obi-Wan, still sporting a black eye, begs for the life of his fellow prisoner, a Jedi-like action but the man inside the Jedi would curdle. Anakin shows contempt for Obi-Wan's whole POV in saying 'well I see you're always ready to negotiate but I've had enough!' We don't see anywhere near 50000 Togruta, just sayin.' Ahsoka says 'these are my people,' somewhat surprising for a Jedi. And Rex's 'I'm no Jedi' as he spears the master guard after a pointed look from Obi-Wan who won't/can't do it, well. Until Obi-Wan's unexpected delight in living Rako Hardeen's brutish life, we don't see much of the darkness that the war has elicited from Master Kenobi. A Friend in Need: Separatists want recognition, and that Padme cannot give, it simply wouldn't be in her authority, so the whole meeting just was impossible - passions reigned, sigh. Without Mina Bonteri, no hope for progress in peacemaking there. Captain Taggart has an ancient Greek looking helmet. Viszla's 'well that was painless wasn't it' upon bullying a teen Lux, well, the Boss is amiable, once he gets his own way. Bo-Katan's slap to Ahsoka's bottom, a rough, tough gal is she. Had to laugh at Ahsoka's 'sweet' face when playing the betrothed. Deception: In the voiceover, Obi-Wan sags in his Council seat with a most unhappy expression - I'd like to think that he realizes that his plan to be thought dead will damage his friendship with Anakin. It makes some of his later actions more acceptable. After shaving, wow the animators did a fine job making his features resemble McGregor's! Moralo speaks of himself in the third person, what a hoot; his VA was trying to sound like Kirk Douglas, maybe? I thought so, anyway. Kinda creepy that Obi-Wan says he enjoys playing the villain. Uh, Hardeen/Kenobi got no trial? Friends and Enemies: Sometimes Moralo seems like a papa with two bickering sons and he makes peace - not a family I'd want to belong to. Obi-Wan's head shows stubble. More of what JAT called Obi-Wan's 'Season of Pain' when Anakin knees Hardeen in the crotch. Fantastic long shot when Ahsoka sees the duel from hundreds of yards away and busts a gut to reach it to defend Anakin, now that's a Padawan to have. The Box: Moralo looks more and more simian, complete with sagittal crest. Yoda tells Anakin he's batty and a danger to both friends and enemies - why didn't you deck him, Anakin? What happened to Kiera Swan and Sinrich, because I didn't see them buy it on Level 2; they didn't make it to Level 3. Hardeen offered a hand up to Cad and got slapped down; the next time Cad accepted it, aw, they're bonding! When Obi-Wan/Rako beat up Moralo, he enjoyed it and he did when beating up Anakin in Friends and Enemies, brrr, don't cross this guy in either incarnation. Crisis on Naboo: Mace is almost cheerily friendly to Obi-Wan, well Obi here's your next best friend if things with Anakin turn sour. The holomatrix disguises well-done. Anakin is rightly angry with Obi-Wan, he really doesn't see beyond emotions in this case. Dooku was arrogant in the duel's beginning, then really scared for a moment - Anakin seemed maturely concentrating on the fight, not making faces or flaring up with trash talk, Dooku's parting jibe was inaccurate, perhaps a way of reassuring himself that Anakin was truly no threat to take over as Palps' Sith apprentice? Massacre: Asajj's 'and then?' to Mother Talzin's offer of a life with the sisters - Asajj wants more than that, but seems to accept it as a stopgap. Kharis gets a teensy bit of characterization because she was Asajj's companion on the mission to Serenno to fight Dooku, though it doesn't make her death resonate much with this viewer. Dooku contemptuous of voodoo and by extension, all of Talzin's witchy talents. She nearly got you, boy. Bounty: 'Pretty bald babe in a place like this,' ha, and then Asajj spears him in the crotch. Major Rigosso has a majorly fascinating mouth as it opens sideways and then lengthways. Boba's 'I'll protect you!!' was kinda cute and shows his youth, while Asajj's assessment shows her maturity. We see Embo and his doggy. That train and its chasers riding milodons have a Western movie vibe, each individual's movements like people riding horses. Brothers: Laats and Asajj drink, showing a measure of rapport, while we learn that Talzin is alive! Or what passes for life, as she returns to the Green Glowy Zone occasionally. Savage's ship has feet that run when it brakes into a landing, ha. Savage's hulking walk is good, almost like Frankenstein's. The firebreathers eat trash? Talzin pulls madness out of Maul's brain, what a psychoanalyst! Definitely a Gollum/Shelob vibe with the scenes in the cave. Revenge: Obi-Wan gets clotheslined, yet another smashdown in the Season of Pain. 'I learned from watching you!' oh Negotiator, you fooler you. And somehow you got a new black eye! And so Season Four ends, to your relief. A War on Two Fronts: 'Rotation' gets used a lot as a term, starting now to really notice, though Kidnapped had the first mention, I think. 'day' is too plebeian? The Republic is giving the insurgents supplies and credits, quite obviously supporting them, keeping them going, shades of Vietnam ... food for thought. I was not bored by the battle lessons and thought them neat - never had considered that droidekas needed to be able to roll over things and thus could be stopped by slow-moving weapons, like playing bocce ball *scratches head* The beasts of Onderon all especially appealing, particularly the flying light tan colored one who resembles Zok of the Herculoids *references old cartoon nobody has heard of*. The beginnings of love triangles, shaped by knowing looks, hurt looks, curious looks - the animators really had a time with those teen emotions. Front Runners - Ahsoka is offered a chance to return with Obi-Wan and Anakin and refuses - she wants to do her job, and see how Lux does his. King Rash continues to resemble some ancient Greek monarch and talk a little like James Mason. The Soft War - 'Purpose before feelings' spouts Anakin, and butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. One insurgent resembles Tecla of a past ep, Padme's aide. Is this a predecessor to what happens on Mandalore, in that the Republic won't interfere in internal political strife, due to some take on the Prime Directive of Star Trek fame? Tipping Points - Saw evinces sheer joy in getting the new weapons, a nod to his and the other insurgents' youth in playing with wonderful, effective toys, on some level at least. Lux is mad at Ahsoka when she obeys her mandate and won't fight more openly, then everything goes to pieces. Sad ending, and Obi-Wan's 'our Padawan has learned a lot' says volumes about this arc. The Gathering - Baby! Ahsoka is too cute for words! These kids are the top of their class, a little competitive for Jedi, or does that make them more understandable? *ponders* We hear 'rotation' again. Petro sounds like Michael J. Fox. 'The Force made physical' is a Jedi, per Yoda. Byph, the most scared, is the most alone in his quest for his crystal, awww. Gungi skidding on ice made me laugh. Katooni's VA has adenoid problems, or is very realistic to portray her as congested in the bitter, sniffly cold. A Test of Strength - Hondo is all about profit, according to his mood this ep, and we hear no more mention of his dear, departed Mama, I miss that. Professor Huyang is like Mad Eye Moody of Harry Potter, with gadgets galore sprouting all over him. Gungi's snaggle fang is adorable! Bound for Rescue - Hondo cuddles with two Twi'leks, well good for him. The fearful Ugnaught clown, so funny! Florrum has a very sci-fi green and yellow sky, way to go colorists. Preigo sounds like Professor Marvel of The Wizard of Oz, and in general, the plot point of a circus fits in well with this more lighthearted episode. Ahsoka is gracious enough to thank the younglings for their rescue and mentions Anakin's 'bending rules' to get the job done. A note in passing: this last ep was from November 2012, with ads for Christmas galore on my tape: 4 for CN holiday programs, 1 for Lego Hobbit kids, 1 for Lego Board Game, 1 for a movie *Monsters, Inc. 3D*, 1 for a Lego set, 2 for the WWE, 1 for Hexbug Nano and 1 for something called Eyespy. Oh yes, and 1 for Verizon. That's 13. As Hondo will say in the next ep, 'I am semi-speechless.'