I debated putting this post in the episode thread, but I realized it transcends just that episode, and is more of a critique of the series as a whole. And the premise of this scholarly work is: I'm fairly sure that Clone Wars has jumped the, err, Karkarodon There are a number of telling signs, and I'm using the most recent episode, "Prisoners" as the discussion point because I feel it exemplifies the problems with this series (and it's hilarious appropriate given the species of the villain). I'll spoiler the spoiler-bits. 1) It's retelling stories from the original Clone Wars series, but not nearly as effectively. Which considering those were only 7 minutes long... 2)The stories are getting dumber. Prince Whiny Fishhead had the dumbest plan ever that only worked because because the Bad Guys have gone from mostly evil to I KICK PUPPIES BWHAHAHAHAHAAH evil. 3) in an attempt to compensate, they've ramped up the violence considerably and gratuitously. I mean, exploding grenade knives? Decaptiations? Torture? Slaves? There's this thing called 'Grimdark', and it's very appropriate here. 4) Jar Jar saved the day by spitting on Padme. Read that again to yourself. 5) And if that wasn't bad enough, MORE JAR JAR NEXT WEEK. OH FRIKKEN YAY. 6) Random OT Cameos that detract rather than enhance (Like Ackbar) 7) More and More 3-Parters as opposed to single-episode stories (See last seasons especially egregious last episodes) 8) This isn't a big deal for me personally, but apparently they're screwing up canon something terrible too. Now, if this was just this one episode, I might be inclined to let it go. But the truth is, I've been seeing some or all of these kinds of things since midway through LAST season. By the end of it, we'd had a Darth Maul clone (and maybe Darth Maul brought back to life), something like 4 3-parters in a row (as they apparently forgot how to tell single episode stories), a lot of the grimdark combat (WE TOTALLY KILLED ZIRO!), a needless appearances by Grand Admiral Tarkin, Greedo and Chewbacca (and Darth Maul, and echoed with Admiral Akbars appearance this season), and that entire mess on the Force-Planet. In short, Clone Wars is now throwing every single thing it can and praying something will stick. It's out of stories. It's jumped the Karkarodon. I'm fairly sure Clone Wars jumped with that Personified Force 3-Parter last season. After that, there was no turning back. Well, that or the Darth Maul Clone. Whichever came first. I'll still watch like the loyal starwars fanboy whore I am, but this series is on its last legs.