Max continues to sink his teeth into the triumphant return of The Clone Wars in Season 7.3 – “On The Wings Of Keeradaks”
‘On the Wings of Keeradaks’ is the penultimate episode of the Bad Batch arc and a lot of the excitement I felt for this arc has dissipated. The story continues where it left off, and they are trying to dislodge Echo from the computer system he has been connected to. The incompetent droids are closing in and despite, of course, their incompetence; their sheer numbers will eventually wear this clone A-Team down. They lock and seal the doors to give Tech time to free Echo, so Wat Tambor sends in a secret weapon. The Organic decimator.
The device is basically a floating orb with energy tentacles, and it is dispatched quickly. So quickly, that it’s a huge anti-climactic McGuffin. In the unfinished reel cut of this episode, we saw a demonstration of its capabilities, when it disintegrates a Poltec warrior. However, since this is a Disney child-friendly adaptation- it is cut out. So the Decimator does virtually nothing and the clones and Anakin escape into the ducts, whose large, easy to squeeze through passageways are explained as cooling vents for the massive computer. Although, computers do need to be cooled in real life, so this is actually pretty accurate.
The escape from the tower city is equally ridiculous as they walk on a basically; tightrope across the tower city, which is hundreds of feet in the air. You can bet Wrecker is freaking out and I have to tell myself the clones must have some sort of traction on their boots in order to keep their balance. Oh, wait they do (The Essential Guide to Attack of the Clones).
The episode is called ‘On the Wings of Keeradaks’, so it doesn’t take a Columi to figure out how they ultimately escape. Wat Tambor has proven himself to be completely ineffective as a military strategist, and I feel he should be kept behind the scenes. The episode then picks up a bit with the Poltecs and the clones vs the Separatist forces and it is somewhat cool to see Anakin take down an Octuptarra droid. It is also equally refreshing to see how despite the bravery of the Poltecs; their primitive fighting force is no match for the might of advanced war machines and the Poltecs do minimal damage as opposed to Ewoks who completely dominated the Stormtroopers in Return of the Jedi.
Like the Aeosians from Resistance, the Poltecs remind me a lot of the Na’vi from Avatar, and I love their otherworldly voices. Unfortunately, my love of the Poltecs cannot save this episode though. Between the total disappointment of the decimator, the boring and ridiculous escape sequence and how quick the mission is tied up, I have to admit that I was very bored. The final episode may redeem the damage done but if memory serves; the story goes completely in a new direction.
Most UN-impressive and this episode gets a C.
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