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What is it ? : Well, we all knew it would have to happen sometime, it's a Jar Jar episode . . . and it's not actually as bad as you would think.
Jar Jar, Amidala and C-3PO arrive on Rodia to negotiate them not leaving the Republic because their people are starving and they'll team up with anyone who'll help. They've already made an agreement to join the Confederacy, and part of the deal is to hand over Amidala to Nute Gunray.
Jar Jar disguises himself in some Jedi Robes he finds aboard the ship, and the Battle Droids mistake him for a Jedi, his usual clumsiness leads to him surviving when he shouldn't and the mystique of a Jedi leads to Amidala and Jar Jar capturing Nute Gunray.
High Points : The cities on Rodia are absolutely stunning, love the clear domes over them and the panels which open to admit ships, and although the interior isn't anything special, I was impressed.
Also loved this dialogue when Amidala asks 3PO about the ship she'd left him and Jar Jar in.
Padmé Amidala: Go back to the ship and call for help.
C-3PO: I regret the transmitters on the ship are out of order.
Padmé Amidala: What?!
C-3PO: The ship has been destroyed.
Padmé Amidala: Battle droids?
Padmé Amidala: Jar Jar?"
C-3PO: Jar Jar.
Made me genuinely laugh, as did the group of Battle Droids all confirming an order with their usual "Roger Roger", but about 10 of them all saying it at the same time was funny.
Low Points : Well, Jar Jar is annoying, but not overly, and the Battle Droids are stupid, as usual, but nothing annoyed me too much, especially for an episode I was all ready to loathe.
Dooku's head looked almost pyramidical at the start, which reminded me I still don't like the style.
So what do you really think ? : A well done episode, not fantastic but it kept going pretty well. Jar Jar actually was used pretty well (it's a swamp world, so he get around by swimming most of the time), and it was great to see a larger range of characters being used. Amidala and 3PO have been in the series before, but Jar Jar hasn't really been seen, and Nute Gunray was a nice departure as a villain from the constant appearances of Dooku and Grievous.
Final Words : Not one of the best, but far from the worst.
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