My 5 Favorite Aliens

Every issue of Star Wars Insider has an article where they talk/interview a person somehow related to Star Wars about their “5 Favorite…” and I love reading them.  I like to think of my own answers to them and wrote a post on my 5 favorite visuals a while ago.

This issue interview’s Tom Spina on his 5 Favorite Aliens.  You’ll have to read Insider for his answers, but here are mine.

  1. Salacious Crumb. I get it, he’s totally one of the most annoying aliens in Star Wars.  But I think his name is fantabulous along with his quirky, annoying personality.  He had just the right amount of screen time; any more would have jolted the audience too much out of the movie and instead would have caused them to resent him. I think he’s also top of my list because I’ve definitely used him as a code name in many work instances.  Back when I worked in an office, there was always one person who was a total butt kisser and super annoying.  My code name for them was always Salacious B. Crumb.
  2. Cantina Bar Ithorian. Wow, this guy totally sparked my imagination when I was younger.  I couldn’t imagine functioning as this alien and his head was so funny looking!  I just think this gives a great testament to George’s ability to make aliens in the Star Wars world all look different and unique.  Most sci-fi movies had a pretty boring outlook on what aliens should look like, but the Star Wars universe was lived in and diverse.  I’m happy Ithorians got to play a larger role in The Clone Wars.
  3. Varactyls.  I loved Boga.  I thought she was so cute and I’d like to imagine that she lived through the fall on Utapau.  I also like it because there are not many aliens that we see more as pets/transportation in Star Wars.  Boga, as well as Dewbacks, were used as a form of transportation and I thought that was cool.  It showed that people, including Jedi, were not above riding animals when they needed to get the job done.  Does she count as an alien though or does she fall into the animal category?  I don’t care, she stays on my list.
  4. Geonosians.  Most of my choices with my favorite aliens also relates back to their sounds.  Crumb had a high-pitched annoying laugh, the Itorian at the Cantina Bar had a sound that I can’t even accurately describe…it was almost like a stretching sound, and Boga/Varactyls had this cool scream.  Geonosians have to have one of my favorite voices/sounds ever.  To this day, I still make their noises and imitate them at times when I walk around the house.  I’m not a huge fan of the way they look (eew, life size bugs!) but the way they sound put them on my list.
  5. Twi’leks. I would be untrue to myself if I didn’t put Twi’leks on this list.  They fell out of my favor for a while when I saw that the females were used in a purely sexual fashion within the movies (even Aayla Secura had a lot of skin showing) and the men were kind of evil (Bib Fortuna).  But since the addition of Hera in Star Wars Rebels as a fully clothed, competent, smart leader of the Ghost crew…they have made their way back onto my list.  I just loved Twi’leks from the first time I saw Oola dance on the screen.  The lekku completely fascinated me and I wanted to know as much about them as possible.  The Star Wars universe continues to reinvent this alien race and I am much obliged.

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So there you have it!  What are your top 5?  Are you surprised I have two on the list from the Prequels?

Let’s Take a Look at Star Wars Rebels

SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Rebels has kicked off and…overall, I liked it.  Last week we had the one-hour premiere with a movie on the Disney Channel.  This week the season officially got underway with its first episode on Monday night.

I loved the movie.  I thought it was exactly what Star Wars should be and how they should approach the series.  They stayed away from any characters we knew and the only glimpse we got of a familiar character was a hologram recording of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The recording was the one he released in ROTS, warning all Jedi to stay away from the temple and that the Jedi are no longer safe.

Other than that – we were introduced to a completely new band of characters.  We have Hera the Twi’lek pilot who commands their ship Ghost, Kanan the undercover Jedi, Zeb is the Lasat who is really the tough guy of the operation (and his species is based on original concept drawings of Chewbacca!), Sabine the Mandolorian who is kind of a pyro and graffiti artist, and finally we have a newcomer named Ezra.  A kid of the streets who gets pulled into this little clan and decides to stay to do some Jedi training with Kanan.  Oh, and we can’t forget Chopper: the little astromech droid who helps run the ship.  They did a great job on making him seem pretty different from Artoo, a fear I had.

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The opposition to this team on a larger scale is, obviously, the Empire.  Specifically, at this point we know of two beings: Agent Kallus, an official of the Imperial Security Bureau and The Inquisitor, a Pau’an male who hunts down remaining Jedi.  We have not seen much of him yet – only saw him at the end of the movie when Kallus reported that he had found a Jedi (Kanan).

What I liked most about the movie is that we were introduced to new areas, new people, new ships and my imagination was opened to a part of Star Wars I didn’t know, but there was “something familiar about this place”.  Ralph McQuarrie’s touch was extremely obvious and some of the landscape shots were ripped right off of what he had done for the OT.  Not saying that’s bad, in fact, it gave us the OT feel.

I was most surprised at the time period of Rebels.  Apparently it takes place 5 years BBY.  I completely missed this somehow.  That means that Luke and Leia are 14 and the Jedi have been written off the galaxy for 14 years.  What made me question this time period is that the need to have an Inquisitor means that there are still quite a few Jedi throughout the galaxy.

I don’t like that.  Jedi shouldn’t be that prevalent still, right?  Han Solo was really skeptical of the Force and Luke barely knew anything about Jedi.  If Luke and Leia are 14 at this point, and Han would be older, wouldn’t it mean that the knowledge of Jedi would be a little more common?

Also, they are making this group of misfits look like the beginning of the Rebellion.  The Rebellion should have been pretty much established by this point in the game, even if they are not completely rebellious (pun intended ha!) yet.  The crew on Ghost are smart; I think they would have heard about the Rebellion through their travels across the galaxy and at this point either joined them or aided them in some way.

Which brings me to the first episode of the TV series.  After coming off of a successful premiere movie, I cringed and got angry when I saw C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the first official episode.  UGH.  Really?? I know that other people have no problems with this but I do.  I was hoping that Rebels would stay away from that trap of bringing in familiar characters to satisfy all audiences.

Seeing Threepio and Artoo made the galaxy seem smaller than it actually is.  Do you really think they would run into these two droids?  Really?artoo threepio star wars rebels  It was completely fine in TCW, because they had every single PT character running around that why not bring in everyone we know?  In fact, I got used to that in TCW.  But Rebels clearly seems to be reminding us that this is a new band of characters on new planets and in new situations.  The cherry on the cake was when they drop off the droids at, of all ships, the Tantive IV with Bail Organa.  (bangs head against wall)  I was expecting a teenage Leia to just stroll in and talk with her father.  Thankfully that did not happen and I was spared, but if we are going to introduce Organa this early in the series, maybe I should just brace myself and expect it to happen at some point.

The only interesting thing about the situation was that Artoo had recorded some of the conversations on Ghost and had brought it back to Organa who noted that they should keep an eye on them.  I still think they could have used other droids and a different character for this, but maybe by the time the series ends it will tie back to bringing the crew of Ghost into the Rebellion.  And, by the way, shouldn’t the droids be pushed off onto Captain Antilles at some point?  They’ve really been with Organa for 14 years?

bail organa rebels

Other than my major grievance with the droids, Tantive IV, and Organa – I think the first episode was pretty cool.  They stuck it to the Empire by stealing their prized weapons that were supposed to be illegal throughout the galaxy, and then later destroying them.  It spoke to an interesting larger lesson: the Empire can do what they want, regardless if weapons are illegal or not.  In the hands of the Empire, those laws are conveniently forgotten if it will further their cause.

Ezra showed us some of his Force powers…he has more than I thought.  But they came into action when he was angry and scared.  Not very Jedi-like, eh?  So Kanan will have to curb that and teach him how to use the Force in a calmer state.  Or will Kanan change the rules a bit and not follow the strict Jedi Code?  Speaking of Kanan…I couldn’t really figure out how old he was.  I was guessing late 20s or early 30’s.  Oh – nevermind, Wookiepedia says he’s 28 and was 14 when Order 66 happened.

Lastly, I wanted to touch briefly upon the tone and style of the series.  I enjoyed the style and the banter between the characters, but my good friend Mr. Reticent pointed out that it was a lot lighter than TCW.  Not only with the situations and how they talked with each other, but also the animation style.  When you contrast the animation, there is a big difference.  TCW was more angular, sharp and it felt like watching a video game sometimes.  Rebels is smooth, almost more “cartoony”, which makes sense considering that it comes from Disney.  The tone of the episodes seemed to play more for a Disney crowd as well…I’m not sure if any of you guys watch The Disney Channel/Disney X D or Cartoon Network – but they are two very different styles and draw in two different crowds.  Both focus more on drawing in boys than girls, but CN is a lot cruder in my opinion.  I find CN to grate on me often and I watch the shows with disbelief that kids watch that channel as it can feel gritty.  Disney X D still seems unfathomable to me at times, but at least I can somewhat relate and understand why a boy would watch a show on the channel.  X D plays it a little safer and perhaps that’s why Rebels also seems to reflect that. (apparently I can’t write X.D. without WP changing it to a gigantic smiley face)

I find it hard to decide whether or not I will like the series based on what I’ve seen.  I loved the movie, giving it an 8.5/10, but felt the first TV show would come in at a 6/10.

 

Okay, I’m almost done, I swear.  Two side notes!

  1. Greg Weisman has left Rebels. I am most sad about this as he was the one person I was really pumped to have part of the show and thought would lead it in a smart, good direction.  But why did he leave?  I can’t find anything online so if anyone has information on this, please let me know to satiate my curiosity.
  2. Kiri Hart. I can’t go further without mentioning her.  You guys know how often I have talked about my unusual name and how I’ve never met anyone else with my name.  Well, guess what?  She is the VP of development at LFL and oversees a lot of the Star Wars content produced by Disney…including Rebels.  Look for her name at the end credits of Rebels.  SUPER WEIRD.  SUPER, SUPER WEIRD.  But I’m loving it.  I would not wish anyone else to have my name but someone at LFL.  It’s a sign.  I’m not sure of what, but it’s a sign.

Girls and Sci-Fi Part II

Out of about 10 girls I posed my questions to, I received six responses!  Not bad.  I was expecting way less since my friends are often too busy to respond to anything related to Star Wars/sci-fi.  They find my obsession slightly strange and I don’t think they want to encourage it.

To recap, the questions I asked were:

  1. Why do you think females are not as interested in science fiction as males are?
  2. Why are you specifically not interested/interested?

Here are all the answers I received:

“I just find it boring.  I don’t like the weird faces, magic and I like make believe stuff when it’s pretty.  I also don’t like all the fighting, machinery, spaceships, etc.”

“Girls are drawn towards romance and comedies.  The movies are relatable or at least you wish you could see yourself in positions like these characters.  Sci-fi are sometimes so outlandish that maybe some people question why they would bother seeing something they can’t relate to.  Sci fi is one of those things where it’s either gotta be really corny or really well put together to be good.”

“I think that girls are not drawn to science fiction because society tells them that it’s for boys. Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings might seem like they are all franchises for boys, but there are a lot of girls and women who enjoy them, too. Another reason may be because of sexualized imagery of women in some of these franchises, as well. Star Trek: The Original Series always had a buxom alien lady for Captain Kirk to sweep off her feet by the end of the episode. Star Wars has Princess Leia in her famous slave bikini costume. However, there are also strong female characters in these series who should not be overlooked, such as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek and Princess Leia (when she’s not in a bikini and is leading the Rebel Alliance, instead) in Star Wars.
First and foremost, I enjoy a good story, so if a sci-fi book or movie has a good plot line, chances are that I’ll enjoy it. Sci-fi as a genre adds another dimension to the story that makes certain situations impossible in real life, which is appealing to me and to many other viewers because it allows for escapism. These elements add for more exciting circumstances because they are not predictable in the way that realistic genres are. Magic, mythical creatures, space-age technology, etc. present more problems and solutions than you would get in a realistic story. Personally, I was exposed to science fiction at a young age because my mom always enjoyed the genre, so maybe experiencing science fiction when I was at my most imaginative (under 10 years old) helped me to appreciate it more.”

“I think sci-fi is hard to relate too, I like when things are realistic… I don’t like action movies for that reason either… maybe girls like to be able to identify with characters?”

I would say that most girls in my opinion do not like sci-fi because a) it is less culturally “cool” and so to be openly into sci-fi, you have to be one of those people who can rise above the un-cool to embrace what you love, and b) it isn’t appearance-focused (at least not at first glance), and in a world where society really prizes women who focus on perfecting their appearance and doing things that are gender-normative and sexuality-driven, sci-fi simply isn’t a good means to that end. Our culture encourages girls to read Glamour, spend time straightening their hair and talking about boys, and sci-fi doesn’t focus on those things at all, so for most people, who I assume are like me and just wanted to fit in when they were growing up, sci fi wasn’t something that was going to make you look like Britney Spears or have a boyfriend, so it was not a viable option. It probably holds true for boys as well, who are encouraged to like sports and be rough and tumble, while I feel like the sci fi guys were always sitting indoors getting pale and reading. hehe 😉
I have to say that personally, I am not into sci-fi mostly because I was never really introduced. I think had my dad been really into it or something, I might have gone that route–its pretty fascinating 🙂 Like I mentioned above, I also was your typical shy, insanely self-conscious middle/high schooler, and I think I was too focused on fitting in to have the guts to go like something that people might have seen as alternative.”

I think at an early age colors played a role. When I think of sci fi stuff I think of green and black and book covers with images of robots. When I was a kid, I loved magic and animals and sparkley, colorful things.
Also, I think sometimes girls in sci fi appear so impossibly sexualized (guy fantasy) that it doesn’t feel approachable for girls.
Lastly, school systems did almost nothing when we were kids to spark girls’ interest in technology and so much of sci fi, I feel, includes a lot of technology.”

 Reoccurring themes in the answers my friends gave came back to the ability to relate to the genre, the sexualization (internet is telling me that’s not a word) of females, and not being introduced to the genre at a young age.

Most of these points coincide on my original theories, but  I guess I’m a little surprised by how much my friends wagged their fingers at the sexualized imagery of females.  Not that I haven’t noticed it, but I’m surprised at how much other women have noticed it and how much of a turn off it is.  So much so that it’s turning away other women from the genre and that really bothers me.  I guess it was something I always overlooked or accepted when I was younger, but as I’ve grown older it has bothered me more and more.  It’s not something that we should just be complacent about because it’s completely unrealistic.  It’s as unrealistic as spaceships, habitation of different planets, and lightspeed.   It’s almost as if men like to think that if a woman gets dirty, she is in need of rescue.  Once she is dirty, the man can bring her back to her “true self”: the clean, no-hair-out-of-place, glamorous, cleavage-showing woman.

I like to make excuses for Star Wars for obvious reasons.  And, yes, I have Leia jabba the huttan excuse for Leia’s bikini: Leia did not choose to wear the slave outfit; it was Jabba that forced her to because a) he is a horny thug in his own palace and wants his slave women as minimally dressed as possible and b) it was probably one of the most humiliating things he could do to her.  Leia was a strong woman and to place her in this outfit showcasing her as his prize was pretty detrimental to her self-respect.   He thought that by making her vulnerable, it would make her weaker and he could control her more (though he still needed a chain, which ended up being his downfall – a blog post for another time).  However, as we know, Leia rose above all this and was calm and controlled in a battle even though she was minimally dressed.

While mulling this over, I did realize that most of the science fiction that I am drawn to and love are the stories that include a strong, realistic female

Starbuck

Starbuck

character.  Star Wars (Leia), Firefly (Zoe), Battlestar Galactica (Starbuck) and Dune (Chani) are all examples of women playing different roles, but still keeping their strength in or out of a relationship.  Leia leads the Alliance, Zoe is First Mate on a ship, Starbuck is the best fighter pilot the human race has, and Chani is a devoted mother and wife/concubine and is deadly in the weirding way.

Most of my friends also seemed to agree that if they had been introduced to science fiction at a younger age, they may have gotten more into it.  So you know what that means, right?  I must bring up my children on Star Wars from a young age!  Well, there was never any question about that, but this is just extra reinforcement.

I’m sure this observation also ties into the theory of being able to relate to science fiction.  Like one of my friends said, the story is the first thing that draws her in and we should be able to show our children that there is no discriminatory measure for a good story.  A good story can have “magic and animals and sparkley”, but it can also have robots and be set in another world.  However, as a counter argument, is what we are shown when we are young, what we believe we can relate to?

Ahsoka’s Departure: Clone Wars Season 5 Finale Part I

Yup, my post was so long that I will have to split it into two parts to get all my thoughts on the latest episode out onto this blog.

Ok, ok, everyone.  Let’s stop crying.  Let’s stop acting like this is the end of the world.  It’s a TV show.  Yes, the finale involved a major moment for Ahsoka and Anakin, but it’s still an animated TV show.

I can tell you, though, that these past 4 episodes have been a fresh of breath air for The Clone Wars.  After spending most of December with a boring side plot line that involved droids and a little frog character, TCW got back on the right footing with the Darth Maul/Death Watch story line.  I mean, they even killed off a semi-main character (Duchess Satine, if you’re wondering)!  But it wasn’t until these past four episodes of TCW that it began to get interesting and intense.  I’ve been holding off writing on it only because I wanted to know what happened in the Season 5 finale episode.

In a nutshell, this is what has happened in the past four episodes:

A portion of the Jedi Temple is blown up.  Jedi’s die and so do civilian workers.  Is a Jedi behind this or a civilian?  Investigation begins, led by Anakin and Ahsoka.

While Ahsoka is interviewing a main suspect, the suspect is Force strangled in the air and it looks like Ahsoka killed her.  Conveniently, the security cameras had their sound disabled so we can’t hear Ahsoka crying for help as the woman is strangled.  We now know that a Jedi is behind the attacks, but it looks like Ahsoka is the culprit.

Image on Security Camera in Jedi Temple

Image on Security Camera in Jedi Temple

The Jedi want to bring Ahsoka in for questioning, but Ahsoka runs for it and every step she takes makes it look more and more like she is the one behind the attack.  Anakin seems to be the only one who believes she is innocent, but the council bans her from the Jedi Order.  Ahsoka meets up with Asajj Ventress and they try to get to the bottom of it.  Ahsoka finally ends up being captured and is put on a trial in front of Tarkin (yes, Grand Moff Tarkin when he was younger) and is given the death sentence.  Thankfully, Anakin comes in to save the day and you realize it was actually Ahsoka’s friend, Jedi Barriss, who was behind the attacks.  The Council ends up apologizing to Ahsoka and asks her to rejoin the Jedi.  Ahsoka declines and leaves the Council and Anakin.

Ahsoka Refusing to Return to the Jedi Order

Ahsoka Refusing to Return to the Jedi Order

Yup.  We see Ahsoka leave the Jedi Order for good – hence the many internet wails of sadness, real or otherwise.  I have to admit, I was a little surprised.  I’ve been wondering for a long time how they would get rid of Ahsoka on TCW since we all know she doesn’t end up in Revenge of the Sith.  I held the belief that she would fall in love with Lux and leave the Jedi Order for love, doing what Anakin could not.  But this is more poignant.  It’s a crash of beliefs and ideals that Ahsoka held so high.  Being a Jedi is your life.  There’s no turning away and why would you want to?  It’s a hard life, but also an extremely gratifying one and a life that not many people get the ability to experience.  You are the special elite – almost more so than high officials of the Republic.

The tables were turned in this episode where Ahsoka was once viewed as the deceiver, she now looks at the Jedi as traitors.  They did not believe her innocence and they were her family, her life.  She was betrayed by them, and now they are betrayed by her as she turns her back on them.  The mirroring was so perfectly done.

Ahsoka does what Anakin cannot, or does not, have the will to do. She leaves.  Anakin should have left when he married Padmé.  His life would have probably been better and easier without the pressure of the Jedi.   As things get worse within the Jedi Order and as the Dark Side begins to cloud everything, Ahsoka sees clearly enough to know that it’s time to get out of there and to figure things out on her own.

What’s great about Ahsoka’s departure is that you still root for her.  You know and understand that she cannot be part of the Jedi Order after how they turned on her.  She was basically treated as a prisoner and her only advocate was Anakin.  At the end of the episode, Anakin says to her, “I understand wanting to walk away from the Order.”  All Ahsoka says in return is, “I know.”  You get the feeling then that she knows more than she let on.  Does she know about Anakin’s marriage to Padmé?  Probably.  Does she understand Anakin’s frustrations with the Council, the inner Jedi politics, the outward politics affecting the purity of the Jedi?  I think she definitely does now.

What a great way to end TCW…especially as we don’t know what will happen next season.  Now that it’s in Disney’s hands, we still don’t know if it will continue to air on Cartoon Network or if it will continue to air at all.  If this is the end of TCW, they did it perfectly, which almost makes me hope they don’t keep the series going on.  We have an open page now for Ahsoka, which I’m sure the EU would love to expand upon.  She is technically no longer a Jedi so she may not be killed with Order 66.  Also with this ending, you see why Anakin never mentions his former Padawan in ROTS since it may be too painful for him.  It also sheds more light on how the Jedi react to events in the third prequel movie and to Anakin’s continuing frustration with the Jedi.  It provides a good foundation for Palpatine to start gnawing into Anakin’s doubts and uncertainties regarding the Council, Mace Windu, and Yoda.

Bravo.  Clone Wars – you definitely converted me.  From a fan who was enraged over Ahsoka and the choice of even creating an animated series, I am now a huge fan of hers and glad I came around.  Thanks Clone Wars!  Hope to see you soon, but if not, it’s been fun.

Ahsoka leaves Anakin and Jedi Order

Latest Clone Wars Episode “The Gathering”

First of all – I have big personal news!  My husband and I put an offer on a house and it’s been accepted.  Super exciting for us.  We will officially own our first house by February, if everything goes smoothly…which could be a very big “if”, considering some stories I’ve heard.

Anyway, on to Star Wars!  So much more interesting anyway, but I thought I’d share some of my excitement.

I found the latest Clone Wars episode to be very intriguing.  I’ve been reading other people’s reviews on it and their thoughts, but most have focused on the symbolic significance of it or character development.

For me, I looked at this as a mystery explained.  If you follow the Star Wars universe beyond the movies, you knew how lightsabers were made.  There was a special crystal used that usually determined the color of the lightsaber blade, along with sometimes providing special abilities to the user.  That was about the extent of my knowledge even though I had occasionally learned more through Wookiepedia and EU books.

The episode on Saturday showed young Jedi taken to the planet of Ilum where there is a cave that the crystals grow in.  Having only a restricted amount of time to find the crystal (Yoda mentioned in the beginning of the episode that when the cave seals over, there is no way for you to get out because the ice forms over the cave and traps them inside), the young Jedi had to figure out how to find their crystal.

Going to the crystal cave on Ilum

What I liked most about this episode was that it was almost like the crystal chose the Padawan.  Each had to look inside of themselves and only when they were either patient, confronted their fears, or were less selfish, did the crystal appear for them.  Here we see these Padawans, like the Wookie, learning to be patient to get his crystal.  Or another climbing the top of a cliff and facing their fear of heights in order to obtain their precious crystal.

The idea of working for this crystal made a lot of sense, not just going to a planet and mining it and using any old crystal.  I was always under the impression that it was the way the lightsaber was built that created a special bond between Jedi and lightsaber, but I see perhaps that is not entirely true.   It opened up a mystery of the creation of lightsabers that had kept me curious for a while.

Only through patience could this young Wookie Jedi get his crystal

The only part I did not like about this episode, but others seemed to think made sense, was when the entrance to the cave was freezing over and the icicles were lowering and lowering, Yoda forbid the other Jedi from going in and saving their friends.  He wanted the other Jedi to figure this out on their own and let them experience their own journey to obtain the crystal.  But it seemed to be contradictory to the ways of the Jedi to not let them go in and rescue their friends.  I then had conflicting emotions because it’s not really against the Jedi ways, since Jedi are forbidden to have attachment, and wouldn’t that also mean attachment to ones friends?   To top it all off, Yoda lied about it all because it was actually quite easy to burst through the icicle wall, as shown in the end by one a Padawan who was late coming out.  It just downright confused me.

I guess I get more and more annoyed with Yoda as I grow older.  He’s definitely wise, but also completely out of touch with reality, which I believe also brings about the fall of the Jedi.  He fails to see that he has a different person on his hands with Anakin and since he was not brought to the Temple at such a young age, he needs a different way of training than the others had.  Instead, he tries to mold him just like he has been doing for around 800 years and ends up with a wiped out Order and no place to live but a dingy swamp.  I feel like we see some of his shortcomings in that little moment within this episode when the Padawans wanted to help their comrades.  Luke Skywalker is faced with the same order from Yoda in ESB, telling him that it wouldn’t be worth his time to go after his friends (sorry for the high level gloss over of a very important moment in the trilogy).  Luke disobeys, unlike these Jedi Padawans who listened to Yoda, and I think Luke turned out ok, right?  Ha.

Anyway, I enjoyed the episode a lot as it clarified a lot of points on building lightsabers, which had been explained before in the EU, but I enjoyed seeing what The Clone Wars brought to the plate.  I enjoyed it more than I enjoy most episodes that have a canonical character in them and would rate it 9/10.