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Star Wars: The Clone Wars recap: Enter Savage Opress

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This is the one fans have been waiting for. Although last week’s “Nightsisters” kicked off the second half of season three in high-style, it was tonight’s installment, “Monster,” that delivered upon Lucasfilm’s promise from months ago. Since the summer, the House that George Built has been touting Savage Opress, the fearsome warrior (and kinsman of Darth Maul), voiced by Clancy Brown of Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption and Lost fame, to be the new scourge of the Jedi. Tonight we finally got to meet him.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars recap: Here come the Nightsisters!

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To quote Anakin Skywalker, this is where the fun begins.

For Star Wars diehards—not your casual fan, mind you, but those who can tell a Kowakian monkey-lizard from a krayt dragon—the title of last night’s stunning new episode of The Clone Wars, “Nightsisters,” said it all.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars recap: Most Political Series on TV?

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“Pursuit of Peace” represents the halfway point of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ third season. It’s also the last episode to air this year. But never fear, Padawan readers! Like James Bond, Clone Wars will return—and hit the ground running in January with an epic new storyline about Darth Maul’s brother Savage Opress and the Nightsisters of Dathomir, witches who could rival Bellatrix Lestrange for sheer, cackling nastiness.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars recap: The Only Thing We Have to Fear...

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“…The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” If I had to choose a single, underlying theme for the Star Wars franchise it would be Franklin Roosevelt’s great mantra. Think of how Yoda wisely warned that “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Or how, on the opposite end of the moral spectrum, Grand Moff Tarkin used fear as a governing tool to inspire unwavering obedience from the Empire’s subjects: “Fear will keep the local systems in line.”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars recap: Some Like It Hutt

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Last night Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave us probably the funniest “moral” ever to open an episode of the series: “Love comes in all shapes and sizes.” A fine message, true, but hilarious when you consider that it’s referring to the Hutts, those slug-like kingpins of the interstellar demimonde. In this case, it’s referring specifically to Ziro the Hutt and his problematic relationships with his mother and his girlfriend, lounge singer Sy Snootles.

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In defense of the animated 'Star Wars' chapter

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Last month, George Lucas gave the world a new Star Wars movie, and for the first time in the 31-year history of the franchise, the Empire struck out. The Clone Wars — a computer-animated action flick designed to launch a new series for Cartoon Network that premieres Oct. 3 — has grossed only $33 million in three weeks despite an impressive show of marketing force. More withering were the reviews, which blasted the movie into tiny chunks of Alderaan. This magazine gave it an F.

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'Tropic Thunder' reigns at box office

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As I predicted, Tropic Thunder caused enough of a rumble this weekend to topple The Dark Knight from its perch atop the weekend box office.

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'Tropic Thunder': A sunny B.O. forecast

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Okay, so we haven?t exactly been right on in predicting which movie would dethrone The Dark Knight these past few weeks. (In our defense, who would have thought the Christopher Nolan-directed blockbuster would have stayed in the No.

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George Lucas is turning into the enemy of fun. This all-animated chapter Star Wars: The Clone Wars sounds like a perversely logical evolution of the series, which has been built around increasingly thick gobs of digital eye candy. But you never knew how much you’d miss all that lousy, wooden human acting. The animated Anakin, Obi-Wan, etc. (all with faux movie-star voices) are drones, and the repetitive combat sequences only add to the turgid videogame anonymity of it all. Lucas’ fantasy empire has morphed into a machine that plays itself. F

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The Lucas camp is extremely tight-lipped with details about this animated Star Wars spin-off, but here’s what we know so far: The film will serve as a setup for an upcoming Cartoon Network series, and both take place in the period between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, back when Anakin Skywalker was still one of the good guys, ”the ultimate hero of the clone war and a great Jedi Knight,” as director Dave Filoni puts it.

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