Exploring the Clone Wars IV: Top Ten Highlights of Star Wars Clone Wars

<Cross-posted from Drew’s Views>
Continuing on in my project of exploring the Clone Wars of Star Wars, herein are my top ten highlights of Star Wars Clone Wars (if you are a Star Wars fan and still haven’t watched Star Wars Clone Wars, perhaps this might encourage you…):

Shaak Ti masterfully defending against many MagnaGuards
Shaak Ti masterfully defending against many MagnaGuards

10) Shaak Ti holding off the MagnaGuards
One of the Jedi knights with whom we become a little more familiar in Star Wars Clone Wars is Shaak Ti, who is one of the three Jedi knights who take Chancellor Palpatine away from General Grievous to save him. While her two fellow Jedi race away with the chancellor, she stays behind to defend, with many MagnaGuards on the offensive against her. She then handles them in a very capable capacity, destroying some of them and holding them off.

Obi-Wan with lightsaber in Durge
Obi-Wan with lightsaber in Durge

9) Durge proves to be a formidable foe, but Obi-Wan Kenobi is able to destroy him
The first of the few key Separatist fighters to emerge in Star Wars Clone Wars, Durge emerges as not only a powerful fighter at the Battle of Muunilinst, but also a seemingly invincible/indestructible foe. He is a really great fighter, although, eventually Obi-Wan Kenobi is able to slice him up, thinking he has killed Durge. It actually takes a few attempts. However, the final attempt is the most impressive, with Obi-Wan Kenobi going into Durge in order to burst him from within to destroy him.

Valient effort by clone trooper in overrun quadrant on Coruscant
Valient effort by clone trooper in overrun quadrant on Coruscant

8) The Separatists invade Coruscant and the abduction of Chancellor Palpatine
This move is a masterful strategic stroke on the part of the Separatists, whom we see plotting to stretch the Republic and Jedi thinly across the universe, to invade the poorly-defended Coruscant. Eventually, General Grievous is able to abduct the chancellor, setting us up for the beginning of Star Wars, Episode III.

Yoda and Mace Windu fighting alongside each other on Coruscant
Yoda and Mace Windu fighting alongside each other on Coruscant

7) Yoda and Mace Windu fighting on Coruscant
For those rooting for the Jedi in the Separatists’ invasion of Coruscant, Yoda and Mace Windu fought in an incredible way, destroying many battle droids, super battle droids, and more. Either one of these Jedi knights on their own can do a lot of damage; that they team up is a really powerful duo of a fighting time.

Barriss Offee Completing Her Lightsaber
Barriss Offee Completing Her Lightsaber

6) Learning about the cave/temple wherein light saber crystals derive
In the second season, we see Barriss Offee completing the construction of her light saber, the middle of which is a crystal. She and Master Luminara Unduli are within a cave that is filled with such crystals. It informs us to a degree about how a light saber is constructed and about a final piece of the making of a Jedi knight.

Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he fought in the Clone Wars with Luke's father  (in Episode IV: A New Hope)
Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he fought in the Clone Wars with Luke’s father (in Episode IV: A New Hope)

5) Anakin Skywalker becomes a Jedi Knight and excellent warrior
In Star Wars, Episode IV (“A New Hope”), Obi-Wan Kenobi that he fought alongside Luke Skywalker’s father and that “He was the best star pilot in the galaxy. And a cunning warrior.” In the Clone Wars, we get to see snippets of him winning multiple battles, both before and after he officially becomes a Jedi knight.

Anakin on the offensive against Ventress with a lightsaber of hers
Anakin on the offensive against Ventress with a lightsaber of hers

4) Asajj Ventress versus Anakin Skywalker
When we first see Asajj Ventress in the first season, she makes killing off some of the most tough creatures in the arena look so easy. When we see her battling with Anakin Skywalker in the second season, she seems to have the upper hand throughout their combat. However, with her demise, Anakin Skywalker moves closer to the Dark Side….

General Grievous fighting five Jedi simultaneously
General Grievous fighting five Jedi simultaneously

3) General Grievous takes on multiple Jedi and dominating them
At the tail end of the second season, we see General Grievous taking on five Jedi and winning! He is a scarily tough Separatist fighter. He represents a phenomenally fierce foe! He is no mere straw bad guy.  In killing most of those Jedi, he presents a new threat to the Republic – someone who can take on Jedi and kill them easily is someone to be feared, but also someone with whom to be dealt.

ARC Troopers ready for action
ARC Troopers ready for action

2) ARC Troopers
Oh my – anytime the ARC troopers were on the screen, it was tremendously enjoyable – whether seeing them going on a special mission on Muunilinst near the beginning of the first season or rescuing the Jedi knights from General Grievous on Harpori at the outset of the third season. They were good soldiers, communicated incredibly well with mere hand signals, and the silence/sound of the scenes led to a more dramatic experience.

Crushing while sliding is Mace Windu against Super Battle Droids
Crushing while sliding is Mace Windu against Super Battle Droids on Dantooine

1) Mace Windu fighting on Dantooine
My number one highlight of Star Wars Clone Wars is seeing what Mace Windu does in the Battle of Dantooine. He destroys scores of super battle droids, seemingly without breaking a sweat. He destroys them with some incredible Force power. It’s fantastically enjoyable and makes Mace Windu out to be one of the most powerful Jedi. It’s fantastic!

I look forward to concluding my exploration of Star Wars Clone Wars with an overall assessment soon.

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