Ok, so, for the record, I TOLD YOU SO. Hot on the heels of the less-than-enthusiastically received Clone Wars movie, comes the innagural episode of the series, “Ambush” (which aired last Friday on Cartoon Network). Remember how I asked all of you to give the show a chance, no matter how you felt about the movie? Because with all the episiodes they’re going to produce, chances are some good ones were inevitable? Well guess what? It freakin’ already happened.
“Ambush” was awesome. The story is fairly simple (remember, this show is geared towards a younger audience) but the devil – or, in this case, a little green angel – was in the details. Yoda was the episode’s focus and not since The Empire Strikes Back has the pint-sized Buddha felt more like… well, like Yoda!
One of the things that bugged me about the prequels was Yoda’s “demotion” to little more than an army chief; all he did was bark lame orders like “concentrate your firepower on the big round thing.” Gone was the wise, whimsical Jedi Master who earned the love and respect of everyone around him.
Well, in “Ambush,” he’s back to his old self. Yes, we see him in prequel-style combat, but this time he shows us how his size puts him at a unique military advantage (and it works). However, the real charm of the episode was in his interaction with the Clone Troopers. Yoda befriends, protects and teaches these “mere clones” as if they were brothers, and his scene with them in the cave brought to the surface everything you have ever loved about the character. Between the intelligent, memorable dialog and the use of “Yoda’s Theme” music, I actually got a chill. It felt like Star Wars.
When was the last time THAT happened?
Go watch it. Now.