This season was a very ODD season. For any of you that followed this season, you’re probably not surprised that the second half of the season was much better than the first half. This season should’ve been called Rise of the Politics because of its constant political intrigue that makes you wonder if you’re even watching Star Wars at all! The second half brought out the elements Star Wars is supposed to have. The Jedi, the Sith, the Expanded Universe secrets never revealed (on screen), and Chewbacca. It all made the first half really lame, notably Corruption and Supply Lines. Those two were awful.
But on to the second half. The season continued with an amazing trilogy of episodes about Darth Maul’s brother. I didn’t really care about Ventress and the Nightsisters, I just liked Savage Opress and the Zabraks. Then came a pretty trippy, interesting trilogy known as the Mortis trilogy. I had very mixed feelings for that one. Altar of Mortis was great, Ghosts of Mortis was good, and Overlords was okay. Overlords, though I liked the reappearance of Qui-Gon, weirded me out a bit, and the Altar of Mortis kind of lightened up a little bit. I loved Altar of Mortis because it had some great battles and good biblical truths that I could think of (notably from Ephesians 2).
The Citadel trilogy was good, but besides Tarkin, this trilogy seemed more of an enlightenment for the little kids that the clones are still a part of this series. The season finale was great and just had an amazing storyline. The ending made us feel very good and made me look back and think, wow, this was a pretty emotional season. The characters are blowing me away. I used to not like Ahsoka, but ever since Heroes On Both Sides, I’ve been starting to like her character. It’s maturing for sure.
This season probably won the “Most EU Errors” award according to a lot of frustrated fans of the Expanded Universe. I’M not a big EU reader so I don’t exactly notice much, and when I do find out, hey, George Lucas is behind this project too, so whatever is getting sent to the screen he probably doesn’t mind. Yeah, they changed Darth Maul’s origins such as where he was born and they even did a little cover-up but that’s George’s vision so I’m willing to let that go. Then there’s the thing about Qui-Gon, but it’s possible that Mortis IS the netherworld of the Force that Yoda was talking about in Revenge of the Sith. So actually I think this element enhanced the story instead of making a continuity error. When Obi-Wan is surprised, it could possibly be remembering his experience on Mortis but now Qui-Gon is out of it and now he could talk to him anywhere.
That being said, Wookie Hunt was the best episode with Altar of Mortis second in line, and Corruption was the worst episode (you could see why in my review in the reviews pages for Season Three). 3.8/5 stars for this season.