As the series moves into season 2, the creators were given the greenlight to get into a more darker atmosphere. During their small off season, they improved animations and character designs.
This episode has it's intense and fast paced moments, but also does a good job at playing mind games, especially from the villain, Bane. Anakin and Ashoka really have to defeat his mind games to stay on top of the ball game. They can not afford to lose in this episode.
The improved animation is evident in this episode, and if you are a Star Wars fan, you will either see this series as something you despise, or something you can delve deeper into in the Star Wars universe.