Great episode. It was quite a change in dynamic to see some interesting character development. The bickering between Anakin and Padme really introduced something new to the series. I loved the allusion to Anakin's future betrayal in this episode. He has always let his fears control him, especially his fear of loss. And that was very evident throughout. He is a very jealous person, which has no place in a Jedi. It is just one of many things Anakin deals with that arent part of the Jedi way. I am so proud of Filoni for making a non-violent episode. Also, it was a beautiful start to a nice arc. Starting up a story arc subtly has been something this series has lacked since the beginning. But they finally did it, and they did it well. Lets hope they keep the good episodes coming when it comes back in November.
When a possible traitor in the Republic Senate turns out to be an old friend of Padme's, the Naboo senator gets close to him again to learn the truth. Anakin accompanies her to Cato Neimoidia, where lies, secrets, and treachery are everywhere.
An interesting episode, if a little slow to start. It is nice to see some of the domestic bliss Anakin and Padme rarely enjoy, actually getting a moment of husband and wife during the chaos brought on by the war. And intrigue stories such as this one can often be fascinating when done right. For the most part, this episode does a fine job of that, with the Jedi working Padme (Obi-Wan's look at Anakin's reaction to learning a tidbit of Padme's past is priceless), Anakin and Padme having their own issues, Padme getting close to Clovis, and the like do bring a little complexity to the story. A few facepalm moments bring it down, though, such as Clovis, Lott Dod, and Poggle discussing their secret factory apparently in an open room where just anyone can waltz right in, as Padme did. The story belongs to Padme and Clovis mostly, which works as we get to see Clovis struggle with his loyalty to the Separatist cause (or at least to the almighty credit) with his love for Padme. The ending seems a bit anticlimactic, but it still give Clovis a nice moment, even if in his case redemption equals death. We may see, though.
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