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When it turned out that the latest episode of Clone Wars wasn't shown on TV up here when I was expecting it to, I fell back to waiting until the next morning and getting a copy through file sharing. In the process, I did meditate somewhat on the "fansub dilemma" in anime, where fans turn out speedy translations of episodes just aired in Japan but in the process perhaps condition other fans not to buy "official" releases, which maybe holds things somewhat underground over here and might even lead to a "watch it right away, forget about it, and move on to the next ephemeral product" mentality. I've told myself there's no such thing as a "right to anime," but in wanting to see the latest Clone Wars episode right away I seem to have forfeited any "right to the high ground" myself. Still, as with some other episodes that didn't air promptly up here, I might have wanted to see it because I was concerned how it would turn out...

Hearing that Qui-Gon Jinn wouldn't just be appearing in Clone Wars but that he would be voiced by Liam Neeson did get my attention, but I do have to admit I was wondering what lines he might be given to say. For some reason, the thought of him bearing the message "you were right; the boy is dangerous" kept coming to me, and it wasn't a thought I liked. I've wondered in the past about whether some people have seen Darth Vader as the "inevitable end state" of Anakin Skywalker, and about how I'd have to disagree with hypothetical claims that they'd have liked Anakin more if he'd only been presented the way they'd been imagining him to be, even if I couldn't quite articulate why... although the thought that I'm somehow able to see Vader as "the product of tragic mistakes" does sort of come to mind.

When I heard that Pernilla August would also be reprising her own role in this episode, though, that might have somehow been reassuring; I perhaps thought it would be easier to wonder if "Qui-Gon" was really himself. After all of that waiting, though, there was a lot more to the episode, but a sort of challenging whole. Thoughts of some second-season episodes that had been built around "one of a kind discoveries," somehow "more conventional" to me when it comes to science fiction series, came back, and a "Forceful place in space" seemed very much a "one of a kind discovery"... although I was able to tell myself that, as always, the characters were staying themselves, and rode through well to [livejournal.com profile] lazypadawan's positive and thoughtful analysis. At the same time, even hearing that George Lucas himself had suggested the idea for the episode still didn't stop me from thinking that even the "Forcewielders" didn't have to be the "final word." In the end, too, Qui-Gon's appearance worked for me in a "it doesn't have to be one way or another" sort of way, although I did sort of wonder if there was any way part of Shmi's appearance could be "really her," and if how Anakin reacted to her had something to do with that...

One very minor thought I did have about the episode was to think that, with Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan in a generic ship and not the Twilight, I was ready to suspect something would happen to their ride again. As it turned out, though, they did get their ship back, and I was just left trying to remember the last time the Twilight appeared.

Date: 2011-02-01 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
Yeah, whatever did happen to the "Twilight" anyway?

Date: 2011-02-02 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
I suppose one thought I've had while pondering this question is that, when Anakin and Ahsoka crashed their "borrowed" ship on Tatooine in the theatrical feature, I hadn't been thinking it would return. Really, then, all its appearances since then amounted to a bonus...

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