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The droids and their leader Gascon are attempting to race back to the Republic with the encryption chip when fate strikes and leaves them marooned on a seemingly-barren planet.

Yes this is the second time this season that somebody ends up having to bail out on some planet but what happens here is very different from what happens with the young Jedi.

The humor and adventure from last episode are still there. The opening had to have been inspired by the original Star Tours ride when the ship comes out of hyperspace into the middle of a comet shower that buffets the ship. Then it rolls into scene inspired by TPM when Artoo and his droid buddies try to fix exterior damage.

Actually that latter scene keeps you on your seat even though you’re pretty sure Artoo’s going to make it . KT is almost swept out to space and it takes a droid lifeline to save them all.

Once the ship bails out on the planet, they realize it’s a giant salt flat where it seems like it’s always hot and sunny to boot. Gascon rather unwisely finishes his water as they trek out for help and quickly loses it when the situation seems hopeless. There’s a lot of talk back and forth between Gascon and WAC the pit droid about the difference between programming and training, as well as between “organics” and droids. Gascon sinks into despair when he realizes he can’t survive much longer, while WAC remains calm because he doesn’t have to worry about things like food, water, and shelter. Artoo and the others strike out on their own. But just as you wonder if this turned into some kind of dark yet humorous existential exercise, along come a stampede of native ostrich-like beasts. And if there are living things, there’s water. Gascon and WAC literally hitch a ride to water and what civilization has on that planet. (Artoo and Co. already beat them there.)

Credit the Clone Wars crew for delivering an entertaining, thoughtful episode that features only one character from the films and it doesn’t even speak English. I read on Big Shiny Robot this is the last Clone Wars for 2012, so we have to wait until next year to see how Gascon, Artoo, and friends complete their mission.
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