Su cuy'gar, everyone! Welcome to Clone Army's first official review. Today, I'll be reviewing Season 3's premiere double-feature of "Clone Cadets" and "ARC Troopers". So let's dive right in with the episode that came first- "Clone Cadets".
Personally, I think Dee Bradley Baker has one of the toughest voice jobs in this show and he does such an incredible job given his task- which is to voice. Every. Single. Clone trooper. In the series. Ever. (Of course, Daniel Logan returns to voice the kid clones, but that's another story.) From Rex to Cody to Echo to Cutup and Fives to even the deficient '99, he's able to give them all a distinct personality and flavor and grant them all life. And for that, Dee Bradley Baker, you have my undying respect.
Dee voices almost all the characters in this episode, and despite the sheer numbers of characters he has to do, as I said, each one is different. Says a lot about a guy. The only other characters in this show have all-new voices, and for some reason, Shaak Ti is vaguely Spanish (Why? We know from the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon she speaks with a fairly deliberate Coruscanti (english) accent). The voicework for the whole episode, as the entire series, is still top-noch, delivering believable performances that never seem awkward or forced. While we're on the subject of performances, the animation, too, is top-class- Say what you will about the "wooden" or "clay" look of the show, but I really do like the series' distinct visual flavor, and I think it combines the stylization of the original cartoon with the detail and scope of the films really well- best of both worlds, as they say.
On a side note, Cutup sounds vaguely Scottish/Irish in this episode, and it adds a lot to his character. It's awesome.
Overall, Clone Cadets was a strong and surprising episode, in that it featured clones exclusively and we don't get enough of that. While this particular dose of Star Wars might not have enough of an "Oomph" for some when it comes to action, the story was still important, and it was wise to follow up this episode with ARC Troopers.
And with that, I begin my review of the action-packed episode ARC Troopers!
This was a very good episode.
Like, REALLY REALLY GOOD.
Probably the last time an episode was this brimming with action was Landing at Point Rain, with a scale and fury that really gives off a true sense of war. Unlike the last episode (Which I am not faulting it for), this episode really gave that "oomph" needed for a season premere.
This episode brings us, Fives and Echo, back to Kamino a few months after they've graduated as troopers. They're now wearing custom armor now that they're part of the 501st, and who else do they bump into but the ever-endearing 99. He proceeds to ask, why are we back here after all this time? The Seppies are planning an attack on Kamino, of course. (What, again?) The attack begins, and through a very clever means of landing troops which I will not give away right now, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress and battalions of battle droids attack Kamino.