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Saturday Morning Cartoons - Katee Sackhoff as a Female Mandalorian on Clone Wars and Brony time!

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This week brings the most awaited episode in store for season four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a brief analysis of the Brony phenomenon along with a Bronified take on Watchmen, and the finale of Marvel Anime: X-Men! We've got a lot of ground to cover – minor spoilers ahead!


Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"

Dave Filoni steps back into the director's chair for this episode of Clone Wars, an episode featuring Katee Sackhoff as the first in-continuity female Mandalorian! Previewed at this past San Diego ComicCon, the episode starts off with the return of Lex Bonteri, who pronounces his belief that Count Dooku murdered his mother.


Enraged, Bonteri hatches a plan to kill Dooku - starting with knocking Ahsoka out and meeting up with Deathwatch operatives. Ahsoka plays along, as you can see in the first clip, claiming to be Lux's fiancé. Lux and Ahsoka are taken to the Deathwatch camp (on X-34 landspeeders!), where Lux tells Ahsoka of his plan to kill Dooku with the Deathwatch's help.

Artoo ends up in a droid trash bin ala Return of the Jedi, surrounded by droids used by Deathwatch for target practice. When Deathwatch torches a nearby village in the second clip, Ahsoka reveals herself to be a Jedi. Artoo uses the droids he repaired to rescue Ahsoka and Lux. Sackhoff Fett and Ahsoka duel briefly atop a landspeeder in the third clip, with R2D2 and Ahsoka escaping the planet, while Lux leaves in an escape pod.

Marvel Anime: X-Men – "Destiny"

The finale of Marvel Anime: X-Men sees Professor X call upon mutants from all across the Marvel Universe, yielding cameos by Deadpool, Captain Britain, Iron Man, Rogue, Colossus, Archangel and more in the first clip.

The combined mutant effort is unable to defeat Xavier's son, Takeo, but Hisako (Armor) is able to reach out to Takeo and allow Professor Xavier and his son to reconcile. Takeo's physical body is defeated, but not before father and son have a long talk in the Astral Plane.


Generator Rex – "Guy vs. Guy "

We missed Generator Rex last week because of a video issue, so here's a re-cap of Guy vs. Guy and we'll catch up in one of the off weeks. This episode centers on a prank war between Noah and Rex, with Rex bringing in Bobo, a gentleman banned in six countries for the pranks he's pulled. Pranks…or murders? I am digressing.

Later in the episode, Noah goes on a date with Claire, and Bobo picks the date as an opportune time to make his move, escalating the war further. The episode ends with the trio promising to never start another prank war, but we all know that will never happen.


Mary Shelley's Frankenhole – "Humanitas"

A re-run, but an opportune one as season two kicks off later this month on Adult Swim and we will absolutely be covering it on SMC. Dino Stamatopoulos created the show as well as Moral Orel and he wrote for Mr. Show. Dino is Star-burns on Community to boot. The show features a very unique stop-motion animation style, moving paper figures of Doctor Frankenstein and his assistant, Professor Sanguinaire Polidori (voiced by Scott Adsit of 30 Rock), as they open Frankenholes (Einstein-Rosen Bridges) and bring back historical figures to torment.


My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – "Hearth's Warming Eve"

Someone asked in the comments section why Saturday Morning Cartoons lacked any My Little Pony action last week, so here you go. I learned there is a very enthused male fanbase for the show, calling themselves bronies (singular, brony). The creators of the show worked on Power Puff Girls, so it can't be too bad.

My two primary sources of entertainment, Red Eye & The Ron and Fez Show, made mention of the Brony phenomenon this week along with last weekend's BroNYCon, so the stars aligned and now we have clips from last week's episode of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. This episode features a play put on by the ponies telling the story of the origins of Equestria. Equestria would make a great name for a prescription drug. The next time your kidneys hurt, ask your doctor about Equestria, the first and only kidney pain reducer.


My Little Pony Friendship is Magic – "Ponymen"

Too cleanse your palate from the above clip, here's a frighteningly good mash-up of clips from My Little Pony: Friendship of Magic dubbed by BronyVids to audio from one of the original Watchmen trailers. Don't trust the purple pony that looks like a stegosaurus...


Mary Shelley's Frankenhole airs Sunday nights on Cartoon Network. Generator Rex airs Friday nights on the Cartoon Network. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic airs Saturday mornings (when cartoons used to come on, harrumph) on The Hub.


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I know Clone Wars is a show meant for kids, but I feel like the show is suffering from the same problems as the prequels, namely that, while it has incredible visuals and a great soundtrack, the writing—particularly the dialog—just isn't all that great. This week's episode seems a prime example of that. The Mandalorians, specifically Death Watch, make a deal with Lux to locate Dooku, but Ahsoka tags along to teach Lux that Death Watch are jerks. I feel like the episode was meant to reintroduce a possible romantic interest for Ahsoka, which would be interesting as she's a Jedi and that's not allowed, but her 'master' breaks that rule rather significantly and perhaps that's rubbed off on her. She's a young lady now and probably is experiencing new feelings and all that jazz, and it would be nice for her character to see her reconcile that with being a Jedi. But all we get is a split second of them looking at each other. If anything, the episode ends up being an excuse to have Jon Favreau back on and to introduce that there are female Death Watch members in the voice acting of Katee Sackhoff. To quote young Anakin, though sarcastically, "Yipee."

I'm sure George Lucas has some involvement with the scripts, but I doubt the creative team is without some control over the quality of storytelling. The King Kong homage a while back was well written, for example. Rookies was good. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Anakin finally show symptoms of the anger and hatred inside of him, to make him a more complex and believable character, instead of just another cookie-cutter good guy. When I think back to the kind of writing we were treated to in kid's shows like Batman: The Animated Series, something with the budget and creative freedom of Clone Wars has a much higher ceiling of potential.