Episode Title: "Landing at Point Rain"
Written By: Brian Larsen
Tagline: "Believe in yourself or no one else will."
The Story: It's like a return to "Attack of the Clones," but in a good way. Ever since the opening shots of the Clone Wars were fired on Geonosis in the rescue of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, the Separatist forces there have been shoring up their military assets with help from a newly established planetside robot factory. The key to the Republic's assault on the planet rests in the hands of three Jedi generals -- Skywalker, along with Masters Kenobi and Ki-Adi Mundi -- who are charged with leading an advance force to take out the facility's shields, allowing walker tanks to bring it down with their heavier guns.
Continue, These Clone Wars Do: And it's about freaking time. After chasing a child-abducting bounty hunter around the galaxy and outing a traitorous senator, "The Clone Wars" finally finds its footing again with the things that really matter: grand scale ground combat and blaster-deflecting lightsabers. The action heats up almost from moment one, and it doesn't falter until the credits roll. We see a massive fortress taken down with nothing more than a little Jedi ingenuity (and two backpacks filled with explosives), flying Geonosian solders burned beneath jets of flame and a desperate standoff led by an injured Kenobi.
Deep Cutting: Lots of references and nods flying around in this episode. "There's no such thing as luck," uttered by Master Mundi, ought to bring a smile to fan's faces, as it's a line uttered by Han Solo in "A New Hope" as he scoffs at the Force. We also see early-model Y-Wing bombers doing their thing on the battlefield and Anakin handling his leadership role well. After all, the future Darth Vader is regarded as a military genius. That know-how's got to come from somewhere, right?
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The ultimate goal for the three generals, along with Padawan Ahsoka Tanno, is to take Poggle the Lesser captive. Stage one of the assault -- bringing down the factory -- is accomplished by the time the credits roll, but Poggle's still waiting somewhere on the planet. What does this mean? We can look forward to more action-packed Clone Wars-ing in next week's episode. Considering the previous episode's focus on romantic intrigue -- which, for the record, did not work throughout the prequel trilogy of movies -- more guaranteed Republic-on-Separatist warfare is only a good thing. Now how about bringing some of those lightsaber-wielding baddies like Dooku or Asajj Ventress back into the mix?