Star Wars: The Clone Wars “The Rise of Clovis” REVIEW
“The Rise of Clovis” is a noticeable improvement over the last episode, mostly because it focuses on Anakin’s and Padme’s failed relationship and how others, with the varying levels of knowledge about that relationship, try and use that information to advance their own agendas.
The most memorable thing about Anakin’s and Padme’s relationship is that it does not work on many levels. Wisely, the team on The Clone Wars does not try and pretend like it does here. The two often smile and wink at each other, but given extended periods times when they can be candid with each other, issues arise. Anakin’s blind jealousy of Clovis is so obvious other characters are almost obligated to address the tension between them. No one knows for sure the full extent of Anakin’s and Padme’ssecret marriage, “The Rise of Clovis” makes it clear people definitely know they are more than friends.
One of the reoccurring elements of this episode is how characters use their knowledge of Anakin’s and Padme’s relationship to manipulate events in their favor. This is seen not long after Anakin, Padme and Clovis return to Coruscant and are debriefed by the Jedi council and the Chancellor. Palpatine can sense the tension between Anakin and Clovis so of course he recommends that Clovis continue working with Padme to discover the missing Bank funds to the dismay of Skywalker.
Already on rocky ground, Anakin does not make things better once he “demands,” something Padme does not take well, that she” refuse” the Chancellor’s request. The two argue before being interrupted by Clovis so he and Padme can continues their investigation. Palpatine‘s request is part of his continual manipulation of Anakin and also to trap Clovis as well. After the meeting Lord Sidious contracts Count Dooku instructing him to ensnare Clovis so that the banks are secured.
Obi Wan, concerned for his friend, tries to use his knowledge to relate to Anakin. Obi Wan meets Anakin in his workshop to offer some wisdom and remind him of the Jedi code. Referring to his own passionate past with the Grand Duchess Satine, Obi Wan is genuinely trying to relate to Anakin and bring some much needed perspective back to him. However, Anakin would push Kenobi away, but not before a small beat, were the brash Jedi thinks about confining in his mentor. It’s a nice subtle moment, the type of thing The Clone Wars as gotten great at over its six seasons.
Clovis isn’t as noble with his knowledge. After a productive night of sleuthing around bank transactions, Clovis tries to rekindle the flame with Padme. After being turned down by the Senator numerous times, he’s not only frustrated, but figured out his lack of play is because of Anakin. Padme continues to deny it, but this only makes Clovis more forceful in his advances. Unfortunately for him, Anakin shows up at the apartment. He’s not too happy with what he finds. Clovis isn’t too worried, challenging Skywalker to an old fashion fist fight, not before announcing he knows there is passion between Padme and him. The two throw down in a wonderfully choreographed fight. It’s very kinetic, action packed and it’s easy to see Anakin has the advantage throughout, even without his lightsaber.
After Anakin almost kills Clovis in the fight, Padme is more than a little disturbed. She says what we all have been thinking “this marriage isn’t working” and calls for a sabbatical. Clovis, in his defeat, is offered all the information he needs to find the missing money by Dooku, who only asks for a small favor in return later. Information in hand, Clovis has all he needs find the missing money and lobbies for himself as the new head of the banks. And after and impassion speech, he is voted to do so by the senate.
What made “The Rise of Clovis” interesting to watch was its honest look at Anakin and Padme. Everyone here wants some they want, but there are obstacles in the way. In the case of Clovis, his obstacles are other people. For, Anakin, ultimately it is himself. Most of the time, we see Anakin as a smart fighter, quick thinker, if only somewhat brash; however, throughout this episode we see his emotional vulnerabilities and how that cause him to push others away.