The Clone Wars Rewatch: Surviving the “Water War”

The young Prince Lee-Char must overcome his grief and idealism to emerge victorious.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

67: “Water War” (Season Four, Episode 1)

“When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice.”

A scene from Water War.

Synopsis:

When the king of Mon Cala is assassinated, talks break down between the Mon Calamari people and the Quarren, co-inhabitants of the aquatic world. To stop a civil war, the Republic sends Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, but unbeknownst to them, the Quarren are already being backed by the Separatists. Now the Jedi must protect Mon Cala’s new leader, the young Prince Lee-Char, from the attack.

Analysis:

Struggling with grief over his murdered father and badly in need of guidance, Prince Lee-Char questions his own abilities to lead his people as much as those who are rejecting his rule.

A scene from Water War. A scene from Water War.

But commanders, he will quickly learn, must make hard choices and stick to them. They must take decisive action and trust in themselves to instill that same faith in others. They must know when to be brave and charge ahead and when to retreat to survive for another day and another battle.

A scene from Water War.

These nuances of leadership are somewhat lost on the young prince, who stands on the front lines and directly in the line of fire when those more experienced in the art of war and politics — Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Captain Ackbar among them — would prefer he retreat to safety. But he’s learning.

A scene from Water War. A scene from Water War.

His world under the sea is under siege, and the Quarren who refuse to be led by a Mon Calamari king are in league with the Separatists. Coupled with the terrifyingly shark-like facade of Riff Tamson, this obstacle alone would be scary enough.

A scene from Water War. A scene from Water War. A scene from Water War.

But now the Separatists have brought in a powerful hybrid weapon — half machine, half beast — to win this civil war. And the prince must quickly overcome his idealism and find his place in all this if he’s to lead his people to victory and survive the skirmish.

To quote Captain Ackbar: “It’s an attack!”

Intel:

  • Both the Mon Calamari and Quarren species were first created for the screen in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. The former included Admiral Ackbar, seen in this episode as a captain on his homeworld. The latter was a background character for the scene in Jabba’s palace.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when friendly reinforcements arrive from nearby Naboo in “Gungan Attack.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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