This spring's pandemic in the guise of COVID-19 has given me ample opportunity to re-watch my Star Wars. I am an almost obsessive fan of the story-line (all of them including novels comics, and even the comic strip from the late 70's early 80's)
Naturally, I’m re-watching a Star Wars: The Clone Wars which opens with the John Williams’ Star Wars Theme and a short quote that serves as the episode’s motif.
I enjoyed the show most of it is not terrible; after Season 1 the episodes become pretty enjoyable and there’s some good humor and drama interspersed throughout. Not required viewing for Star Wars fans but certainly an easy way to burn a weekend or four. Since I’m devoid of other commitments presently I figured that if I’m watching the series again anyways, I decided to Chronicle them here.
[Season #]x[Episode #] – [Episode Name]: [Opening Quote] format:
01×01 – Ambush: Great leaders inspire greatness in others.
01×02 – Rising Malevolence: Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.
01×03 – Shadow of Malevolence: Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by ego.
01×04 – Destroy Malevolence: A plan is only as good as those who see it through.
01×05 – Rookies: The best confidence builder is experience.
01×06 – Downfall of a Droid: Trust in your friends, and they’ll have reason to trust in you.
01×07 – Duel of the Droids: You hold onto friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head.
01×08 – Bombad Jedi: Heroes are made by the times.
01×09 – Cloak of Darkness: Ignore your instincts at your peril.
01×10 – Lair of Grievous: Most powerful is he who controls his own power.
01×11 – Dooku Captured: The winding path to peace is always a worthy one, regardless of how many turns it takes.
01×12 – The Gungan General: Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud.
01×13 – Jedi Crash: Greed and fear of loss are the roots that lead to the tree of evil.
01×14 – Defenders of Peace: When surrounded by war, one must eventually choose a side.
01×15 – Trespass: Arrogance diminishes wisdom.
01×16 – The Hidden Enemy: Truth enlightens the mind, but won’t always bring happiness to your heart.
01×17 – Blue Shadow Virus: Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure.
01×18 – Mystery of the Thousand Moons: A single chance is a galaxy of hope.
01×19 – Storm over Ryloth: It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
01×20 – Innocents of Ryloth: The costs of war can never be truly accounted for.
01×21 – Liberty on Ryloth: Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised.
01×22 – Hostage Crisis: A secret shared is a trust formed.
02×01 – Holocron Heist: A lesson learned is a lesson earned.
02×02 – Cargo of Doom: Overconfidence is the most dangerous form of carelessness.
02×03 – Children of the Force: The first step to correcting a mistake is patience.
02×04 – Senate Spy: A true heart should never be doubted.
02×05 – Landing at Point Rain: Believe in yourself or no one else will.
02×06 – Weapons Factory: No gift is more precious than trust.
02×07 – Legacy of Terror: Sometimes, accepting help is harder than offering it.
02×08 – Brain Invaders: Attachment is not compassion.
02×09 – Grievous Intrigue: For everything you gain, you lose something else.
02×10 – The Deserter: It is the quest for honor that makes one honorable.
02×11 – Lightsaber Lost: Easy isn’t always simple.
02×12 – The Mandalore Plot: If you ignore the past, you jeopardize the future.
02×13 – Voyage of Temptation: Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
02×14 – Duchess of Mandalore: In war, truth is the first casualty.
02×15 – Senate Murders: Searching for the truth is easy. Accepting the truth is hard.
02×16 – Cat and Mouse: A wise leader knows when to follow.
02×17 – Bounty Hunters: Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendships.
02×18 – The Zillo Beast: Choose what is right, not what is easy.
02×19 – The Zillo Beast Strikes Back: The most dangerous beast is the beast within.
02×20 – Death Trap: Who my father was matters less than my memory of him.
02×21 – R2 Come Home: Adversity is a friendship’s truest test.
02×22 – Lethal Trackdown: Revenge is a confession of pain.
03×01 – Clone Cadets: Brothers in arms are brothers for life.
03×02 – ARC Troopers: Fighting a war tests a soldier’s skills, defending his home tests a soldier’s heart.
03×03 – Supply Lines: Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
03×04 – Sphere of Influence: A child stolen is a hope lost.
03×05 – Corruption: The challenge of hope is to overcome corruption.
03×06 – The Academy: Those who enforce the law must obey the law.
03×07 – Assassin: The future has many paths – choose wisely.
03×08 – Evil Plans: A failure in planning is a plan for failure.
03×09 – Hunt for Ziro: Love comes in all shapes and sizes.
03×10 – Heroes on Both Sides: Fear is a great motivator.
03×11 – Pursuit of Peace: Truth can strike down the spectre of fear.
03×12 – Nightsisters: The swiftest path to destruction is through vengeance.
03×13 – Monster: Evil is not born, it is taught.
03×14 – Witches of the Mist: The path to evil may bring great power, but not loyalty.
03×15 – Overlords: Balance is found in the one who faces his guilt.
03×16 – Altar of Mortis: He who surrenders hope, surrenders life.
03×17 – Ghosts of Mortis: He who seeks to control fate shall never find peace.
03×18 – The Citadel: Adaptation is the key to survival.
03×19 – Counterattack: Anything that can go wrong will.
03×20 – Citadel Rescue: Without honor, victory is hollow.
03×21 – Padawan Lost: Without humility, courage is a dangerous game.
03×22 – Wookie Hunt: A great student is what the teacher hopes to be.
04×01 – Water War: When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice.
04×02 – Gungan Attack: Only through fire is a strong sword forged.
04×03 – Prisoners: Crowns are inherited, kingdoms are earned.
04×04 – Shadow Warrior: Who a person truly is cannot be seen with the eye.
04×05 – Mercy Mission: Understanding is honoring the truth beneath the surface.
04×06 – Nomad Droids: Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?
04×07 – Darkness on Umbara: The first step towards loyalty is trust.
04×08 – The General: The path of ignorance is guided by fear.
04×09 – Plan of Dissent: The wise man leads, the strong man follows.
04×10 – Carnage of Krell: Our actions define our legacy.
04×11 – Kidnapped: Where we are going always reflects where we came from.
04×12 – Slaves of the Republic: Those who enslave others, inevitably become slaves themselves.
04×13 – Escape from Kadavo: Great hope can come from small sacrifices.
04×14 – A Friend in Need: Friendship shows us who we really are.
04×15 – Deception: All warfare is based on deception.
04×16 – Friends and Enemies: Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.
04×17 – The Box: The strong survive, the noble overcome.
04×18 – Crisis on Naboo: Trust is the greatest of gifts, but it must be earned.
04×19 – Massacre: One must let go of the past to hold on to the future.
04×20 – Bounty: Who we are never changes, who we think we are does.
04×21 – Brothers: A fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
04×22 – Revenge: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
05×01 – Revival: Strength of character can defeat strength in numbers.
05×02 – A War on Two Fronts: Fear is a malleable weapon.
05×03 – Front Runners: To seek something is to believe in its possibility.
05×04 – The Soft War: Struggles often begin and end with the truth.
05×05 – Tipping Points: Disobedience is a demand for change.
05×06 – The Gathering: He who faces himself, finds himself.
05×07 – A Test of Strength: The young are often underestimated.
05×08 – Bound for Rescue: When we rescue others, we rescue ourselves.
05×09 – A Necessary Bond: Choose your enemies wisely, as they may be your last hope.
05×10 – Secret Weapons: Humility is the only defense against humiliation.
05×11 – A Sunny Day in the Void: When all seems hopeless, a true hero gives hope.
05×12 – Missing in Action: A soldier’s most powerful weapon is courage.
05×13 – Point of No Return: You must trust in others or success is impossible.
05×14 – Eminence: One vision can have many interpretations.
05×15 – Shades of Reason: Alliances can stall true intentions.
05×16 – The Lawless: Morality separates heroes from villains.
05×17 – Sabotage: Sometimes even the smallest doubt can shake the greatest belief.
05×18 – The Jedi Who Knew Too Much: Courage begins by trusting oneself.
05×19 – To Catch a Jedi: Never become desperate enough to trust the untrustworthy.
05×20 – The Wrong Jedi: Never give up hope, no matter how dark things seem.
06×01 – The Unknown: The truth about yourself is always the hardest to accept.
06×02 – Conspiracy: The wise benefit from a second opinion.
06×03 – Fugitive: When in doubt, go to the source.
06×04 – Orders: The popular belief isn’t always the correct one.
06×05 – An Old Friend: To love, is to trust. To trust is to believe.
06×06 – The Rise of Clovis: Jealousy is the path to chaos.
06×07 – Crisis at the Heart: Deceit is the weapon of greed.
06×08 – The Disappeared Pt. 1: Without darkness there cannot be light.
06×09 – The Disappeared Pt. 2: Wisdom is born in fools as well as wise men.
06×10 – The Lost One: What is lost is often found.
06×11 – Voices: Madness can sometimes be the path to truth.
06×12 – Destiny: Death is just the beginning.
06×13 – Sacrifice: Facing all that you fear will free you from yourself.
07×01 – The Bad Batch: Embrace others for their differences, for that makes you whole.
07×02 – A Distant Echo: The search for truth begins with belief.
07×03 – On the Wings of Keeradaks: Survival is one step on the path to living.
07×04 – Unfinished Business: Trust placed in another is trust earned.
07×05 – Gone with a Trace: If there is no path before you, create your own.
07×06 – Deal No Deal: Mistakes are valuable lessons often learned too late.
07×07 – Dangerous Debt: Who you were does not have to define who you are.
07×08 – Together Again: You can change who you are, but you cannot run from yourself.
07×09 – Old Friends Not Forgotten: No opening quote
07×10 – Phantom Apprentice: No opening quote
fSo here we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Children have been out of school already for a month, they are doing some educational enrichment through some aspect of online education from their school teachers. Some of the parents have even begun working from home, some are struggling with perhaps not working.
In all of this I'm reminded of a post by my good friend and senior student Master Dan McCarthy where he talks about building Legos with his boys. What is really important is that he has taken the time to spend with his children.
As my boys are teenagers it becomes harder and harder to get them involved with family activities, but I still try. Last Sunday my wife and I played a card game with the boys. We have to look to have fun with them because before we know it they will be off to college, or like our oldest two, about to have children of their own.
Take the time and enjoy the time with them.
Michael Rowe is the Founder of Alpha Omega Martial Arts and has been dedicating his life to the study and teaching of self-defense. It is his goal to motivate, inspire, and transform the lives of all his students; young and old!