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It has it's moments, pretty much anything with Obi Wan quipping, the brotherhood between Anakin and Obi Wan felt way more natural and fitting in the series than the films. It has some good fights and there are some decidedly nice tribute episodes to the EU, but that said it has more than it's share of bad ones too. The nerfs to Grievous to where he's just a bumbling oaf with little strategic ability and often getting bested by Jedi even a padawan on occasion then BEATEN by GUNGANS and Ventress...the Dooku captured episode was also ludicrous.
Ventress is actually more capable then grievous imo because she was train as a sith apprentice and a Nightsister, compared to Greivous who is train as a not only a general, but trained to use light sabers, while I agree he nerfed I do think he has his moments such as the Lair of Gerivous episode where he decimated Kit Fisto's Squad in his lair, the battle off Damothmir(Specifically) when he was fighting the undead Night Sisters, when he attack Kenobi's Fleet during the Younglings episode. I also like to point out that the Gugans had disable his army, and Griveous is very Arrogant sometimes, but he also was surrounded he was probably going to lose that anyway. Apparently according to what was suppose to be in season 6-7 Gerivous would have got his Armor from the CW Cartoon and more training from Dooku to tie it into that cartoon and also why his armor changes between the Cartoon and episode 3. He was also suppose to fight Darth Maul and not only win, but kill mother Talzin for good. A lot of this is in the new Cannon comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. Ohh and the thing with Dooku captured, I cant really argue that, but I think maybe Dooku had a plan or something.
I don't know, he came off as more goofy than threatening, and Ventress while she has the Force is far weaker in terms of strength, styles and Dooku tutored them both but gave Grievous more diversity in forms than Asajj. He should have bested her easily.
I mean keep in mined I don't think its that big of a deal because its just how George wanted the show since he helped write the show and may suggestions on how characters are and how factions should be. That is why the show retcons a lot of stuff, it is because that was how George wanted it. I mean keep in mind Obi Wan and Ventress fought Maul and Savage who are arguably more powerful then Gervious. I mean keep in mind she was also beefed up with Night sister. magic.I do think though that its good that the Commandos(Boss, Fixer Sev, etc since they appeared in that one Savage episode) are still cannon. Maybe one day we can do something with them again, and in fact in the original version of the Citadel arc they were going to be sent in along with Echo, Fives, Rex, Cody, and the jedi to rescue Tarkin.
I also deeply didn't like how much they lowered Dooku as a power. His level is supposed to be FAR above Ventress and Savage. He's certainly FAR more powerful than Maul but you seldom get a feeling Dooku is in the top 5 of the most powerful Force users in the galaxy. He fought Mace to a draw, held his ground against Yoda, constantly took both Anakin and Obi Wan in the EU but throughout CW he is barely a match for Obi Wan and Anakin always out of breath and on the defensive. The fact he was barely able to stave off Savage and Ventress staggered me.
He does actually kick Anakin's ass many times. the two examples I remember were the episode where he a Dooku fought on Naboo and he was captured and traded for Gervious, the other time was also on Naboo during the Bounty hunter final episode where he almost killed Anakin Had Obi Wan not interfered.I also think Dooku only survived that fight with Ventress and Savage for two reasons:1. He trained them so he knows how to fight them and exploit how they fight2. Savage betrayed Ventress. it turn from a 2v1 to a 1v1v1.
The Anakin/Dooku duels are non-sense if you consider the movies. That's for that they created Ventress (and also Durge), to provide a opponent to Anakin that is dangerous but that Anakin can fight and defeat to gain experience. The fight in RotS make no sense if Anakin and Dooku clashed every week during the CW.
Which why I like how Director Krennic, and Thrawn in cannon is more willing to get his hands dirty compared to other commanders like Rae Sloane, Moff Tarkin, and General Hux. I Like when you see Krennic actually go out himself to capture Galen Erso, instead of sending his death troopers alone. Same with Thrawn, he personally led the ground assault on the rebels, with his own death troopers.
And taking unnecessary risks ? No that's not what I expect from a clever Navy commander. The place of such character is on the bridge of capital ship except if you want to make him look stupid. The EU's Thrawn would not have faced a force user without a Ysalamari and any other potential ennemy without an overwhelming tactical advantage. Troy Denning have also done that to a lesser extent before Rebels but that's still anoying. For Krennic, it's a little different. He has to act, the Rebels should be stopped at all cost and it even make sense to jeopardize his life if that can make a difference.