‘Clone Wars’ episodes on DVD — and Sulu joins the dark side

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Star Wars The Clone Wars DVDThe first four episodes of Lucasfilm Animation’s weekly TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be available on DVD March 24. Priced at $19.98, the release, subtitled “A Galaxy Divided,” will include “Ambush,” featuring a showdown between Jedi Master Yoda and the villainous Asajj Ventress, and the three-episode “Malevolence” story — “Rising Malevolence,” “Shadow of Malevolence” and “Destroy Malevolence.”

In the “Malevolence” episodes, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi lead a mission to find and destroy a massive warship that is under the command of General Grievous.

The adventure continues today on Cartoon Network with the all-new episode “Defenders of Peace,” which introduces the new recurring villain Lok Durd, a corpulent Neimoidian general voiced by George Takei (Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu). Durd commands the Separatist/Trade Federation forces that invade the peaceful planet on which Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano and Aalya Secura sough refuge in last week’s “Jedi Crash.”

SEPARATIST GENERAL LOK DURD MAKES TROUBLE FOR THE JEDI
SEPARATIST GENERAL LOK DURD (GEORGE TAKEI) MAKES TROUBLE FOR THE JEDI(CARTOON NETWORK)

The hit weekly animated series debuted this fall on Cartoon Network. It’s the first TV series from Lucasfilm Animation that chronicles the adventures of Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and other favorite Star Wars characters as they struggle against the dark side during the divisive, action-packed Clone Wars.