I just got to watch both of the last two episodes this evening, and I liked them...
Last week's episode with Jar Jar had a bit more warrin' than was made out by you guys. There was a flip-flop constantly between Bail and Jar Jar trying to get TOydaria's support for the Ryloth Siege, and then the Ryloth Siege itself with the Nikto Jedi... I thought the action on Ryloth was great, introduced some new Clones and a new Jedi, and it was cool how they sacrificed themselves for the Twi'Lek's who had lost faith in the Republic. They got it renewed, but at a cost. Kind of sad.
I liked that Jar Jar once again wasn't a big douche like in the prequals, but was actually kind of entertaining and a little interesting.
I also liked how the Trade Federation's openly playing both sides of teh conflict as well... It's nothing for kids so much as it is for the adults I think, but it expands the complexities of the political landscape where the corporations and guilds and such are filled with as much power as a planet representing individuals. This ties sort of nicely to the EU of the Original Trilogy where Palpatine puts a lot of corporate interests under the umbrella of the Empire so they're less politially influentially, and more or less part of military in a way. It leaves all those other corporations, banks, and so on, out in the cold somewhat.
This Friday's episode was weird... I like the blue people, actually, so seeing them expanded upon a little was neat. I really like seeing the underworld of the movies explored in the toon a little too, but I really could've lived without Greedo showing up. His backstory didn't jive with this really, though it could be made fit I'm sure. I just like keeping my OT free of too many ties to CW3D is all, more or less. As it stands the Falcon has shown up in the prequals, and Chewbacca... OK, Jabba lives a long time, great, but every species but Humans lives a long time now? I don't care for that too much. I'd prefer they had some no-name hunter in there. Or use Embo maybe? Why not? He's a hunter, not a hero. The duality of those character types could've been played up some.
Either way though, I enjoyed it... Plenty of action. A small homage to Lucas' kids... That's fine. Next week goes back to Mandalore, and shows its deteoration since last season, and I'm ok with that too. Rather than just writing the planet off as a short side-story or something.