The stuff on the gunship's just noseart like in World War 2... Or even today, Warthog "Tank-killers" often have the shark motif. Dunno what the beast was on the Gunship but I liked it.
The episode was fantastic... Great Clones, especially ARCs, making Greivous do a little work... I liked the new weapons in a "Mini-Gun", and a "Pom-pom-Gun". Some heavy weapons are much needed for SW grunts. Many customizing ideas just popped in my mind, haha.
I thought the Anakin/Padme development was ok... Showed the tension, wasn't overdone... Nice seeing 3PO get his gold plating and there was humor there too with his showing it off.
The Knighting was ok... A little too earthy I thought, but whatever. Plus, how do you knight anything that doesn't grow hair and stuff? See, the whole ceremony applies only to humans really... Just seems odd, but then again I'm not a huge fan of the braids and stuff from the films.
Overall, great episode... To me this series shines with the combat and stuff. I liked it from start to finish, but the highlight is the beginning of the episode with the ARC rescue... I liked the bombs they leave in a trail to the wreckage too, to blow on the way out and clear their path of escape. Very clever...
The voices of some of the Jedi bugged me, but I'll live. Namely really Kit Fisto who needed something more alien I thought, but no big deal there.
Great episode and I'm already stoked for tomorrow. I wish these were a full half hour though. They easily could fill that much time per episode actually.