New Clone Wars Friday - "Legacy of Terror"
Jedi Master Luminara Unduli takes matters into her own hands...
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In pursuit of Poggle the Lesser, Jedi Master Luminara Unduli descends deep into the catacombs of Geonosis, where she uncovers an even greater threat to the galaxy in "Legacy of Terror," an all-new episode of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, November 20 on Cartoon Network.
When Luminara disappears while tracking the Geonosian warlord, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a platoon of clone troopers in search of her. Following her trail, the heroes descend deep into the lair of the grotesque Geonosian queen – Karina the Great – where they discover that the hive is alive and teeming with undead defenders.
Though the episode finds Luminara confronted by agents of evil deep within the darkest bowels of Karina’s underground nest, actress Olivia d'Abo saw her character’s strength reflected by the grave nature of the circumstances. Rather than succumbing to despair, Luminara embodies the teachings of the Jedi Order even in desperate times. Despite her thoughtful and meditative nature, she is nonetheless a dedicated protector of peace and justice – and a formidable warrior when called to action. Faced with the potential escape of her quarry, she doesn't hesitate to follow Poggle into the heart of darkness. Devoted to her noble cause even at the risk of life and limb, she is the quintessential Jedi Master – brave, strong, sage and selfless.
"Luminara is a Jedi, so she's always going to have that ability to focus and remain calm," says d'Abo. "I'm thrilled to be playing a role that requires such wisdom and strength; it is really empowering."
Despite Luminara's seemingly desperate plight, d'Abo relished the opportunity to tap into imagination and celebrate the creative spirit of the "galaxy far, far away."
"The themes and characters in the [live-action] films have had such a major influence on me and everyone I know," says d'Abo. "As a child, Star Wars allowed me to fall into another world that was more vivid, more defined, more authentic and so much more exciting. There's nothing lightweight about the philosophy of the films, and I am finding that The Clone Wars series is just as timeless."
Though perhaps best known for her role as Kevin Arnold's older sister in TV's The Wonder Years, d'Abo boasts a career that has included such iconic genre properties as Conan the Destroyer, Green Lantern: First Flight and Ultimate Avengers.
"I love science-fiction, the fantasy genre, and comic books," she says. "They tend to stand the test of time because of their marvelous content; these kinds of projects will always capture people’s attention by providing far-away settings we'd like to escape to. I've been really lucky with all my roles and projects because I have an innate understanding of what they require. I just jump in and make them my own."