Star Wars:  The Clone Wars” is George Lucas finally getting to do a “Star Wars” movie, with all the special effects he wants, without having to mess with the human element at all.  Just make the whole thing animated, with computer-generated images, and use the humans for voiceovers only.  Well, it kinda looks and feels like a “Star Wars” movie, but the human element was always one of the endearing qualities of the whole series, and it’s distinctly missing.  True fans will still enjoy the plot development of a young Anakin Skywalker having to take on an apprentice, and try to teach her patience, no less, but the Jedi Knights, like their literary forebears, the Musketeers, are still just one betrayal away from oblivion.  There may be some kind of political message imbedded here about how no one group, however powerful or well-intentioned, can really police the whole galaxy.  Either they will collectively turn to the Dark Side, or be worn out and used up from the noble but doomed effort.  Allegory, anyone?
 
“Traitor” is also a morality tale for 21st-century America , but is much less subtle.  Don Cheadle plays an African who very much sounds like an African American.  Therefore he can go many places without drawing attention to himself, places where terrorist cells can go underground, in the dark alleyways of cities like Marseilles , and Toronto , plotting to wreak havoc with an infidel America too caught up in its patriotic hubris to even perceive its own arrogance.  Cheadle appears to be walking both sides of the fence, some sort of double agent in a high-stakes game of deception, espionage, and sabotage.  The problem is that nobody survives such treachery unscathed.  Least of all the innocent victims.  A sobering, harrowing, but chillingly realistic parable of our times.