So I decided to watch the last three episodes of The Clone Wars last night and I think I kind of forgot just how epic and fantastic the end of the seventh season truly is.
Revenge of the Sith is pretty much my favorite Star Wars movie because it is the darkest Star Wars movie. The tragedy of the Jedi and their instant fall as Emperor Palpatine has his diabolical plan realized is unlike any other event in Star Wars. It affects all Jedi and turns the story of Star Wars into something very serious and interesting, leading into the aftermath which sees the likes of Kanan, Ezra, Cal Kestis, Ahsoka, and Luke Skywalker having to navigate their way through a galaxy whose entire goal is to see them destroyed.
The Clone Wars is regarded as one of the best things to ever happen to Star Wars because it doesn’t take itself lightly. There is sadness weaved throughout the series and the last three episodes of The Clone Wars completely embrace the darkness of Revenge of the Sith in both tone and circumstance in a way that is astounding.
It’s a piece of the puzzle that I didn’t know I needed but now I can’t imagine not knowing about Ahsoka/Rex and how they both dealt with the events of Order 66.
It’s sad, it’s appropriately dark, and it actually makes Revenge of the Sith better.
The moment that struck me the hardest and has now inspired me to write a post about Ahsoka and Kanan (which will be coming out tomorrow) are these two scenes.
Ahsoka and her clone troopers had such a tight bond and to see Ahsoka commemorate them in this massive grave is so, so very sad. For her, not only had she lost her ranking as a Jedi but now she was seeing the world around her crumble. The sadness she must have felt, the realization that the war had led to this terrible moment, when she drops Anakin’s lightsaber on the ground, it’s a sign that she probably wanted to leave the idea of the Force and the duty of being a Jedi behind forever.
Of course, we do know that at some point she does make two more lightsabers, this time with crystals glowing white, and becomes Fulcrum , thus helping the Rebellion, but wow. Her story is honestly one of the most fleshed out of any Star Wars character and the end of The Clone Wars is a perfect example of why she is, in fact, a fan favorite.
And is it just me, or does anyone else find this ending subtly depressing? To know this is how The Clone Wars ends is just so sad! I mean, the symbolism of that imagery.
We see the silhouette of Anakin Skywalker, now Darth Vader, in the visor of a clone trooper helmet designed by his good friend Rex to resemble Ahsoka Tano.
Yeah…that’s something to think about on a Monday.
All in all, The Clone Wars is a great show. Lol.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.
2 thoughts on “The Last Episodes of ‘The Clone Wars’ Are So Amazing!”
It’s funny you should say that, because on the rare occasions where I’ll socialize with someone during the pandemic? The last four episodes of Clone Wars usually find their way onto a screen, especially if they’re even slightly geeky and haven’t seen them yet. Said it many times, will say it again… this is the best action animation I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’m an old anime fan who grew up on Star Blazers, Robotech, Thundercats, G1 Transformers, Voltron… the works.
The visual quality is just stunning. Like, every time I rewatch the rendering of the ships in space, I’m like, “wow… that looks amazing.”
The story narrative is sad and yet awesome all at once. Maul orchestrating the siege of Mandalore to draw… anyone who’ll help him against Sidious, was an unforeseen plot point. The confrontation between him and Ahsoka — where she starts on her journey of denial that Anakin is about to become a Sith, when Maul literally tells her — the oncoming dread of Order 66 WHILE SHE’S ON A FREAKING TROOP SHIP IN HYPERSPACE.
Then… those last five minutes ripping your tear ducts apart while she mourns the clones even after they just tried to kill her… and Vader coming on the wreck later and finding the saber he himself gave her, seeing her face printed on the troops’ helmets on stakes and lying on the ground, and he coldly just puts the saber and walks off. He’s just not here for reflection. Only the hate remains, and the person who left that saber is someone to hate. And he knows. The saber still works, and Morai is there… so he knows she was here, alive, and left it there.
Bad Batch has some really, really big shoes to fill.
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Really, really big shoes to fill indeed.