Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2014) – Orders, An Old Friend, and The Rise of Clovis

“The popular belief isn’t always the correct one.”

Katie Lucas finishes the Tup arc started last week with Orders. This episode first debuted on 7 March, 2014.

Fives (Dee Bradley Baker) is still searching for answers about what happened to Tups, and whether the chip in his head, in all the clones’ heads, which was placed there while they were embryos, has some insidious purpose.

The clone hopes to reach and speak with Chancellor Palpatine (Tim Curry) accompanied by Jedi Master Shaak Ti (Tasia Valenza) but finds himself accused of attempting to assassinate him.

Unfortunately, viewers must realise that if Fives learns the truth, before the events of Revenge of the Sith happen, then you know he can’t survive. And that’s too bad, because Fives, as a character has been with the series almost since its beginning. So that’s a bit of an emotional moment.

It’s made even more poignant because his friend, and leader, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) comes after him, to hunt him down, and when they meet up, Fives tells him everything, the way the implanted inhibitor has additional programming that could make them turn on the Jedi, and Skywalker simply charts it up to an illness the Chancellor tells him his doctors discovered.

That close to the truth, and they missed it. Course they had to, as the events of Revenge of the Sith were already canon at that point, having debuted years earlier. Solid, solid episode with an emotional punch.

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“To love is to trust. To trust is to believe.”

Christian Taylor takes over writing duties with An Old Friend. It first dropped, like the rest of the sixth season, on 7 March, 2014 and lets Padme Amidala (Catherine Taber) take over the limelight.

Arriving on the planet Scipio, this story starts a three episode arc that sees Amidala called on by her old friend, Clovis (Robin Atkin Downes) to investigate alleged corruption within the Banking Clan. But can Clovis be trusted, or is he just playing on a past relationship with Padme?

Of course, Clovis’ return is going to cause some jealousy issues for Anakin when the Jedi Knight shows up to help. But they may not have a lot of time to bicker, as it seems there is a bounty hunter, Embo (show runner Dave Filoni) who is intent on putting them down once and for all.

It’s a cool episode, it definitely gives Amidala and Skywalker some more drama in their tumultuous relationship, and we get a look a bit more in depth look at the Banking Clan.

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“Jealousy is the path to chaos.”

Taylor continues the arc in this episode as Clovis, who Padme has denounced as a traitor to the Republic comes up with a deal with Coruscant that will make him the head of the Banking Clan, something he is aided in by Count Dooku (Corey Burton), so you know that isn’t gong to come off well, because Palpatine must be involved with it somewhere.

There’s also some real troubling dialogue between Anakin and Padme, which leads one to believe that even if he didn’t fall to the Dark Side, he would have ended up being an even more abusive husband than he already was. He actually forbids her to do her job, claiming it is his right, as her husband.

Obi-Wan (James Arnold Taylor) reminds him of his commitment to the order, and not to interfere with Padme’s assignment. Anakin is turning into a real problem. I get that it is his jealousy that is making him do this, but if he doesn’t trust Padme, what is he doing in this relationship in the first place?

Of course, Clovis definitely has romantic designs on Padme, and with their marriage a secret, Clovis believes Padme is single. But that’s all going to come apart when Anakin catches them in a Clovis-instigated clutch.

And while Padme loves Anakin, this causes them to temporarily split.

The arc concludes, and new adventures begin next week as I explore The Lost Missions of The Clone Wars. Also known as Season Six. May the Force be with you…

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