“Trust placed in another is trust earned.”
Matt Michnovetz and Brent V. Friedman throw Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) and the Bad Batch (also Baker) together again as they go after Admiral Trench (also Baker). This episode of the final season first aired on 13 March, 2020.
With the help of the still recovering Echo, which leads to some doubts about where his loyalties may lie, considering he was held for so long by the Separatists, the attack is launched.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Mace Windu (Terrence Carson) join the expedition, and as things progress the pair get to show off their skills in a fantastic sequence, prefaced by Mace asking the battle droids to reconsider, take into account who he is, and then kicking their asses.
The episode sees Anakin taking down Trench, himself, not exactly brutally, but definitely gave me a moment of pause.
And as the story races to its climax, and also works to tie up the Bad Batch and Echo’s arc, the battered and slowly recovering clone, finds a new place to belong.
So far the final season has been gangbusters, not only giving us solid stories, and great Star Wars moments, but also tying up story threads, and fantastic characters. And starting with the next episode Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) rejoins the narrative.
“If there is no path before you, create your own.”
Series creator and show runner, Dave Filoni pens this episode, alongside Charles Murray. It debuted on 20 March, 2020 and begins a four episode arc that sees the return of Ahsoka to the The Clone Wars story after she left the Jedi Order.
Keeping her jedi training a secret, Ahsoka ends up in the lower levels of Coruscant (the infamous level 1313) where she meets a pilot, Trace (Brigitte Kali Canales) and her sister, Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez). At their request, Ahsoka helps them build some droids for a customer, even though they could prove to be very dangerous.
Sure, the episode is about introducing new characters, and a new arc for Ahsoka, but it doesn’t play well, especially coming after the Bad Batch arc. It’s not quite juvenile, but it’s definitely not as smart as some of the work Filoni and the series has given us.
While it’s so great to see Ahsoka, and wonder how she fits into the story now, considering we know she gets involved with the Rebellion in Rebels, I was hoping for something a little stronger.
Perhaps the next instalment in the arc.
“Mistakes are valuable lessons often learned too late.”
Filoni and Murray pen the second part of the new Ahsoka story, which first dropped on 27 March, 2020.
Ahsoka, Trace and Rafa are hired to do a spice run from Kessel for the Pykes, but, of course, things get complicated real fast, ending with a cliffhanger that sees our trio captured by the crime organisation.
And while the episode is a little shakey, there are some nice nods to classic bits of dialogue, and a nice emotional bit when Ahsoka and Anakin are in such close proximity as they travel in opposite directions that they can sense one another. It’s a little poignant, and nicely done, contrasting with the rest of the episode. We do, however, see that the spice mines of Kessel employs slave labour, and the Republic has done nothing about it, and Rafa has made a deal with the Pykes. .
The Clone Wars continue next week, as I delve into another trio of episodes, of The Final Season. Until then, may the Force be with you…