Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2020) – Dangerous Debt, Together Again, and Old Friends Not Forgotten

“Who you were does not have to define who you are.”

Dave Filoni and Charles Murray continue the Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and Martez sisters arc, which still doesn’t seem to be as engaging as other episodes throughout the series.

Captured in the previous episode by the Pykes, Ahsoka, Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Trace (Brigitte Kali Canales) and plan to make their escape.

This episode first debuted on 3 April, 2020, and while I appreciate the need to introduce new characters to help with Ahsoka’s arc, but these episodes could have been written a little stronger, and while the Martez sisters hint at some character depth – especially when Rafa reveals their history and their dislike for the Jedi (a secret that Ahsoka is hiding from them, even if she never finished her training – though they may begin to suspect). But they don’t seem as well developed as the others in the series.

All of this is watched over by Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff) who is on the Pyke’s planet working undercover, and she sees that even as the trio almost escape, they are captured again, leaving them at the same place they were at the beginning of the episode.

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“You can change who you are, but you cannot run from yourself.”

Together Again was written by Filoni and Murray, and first debuted on 10 April, 2020.

Still held by the Pykes, Ahsoka attempts to bargain for the release of the Martez sisters, but soon makes a terrifying discovery as we get a reveal of the involvement of Crimson Dawn, and the presence of Maul (Sam Witwer).

This episode is a bit of a step up from the first episodes in the arc. That being said, these episodes have all had one bright spot, they all feature Ahsoka, who has been sadly missed. She’s a layered character that the series has grown with and around.

Add in the reveals of Crimson Dawn and its leader, just happens to tie more of the Star Wars universe together.

Bo-Katan is still keeping an eye on events and one wonders what their objectives are, and how they will play out.

And will Ahsoka reveal her jedi history to her new friends? Or will it be done for her? As the episode comes to its end, Bo comes to Ahsoka for help in stopping Maul.

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This episode doesn’t include an introductory quote for the first time in the series, but does open with a Lucasfilm Ltd., and a red Clone Wars titles, followed by a part I title card (letting us know going in that it’s a multi-part story, and must therefore end on a cliffhanger – and oh boy!). It was penned by series showrunner Dave Filoni. The re-introduction of Bo-Katan, and Maul in the previous episodes help establish the story arc that starts here.

Ahsoka (who gets a new Mandalorian inspired costume) reaches out to Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) about Maul’s presence on Mandalore, and asks for their help. The duo have to decide whether to help or continue to help to defend Coruscant (setting up events that will lead directly into Revenge of the Sith).

In terms of continuity there is a glimpse of a young padawan in the episode’s opening that features Caleb Dume who will become Star Wars: Rebels Kanan Jarrus.

This is a big episode, and feels epic coming on the heels of the previous story arc, and it makes you wish the entire final season was this big. It’s something to see Ahsoka and Anakin back together again (and there are lots of fantastic character moments and beats because of it), but it also shows how the characters have grown and changed over the seasons, and how important her character has been to the Star Wars universe.

Next week we delve into the final three episodes of what has become an iconic Star Wars series that has introduced a mass of characters to the ever expanding universe, including the wonderful, Ahsoka Tano. Until then may the Force be with you…

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