Dunc (@clubjade) March 07, 2014
Although the kickoff started a few minutes late and some of us got the update faster than others, we all tuned in for this momentous occasion, celebrating a television series that kept the flame burning brightly for Star Wars fans everywhere over the years. Unfortunately, a lot of our brothers and sisters abroad could not partake in the experience, since the material is strictly limited for the United States and Canada. However, when the content reaches other countries across the globe, I hope similar gatherings and trending patterns take place to demonstrate how instrumental The Clone Wars series has been in the fandom.
I'm still running on low battery after an entire night full of conversations, sharing memories, and the general viewing experience. I know many sites and blogs have already begun the process of writing reviews. I feel compelled to do the same, but I'm not the review-writer type of person. I like to highlight the positives and the aspects I enjoyed the most in anything I support (unless there's something really negative that I have to point out and argue against), so I'll go ahead and do that in bullet point format. Beware of spoilers.
- Organic Chip: For a long time, we were unsure of how Order 66 was carried out. Were the clones programmed? Were they trained to obey the contingency orders? In the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss, there were clones who disobeyed and disregarded the order completely. This arc finally gives us a definite answer. It explains why the clones easily complied, and thus, betrayed the Jedi. It all comes down to an organic chip embedded in the brain of each soldier. This chip, when activated, would inhibit the individual personality traits and thoughts of the clones and force them to carry out Order 66 without remorse. It’s the clear-cut answer we’ve always wanted, but you still want to believe that some didn’t give in. What if a clone had the will to overpower the chip? What if his bond and attachment to a Jedi General was stronger than that? I pose this question because Captain Rex is still around. We don’t know what his ultimate fate will be, but I certainly hope it doesn’t involve him carrying out an order that goes against who he is as a person.
- Nightmares: When Tup and Fives died, both mentioned brief words about an endless mission and the nightmares. Something that I think The Clone Wars glossed over was the fact that these soldiers must have had psychological and mental trauma from the battlefields. Including those details in their final moments made their loss all the more heartbreaking because it was finally over for them and you wanted them to feel those few moments of freedom.
- 79’s Clone Bar: One of my favorite things that popped out of this arc was the bar for clones. Obviously, these men need some sort of downtime and a getaway space, and this bar provides them that comfort and opportunity to escape. There are some intriguing moments and details during this scene, including a podrace on the large screens, a few clones dancing without a care, and even a pair of Jaig eyes on a ‘fresher wall.
- AZI-3: Move over R2, this medical droid has taken the award for most adorable. AZI was open-minded and completely selfless in his attempts to assist Fives. He also had one of the best comedic lines in the series: “I always wanted to have human feelings, but I do not. Goodbye!”
- Visuals: “The Unknown” had jaw-dropping camera angles, especially when Rex, Fives, and Anakin were out in space pursuing the ship that contained Tup. And the grappling hook idea what absolutely genius!
- Writing: In the latest Star Wars Insider #148, Katie Lucas was listed as the writer for this arc. She also wrote the “Nightsisters” trilogy, the “Darth Maul Returns” arc as well as other single episodes. She has an amazing approach when it comes to storytelling, and I’m more than ecstatic that the final arc centered around the clones was written by her.
- To be honest, I didn’t quite pay attention to this arc. Anakin was overboard with his jealous routine and treated Padme disrespectfully several times.
- As a fan of the clones, the most upsetting part of this arc was the death of Commander Thorn and his unit. Not only did their ship get attacked and fall off the platform, but there were men inside that perished along with it. Also, three shots to the chest for Thorn was a bit excessive. This isn’t helpful “review” information, but I just felt the need to state my discomfort.
- I also don’t have much to say on the Mace and Jar Jar arc. Although, Mace did have the best “I can’t deal with this” faces, especially when Jar Jar laid a hand on him. Without a doubt, it was an unlikely duo that had great moments together.
- The Yoda arc is definitely one that I have to re-watch. It was about 6am EST when this arc started playing, so much of my memory is foggy. However, I do recall a few scenes that really caught my attention and prodded “my feels.”
- Ahsoka: Yes, Ahsoka did make an appearance. No, it wasn’t the real Ahsoka. It was all in Yoda’s mind. He was walking through the aftermath of the massacre at the Jedi Temple when Ahsoka called out to him. She asked him if she would become one with the Force after death and brought up the events from the final arc in season five. She died and Yoda refused to see it as reality. It makes you wonder if the Ahsoka outside of his illusion thinks the same way. No longer a Jedi, does she worry about similar predicaments? Without a continuation of her story, we won’t really know. Dave Filoni, however, briefly mentioned her in the latest interview from Entertainment Weekly.
- The vision without war: After Ahsoka died in his arms, Katooni (from the Young Jedi arc) appeared and took Yoda to a place where the war didn’t exist. Jedi who had fallen were alive and well, Ahsoka was present, and younglings playfully zipped past him. It was at this point I started to cry because it was such a serene and peaceful vision of what might have been. Qui Gon Jinn stood in a small circle with Obi-Wan and Yoda’s former apprentice, Dooku. The temptation to hold onto something so pure nearly overpowered him before Yoda realized that it wasn’t real. The vision dissipated, easily foreshadowing the Dark Times ahead.
- There is another Skywalker: Nearly every fan fainted in joy at hearing those words, which obviously refers to Luke Skywalker. Speaking of Luke, Mark Hamill also made an appearance in this arc as Darth Bane, the Sith Lord responsible for creating the Rule of Two.
And with that, my fellow TCW friends, our favorite series comes to yet another bitter end. With Star Wars Rebels and the sequel movies in the near future, I look forward to embarking on a new set of adventures with all of you. May the Force be with you!