The early scenes hit particularly onerous, with the present actually enjoying on our information of what is coming because it steadily builds stress main as much as the graduation of Order 66. Even earlier than the precise order is available in, Ahsoka abruptly appears alone and unwelcome amongst a bunch of troopers who so not too long ago pledged their lives to her trigger. By means of all of it, we all know what’s coming, and we all know there isn’t any stopping in, so it is only a query of how dangerous the fallout might be. Ahsoka sensing the climactic battle on Coruscant and listening to the acquainted voices of Anakin, Palpatine and Mace Windu (the movie actors, no much less) additional provides to the dread.
It is also price highlighting the rating right here, with composer Kevin Kiner seemingly riffing on that haunting music from Episode III the place Anakin wrestles over whether or not to go away Palpatine to his destiny or intervene. The tip result’s one thing that sounds as very like Blade Runner because it does Star Wars, nevertheless it positively enhances and enhances the unnerving tone.
The large second would not disappoint, both. It is becoming that Rex himself turns into the point of interest as Palpatine’s order ripples throughout the galaxy. No clone has developed right into a extra totally realized character over the course of seven seasons, and nobody stands a greater likelihood of combating towards the inhibitor chip controlling his actions. However as we see, even Rex’s deep love and respect for Ahsoka cannot cease him from obeying his orders. All he can do is attempt to drop hints and provides Ahsoka a combating likelihood.With that excessive stress given launch, this episode veers in a extra action-packed path as Ahsoka makes an unlikely ally out of Maul and fights to avoid wasting Rex from himself. The Maul scenes particularly are a pleasant palate cleanser from every thing that comes earlier than. It is really type of enjoyable watching a lightsaber-less Maul go to city on the clones, particularly now that they are extra the villains of this story than he. His escape can be a telling commentary on Ahsoka’s frame of mind. She’s quickly growing that survivor mentality. Now not the high-minded Jedi she labored so onerous to grow to be, she’s not above unleashing a monster like Maul if it creates the distraction she wants.
There’s a lot extra stress to go round as “Shattered” attracts to an in depth. The confined setting and the overwhelming numbers ultimately take their toll, with even Ahsoka combating a dropping battle towards overwhelming numbers and a ticking clock. And all of it pays off properly within the scene the place a recuperated Rex chooses Ahsoka over his males. Little question we’ll see extra of the emotional fallout of that act within the finale. However even with solely the three of of the 4 episodes launched to this point, this arc has totally lived as much as its promise. It is enhanced the occasions of the film and paid off on characters arcs which have been greater than a decade within the making. Now there’s only one ultimate story to be advised earlier than the battle is actually over.