It could not be extra applicable for the ultimate episode of the ultimate season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to launch on Might 4th, Star Wars day. The final installment of the seven-season present, which is streaming now on Disney+, is among the many sequence’ greatest episodes–and managed to tie up quite a few lingering story threads.
If you have not watched the ultimate episode of the sequence, “Victory and Loss of life,” it is best to cease now as we’re going to dive deep into spoiler territory. That is your closing warning.
There was loads for the ultimate episode of The Clone Wars to accomplish–namely how Ahsoka Tano wouldn’t solely escape the Star Destroyer filled with Clone Troopers attempting to kill her as a consequence of Order 66 (the order to kill all Jedi) however how Darth Maul would make it out alive. Any fan that is seen Star Wars Rebels is aware of each of them escaped Clone Wars alive, however for a second it appeared as if all hope was misplaced. Nonetheless, Clone Wars managed to not solely make each of their escapes a few of the most thrilling Star Wars moments in latest historical past, it additionally supplied a shock ending that packed a robust and emotional punch to the proceedings. Let’s break all of it down.
Ahsoka and Order 66
“Victory and Loss of life” picked up with the place the earlier episode left off, with Ahsoka and Captain Rex making an attempt to flee the Venator whereas being hunted by a big group of Clone Troopers who’ve been ordered to kill Tano below Order 66. The ultimate confrontation with the troopers was hands-down some of the visually spectacular scenes Star Wars has ever pulled off, with one lightsaber-wielding former Jedi and one Clone Trooper with a blaster going through down a whole military. What’s extra, it was all taking place because the Star Destroyer was crashing to a planet (extra on that later).
By way of all of it, Ahsoka reminded Rex again and again that she could not deliver herself to kill the Clone Troopers she’d recognized for therefore lengthy, even when they had been decided to finish her life. Within the closing confrontation, the 2 of them had been cautious to incapacitate the troopers, however not kill them earlier than in the end escaping the crashing ship.
Even with the most effective of intentions, although, we subsequent see Tano close to the ship after it crashed into the planet, as she stands to mourn over the fallen troopers, all of whom died within the disaster. Though her intentions had been to maintain them secure, in the case of battle, no person’s life is assured. It is then that Tano takes the ultimate step in shedding her life as a Jedi, discarding certainly one of her lightsabers on the makeshift gravesite for the fallen troopers.
Then there’s Darth Maul
Darth Maul’s escape from the Star Destroyer wasn’t as emotional as Ahsoka’s nevertheless it was simply as thrilling. Whereas Tano and Rex had been making an attempt to get to an escape ship, Maul was sabotaging the Star Destroyer through the use of his Pressure powers to tear aside the hyperdrive, which in the end doomed it to crash right into a distant planet. After doing so–and killing quite a lot of Clone Troopers–he escaped on the ship Ahsoka and Rex had been making an attempt to achieve. It is his final act of defiance on The Clone Wars, leaving Ahsoka and Rex in a lurch as he flies away to safety–only to be seen once more in Rebels.
The shock ending
With Maul having disappeared as soon as extra and Ahsoka and Rex having made their escape from the ship, The Clone Wars closing scene was a flash-forward. It is unclear precisely how far into the long run the present has gone, however on the very least it is post-Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Again on the planet that the Star Destroyer crashed onto, none apart from Darth Vader–the former Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka’s one-time Jedi master–arrives on the wreckage, flanked by Snowtroopers. He approaches the wreckage, now lined in snow, and picks up Ahsoka’s lightsaber.
Vader does not say a phrase as he inspects and powers on the lightsaber, however that is clearly a turning level for the character. Ahsoka was the one hyperlink the character nonetheless needed to his outdated life. Obi-Wan Kenobi disowned him, whereas Padme was lifeless. Now, together with her lightsaber in his fingers, we’re led to consider that Vader thinks his former apprentice can also be gone.
It is a somber observe to finish the sequence on. What’s extra, it units a darkish tone for a galaxy now dominated by the Empire, the place Rebels begins. By way of bridging the hole between the Clone Wars and the eventual rise of Luke Skywalker, The Clone Wars needs to be thought of important viewing. Nevertheless, this closing episode, and it is parting shot of Vader’s reflection within the visor of a lifeless Clone Trooper’s helmet as he walks away with Ahsoka’s lightsaber, is a robust and essential reminder of all that was misplaced within the Clone Wars–something which is commonly forgotten about as a result of, effectively, most of us do not wish to revisit the prequel films.
All seven seasons of The Clone Wars, in addition to the followup sequence, Star Wars Rebels, are streaming now on Disney+.