Now that the final episode of the 7th season of Star Wars The Clone Wars‘ was released this week, I wanted to – just as I had done when the 6th season was released – list a top five episodes of the season:
#5 – “The Bad Batch” – I enjoyed this episode when it initially premiered and subsequently shared online five years ago. Despite some tinkering with this episode from when it was initially released, I still enjoy the entire story arc, but this first episode of the story arc does a really nice job, not only in introducing who these “Bad Batch” characters are and what unique traits they bring, but also their interactions with the the regular clone troopers, which is an interesting contrast and comparison. What makes this particularly entertaining is both the humor and the intriguingly different action scenes.
#4 – “Victory and Death” – The final episode of Star Wars The Clone Wars was good to see Rex and Ahsoka working together in making their way through the clone troopers and to escape. What makes this episode particularly stand out in its powerfully chillingness is the final scene, which is both fascinating to see the transition to the Imperial forces (even if it did seem all too soon for this quick transition to the Empire), as well as seeing Darth Vader picking up Ahsoka’s lightsaber and pondering it.
#3 – “Old Friends Not Forgotten” – Beginning with incredible shots of transitioning into scenes from Revenge of the Sith with Jedi going out across the galaxy, and moving to a fun battle scene involving Anakin and Obi-Wan, the beginning of this episode has a sincerely cinematic feel to it.
While this episode begins the Siege of Mandalore (including the awesome scene of Ahsoka landing with an explosion behind her), what stands out about this episode is how touching the scene with the clone troopers painting their armor in honor of Ahsoka is in their paying respect to her, as well as Anakin presenting her with lightsabers. The impact of that scene is all the more heightened, since it would be the final time they see each other as Anakin and Ahsoka.
#2 – “The Phantom Apprentice” – This episode was amazing to see the Maul versus Ahsoka fighting, which was absolutely the best lightsaber fight, IMHO, in the entirety of the Star Wars The Clone Wars. Of course, a lot of that had to do with the very special motion-capture fighting done for Maul and Ahsoka, which was fantastic.
In addition to the excellent fighting, it was so striking to witness Maul’s deep concerns regarding Darth Sidious’ taking over everything, in an almost maniacal way seeking to end Anakin Skywalker, but being pleasantly surprised to meet Ahsoka and seeking to recruit her against Darth Sidious. Despite Ahsoka’s almost-acceptance of joining Darth Maul, it is so tough to see her not believe his claims, despite his total earnestness. This was a phenomenal episode.
#1 – “Shattered” – However, that previous episode doesn’t compare to my favorite episode of this season, “Shattered”, which was so utterly chilling after the excitement of “The Phantom Apprentice”. The chilling music, which was so melancholy very haunting, made this episode emotionally impactful alongside the visual clues that the Republic was transitioning and things were changing. Even Ahsoka could feel there was something different about the clones, even before the impending issue of Order 66. And once Order 66 was ordered, it was impressive to see how incredibly Ahsoka fought with her lightsabers, as well as her doing some detective work on what happened to Fives. Maul’s incredible hallway scene provides further fantastic action, which, if it doesn’t top Vader’s hallway scene from Rogue One, certainly rivals it. So, this episode has an incredible mix of action, story and music. It was such a fantastic episode.
While I am sad to see my favorite Star Wars show finish, at least we fans got to see this final season, which didn’t seem so likely to happen 5-6 years ago. I am very glad it happened and it was wonderful to see The Bad Batch story arc get finished and shared with the broader fandom, as well as an incredible final story arc, not to mention the execution of Order 66.