In the run up to the new season of Clone Wars, I am going to finally finish my rewatch of the series, of course finish my reviews.
For the rest of the available episodes I am changing the format slightly, I will now focus on arcs as a whole rather than what I had been doing before.
In this post I will be looking at ‘The Umbara Arc’.
The Umbara Arc
‘The Umbara Arc’ consists of four episodes, ‘Darkness on Umbara’, ‘The General’, ‘Plan of Dissent’, and ‘Carnage of Krell‘.
On the planet Umbara, Rex, Fives and the rest of Anakin’s 501st Battalion are left under the command of Jedi Master Pong Krell.
Through the first three episodes, Krell has Rex and the 501st go on various suicide missions where more and more of the Clones are killed whilst fighting insurmountable numbers of Umbaran soldiers.
Luckily Rex is pretty clued up and manages to lead the troops through the battles against soldiers, strange underground vehicles that look like centipedes and giant walkers reminiscent of the giant bug tanks from the Halo games.
Once the 501st take control of a landing area that was supplying the nearby city with troops, Krell’s demeanour gets worse and even denies the Clone the chance to help their comrades in the nearby city by destroying a Droid Control Ship. Five’s and Hardcase and Jesse defy those orders and take three Umbaran fighters and destroy the control ship (Hardcase sacrifices himself to blow up the Reactor). Krell puts Fives and Jesse into the Brig and sentences them to death. Rex speaks to the Execution Squad about what they did to ‘deserve’ execution and the Squad drop their weapons.
Krell has the Clones go to a set of co-ordinates where it is believed some Umbaran soldiers are disguised as Clones. A battle ensues and Rex discovers that they are fighting their own people. The leader of the other unit is Waxer, who we met in Season 1 and he tells Rex that it was Krell who gave them their orders.
Rex leads the Clones in a revolt against Krell. They imprison the Jedi who tells them that he is no longer a Jedi and is waiting for his new master, Dooku, to find him and begin his training. His villain monologue is cut short by Clone Trooper Dogma, who had followed Krell’s orders to the letter and opposed any acts that weren’t dictated by the former Jedi.
If I am ever asked to pick my favourite Arcs from the series, this would definitely be on it. As far as the Clone-centric stories, this has got to be the best. The atmosphere of the planet Umbara lends itself to the dark story we are getting. Master Pong Krell is a fantastic villain who, until the end we see him as just a Jedi with a different point of view in regards of the Clones than others but in actual fact he had turned to the Dark Side.
We also get to see how far the Clones are programmed to obey orders and how, over time or out of being around their respective Jedi Generals, changes their perspectives. If it had been Commander Cody in charge rather than Rex I think Krell’s plan would have worked out better.
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