My Star Wars (Life) Reviews: The Clone Wars Season 5 Part 4

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 ‘The Ahsoka Arc’.

The Ahsoka Arc

The final arc of Season 5 has four episodes, ‘Sabotage’, ‘The Jedi Who Knew Too Much’, ‘To Catch a Jedi’ and ‘The Wrong Jedi’.

In the midst of a battle on Cato Nemoidia, Anakin and Ahsoka are summoned back to the Jedi Temple where a bomb has gone off in one of the hanger bays.

Anakin and Ahsoka are tasked to investigate to find out if the bombing was done by a Jedi or one of the workers in the Temple. They are joined by a Droid, Russo and they find leads to a worker called Jackar Bowmani. Russo finds out that Bowmani was actually the bomb and his blood was filled with explosive Nano-Droids.

Anakin and Ahsoka go to Bowmani’s home and find out that the Nano-Droids were fed to Jackar in his food, Letta, Jackar’s wife arrives at the apartment but tries to escape. She is chased down by the Jedi and confesses to putting the explosives Droids in his food but they wouldn’t understand her motives.

After the funerals for the murdered Jedi. Anakin, Ahsoka and Bariss Offee speak with Admiral Tarkin who tells them that the suspect has been moved to a Republic Prison Facility which angers Ahsoka, believing it to be a Jedi matter to be dealt with internally.

Tarkin later contacts the Council, telling them that Letta wants to speak to Ahsoka, and only her. Ahsoka goes to the facility where Letta tells her that it was a disgruntled Jedi whoshowed her how to make the bomb. Ahsoka tries to get more information from her but Letta begins to be choked via the Force.

On security cam’s Commander Fox sees this and instantly assumes that it is Ahsoka. Fox arrests the Padawan. Later, Anakin is denied access to see her based on Tarkin’s orders.

Ahsoka wakes up to find a key card outside her cell, she uses the Force to free herself and finds a group of injured Clones as well as her lightsabers and commlink. She gets a transmission but hears nothing but static. Fox arrives and starts to chase her through the Prison.

Anakin and Rex arrive and join the hunt as Ahsoka gets outside. She manages to get into an industrial pipline and continues her escape. Anakin magaes to track her and, when they reach an outlet hole, they talk, Ahsoka asks Anakin to trust her whilst her Master begs her to go with him to the Jedi Council. Ahsoka leaps from the outlet, landing on a passing ship with Anakin, Rex and Fox unable to do anything but watch her go.

In the lower levels, Ahsoka is still on the run, not only from the Jedi and Clones but the local Police and now the Senate has put out a Bounty for her.

She comes across Asajj Ventress who wants to claim the bounty but Ahsoka makes a deal with her, Ventress helps her and she will get the former Sith Apprentice a full pardon. As they are about to make a move, Anakin and the Clones arrive. Ventress blocks their pursuit but Anakin sends out Probe Droids.

Ventress first takes her to a comm unit where she contacts Bariss Offee who tells her that she has uncovered some leads that point to an abandoned munitions factory. Ventress knows the place and takes her after they are intercepted by Commander Wolfe but they get away.

At the factory they part ways and as Ventress leaves she is attacked by a hooded figure and knocked out. Her attacker takes her helmet and lightsabers.

Inside, Ahsoka is attacked by the mystery foe who is now disguised as Ventress. The battle is intense and Ahsoka ends up in a room filled with boxes of the explosive Nano-Droids and Clones who stun and capture her.

At the Jedi Temple, Admiral Tarkin calls for Ahsoka’s expulsion from the Jedi so she can be tried in the Republic Courts.

The Council follows Tarkin’s request and Ahsoka is taken back to the Republic Prison Facility where she is visited by Anakin and Padmé, who has promised to represent Ahsoka in the court. Anakin leaves them to search for Ventress.

Anakin finds her and they fight, Ventress uses anything she can get her hands on as a weapon. Anakin eventually beats her and interrogates her, she tells him that Ahsoka spoke to Bariss who told them to go to the factory.

In the courts, Ahsoka’s trial begins and despite Padmé’s best efforts it isn’t going well for her and Tarkin’s arguements seem to be swaying the jury.

Anakin arrives at Bariss’ chamber and they speak, he takes her lightsaber and attacks her, she grabs Ventress’ savers which she had hidden and the two fight. Harris confesses to the bombing, believing the Jedi have lost their way and have become warmongers.

With the help of the Jedi Temple Guards, Anakin manages to subdue Bariss and take her to the court where Palpatine is about to give the final verdict, Barrie confesses to the court and is taken away.

Back at the Jedi Temple, the Council tell Ahsoka that they believe the recent events were her ‘final test’ and that she is welcome back to the Jedi Order. She declines the offer and leaves, Anakin tries to convince her to reconsider but she feels betrayed by the Council and needs to work our her feelings on her own. She leaves with Anakin watching her go.

Even though this wasn’t the planned ending for the series, and they had in fact got at least three more Seasons planned, had they not go the ‘Lost Missions’ or have the series coming back later this month, this arc would have been a fitting ending, telling the story or Ahsoka and Anakin’s time as Master and Apprentice from their initial rocky start to the beautiful relationship they have by the end of Season 5.

This arc really lets us see how far the Jedi have fallen during the war. Using circumstantial evidence to expel one of their own, not listening to what Ahsoka has to say and effectively following the Dark Path that they accuse her of doing. It brings a whole new meaning to the conversation in ‘Revenge of the Sith’ where Anakin tells Palpatine that his trust in the Jedi was shaken, making his turn to the Dark Side so much more layered than originally portrayed.

Ahsoka has become one of the fan favourite characters and to finally get a substantial storyline that focuses on her was amazing and I wish there had been more like that, the closest we got was the ‘Trandoshan Hunt’ arc and the ‘Onderon’ arc but her involvement in those stories was overshadowed by the additional characters, here we finally get her from and centre and it makes me wish the series had continued so we could get more stories dedicated to her, especially after hearing what they had planned at the ‘Ahsoka Lives’ panel at Celebration London in 2016.

Of course, a lot of Season 7 will focus on Ahsoka, with her ‘Underworld’ arc having been retooled and forming the middle of the season and the highly anticipated ‘Siege of Mandalore’ rounding it out, I can’t wait.

This arc also introduced Tim Curry into the series, taking over the role of Palpatine in the wake of Ian Abercrombie’s passing. It’s jarring to say the least but he does a fantastic job as the Sith Lord nonetheless.

Honestly, one of the best storylines from the whole series right here, it easily tops the Mortis and Umbara arcs and just slips past the previous Maul on Mandalore arc to easily take the top spot and it’s hard to beat.

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