Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano attempt to Force push their way to safety as Dave Filoni puts out a perfect ending to an amazing series. What were my favorite moments? How did the episode grade out? SPOILERS!

Dark times for the Jedi, I foresee (Yoda voice). The finale, titled Victory and Death, starts us off with some deeply somber music during the beginning credits. The episode starts right off where the previous episode had ended. Ahsoka Tano uses her Force push and deflects countless blasters while Captain Rex makes quick work of his troopers to escape. What is their plan? What is Darth Maul up to? Good news. We didn’t have to wait very long to find out.

Could Darth Maul be any more bad ass? I could be wrong, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a double Force choke in my life. Maul proceeds to mow down multiple clone troopers while destroying the ship’s hyperdrive in the process. With the ship falling to its demise, Ahsoka and Rex head to the hanger bay to board a ship and escape. That plan quickly goes awry, when hundreds of clone troopers, led by Captain Jesse (sad face), appear awaiting their arrival.

A hauntingly beautiful ending to an amazing series…

The Clone Wars has never been about Anakin Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s always been about the clones and their relationships with others. This is obvious during a bittersweet conversation between Rex and Ahsoka. “I don’t want to hurt them,” says Ahsoka Tano to Captain Rex. “They may be willing to die, but I am not the one who is going to kill them,” proclaims Ahsoka. If Ashoka wasn’t a hero before this statement, then she is very clearly one now.

Admittedly, Ahsoka Tano hasn’t been the greatest strategist during season seven. Many of her plans have led to capture, especially during the middle arc with Rafa and Trace Martez. Not this time. Ahsoka’s next plan to create (yet another) diversion is successful as R7 and droids set a trap for the clone troopers. Darth Maul’s arrival adds even more chaos to the situation and it quickly becomes a race to the ship and fly to safety.

Where is Darth Maul headed?

Darth Maul is about to escape aboard the ship, but Ahsoka pulls out her inner Rey and attempts to Force pull the ship back to the hanger bay. Instead of bringing down Darth Maul, Ahsoka opts to save Captain Rex and R7 from the incoming clone troopers. Just another great moment from Ahsoka Tano, who has always put the needs of others before herself. Where is Darth Maul heading? Darth Maul’s next appearance in film or TV will surely be among the most talked about topics for the next several weeks.

Speaking of Force push, I have to believe the rate of Force push per minute in this episode is the highest of any Star Wars medium in film or TV. Whether it was from Darth Maul or Ahsoka Tano, the Force took center stage in the finale. With the ship crashing into the planet, Captain Rex saves a falling Ahsoka in glorious fashion. This is no victory however. Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano grim in defeat as thousands of their friends have been killed in the crash.

Zero dialogue during the last few minutes, but tons and tons of emotion…

Instead of flying to safety, Rex and Ahsoka head to the planet to find say goodbye to their fallen comrades. Helmets sit on a pikes along Kevin Kiner’s incredible score deeply tugs the heartstrings. Death echoes through the air as thousands and thousands of Jedi and clone troopers have met their end. Ahsoka drops her lightsaber, which has only brought her closer to death than peace and justice across the galaxy.

The next few minutes were incredibly emotional for me. We fast forward in time and we finally see Darth Vader return to the crash site. He is looking for Ahsoka and retrieves the lightsaber she had left behind. Two thoughts immediately come to mind from this scene. One, it’s important to remember that the Galactic Empire would not have been possible without the clones. Two, I’ve talked and talked in these reviews and our Suit Up! podcasts about the similarities between Anakin and Captain Rex. This scene very clearly shows that Anakin was just as much of a pawn as the clone troopers during Order 66.  

RIP Jesse. RIP R7.

The shadow of Darth Vader is shown on the reflection of Ahsoka’s helmet. Incredible symbolism here. Darth Vader went from a life of immense friendship and love to being alone on an icy planet with nothing but pain and suffering. But let’s be clear here. He had an army that was willing to die for him. Now he is feared across the galaxy and stands alone on an icy planet in the face of death.

Dave Filoni is such a genius. I also truly felt terrible for Anakin here. He had a major part in killing the only family he had ever had (the Jedi). His wife is now dead. His father figure (Obi-Wan) attempted to kill him. It is clear that Vader had some glimmer of hope that Ahsoka had survived the Purge. Watching Vader turn on Ahsoka’s lightsaber was an incredible rush. What a moment. Vader is now trapped in a machine of endless torture, guilt and pain. The credits appear along with Kevin Kiner dark and ominous score.

Final Thoughts & Grade

What a finale. This was exactly how The Clone Wars needed to end. The Republic is dead, along with countless Jedi. There was no other way to spin this series. While I certainly have more questions than answers right now, watching Darth Vader light up Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber was a fitting end to an incredible series. We’ll talk more about the future of Ahsoka and Maul during future installments. Even if you’re not a fan, these last few weeks have been the best content Star Wars has put out in decades. THANK YOU DAVE FILONI!

Grade: 10/10

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