Episode 11 drops the hammer on our emotions with the execution of Order 66. What were the best moments? How did the episode grade out? What does it all mean moving forward? Spoiler warning!
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Episode 11, titled Shattered, begins with the aftermath following the events from The Siege of Mandalore. From the jump, the artwork and score was absolutely incredible. The dark, ominous tones felt like something from Blade Runner rather than Star Wars. The score has been terrific throughout season 7, but how it was utilized with the build up to Order 66 was riveting and emotional. In my opinion, that was hands down the emotional use of music in a TV series since Ramin Djawadi’s Light of the Seven during Season 6 of Game of Thrones.
The opening shows a captured and disgruntled Gar Saxon along with a battled worn Bo-Katan. For only being in a few episodes, it’s amazing how effective Bo-Katan’s presence has been in season 7. “I wish I was good at something other than war” says Bo-Katan. “Your people need a new kind of leader” says Ahsoka Tano to Bo-Katan as they overlook the devastation on Mandalore. The connection between the two is striking.
Events from Revenge of the Sith are clearly in motion…
Ahsoka Tano walks into Mace Windu, Yoda and others holding council. “I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi” says Mace Windu. Enter Ahsoka, who drops a bombshell immediately after receiving a compliment from Yoda. “I did my duty as a citizen.” Other than the arrival of Order 66, Ahsoka’s distancing herself from the Jedi has been my favorite arc of season 7. Ahsoka delivery of this line was simultaneously triumphant and tragic.
“I’m sorry citizen, these matters are for the council to discuss,” says Mace to Ahsoka. Wait a minute. Not only did Ahsoka capture the Sith Lord Darth Maul, but she also brought victory to the people of Mandalore. Stop being such a prick Mace. It’s time to give Ahsoka the respect she deserves. One of my favorite sub plots of The Clone Wars has been showing the shortcoming and failures of the Jedi council. The mistakes of the Jedi was clear as day in this scene.
A decision that will surely haunt Ahsoka Tano for a long, long time…
A small but large mystery from the current arc has been: what does Ahsoka want to tell Anakin Skywalker? She was reluctant to tell Yoda, who then proceeds to call her Padawan. Why didn’t Ahsoka tell Yoda about the Chancellor’s plan for Anakin Skywalker? Ahsoka’s distrust of the Jedi council continued to take center stage. Obviously there are massive ramifications of Ahsoka keeping Palpatine’s intentions for Anakin to herself.
Beyond Order 66, I have to think that this will have clear consequences on Ahsoka’s character moving forward. If Ahsoka tells Yoda what she knows, how much of what transpires actually takes place? How much guilt will ravage Ahsoka Tano over this decision not to tell Yoda? What did she want to tell Anakin? If Mace Windu wasn’t such a prick, would Ahsoka have told Yoda? I have so many questions. I hope The Clone Wars finale gives us some idea of Ahsoka’s plan moving forward.
The legend of Darth Maul continues…
Ahsoka’s farewell to Bo-Katan was also really well written. The two are split images of each other. In another life, perhaps they could have even been sisters. If this is the last time we see her in season 7, bravo Bo-Katan. She has had a major impact on the growth of Ahsoka Tano’s character. Watching Darth Maul carted off like he’s Hannibal Lector was also a touch of genius. You could see the anger and madness pulsing through the death-stare of Darth Maul’s eyes. Luckily, this wasn’t the end of Darth Maul’s story in The Clone Wars.
“As a Jedi, we were trained to be keepers of the peace. Not soldiers. All I’ve been since a Padawan was a soldier.” Words cannot express the emotions that transpired during the following scenes. The execution of Order 66. The scream of Sam Jackson’s Mace Windu. The tears running down Captain Rex’s face as he fights his inhibitor chip. Ahsoka Tano’s escape. The emotions, and most importantly the stakes, have never been higher.
Darth Maul: taking heads and kicking names…
My favorite part of episode 11 however goes to Darth Maul. Darth Maul taking heads and arms without a lightsaber was eerily similar to Darth Vader’s entrance in Rogue One. Maul is clearly not over being cut in half in this episode. In a season filled with memorable moments, Darth Maul (channeling his inner Magneto) using a piece of scrap metal to decapitate a pair of troopers will probably go down as my favorite moment of season 7.
The “I am one with the Force. The Force is with me” scene of Ahsoka and Captain Rex also deserves a mention in my review. Pure, nonstop emotions here. First thoughts go, yet again, straight to the blind warrior Chirrut from Rogue One which embodies Jedi themes of hope. I found this scene extremely interesting. Not because of the dynamic between Rex and Ahsoka, but due to Ahsoka’s reluctance to call herself a Jedi throughout season 7.
Not your typical Skywalker saga…
This was such a powerful scene for several reasons. This isn’t your typical Skywalker saga Star Wars. This is about the clones and the relationships they share with others. The shared similarities between Anakin and Anakin Skywalker. The intense bond between Echo and Rex. The deep friendship amongst Ahsoka and Rex. Ahsoka chanting the famous Jedi phrase to Rex was incredibly thought provoking, emotionally moving and symbolic for a series that has run laps around its film counterpart.
Final Thoughts & Grade
Saying the last 3 episodes of The Clone Wars have made up for the sloppy arcs of Trace and Rafa Martez would be an understatement. With Ahsoka and Captain Rex having roles in season two of The Mandalorian, I expect their dynamic relationship to be further explored during the finale of The Clone Wars. Where do we go from here? Is this the last we’ll see of Darth Maul? Fortunately, the series finale is only a few days away.
And what a finale it will be. It will surely explore the aftermath of Order 66 in ways we’ve never seen. It is so incredibly sad to write about the end of one of my favorite shows of all time. In the end, it’s not the incredible moments or amazing action scenes The Clone Wars has given us. Instead, it’s the rich and deep character development from the Legend Dave Filoni that has brought our favorite clones and Ahsoka Tano to life. I promise to have my emotional, final review ready for Monday. Before then, I want to say this one more time….