The 10 Best Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Though Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be long gone, the buzz that surrounded the show at Star Wars Celebration last month proved that Dave Filoni's show still lives long in the memories of all the Star Wars fans it touched over during its 6 season run. From crazy battle scenes on Geonosis to some of the best villains the Star Wars universe has to offer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars really had it all, and while we're really enjoying Star Wars Rebels, it's nice to slip into something a bit more comfortable every now and then. With that in mind, it's time to take a little look at what we consider to be the 10 Best Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
10.) Brain Invaders - Season 2 Episode 8
Throughout The Clone Wars, there are a number of episodes that could be looked up as featuring defining moments for Ahsoka Tano. The delightfully named 'Brain Invaders' is one such episode, as we see Ahsoka and her fellow Padawan, Barriss Offee taking on an a fearsome foe that could potentially impact the entire galaxy. After leaving Geonosis for a remote medical facility, Ahsoka and Barriss discover that a powerful parasite has begun infecting their ship's Clone Troopers. As the infected Clones begin hunting down the two Jedi, the Padawans are forced to make the difficult decision to kill some of the men they have fought alongside throughout the war.
9.) Nightsisters - Season 3 Episode 12
In my opinion, Nightsisters was the episode that shook Clone Wars from a potentially fatal lull. When Sidious fears Ventress is becoming too powerful, he orders Tyrannus to take her out. However Ventress escapes and returns to Dathomir in a move that kicks off a great 3 episode arc that will echo throughout the rest of the show. Yes, Nightsisters sees the introduction of Mother Talzin and sets up the introduction of Savage Opress, but it also starts a transformation in Ventress that plays a big part in future arcs. When Ventress and some of Talzin's Nightsisters go to take down Dooku, we finally get an idea of the man's power. I wouldn't go as far as saying Nightsisters was a defining episode, but it was definitely one of the most important as far as the show's future was concerned.
8.) Revenge - Season 4 Episode 22
Ok, let's just agree to put aside the flimsy explanation for Darth Maul's return, because if you can get past it 'Revenge' is just perfect end to season 4. Revenge sees Maul gain a shiny new set of legs, but it's the new attitude to life (and death) that really makes this episode great. Revenge is probably one of the most complete episodes the show ever had. It has emotion, it has some pretty great one-liners and in the showdown between Maul, Obi Wan and his unexpected ally, there is a suitable amount of action. Of course, pitting these titans of good and bad against each other again is enough to make any episode great, but the imagery used in the Season 4 finale was simply mind-blowing. From the get go, seeing the rebuilding of Darth Maul right through to his slow transition into the epitome of evil, everything about this episode was powerful. Darth Maul was the one shining light of Phantom Menace and Season 4's Maul, which is more akin to the one found in the Star Wars comic, elevated Clone Wars to a whole new level.
7.) Rookies - Season 1 Episode 6
This may not be the most popular choice on the list, but 'Rookies' was the first episode to give us an in-depth look at the inner workings of the Clone Troopers that would become the stars of this show. In the movies we are never exposed to the various personalities of the Clone Troopers, and why should we be? After all, they are just faceless henchman who possess an ineptitude with firearms, but 'Rookies' really changed that notion. Following a group of new recruits tasked with manning a remote outpost, Rookies gives us a look at the social dynamics that exist in within the ranks of these 'faceless' clones. There's also a buttload of suspense and action when the outpost is attacked by a squad of prototype droids who look certain to wipe out the inexperienced cadets, that is until the veteran Commander Cody and Captain Rex step in.
6.) Voices - Season 6 Episode 11
While Season 6 was mildly entertaining, it lacked many of the big 'wow' moments that had been so prolific in seasons 1-5. However, in showing Yoda and Anakin team up for rebellious activity, 'Voices' instantly became one of my favorite episodes. After Yoda reveals that he has heard the voice of Qui Gon Jinn, the Jedi council believe him to be under attack from the Sith and send for Jedi doctors to investigate. But the council aren't the only ones who are concerned by the mysterious voices. Yoda enlists Anakin to help him defy the council and travel to a location specified by Qui Gon's voice. That location....is Dagobah. The nods to some of the Star Wars saga's biggest moments were a joy to watch and that's exactly why 'Voices' is not only the best episode 'The Lost Missions' has to offer, it's also one of the best episodes of the entire show.
5.) Lethal Trackdown - Season 2 Episode 22
Boba Fett and Mace Windu are two Star Wars characters who have become legendary despite a limited amount of screentime, and 'Lethal Trackdown' pits these two Star Wars badasses against each other, delivering one of the most action-packed episodes in the show's history. Of course, Boba is still just a kid, but the events of Lethal Trackdown really seem to be the making of him, thanks in no small part to the brutal bounty hunter 'Aurra Sing' who helps take some high-profile hostages in an effort to create a showdown between Boba and his father's killer, Mace Windu. It's not often that a feature length season finale is as satisfying as you hope it would be, but this hour-long episode pretty much has it all.
4.) Massacre - Season 4 Episode 19
If you were looking for a 2 word formula to help you create an entertaining episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 'Zombies' and 'Nightsisters' might be a good place to start, because that's exactly what we get in 'Massacre', the first episode of a thrilling season finale arc that solidifies Asajj Ventress's status as one of the show's most entertaining characters. This episode pits some of the show's biggest villains against each other as Dooku dispatches Grievous and a legion of droids to take down Ventress and Mother Talzin once and for all. Unfortunately for Dooku and Grievous, the Nightsisters have a trick up their sleeve in the form of a swarm of zombies that are far more terrifying than those undead bugs we once saw on Geonosis.
3.) Landing at Point Rain - Season 2 Episode 5
If you're a fan of The Clone Wars, this episode needs no introduction, but if you aren't, let me set the picture for you. Landing at Point Rain sees a huge Republic offensive unleashed upon Geonosis in an effort to halt the creation of a new droid production facility. It features some of the most mind-blowing action the show ever produced as it channels the chaos normally reserved for war movies like Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. If you want a showcase of everything that The Clone Wars did best, watch this one episode and you will be hooked!
2.) The Lawless - Season 5 Episode 16
The lawless is arguably the most popular episode in The Clone Wars series, most likely because of the sheer level of eventfulness it contains. However, despite being bookended by two incredible battle scenes, The Lawless actually displays a lot of emotion. With Satine being held on Mandalore, this is the closest we come to seeing Obi Wan in emotional turmoil. Not since the death of of Qui Gon has Obi Wan had so much on his emotional plate and you feel as though the events in this episode are in many ways, the making of the man. But of course, the star of the show is the action. The Lawless is our first look at Darth Sidious in the flesh and never has a character's power been introduced in such a telling way. With the Deathwatch battle opening it and struggles in the Sith ranks closing it, The Lawless is on of those episodes that leaves you breathless from its first minute, right through to its last.
1.) The Wrong Jedi - Season 5 Episode 20
One of the main reasons Star Wars fans were so angry about the The Clone Wars getting cancelled was the fact that it left so many questions unanswered. Even with the bonus 6th season, there was no satisfactory ending to the stories being explored with some of the show's best characters. This fact is more true than ever when you take Ahsoka Tano's story into consideration. The Wrong Jedi revealed why Ahsoka was not present in Revenge of the Sith, but it also left a number of questions unanswered. The fact that Dave Filoni has begun to start answering some of those questions with his new show, Star Wars Rebels, proves that despite what many think, The Clone Wars is Ahsoka's show, not Anakin's. The Wrong Jedi is emotional, beautifully put together and arguably the greatest episode the The Clone Wars ever put out.