Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Sabotage Season 5 Episode 17 Review

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Clone Wars began its last story of the season by planting seeds in an effective, although very talky episode.

The finale arc of season five of The Clone Wars is shrouded in mystery. What do we know so far? That it’s a big Ahsoka story, Ventress will be involved, all four episodes are named after classic Alfred Hitchcock movies, and that everyone involved in making it is pretty excited about it. Sabotage was a quiet yet effective start to whatever madness lies ahead.

Opening with a very cool space battle that not only felt like the opening scene to Revenge of the Sith but also reminded us how far Ahsoka has come since the theatrical Clone Wars movie in 2008, the episode got off to an action packed start. It all felt so Star Wars by never taking itself too seriously and using some familiar music cues. Also, just as the Darth Maul arc got rid of some key personnel, this arc is already a reminder that this show is probably coming to an end sooner rather than later.

Once everyone is safe, Anakin gets a message from Yoda regarding a bombing of the Jedi Temple. Since he and his apprentice were no where near Coruscant they are the best people to investigate the matter.

One significant thing we got from Sabotage is that the citizens of the Republic have some trust issues with the Jedi, something that comes to a head in Revenge of the Sith. An interesting concept that I can’t wait to see further developed.

The investigation itself was cool, especially the hologram of the bombing, which once again shows off the gorgeous animation. But it doesn’t exactly make for the most exciting episode of Clone Wars. Sometimes I wish they would just release whole arcs as mini-movies. The episodes would likely work a lot better when seen all at once instead of what is essentially a 22 minute segment of a movie.

The climax, or lack there of, suffered for this. Sure, we had a decent chase through the streets of Coruscant, but I wasn’t attached to the maintenance worker’s wife enough to care. But it does continue the interesting trend of the Jedi being untrustworthy.

Little things like Mace Windu using his own investigation droids and Anakin angrily interrogating the woman hit these points home for us.

So yeah, Sabotage is a bit of a slow start because we have to wait a week. But the seeds planted are legitimately fascinating and I can’t wait to see where this goes. Just how is Ventress involved? What awaits Ahsoka? We probably won’t find out in next week’s The Jedi Who Knew Too Much, but I’m still excited to see where it all leads and how it all builds. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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