After its debut in 2008, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has slowly evolved into one of the most popular ever-growing Star Wars series contributions. While the series told compelling stories between episodes II and III, the series introduced dynamic new characters, explored mature themes, and even clarified and recreated many elements of the prequel trilogy.
While not all bows are memorable, many episodes of The Clone Wars have received criticism and admiration. Here are the most fantastic episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, sorted by IMDb ratings.
12) Revenge (Season 4)
After finding his brother Maul alive and turning into a cyborg, Savage Opress takes him to Dathomir. Mother Talzin uses her magic to revive Maul’s memory (and logic) and create a pair of mechanical legs for him. Driven by revenge, Mol slaughters a village to oust Obi-Wan Kenobi’s former main enemy, whom he captures. But the brothers’ plans are thwarted when Asajj Ventress unexpectedly emerges as Obi-Wan’s incredible hero.
One of the most brilliant and most daring creative decisions Clone Wars made was bringing the beloved Sith Lord back to life, and this episode proved to be worth it. The promise of a rematch from Maul and Kenobi is a pleasure, but watching Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress work together to escape the brothers made this episode a classic moment.
11) The Jedi Who Knew Too Much (Season 5)
After a mysterious bomb attack on a Jedi temple, Ahsoka is accused of killing the main suspect by drowning, shocking Anakin. Ahsoka was later released from prison by an invisible man who further accused her of killing clone troops. He then leaves, chased by the clones and the Jedi over Coruscant.
This episode pays homage to the classic films Fugitive and Hitchcock. It deals with a tense and paranoid mystery that would make Ahsoka’s relationship with the Jedi Order difficult in the future.
10) Catch a Jedi (Season 5)
After “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much,” Ahsoka escaped captivity in Coruscant. He meets Asajj Ventress, now a bounty hunter, who reluctantly agrees to help Ahsoka prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Anakin is fighting to bring his padawan to court.
Not only was this episode an excellent show for Ahsoka and Ventress, but it also overcame the mystery and established the story as one of the best in the series.
9) Shades Of Reason (Season 5)
In this episode, Maul, Savage Opress, and The Shadow Collective team up with Pre Vizla and Death Watch to overthrow Duchess Satine and capture Mandalore. Through a series of organized attacks, Pre Vizsla manages to succeed and establish itself as the new leader of Mandalore. However, the tension between Maul and Vizsla reaches a boiling point, and the two men eventually fight for control of the Death Guard. Maul is the winner, but he loses much of his Death Watch support.
Clone Wars and Star Wars in general – often struggle with their political narrative. However, the depiction of the Death Watch coup and the ensuing internal confrontation is fascinating. It sets the stage for the explosive arc of the final season of the Siege of Mandalore. Not to mention the beautiful, brutal lightsaber duel between Maul and Vizsla, which is one of the best in the series.
8) Victims (Season 6)
“Sacrifice,” which once served as the series finale before its rebirth in 2020, follows Yoda as he completes his quest for vision directed by Qui-Gon Jinn and the Priests of Power. Travel to the Sith world in Moradabad, where he meets the fantastic achievements of Darth Bain and Jedi teacher Sifo-Das. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku meet to use Sith magic to attack Yoda in Moraband, giving Yoda a vision of a showdown with Dooku and Sidious in their hideout in Coruscant.
“Sacrifice” works surprisingly well as a (preliminary) ending to The Clone Wars series. This not only predicts future events in the Skywalker saga, such as the murder of Anakin, Count Do.
7) Carnage Of Krell (Season 4)
After enduring the harsh leadership of General Pong Krell during their campaign in Umbara, the Clone Troopers finally begin to rebel against their Jedi commander as soon as he orders the execution of the Five and Jesse. Later, when he is told that Krell had pitted two clone groups against each other, he reveals himself as a traitor and a hopeful student of Duku and attacks his soldiers.
As a conclusion to one of The Clone Wars ‘darker arcs, “Carnage of Krell” demonstrated the series’ ability to deal with heavy themes and themes related to warfare. Another episode highlights the clone soldiers as they battle with their humanity, further developing them into sympathetic, individualistic characters rather than the same cannon fodder that was in the movies. Plus, Pong Krell was just a cheater, so it was hugely satisfying to see him finally brought to justice.
6) The Lawless (Season 5)
The sequel to “Shades of Reason” deals with the aftermath of Maul’s robbery of Pre Vizsla. Mol holds Duchess Satin (and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s ex-boyfriend) hostage in an attempt to lure her enemy into a confrontation. Obi-Wan tries to save Satine, but they are captured, and Satine is tragically killed. But Maul is not a winner: Obi-Wan is rescued by Bo-Katan and the Death Squad, and Darth Sidious comes to duel with his former apprentice and kills Savage Opress in the process.
This episode is both tragic and emotional. Duchess Satin’s death in Obi-Wan’s arms was one of the most heartbreaking deaths in the series and showed a new dimension to her character. Darth Sidious was utilized sparingly in The Clone Wars. His duel toward the Dathomir brothers was a welcome and epic surprise.
5) The Wrong Jedi (Season 5)
As a conclusion to the story of the temple bombing, Ahsoka is brought to justice for crimes she has not committed. Fortunately, Anakin can solve the mystery and get the real culprit to justice: Jedi Padawan Barriss Offee. Although Ahsoka has been acquitted of all charges, she decides to leave the Jedi Order.
“The Wrong Jedi” is a defining episode for Ahsoka, which puts her on an essentially lonely journey that will continue through the series’ seventh and final season, as well as The Rebels and The Mandalorian.
4) Old Friends Not Forgotten (Season 7)
The last episodes of The Clone Wars turned out to be all-time favorites, consisting of a final story arc with the Siege of Mandalore and Order 66, mainly from Ahsoka Tano’s point of view. “Old Friends Not Forgotten” begins the arc as Anakin, Obi-Wan, and 501st Legion fight against the sieges of Outer Rim. Ahsoka and Bo-Katan recruit them to attack Mandalore to take Maul with them. Although Anakin and Obi-Wan are asked to defend Coruscant from Grievous, Ahsoka shoots Mandalore and meets Maul.
From Ahsoka’s thrilling reunion with Anakin and old countrymen from the Clones to the epic Siege of Mandalore, “Old Friends Not Forgotten” is purely Star Wars and a blockbuster in The Clone Wars’ most ambitious arc.
3) The Phantom Apprentice (Season 7)
In the second part of the last arc, Ahsoka duels with Maul while the fight rages. Through Maul, Ahsoka finally discovers Darth Sidious’s master plan, including his sinister intentions with his former master, Anakin Skywalker.
This episode is iconic for a good reason: the main duel between Maul and Ahsoka is not only one of the best lightsaber duels in the series but one of the best Star Wars duels ever. With anticipatory references to the tragic events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he felt that the series was finally connected to the rest of the epic.
2) Shattered (Season 7)
In the penultimate episode of the series, Ahsoka returns to the Coruscant winner with a trapped Maul in tow. Unfortunately, this voyage coincides with Anakin’s fall to the dark side and the 66th Battalion, which places every clone on the ship, including Rex, against Ahsoka. As she avoids her Clone Troopers and reveals the truth about the chips blocking the clones, Ahsoka decides to do the unthinkable to survive: free Maul from prison.
Even though fans knew the war (and the series) would end in Order 66, it was still shocking to see the clones betray Ahsoka, especially Rex. Eventually, fans got to know and take care of the clones, and it was heartbreaking to see their free will finally be taken from them. Aside from the terrible effects of Order 66, the episode works excellent as a cat and mouse thriller. Although limited to a Star Destroyer, it is epic.
1) Victory and Death (Season 7)
With the help of a released Rex, Ahsoka continues his quest to escape the star destroyer. In contrast, Maul continues his path of destruction. As the ship breaks thanks to Maul, Ahsoka and Rex barely survive and bury the bodies of their former partners before leaving. In the last few minutes, the accident site is visited by Darth Vader, who discovers one of Ahsoka’s lightsabers among the wreckage.
It was determined that the closing of The Clone Wars would be bittersweet, given the crushing inevitability of Order 66 and Anakin’s fall to the dark side. But fans were not prepared for that melancholy in the league final. The aptly titled Victory and Death finally end Clone Wars, reminding viewers of the terrible cost of warfare, even in a galaxy far, far away.