Star Wars The Clone Wars Series Finale Review

There are deaths in this finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, both physical and spiritual. After six seasons, a six-year hiatus, and attempts to spiritually conclude the series in Star Wars Rebels and other media, The Clone Wars has finally concluded on its own terms with the Siege of Mandalore and the arrival of the dreaded Order 66. Those who watched Rebels know that Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) and her clone compatriot Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) will survive beyond the end of the war between the Republic and Separatists and the rise of Darth Sidious. But did they ever really live? While they may not die, “Victory and Death” wears the atmosphere of an “everyone dies” ending.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Shattered Review

In the penultimate episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) doesn’t know she and the Jedi Order are in Darth Sidious’ trap. Palpatine is tightening his grip and we know from the films that he will succeed. Last episode, the timeline of Revenge of the Sith was infused into the dread of the entire story, leaving Ahsoka to mull over the prospective truth of Anakin Skywalker’s fall into Sidious’ clutches.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars The Phantom Apprentice Review

The former Skywalker apprentice and the former acolyte of the Sith are finally face-to-face in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as part two of the Siege of Mandalore finale arc rages on. Directed by Nathaniel Villanueva, “The Phantom Apprentice” proceeds as a tragedy where the offstage—offscreen—action of Revenge of the Sith permeates the tensions, namely the prospective truths that will break the heart of Master Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). During their attempts to purge a ravaged Mandalore of former-Darth Maul’s (Sam Witwer) influence, Ahsoka and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) learn that Maul may have a specifically nefarious motive to uncover.  

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Old Friends Not Forgotten Review

After a six-year hiatus, Star Wars: The Clone Wars zeroes in on its forestalled conclusion with both anticipation and dread considering the tragedy that befalls the Prequel Trilogy. However, every moment counts to spend time with the characters that have endeared us over seven seasons. With a quick-to-the-punch direction by Saul Ruiz, “Old Friends Not Forgotten” kicks off Part 1 of the long-awaited Siege of Mandalore arc that intermingles with the Revenge of the Sith timeline.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Together Again Review

The latest Star Wars: The Clone Wars reunites former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) with her Jedi obligations. “You can change who you are, but you cannot run from yourself,” says the opening epigraph of “Together Again,” directed by Nathaniel Villanueva. So concludes one of The Clone Wars’s most compelling arcs, penned by Charles Murray and Dave Filoni.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars Dangerous Debt Review

Ahsoka Tano is in a tight spot in “Dangerous Debt”, the latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein), Trace (Brigitte Kali), and Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez) are imprisoned by the Pyke Syndicate on Oba Diah after their disastrous attempt at deception. Directed by Saul Ruiz & Bosco Ng and penned by Dave Filoni & Charles Murray, “Dangerous Debt” is snappy with the fisticuffs and fleeing despite the rocky transition from its opening introspection to the escapade action.

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Steven Universe Future Finale

The four-part finale of Steven Universe Future descends into despair before it regains its light. As the old saying goes, “Things will get worse before they become better.” As Steven Universe (Zach Callison) faces his downward spiral, he desires to solve matters on his own, spurning his loved ones’ attempt to reach out. The Gem he shattered during his rage, Jasper (Kimberly Brooks), inadvertently inspires him to seek out his titan-Diamond relatives in Homeworld for answers to control his Diamond powers.

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Star Wars Deal No Deal Review

The latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the adjustment of former Skywalker padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) to her new station without the Jedi’s guide. She is temporarily residing in the underground of Coruscant, sheltered by the not-so-bright aspiring pilot Trace (Brigitte Kali) in a garage. After some hired pilots fail to show up, the shady Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez) enlists Trace, her little sister, who is miserable to learn she wasn’t the first choice, to pilot for a major job that could pay off Rafa’s debts to gangs. Rafa reluctantly permits Ahsoka on board, skeptical of the latter’s objections to her crooked business dealings. In turn, Ahsoka seeks to keep them out of trouble. 

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Steven Universe Future Mr. Universe Review

Steven Universe Future is racing toward the finish line. It’s difficult to watch how much Steven (Zach Callison) has grown out of his chipper childhood state, but the overwhelming hindsight of trauma has caught up with him. It doesn’t help that last week’s Future featured Steven at his first doctor’s appointment and reckoning that his childhood trauma—“trauma” was very much a new word for Steven and something rarely discussed in children’s cartoon—has ruined his function.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars has a fan favorite returning in one of its most promising story arcs. Since Clone Wars release in 2008, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) overcame some chilly reception and made a meaningful debut as the first onscreen female Jedi of prominence—meaning that she isn’t a background female Jedi and has centrality in the story. Overall, the risk to give Anakin Skywalker a young apprentice who discovers her autonomy ended up enriching the Star Wars universe in a major way.

When Clone Wars was canceled in 2014, fans were deprived of a chance to see how Ahsoka dealt with post-Jedi life when she descended the steps of the Jedi Temple. Now that Clone Wars has revived a planned arc in its final season, seeing Ahsoka again is worth the five-year wait.

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