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‘The Clone Wars’ Delivers a Bad Batch of Episodes

Annlyel shares her reactions to the first story arc’s from the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Five weeks ago the “Bad Batch” arc came to an end but it was a worthy conclusion. We got plenty of time with Captain Rex and some new clone protagonists to enjoy, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and even Padme Amidala got some fascinating screentime, helping to bring the story together with some truly rewarding moments, but the next four episodes which would focus on Ahsoka seemed to be the turning point of the story, at first.

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Episode 5, “Gone With a Trace, was really, really good. It brought us up to speed on Ahsoka’s new life in the criminal underworld of Coruscant. She met two new characters, sisters Rafa and Trace, and befriended them despite their despisal of Jedi. Episodes 6, 7, and 8, on the other hand, were beyond underwhelming.

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I love Ahsoka Tano and she always has the chance to be part of a great story but these episodes felt like they were dragging along just to get us to the point when Ahsoka got recruited by Bo-Katan Kryze in the last episode, “Together Againin preparation for “The Siege of Mandalore” arc. I was so surprised at the overall boring aspect of those episodes.

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Rafa and Trace, two characters that I really was starting to like in “Gone With a Trace, ended up kind of getting on my nerves and definitely won’t be reaching my top 20 Star Wars characters any time soon. The whole plot with the spice and the Pykes felt like it was going back and forth and honestly, figuring that they were going to make it out of the situation alive, I was just waiting for it to end…for three straight weeks!

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This seventh and apparently final season of The Clone Wars has been a mixed bag for more. While I’m sure the next four episodes will be exhilarating in one form or another and could potentially be setting something up for The Mandalorian‘s Season 2, it seems that the thought process behind a fully-riveting season got a bit lost in the weeds. But, I’m hoping this week’s episode, “Old Friends Not Forgotten”, will get back to the standards I’ve grown so accustomed to seeing with this incredibly entertaining series.

We’ll see. *shrug*

 

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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!

 

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