With the fifth season of The Clone Wars finished, I thought I would take a minute and write out some thoughts I’ve had on the finale. I’ve still got one more season to go, but this was the last televised season and as such it had a pretty big finish. Spoilers to follow:
I think one of the reasons the series works so well is that it evolves through the seasons. We know where this series started and we know where it ends. The series really shows that sometimes the journey is better than the destination.
That being said, we know the destination of the Jedi order all too well. As the show wound down, we knew that something would happen to Ashoka. She would have to die, or she would have to leave the order. I’m happy with the choice the showrunners made.
If you had killed her, I would have never forgiven you.
For me, this is one of the darkest moments of the series. The Jedi have set themselves on the course to annihilation by not standing by one of their own. They expelled Ashoka from the order and turned her over to The Senate to face crimes she didn’t commit. They don’t even investigate. They are too caught up in politics to try and prove Ashoka’s guilt or innocence. Ashoka leaves The Order, not because she has failed, but because The Order has failed her. The final scene has a mournful melody playing as she walks away and this song continues into the end credits. This is the only episode that doesn’t play the Clone Wars theme over the credits and it magnifies the significance of the ending a hundredfold.
Now that my heart has been broken, it’s time to continue on to season six. If you have want to discuss The Clone Wars or if you know the name of that amazing song at the end, feel free to message me or tweet me @left4turtle.