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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 10 Review

Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! This week, the Umbara arc comes to an end with The Carnage of Krell! Pushed to the brink of Rex’s loyalty to Krell’s leadership after he deliberately sends his own troops against one another, the 501st decides to arrest the sinister General for treason against the Republic. Below are my thoughts on the episode.

Last week, we left off with Fives and Jesse being imprisoned by Krell for disobeying orders, and expecting to be court-marshaled. Going into this episode, I had thought the climax/end would be Rex stopping the execution, which in fact happens in the first five minutes of the episode. This creates a brand new sense of suspense that is surrounded in mystery of when, exactly, Rex will snap. The events leading up to Rex’s betrayal were truly not expected at all, and I was in quite shocked when I found that Krell was having the clones kill one another. This episode raises the bar in almost every way: story, character, action, and especially how dark, and sometimes disturbing, it was. But honestly, I think the events in the Carnage of Krell did a fantastic job to set the stage, specifically for the 501st, for Order 66, and possibly gives a different perspective on how the clones could turn on the Jedi in the future. Even if Krell admitted to not being a follower of the Jedi code, the Clones still would see him as a symbol of the Jedi, which would definitely diminish their loyalty, even in the clones like Dogma, who believed in blindly following orders. So how else might the 501st be changed? Well, for one, their trust in the Jedi will have lessened, and two, I think their loyalty toward Anakin will have increased, seeing that he is not a conventional Jedi, and will always put his men before his orders. This would make their ultimate betrayal toward the Jedi easy for most of them, especially if Anakin is leading the charge.

I think Rex has proved to be an extremely unique character, even when compared to his fellow clones. And I do believe that has a lot to do with the time he spent with the runaway clone Cut Lawquane. It just hasn’t really shown until now. His line at the end of the episode is a question that Rex seems to be the only one asking, what happens to the clones once the war ends? It took a “Krell” for Rex to realize that maybe Cut was right. Or at least have some valid points. Unlucky for us, we know that the republic gets overthrown, and an empire takes its place, but I don’t believe Rex would be a part of that, which I think his character is ultimately building toward. It was never Rex’s initial intention to kill Krell, only to arrest him. It was only when he learned of a chance that he might escape that Rex attempted to kill him. Which is also another point: Rex’s failure to kill Krell creates a difference between himself and the clones that will be a deciding factor when the time comes for Order 66. It makes me wonder if we will see Order 66 in the Clone Wars. It would be unfortunate if we didn’t since that would be the perfect time to conclude Rex’s story. I can’t see the Clone Wars team killing him off for a random reason like Echo (which was pointless) when they have a solid and intriguing character story evolving like Rex. It just does not seem plausible to me.

There were a lot of small details I’d like to point out. First of all, I thought the General’s lightsaber had a very cool sound to it, very unique and different from other Jedi. The scene where Rex and the 501st are approaching Krell to arrest him for treason was obviously supposed to mirror the temple assault in Revenge of the Sith, but this time (as mentioned above), we now have the perspective of the Clones and their point of view of betraying a Jedi. Also, I liked how they’ve been setting up the tentacle monster to be the one who defeats Krell. It was awesome for the clones to use the environment as the way to get to the General.

The Carnage of Krell is the best of the Clone Wars yet. The arc has been building toward this episode, and it did not disappoint. Nothing went quite the way we had all quite theorized, and we sure learned a lot more about Rex, Krell, and even the fate of Waxer, which created a lot of emotion in the episode. That pretty much wraps up my review of this episode! What did you think of it? Leave a comment below! Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you…always



The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 9 Review

Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! This week, Fives, Hardcase, and Jessie disobey the sinister General Krell in order to destroy a Separatist supply ship in Plan of Dissent! This episode is the third episode in the “Umbara” arc and pretty much sets the stage for the end of the arc in next week’s episode.

Last week, the clones fought to take over an airbase, commandeering two Umbaran starfighters to help the advance. It was a dark, intense, and extremely fast paced episode. This week however, was a little different. Plan of Dissent had a very different mood than the rest of the episodes in this arc, but the danger still loomed over the heads of the clones. This episode was a good point in the arc for Rex, Fives, and the rest of the clones to think about their situation, and decide what they we’re going to do about it independently, rather than being on the move in the jungle with constant blaster fire around them. It gave us a good chance to see what actions specific clones took, even to the point of disagreeing with one another’s ways. This episode primarily revolves around Fives, our last survivor from Domino squad, who is now an ARC trooper. Fives believes in completely disobeying Krell, which he’s been suggesting since Krell arrived. Whereas Rex still seems to have at least a little faith in his oath, if not his superiors. When Rex is arguing with Fives about their oath, you could even see in Rex’s eyes his faltering trust. Rex seems to be thinking more of the long run, that soon enough Anakin will return and take charge again. But Fives wants immediate action, no matter the consequences. This creates a divide between Fives, Dogma, the clone who want to expose Five’s plan, and Rex who is somewhere in the middle and can’t decide between his men and his orders. This episode was a fantastic way to address the tension between the clones that has been going on throughout the arc.

Now that we are out of the wilderness of Umbara and inside a captured Umbaran base, there are plenty of interesting designs and technology that I thought I would mention. Firstly, there was a new ship design, I believe, for the supply ship. Certainly something we haven’t seen in Clone Wars before; I was thinking it could have detached straight off from one of the trade federation control ships, and come into the atmosphere, and though it might not be that at all, I’m glad they designed it like that so it would at least get me thinking. Another great design was the Hologram tech that the Umbarans use. Its cubic like nature reminded me a lot of the designs we saw on Cristophosis. And again, I must say, their starfighters are extremely awesome, especially now that the missiles they shoot are almost like an acid that just eats away anything it hits within seconds, a perfect fit for the exotic world they live in.

The end of this episode was quite tragic, not only did we lose Hardcase, who courageously blew up the supply ship, but now there is a possibility of Fives being executed by Krell in the next episode, which will bring this amazing arc to an end next week. I have a feeling though that Rex isn’t going to let Krell execute anyone. This wraps up our review for this episode! What did you think of Plan of Dissent, and how do you think this arc will end? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you…always!