Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 5 Finale: The End

By Noel Kirkpatrick

Mar 02, 2013

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S05E20: "The Wrong Jedi"

Like the Hitchcockian hero, Ahsoka had her name cleared and the real culprit, Barriss Offee, was captured and confessed her guilt. The status quo was restored. It all turned out exactly as it was supposed to.

Except that it didn’t.

An underlying theme in the Star Wars prequel trilogy has been the failure of institutions and leaders. Corruption, passivity, in-fighting, greed, and complacency all contributed to Palpatine’s ability to assume control of the galaxy and establish the Galactic Empire. The Senate was never depicted as an active, useful branch of government, as it was mired in bureaucracy and special interests. The Jedi Order was unable to detect the return of the Sith, and ultimately failed to see the forest of the trees, becoming instruments of an increasingly bellicose Senate under Palpatine’s shrewd control.

What this arc has demonstrated is that those themes are bleeding into the connective tissues between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi Council failed to back Ahsoka by conducting its own investigation; instead, it expelled her to avoid political pressure, and turned her over to the Republic military. Both the hearing in the Chamber of Judgement and the military tribunal were farces of justice (though the latter came off especially poorly because we saw so little of it), existing as either formalities or blunt instruments to further discredit other institutions, in this case the Jedi Order. Both failed in the stated purposes of serving their followers and their citizens, respectively.

And in these sorts of situations, the show tells us, it falls to individuals to act in an effort to create change. Anakin went to do what the Order should’ve done and questioned Ventress to get the the whole story. Barriss, who was able to see the big picture, acted violently and dangerously because she had no ability to properly voice her frustrations within the Order itself, even if the seeds for this had been planted way back in Season 2. Ahsoka left the Order because it doubted her loyalty and thus betrayed her trust in it. Mace Windu can talk about how the entire ordeal was a trial that Ahsoka passed, but the real truth of the matter is that Ahsoka passed the trial by realizing that the Order had failed her and she walked away.

It was a surprisingly devastating and emotional moment as Ahsoka closed Anakin’s hand around her Padawan braid, and then when she walked down the steps of the Jedi Temple. The series has been building to this in some capacity, to resolve the question of where Ahsoka would end up by the series’ end (I'm not saying this is definitely the series’ end, but no official announcement has been made about the show’s future). We all knew the character would likely depart in some way, either shuffling off the mortal coil or leaving the Order, the question was simply which one it would be. And while I doubt we’ve seen the last of Ahsoka, the show’s dynamics have permanently and drastically changed.

Notes & Quotes

– A quick casting note: Tim Curry replaced Ian Abercrombie, who died in January 2012, as Palpatine in this episode. I like that the show went with someone very different from Abercrombie, as it would’ve seemed not only odd to have someone mimic him, but also a touch disrespectful to someone of his status.

– The younglings! Hi, younglings! Glad to see you’re getting your lightsaber training in!

– This was the first time we’ve seen Padmé in forever, right? I don’t think she's appeared all season.

– “You should’ve gotten rid of them.” “I think they suit me.” The duel between Barriss and Anakin was appropriately brutal, especially on Anakin’s side. Let that anger through, Master Skywalker.

What'd you think of "To Catch a Jedi" and the season as a whole?

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  • adrianmircea1 Aug 12, 2013

    what is the name of the ending song from this episode? PLS! tell me. I really like that song

  • ZachKabisch May 11, 2013

    I wish there was another season coming.

  • OdumC Mar 05, 2013

    A solid end to another good arc for this season. besides the Gascon and D-squad arc this has been a strong season for the Clone Wars. if it is the end, it went out strong. Pretty high body count for all the naysayers who claim this is geared for kids and never gets "too dark"

  • Gatorsrule6 Mar 25, 2013

    It's funny. I was surprised whenever I realized this show was played on at 9:30 AM. I felt like this show got too dark for little kids to watch. There were a couple of episodes that were kind of creepy and weird, even to me. The episode where we find Darth Maul in the trash heap comes to mind.

  • beveri8469 Mar 04, 2013

    i enjoyed all of the arcs this season. they all had there moments of entertaining with action and humor and everything else.

  • Gatorsrule6 Mar 04, 2013

    This makes me wonder. If they don't kill off Ahsoka...does she return in the episode 7 movie in a few years? She isn't exactly human, so the aging could be explained in a way that makes her last a few more years...even then, in the timeline she'd only be in her 60s in the movies. She could re-unite with R2 and C-3PO.

  • joshbirks Mar 04, 2013

    In the Expanded Universe, there was, we find out, a Twi'lek who was sent by the Order to scout a new threat to all Jedi and Sith, the Yuuzhan Vong. It is a possibility. We can hope that Ahsoka led to great things...or just wait and find out. :)

  • noelrk Staff Mar 04, 2013

    Ahsoka's a Togruta, though, not a Twi'lek...

  • kanniballl Mar 04, 2013

    It would be nice to find out what (officially) happens to Ahsoka. Specifically, during the time of the great purge. From the expanded universe, we know that some jedi and force sensitives managed to avoid Vader's and the Emperor's wrath... but it would be nice to know her ultimate fate.

  • jonathanthoma2 Mar 04, 2013

    I want Ahsoka's clothes

  • MunirRahool Mar 04, 2013

    This is the first time I finish the entire season from start till end. Earlier seasons I either skipped or stop watching. This one felt more engaging and strong, specially toward the end. And an interesting end as well. I like Ahsoka's character more. I can't say about other seasons since I wasn't following them but this season seems very good for her storyline. I hope next season will be as capturing as this one.

  • AYColumbia Mar 04, 2013

    This season has been a really good one. I thought this last episode was just tremendous. Especially the ending and how the visuals and music really came together for an amazing presentation. I couldn't believe how engrossed into the story I became and how emotional in regards to the departure of an animated character.

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