Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 4 Episode 76

Carnage of Krell

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Nov 18, 2011 on Cartoon Network
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The clones Fives and Jesse are sentenced to death for their disobedience of General Krell, forcing Captain Rex to confront his overbearing commander, whose true nature is only now being revealed.

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  • OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • With two of his men facing execution for disobeying orders, Captain Rex must confront his overly aggressive commander, General Krell. Risking charges of mutiny, Rex must make a dark choice as the true face of the enemy emerges.moreless

    WOW! WOW! WOW!! What an amazingly spectacular finale to one of the greatest arcs we've seen in the Clone Wars. It was packed with adventure, emotion, action and shock! Where do I start? Perhaps the beginning with the cliffhanger of Fives and Jesse's execution and to be honest with what happened in the episode, it was easy to forget about that sub-plot.

    Seeing Fives and Jesse without their armour really made me feel for them, they had lost their duty and their lives in this moment it seemed, as they were to be executed. Fives speech about clones and how they are people was moving, Fives was saying why should clones die for heroic achievements. The tension was really there and when the execution units shot, I geninunely expected to see Fives and Jesse lying dead on the floor. What a genuine happy surprise they survived. However this was possibly the only happy point of the episode.

    Dogma's character really evolved in this episode, he was someone who distinctly followed orders to the book, it is interesting to look back at Darkness on Umbara with what seemed like a knock off reference when General Skywalker says to Rex

    "Dogma kind of reminds me of you." Now with what happens at the end of the episode, it is unlikely that Dogma and Rex will follow parallel paths, but I think that line means more than meets the eye.

    The most emotional moment of the episode by far was the battle between the 501st and the 212th battalion. Krell planted the operation, telling both battalions that their opponents were Umbarans in disguise. The moment when Rex sees the dead clone is a catalyst of a rollercoaster of emotions, as he runs into the middle of the crossfire shouting orders to stop firing, as he tackles one of the 212th clones and states that we are all clones. The clones looked shock, as both sides come together to look into each other's faces, whilst Rex falls to his knees. This moment is extremely powerful because it must be so shocking and emotional to see your face on a dead body, which you have killed.

    Now comes the part which everybody was waiting for. The confrontation between the clones and Jedi, General Krell or so we think. My favourite line has to be by Krell with his reply to Rex's terms of surrender, "its treason then" and similarly to Palpatine, he force pushes the clones and ignites his lightsabers to unleash hell upon the clones, showing what a powerful force Krell is, as we see him become an agent of evil.

    Krell gets captured by the clones and is then interrogated by Rex to ask why Krell betrayed them. Krell reveals how he longs to become Dooku's apprentice, as it is revealed to the audience, one of our first dark Jedi or sith acolytes. Similarly to Dooku, Krell informs the clones how the tide is changing in the war and that the Jedi will soon become extinct, as a new order rises. The Galactic Empire!

    The final scene is one of the most important in the entire saga of Star Wars, in what it represents on a major scale. Rex and the clones decide General Krell cannot survive, as he is too dangerous if he is released by the Umbarans. Rex, Fives, Jesse and Tup go down to Krell's cell, releasing Dogma on the way. Rex tells Krell to go on his knees, as he prepares to kill him, similar to what will take place in Order 66. Rex cannot bring himself to kill Krell however, as he is shaking with his pistol. Dogma carries out the act, stating that Krell betrayed them all. So why does that scene have ramifications towards the Star Wars saga, you ask?

    It gives us a larger insight into why the 501st legion walk into the temple with General Skywalker believing that the Jedi have betrayed the republic. Seeing General Krell turn to the side of Dooku and the separatists would make the clones believe the other Jedi would do the same. Dogma here represents the clones killing the Jedi because it is an order which must be followed. Dogma throughout this arc has followed orders and by the time Order 66 takes place, the majority of the clones will carry out this act.

    I am sure that Rex will not carry out the order of Order 66 which takes place in Revenge of the Sith for a number of reasons. Rex does not carry out the act, even though Krell has killed many of his brothers and played Rex for a fool throughout this entire arc. Why on earth would Rex want to do the same to a Jedi whom he admires and likes, such as Ashoka? The fortune cookie of the episode is: 'Our actions define our legacy'. This here suggests that clones similar to Dogma will carry out Order 66. Whilst Rex seems to be an anomaly, his actions of not killing General Krell will impact on his future as he will not carry out the act and likely end up as a deserter, like Cut Lawquane as seen in the episode "The Deserter."

    Overall the Umbara arc has been amazing and spectacular to watch. The development of character has been phenomenal here, as I feel that we have finally learnt or gone a step close to discovering what Rex and his fate will be throughout the series. I really hope he survives the clone wars, but I could well be wrong. The Umbara arc is a stand out arc of Season Four and the series and other than the Nightsisters and Mortis trilogies of Season Three, I believe no other arc we have seen so far has bettered the standard we have seen in these four episodes. The Clone Wars is absolutely stunning and I cannot wait to see what the rest of Season Four has to offer, with the Slave arc next and we have still to see Deathwatch, Bane and the Prison break, Grievous vs. Ventress, Savage Oppress and of course his brother, DARTH MAUL!!!


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