This episode really is the pinnacle of the deterioration of the Jedi Order. Barriss's accusation may be exaggerated but there is also truth there. Jedi are peacekeepers so why are they awarded Republic military ranks? Why are what will one day be Star Destroyers being called 'Jedi Cruisers'? Most of the battles we witness are directly led by Jedi, backed up by clones. Truth is without the Jedi, the Republic doesn't actually have an army, just tons of clones who need non-clone leadership. The Jedi aren't actually doing any peacekeeping these days, they're fighting a war instead. On a side note, this is why the war is so easy to keep going there are few 'real' deaths the Separatists are using droids and the Republic are using clones, which are considered expendable. Without a real cost, there's no driving reason to stop the war it's not like 'real' people are dying, at least that's the impression. The only day-to-day effect of the war on the public are shortages of goods but only a handful of worlds are feeling the cost of loss of lives.
Which brings me to the Council's treatment of Ahsoka. This was appalling. They don't believe her, don't do even a basic internal investigation, throw her out of the Order, then toss her to the wolves and wash their hands of her. Even Obi-Wan, whom I adore, didn't help her. If Anakin hadn't intervened, Ahsoka would be dead and the true killer completely undetected and would inevitably strike again. It took Anakin talking to a grand total of TWO people to uncover the true culprit yet the Council didn't even bother leaving the Council Chamber to ask a single question! Then when Ahsoka is proven innocent, the Council is suddenly all nice and 'this was your true trial' and expect her to come back as if they didn't betray her and then twist the knife for good measure. If Ahsoka hadn't walked out, I would have thought less of her. How could she go back when the Council has become this complacent and outright lazy? How they treated her was disgraceful. So distracted by a war that they don't even bother to protect one of their own.
Then there's public perception the Council is vaguely aware of it but do nothing about it. The public is already turning against them which is why when Palpatine declares them the enemy, not a single voice sounds out to defend them. Is it any wonder that the Jedi fall when they've made it so easy for Palpatine to turn everyone against them? It actually looks like it's the Jedi driving the war and they've actually let it happen, by taking the military roles offered, so when the public looks at the war, what do they see? Jedi in military positions, Jedi ships, Jedi army.
As for Anakin, this is also another nail in the coffin he is already so angry, add Ahsoka's loss backed by the betrayal of the Council, this is definitely going to be fuel to Anakin turning against the Jedi.
I do want to say how sweet Anakin was with Ahsoka, even when he was hunting her, you could feel his distress. Beautifully done. I must say that the series has done what the movies didn't made Anakin a great and sympathetic character, and the voice actor Matt does a fantastic job with him.
This episode heralds the beginning of the end the Jedi Council is falling apart, the public are turning against them, Anakin's anger especially towards the Council will grow substantially. The pieces have fallen into place to slot it into Revenge of the Sith. It has been a fascinating look into the detail between the second and third movies, filling in history, cultures and a better idea of why Anakin so easily turns to the Dark Side the movies could only show so much. It's been a great ride, I enjoyed it very much.