Spoiler warning! We are going to be giving you all the spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 11, “Shattered,” so if you’re not caught up with the show, stop reading, get some tissues, get on Disney+ and enjoy.
The Story So Far…
In last week’s episode of The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex and their Clone forces launched an offensive against Maul, Saxon, Prime Minister Almec and the Mandalorian forces in the capital city of Sundari. While Maul had planned to lure Obi-Wan Kenobi to Sundari to face him, that wasn’t his only goal. Maul revealed to Ahsoka that his real target was Anakin.
Having had a vision of the future, Maul saw what Anakin was going to become and saw the destruction of the Jedi at the hands of Darth Sidious. Of course, Ahsoka refused to believe him. Maul even went so far as to try to recruit Ahsoka to join him in defeating Sidious, but she refused. The much-anticipated showdown between Ahsoka and Maul ensued with Ahsoka coming out the victor. With Maul captured, Ahsoka and Rex prepare to leave Mandalore, with Bo-Katan as the temporary ruler.
This episode starts where “Shattered” ended. Saxon and his forces, in the custody of the Clones, are being sent to the detention levels (presumably). Bo-Katan wants to do what’s best for her people and she knows that recovery will take time. Ahsoka tries to encourage her, but Bo-Katan is unsure if she’s the leader her people need.
Rex and Ahsoka, now that their mission is done, meet with the Jedi Council, specifically Yoda, Mace Windu, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Aayla Secura. Before they enter, Mace shares his concerns about Chancellor Palpatine, noting that the dark side surrounds the Chancellor. Windu believes that if the Chancellor refuses to give up his emergency powers, then the Jedi will have to take control of the Senate. Yoda is concerned about the dangerous path they’re heading down and urges caution.
When Ahsoka and Rex arrive, the Yoda commends Ahsoka on a job well done. But Ahsoka is quick to remind them that she did her duty as a citizen and not a jedi. It’s a point that disappoints Yoda, but it makes Mace a little snippy. Eager to speak to Anakin, Ahsoka is told that he has gone to tell the Chancellor about General Grievous and Obi-Wan. Ahsoka sees this as the end of the war if all goes well. When she probes for more information, Mace reminds her that she is citizen and is therefore not privy to that information.
As the Jedis leave the holocall, Yoda can sense that Ahsoka has more to say, but she keeps the information that Maul told her about Anakin to herself.
Ahsoka and Rex make their way to their transport where they are met by their remaining Clone forces. Bo-Katan, Ursa Wren, and their forces meet them, and behind them a large container follows. Inside we see the yellow eyes of Maul as he is bound not only by the chains, but by the container itself, which prohibits a Force wielder from using their powers. They load Maul onto the transport and they leave Mandalore.
Landing back on their main ship, they unload Maul and put him in a holding cell. There he waits in silent meditation with the Force.
Ahsoka and Rex arrive at the bridge as the ship goes into hyperspace. She stands there in quiet contemplation and Rex asks her about what’s going on. Ahsoka explains that throughout her life, she had been told that the Jedi’s were peacekeepers, but in reality, all she has seen is war. Rex, having seen nothing but war throughout his life, doesn’t know any other way, and knows that people wished the war hadn’t happen. However, without the war, he and his brothers wouldn’t have existed, so in some small way, he is grateful for the war despite everything. Ahsoka concedes that perhaps some good has come out the war. “The Republic couldn’t ask for better soldiers,” she says, “Or I a better friend.” They share a salute, before Rex is called way to receive a briefing.
At this point, it all happens. Maul and Ahsoka share a Force vision, and it’s everything from the Revenge of the Sith when Anakin turns. We hear lines from the movie as Anakin begs Mace to let the Chancellor live, and we hear Mace tell Anakin that the Chancellor is too dangerous. In the end we hear a grief-stricken Anakin ask, “What have I done?”
Moments later, Rex is given Order 66.
As Ahsoka rushes into the briefing room, she can see Rex gripping his helmet tight, his body shaking as he tries to fight the command he has just been given. But it’s no use. The inhibitor chip overrides all sense of morality in Rex, and he fires on Ahsoka. She deflects the blaster shots and closes the main doors, but another squad of Troopers enter, and she is surrounded. As they fire at her, she aims her deflections upward, carving a whole in the ceiling. As the smoke clears, they see that she has escaped.
Rex issues his orders to his men: execute Maul and find Ahsoka. In the detention level, Maul watches as two Clone Troopers enter his cell. They release him and prepare to shoot him. But before they can, Ahsoka appears and stops them. Knowing that Maul is now the only “ally” she has, she frees him.
Maul is surprised that Ahsoka survived and Ahsoka demands to know is this was all his plan. He rightfully denies it and she explains that the Clones have now turned against her. Since Maul never knew Sidious’ plan, he is astounded and awed by the execution of it, that Sidious would use the Republic’s army against the Jedis in the end.
Seeing this as an opportunity to join forces, Maul tries to take the lead, but Ahsoka has other plans. What she needs is a diversion and by letting Maul loose among the Clones, chaos and destruction are assured. Leaving him to do what he will, Ahsoka heads out to find R7.
By now the Clones have discovered that Maul has escaped. Ahsoka sneaks into the droid storage room, and actives R7. The other two droids CH-33P and GeeGee want answers, but since there are none to give, they volunteer to help.
Ahsoka asks R7 to look up the files on Fives. In his files she finds a recording from Nala Se who talks about Fives’ malfunctioning inhibitor chip and how their findings were cleared by the Council and the Jedis. She mentions a grievance report, and in accessing it, Ahsoka learns about Rex’s suspicion that the inhibitor chips were meant for something they don’t understand.
Meanwhile, Maul, setting out what Ahsoka wanted him to do, is expertly taking down the Clones attacking him. Without a lightsaber, Maul uses the Force to pull panels from the walls and use them as shields. One by one the Clones fall until only a few are able to find safety behind a blast door (not before a Clone loses an arm).
Rex and his men are rushing down a corridor when Rex is stopped by R7. As his men run ahead, CH-33P closes the blast doors around Rex, trapping him. A hologram pops up and Ahsoka explains to Rex that she saw his report about Fives and she wants to help him. Rex wants to find Ahsoka, and she appears behind him. Ready to open fire, Rex is shocked into unconsciousness by R7. Together all three droids take Rex to the medical bay.
I’m One With the Force
In the medical bay, Ahsoka has R7 run a scan for the inhibitor chip. Seeing nothing in the scans, Ahsoka refuses to believe that it’s not there. As the Clones start blasting through the doors, Ahsoka tries one desperate attempt to connect with Rex.
Holding his head in her hands, she begins a Force connection with him, using a chant that should be familiar to anyone who has seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The mind connection works, and the scans reveal the inhibitor chip. Working against time, they get Rex into the machine to remove the chip.
Ahsoka readies herself against the oncoming Clone attack. As they breach the door, she begins deflecting their blasts, using the Force to push the Clones away while the medical droid gets to work. GeeGee works to close the door again, but it looks as though Ahsoka is going to be overwhelmed. Blast shots from behind her gives GeeGee enough time to reclose the doors.
Looking, she sees Rex sitting up, his blasters pointed at the door. With the chip gone, Rex apologizes to her for what he was about to do. Wanting answers, Ahsoka asks him the extent of the order, and she is dismayed when Rex explains to her that it’s all of them. The entire army of the Grand Republic has been ordered to kill all the Jedis.
Behind them the Clones begin to make their way through final blast door.
We all knew it was coming. We all knew that Order 66 was going to happen in this episode. I just didn’t think that it would hit as hard as it did. The music throughout the beginning only heightened the anticipation of what was to come and the quiet moments added to the slowly growing dread. The emotional investment that we have put into these characters is astounding, and to see the heartfelt moment between Ahsoka and Rex only added to the sadness of the scenes that happened moments later.
What has been a real joy in these last episodes has been the connection between Revenge of the Sith to the events happening in the Clone Wars. It gives the viewers an accurate timestamp of what’s going on when. This time we heard the encounter between Palpatine and Mace Windu and finally Anakin asking “What have I done?” It was a perfect choice to have both Hayden Christensen’s and Matt Lanter’s voice in those scenes.
Tomorrow is the series finale of The Clone Wars and it will be a bittersweet day for Star Wars fans. We’ll get to celebrate May the 4th, but we’ll be seeing the end of one of the best Star Wars stories. So get your tissues ready as we say good bye to Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, Maul and the rest of the cast and characters.
Episode 12 “Victory and Death” premieres May 4th on Disney+.