The last season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is clearly an enormous deal as a result of it’s the final one in collection. It’s additionally very instrumental as a result of it lastly reveals how the occasions of The Clone Wars coincides with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Throughout the collection, Anakin’s flip to the Dark Side is step by step proven. Now, with mere episodes away from his transformation into Darth Vader, the connections to the ultimate prequel are extra evident. And Episode 9, “Old Friends Not Forgotten” is filled with them.
Outer Rim Sieges
The opening narration tells the viewers why all of the grasp Jedi are within the Outer Rim. The Separatists are hammering away on the Outer Rim, and giving the Republic a severe run for his or her cash. So, probably the most highly effective Jedi are despatched to numerous planets on this area to cease the Separatists’ advances.
In Revenge of the Sith, Padmé and Anakin are very pleased when he comes again from the Outer Rim Sieges after months aside. This additionally goes again to the second episode this season, after they had a holochat assembly, one thing they did when he was away particularly for lengthy durations of time.
Plo-Koon and Aayla are within the place the place they die throughout Order 66
Going again to the Jedi being unfold out by way of the Outer Rim, the episode particularly focuses on Plo-Koon piloting a starfighter and Aayla Secura on the planet Felucia. It’s a method to present that Jedi Masters on the Council had been removed from Coruscant, as a method to make positive the Jedi had much less energy when Palpatine’s last plan got here into play. It’s additionally very acquainted for followers of Episode III.
It seems acquainted as a result of that is the place they’re after they die throughout Order 66, aka the Jedi Purge. Once Palpatine provides the command, Plo-Koon’s Wolfpack — his group of Clone troopers — and Aayla’s Clone troopers lead by Commander Bly activate them. While it was only a cut up second in Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars provides extra context to their lives. And most significantly, extra context into the bond they’d with their troops, making it way more painful.
Chancellor Palpatine is kidnapped by General Grievous
Right when Anakin is about to present Ahsoka her lightsabers again, the alarms sound within the ship and Obi-Wan lets them know that General Grievous was attacking the capital of Coruscant. It’s apparent that he’s going after Chancellor Palpatine, and Master Yoda is asking on backup from Anakin and Obi-Wan.
For Ahsoka, this isn’t what she needed since Obi-Wan was nonetheless refusing to ship troops to Mandalore due to this. She’s offended that they’re selecting to avoid wasting the Chancellor over many people. Obi-Wan stated that isn’t truthful, however Ahsoka doesn’t miss a beat, saying she’s not making an attempt to be. As we see, Anakin comes up with the answer to let Ahsoka take the 332nd Company, whereas selling Rex to Commander in order that it nonetheless falls underneath a Republic-lead mission. This explains why Obi-Wan and Anakin are despatched to rescue the Chancellor and why they’re a bit late.
Another connection is that Shaak-Ti is meant to be with Palpatine, however Obi-Wan stated they’ll’t attain her comms. In a deleted scene, from Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas wrote that Shaak-Ti was with the Chancellor, however is killed off by Grievous as a method to taunt Anakin and Obi-Wan. Since it was minimize, her loss of life wasn’t canon. Now, followers can assume it’s.
Anakin’s departure in ‘The Clone Wars,’ parallels Obi-Wan’s departure in ‘Revenge of the Sith’
Another parallel is that the top to Anakin and Ahsoka’s quick reunion is similar to Obi-Wan and Anakin’s in Episode III. After Anakin backs Ahsoka up — one thing he by no means fails to do — Ahsoka thanks him for the assist. He replies, “That’s what friends are for,” after which shares his hope for a fast finish to Maul and Grievous. Then, when he goes to stroll away, Ahsoka calls him again and desires him good luck.
In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan is heading off on a mission to lastly finish Grievous on the planet Utapau, and proper earlier than he leaves, Anakin additionally calls him again. They trade “May the Force be with you” and Obi-Wan says “Goodbye, old friend.”
These are each the final instances Ahsoka and Obi-Wan ever see Anakin earlier than he turns to the Dark Side, and it’s eerie how comparable they’re. It’s, after all, on function, and means a lot extra.
Audiences are seeing how this season and Revenge of the Sith click on collectively, and there’ll almost definitely be Easter eggs every episode to any extent further. But this primary one was simply so filled with them, it’s a deal with for followers. It additionally meshes completely with Episode III as a result of we now have the definitive reply as to why Ahsoka and Rex aren’t within the film and why the Jedi are unfold out within the Outer Rim. It’s all part of Palpatine’s plan in the long run, and we’re simply ready for that foot to drop at this level.