Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 'The Jedi Who Knew Too Much'

By Ciaran Duggan,

On this day, in 2013, the highly anticipated 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' arc centering on the fate of Ahsoka was in full swing.

The second episode of the four-part arc, and, eighteenth episode of season five, aired on February 16, 2013.

Ahsoka had been blamed for the death of an innocent citizen whilst in a Republic stronghold prison, overseen by none other than Captain Tarkin. Ashoka finds herself on the run in the prison from Tarkin's officers, clone troopers and even her master Anakin Skywalker. The final scene of the episode was one of the most gut-wrenching moments 'The Clone Wars' team gave to us as Ahsoka protests her innocence to Anakin, feeling betrayed by the Jedi Order she then jumps to the depths of the Coruscant Underworld.

The arc is also emotionally poignant because it is the signature arc that both embodied the success of 'The Clone Wars' and whilst not the official end of The Clone Wars, it was symbolically and it was the last set of episodes which were to air on Cartoon Network, before transitioning to Netflix.

How pertinent it is to draw parallels between 2013 and 2017, where earlier this month reports have circulated that 'The Clone Wars' time on Netflix may well be coming to an end on March 7th.

It is interesting to draw parallels to the end of another era of 'The Clone Wars', although the fan uproar that was seen with online campaigns such as 'Save The Clone Wars' in 2013 is not as fervent in the year of 2017. Why this is the case is in no part due to the fact that since Star Wars fans have a new animated series to watch, watched two new cinematic Star Wars movies and there's another film coming around the corner at the end of this year. 

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