50 Most Memorable Moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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30. Anakin’s brave heroics

Episode:  Season 1 Episode 13: Jedi Crash 

"Episode Summary: Anakin and Ahsoka arrive at a pitched sky battle to help besieged Jedi General Aayla Secura. Anakin is gravely injured in the fight. Aayla and Ahsoka, along with the now-wounded Anakin, Rex, and the surviving clones, crash land on the uncharted grass-covered planet, Maridun. Forced to leave Anakin behind in order to save him, Aayla teaches Ahsoka why the Jedi have no personal attachments. They make their way to a Lurmen village. Their ruler, Tee Watt Kaa, explains that they’re pacifists in this war and are not aligned with either side. Hesitant to have anything to do with the Jedi, Tee Watt Kaa agrees to help save Anakin’s life."

The Moment: While in battle with Separatists forces, Anakin realizes he must sacrifice himself to save the others with him; including Captain Rex, Ahsoka, and Jedi Master Aayla Secura.  Anakin uses the Force to hold off a massive explosion, but severe injuries himself in the process. Ahsoka does save Anakin while he unconscious, but they crash-land on the world of Maridun.

Anakin is unable to fight at full strength when the Lurmen natives are compromised by the Separatists, but Ahsoka and Aayla pick up the slack in defeating their foes.

Why It’s Memorable: The power of Anakin Skywalker. Being able to use to Force to hold of an explosion of that magnitude is incredible. The sacrifice of Anakin Skywalker. His reckless nature does benefit others, especially in situations like these, because he will risk his life to save those in need.

A lesson learned in this battle is one of neutrality. The Lurmen people refuse to join the Jedi’s conflict with the Separatists but are pulled into the battle anyways, teaching us the lesson that eventually in battle or conflict you will have to take sides.

Ahsoka, with the wisdom of Aayla, learns the dangers in attachment to her Master, which the Jedi Master Aayla once struggled with herself. We eventually discover that Aayla was once the Padawan learner of Quinlan Vos, which is a story I hope we get in detail within the new canon.