Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 8 review: [SPOILER] returns

Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 705 “Gone With a Trace” .. Image Courtesy Disney+
Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 705 “Gone With a Trace” .. Image Courtesy Disney+ /

The second Star Wars: The Clone Wars arc of the season concludes with fast-paced fight scenes, character development, and a dark discovery.

Every week, we’re a little closer to the Seige of Mandalore. Having to witness Order 66 all over again may not seem like something you’d typically look forward to, we’ve been waiting a long time for this. We’re ready.

The events of “Together Again” have finally set things in motion to get Ahsoka and Maul on the same planet. Speaking of Maul, it was somehow a surprise seeing him again even though we knew it was coming. The connections to this era and where we eventually see him in Solo are forming fast. Crimson Dawn even got a nice name-drop.

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But before Ahsoka discovers Maul is overseeing the Pykes, she first had to send Trace and Rafa off-planet so she could use the Force freely to try getting them all out of trouble. Much to the delight of many, the sisters actually managed to come together, form a solid plan, and free Ahsoka from danger.

And while they were hesitant about her “I used to be a Jedi” reveal, they seemed to take it pretty well. They were the ones to talk her into agreeing to help Bo-Katan with … well, something a bunch of Mandalorians. FINALLY.

By the end of last week’s episode, many began to wonder what the point of Ahsoka’s adventure off Coruscant would lead to. Even the surprise but welcome appearance of Bo-Katan (and Mama Wren!) left many wondering why the trio escaped only to end up right back where they started.

But if this arc taught us anything, it’s that The Clone Wars aren’t just about the Jedi or the Republic, the Sith or the Separatists. They’re about the innocents, too. The ones indirectly affected by the war who seemingly have no power to do anything about it.

We’re used to Star Wars being all about the heroes and villains fighting for victory. In recent years, things have shifted. In war, it’s not always about one side against the other. There are neutral parties. Some of them want nothing to do with the conflict, even if they end up not having a choice in the matter in the end.

Maybe this arc wasn’t actually (completely) about Ahsoka having to learn a lesson. That’s what a lot of us expected, since she’s a main character. But it’s possible it wasn’t her that was supposed to come out of this changed.

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So many looked at Trace and Rafa as two “nobodies” who didn’t matter. That was the point. No matter how hard you try to run from reality, it always catches up with you.

For so long, these sisters were doing whatever it took to survive — not always with the best intentions in mind, though. Maybe now they’ll realize there’s more they can do to help people like them.

And now that we’re on the subject of help, it’s time for Ahsoka to do some more good. Now that she and the Mandalorians have a common enemy, she’s about to go down a path that will eventually lead her back to Anakin. At least for a little while.

If you haven’t read the Ahsoka novel, I won’t spoil anything for you. But the next four and final episodes of The Clone Wars are probably going to break you, delight you, and stick with you for months and years to come.

Just because we don’t entirely know what’s coming doesn’t mean what we’ve already seen hasn’t been “good.” Let’s refrain from judging an entire season until it’s over. It will be over much sooner than we’re ready for.

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What are you looking forward to most in the next and final arc of episodes?