Prior to his unceremonious death in The Last Jedi, Admiral Ackbar was one of the Rebellion’s greatest, most respected leaders. But his involvement with the Rebellion and the Resistance were only representative of Ackbar in his later years. Years before, Ackbar helped his people, the inhabitants of the underwater world of Mon Cala, reclaim their freedom from the Separatist Riff Tamson. And he looked great doing it.
“It’s a trap!” isn’t Ackbar’s only contribution to the Rebellion. It’s in the first arc of the fourth season of The Clone Wars that we see Ackbar in his butt-kicking prime.
Working together with Anakin, Padme, Kit Fisto, and Ahsoka to inspire a struggling Prince Lee-Char to rally his people, Ackbar displays political know-how that the original trilogy never hints at. It’s great to see another side of this iconic character. He doesn’t appear after the Mon Cala arc but his impact is undoubtedly felt. Way to go, Ackbar.
Thanks to the anthological structure of the series, there are plenty of fan-favorite characters spotlit in select episodes, many of them only loosely relevant to the others. Thankfully, Ackbar is one of them.
We likely won’t get more of him so his role in The Clone Wars will have to do.