Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 6.01 The Unknown

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 6.01 The Unknown

Eleven years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced the world to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that filled in the gap between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story takes place during the Clone Wars, with the Jedi-led clone army facing off against the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. With the announcement of a surprise seventh season by Disney, The Digital Fix will be revisiting the animated series, looking back at the most important episodes and story arcs of the show’s five seasons, highlighting the elements that made this show so beloved by Star Wars fans.

We return with a look at The Unknown, which originally aired in the US back in 2014...

After Star Wars: The Clone Wars was abruptly cancelled in 2013, it seemed like it was all over for the beloved animated series. However, at the time of cancellation, production had been completed on 13 episodes of season six and a year after the show was cancelled, Netflix US arranged to air the thirteen completed episodes, which are collectively known as 'The Lost Missions.' (The UK had to wait a little longer, until these episodes were released on DVD / Bluray).

The Unknown is the first episode of season six and is based on an interesting premise. All clone troopers are secretly programmed to execute Order 66, a command that will lead to the destruction of the Jedi Order;  what might happen if Order 66 was prematurely triggered in a single clone trooper. That is the basic premise of The Unknown. Clone trooper 'Tup' is unknowingly affected by the secret programming and ends up killing a Jedi while under its influence. The rest of the episode follows the Jedi as they try to figure out what's going on, while Dooku learns of the incident and informs his master about it.

The premise of the episode is interesting because it threatens to expose the Sith plot to destroy the Jedi before the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. However, while this threat to the known continuity makes the story exciting, it's simultaneously it's weak spot as well. We know right away that no matter what happens, the Jedi aren't going to figure out what's going on, and anyone who does likely won't live to tell anyone else about it, or won't be believed. This is the same problem that plagues the episode Nightsisters in season three where Ventress set out to destroy Count Dooku. We knew then that plot wouldn't work either because it would destroy the continuity established in one of the films.

That being said, it is interesting to see Palpatine caught somewhat off guard for once. Almost nothing ruffles the secret Sith Lord, but the possibility that all of this plans could be ruined due to one rogue clone trooper clearly disturbs him. Just for once, it's the Sith who have to scramble, even a little bit, to keep their plans hidden from the Jedi and the Republic. Also, it's interesting for the episode to create the sense that maybe Palpatine's plans weren't as perfectly laid as we were made to believe; they were this close to collapsing at any given time, which made the Sith Lord's gamble for power all the more impressive considering he pulled it off in the end.

The Unknown gets season six off to a good start, and continues the story of the Clone Wars, at least for a little while longer.

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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