Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited- 6.13 Sacrifice

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited- 6.13 Sacrifice

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 Sacrifice, which originally aired in the US back in 2014...

Sacrifice is an episode of endings. Not only is it the end of Yoda's journey to become a Force ghost, it is the final completed episode of season six and the new series finale for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And on his final test, Yoda travels to the ancient Sith homeworld of Moraband, where he faces several challenges.

Sacrifice is notable, not just for being an ending, but for what it contains as well. This episode contains the first canon screen appearance of the Sith homeworld, which was originally introduced as 'Korriban' in the 1994 comic book Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 2: The Quest for the Sith. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the episode also contains the first ever screen appearance of Darth Bane in canon. Bane was a legendary Sith Lord who initially established the Rule of Two over a thousand years before the time of the prequel trilogy. Not only is Darth Bane present, he's also voiced by Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker himself).

Among the other challenges Yoda has to face is an apparition of Sifo-Dyas being tortured. While this is ultimately revealed to be an illusion, there feels a grain of truth to it. Earlier, we learned that Sifo-Dyas wasn't killed when his ship crashed. It's highly likely that, just as the illusion shows, Sifo-Dyas was taken and tortured for who knows how long, before ultimately being killed. Unless the upcoming season seven revisits the fate of Sifo-Dyas, I'm guessing this is the closest we'll ever come to finding out exactly what happened to this mysterious Jedi.

Another great thing about Sacrifice is that it resolves an issue that has run throughout the arc; the problem of Yoda learning all about the danger the Jedi are in before the events of Revenge of the Sith. The episode resolves this by having Yoda openly speculate (correctly) that the Clone Wars have in all likelihood already doomed the Jedi. However, even knowing that, Yoda retains hope because he will now be trained to be a Force ghost, leaving a shred of hope that the Jedi will ultimately survive somehow. Yoda knows (and accepts) that the Jedi as they are now are doomed, but he retains hope for the future. Honestly, I have a hard time resolving that with Yoda's actions in Episode III, but it's also possible that further episodes in season six would have cleared things up further.

With the end of Sacrifice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (once again) came to a final end. It's good these episodes were made available on Netflix and DVD, as Yoda's quest to learn how to become a Force ghost one of the best story arcs in the latter part of the series. Now we'll get to see how the story was meant to end once and for all, when season seven arrives on Disney+ in the near future.

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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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