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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