Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited-5.20 The Wrong Jedi
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 Wrong Jedi, which originally aired back in 2013...
After five seasons, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars saga came to a sudden and surprising end with The Wrong Jedi, named for Alfred Hitchcock's film The Wrong Man. The Wrong Jedi is the culmination of a multi-episode arc in which Anakin's padawan Ahsoka has been falsely accused of committing a bombing that led to the deaths of a number of clone troopers. While Ahsoka is on the run, Anakin works to get to the bottom of who's really behind the bombing and clear Ahsoka's name. The truth, when it finally comes out, is shocking to say the least.
One of the most shocking things about The Wrong Jedi is how willing the Jedi Council are to turn Ahsoka over to the Republic for trial, knowing that a guilty verdict will result in a death sentence. Given everything we've seen Ahsoka do for the Jedi and the Republic over five seasons, you would think the Jedi Council would have unanimous faith in Ahsoka's innocence. Yet they are willing to turn Ahsoka over on the basis of circumstantial evidence, lest they be seen as "opposing the Republic." And keep in mind, this is Ahsoka we're talking about. Everyone knows that Ahsoka could never do this, but the Jedi are willing to turn her over anyway, something that not only shatters Ahsoka's faith in the Jedi, but the audience's as well.
This episode really brings home a point that has been made time and time again since the series began: at the end of the Clone Wars, the Jedi Order is broken. Instead of protecting one of their own and determining for themselves if she is guilty or not, the Council is perfectly willing to turn Ahsoka over to protect their image (more or less). Is it any wonder that the episode ends with Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order?
In truth, The Wrong Jedi was not meant to be the end of The Clone Wars series. Season six was well into production when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that all side projects would be shut down to focus on developing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a result, this became the de facto series finale for the show, a status it retained until the fully produced episodes of season six became available on Netflix. And now, with the coming of season seven at last, the series will finally receive the proper series finale it has long been denied.
It should be noted that while The Wrong Jedi was not meant to be the series finale, it does serve well in that purpose. After all, the series began with Ahsoka becoming Anakin's padawan in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie. It's fitting then, that the series would end with Ahsoka leaving behind the Jedi and her role as Anakin's padawan.
I've always found it interesting that this turned out to be the series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, because it seems to me that losing Ahsoka right before the events of Star Wars Episode III is just one more element that contributed to Anakin's fall to the Dark Side. Though the series has since continued, The Wrong Jedi does provide some sense of closure to the series, even though some plot threads are still left hanging.