Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited - 6.10 The Lost One
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 Lost One, which originally aired in the US back in 2014...
It's fortunate that 'The Lost Missions' was ultimately released on Netflix and DVD, because it gave us an answer to a dilemma that's plagued some Star Wars fans since the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in 2002: Who in the world was Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas? As a reminder, it comes out during Obi-Wan's visit to Kamino that the clone army was ordered by a Jedi named Sifo-Dyas. It appears to be a big deal, but we never hear anything about this mysterious Jedi Master again, to the frustration of many. Well, some answers are finally granted in The Lost One, the tenth episode of season six.
The episode revolves around the Jedi attempting to discover the fate of Sifo-Dyas after his lightsaber is discovered inside a long-wrecked spacecraft. This episode finally grants us a little more information about the Jedi master: not only was he a member of the Jedi Council, as we learned before, but he also foresaw "a Great conflict" and believed that the Jedi would need an army. The episode ultimately reveals that Sifo-Dyas was killed in a crash ordered by Darth Tyranus (also known as Count Dooku), but it's subtly hinted that something more sinister is also at work. It's almost a throwaway line, but it's briefly mentioned that the body of Sifo-Dyas was taken away because someone "powerful" wanted to become Sifo-Dyas. No explanation is given for what this means, but it doesn't sound good.
This is also an important episode because a lot of pieces suddenly fall into place for the Jedi. Not only do they learn that Tyranus and Dooku are the same person, the Jedi also deduce (correctly) that the Sith Lord was ultimately behind the creation of the clone army, though they still can't fathom why their enemy would create an army for them. This is because the Jedi still don't know about the existence of Order 66 (which was covered up by the Sith at the beginning of the season).
Even knowing that the Jedi don't realize everything that's going on, it's still frustrating that for plot reasons the Jedi still can't put everything together and realize that they're in great danger. Dooku openly tells Obi-Wan that everything he told him on Geonosis (during Episode II) was the truth. You would think that Obi-Wan would be able to sense that Dooku is being (mostly) honest for once in his life, but even Kenobi can't see the truth in front of his face. Such is the reality when certain plot continuities, in this case the destruction of the Jedi in Episode III, must be kept intact.
Despite the frustrations, The Lost One is an excellent episode from season six. We finally get some answers as to who Master Sifo-Dyas was, and why his connection to the formation of the clone army is so important.