Initially released on Netflix, Season 5 was once thought to be the conclusion of The Clone Wars, however a sixth season of the show was already in production before it was abruptly canceled (leaving about half a season for release) while Disney decided to focus resources elsewhere, much to the dismay of many Star Wars fans. In a word, the Empire had struck back. Nevertheless, this is another great collection of Star Wars adventures –this unique show just seems to get better and better with each successive season.
Season 6, Episodes One Hundred-Nine to One Hundred-Twelve “The Unknown,” “Conspiracy,” “Fugitive,” and “Orders”
“The truth about yourself is always the hardest to accept.”
“The wise benefit from a second opinion.”
“When in doubt, go to the source.”
“The popular belief isn’t always the correct one.”
In the first four-part series of Season 6 (“The Unknown,” “Conspiracy,” “Fugitive,” and “Orders”) we are dropped into the battle for Ringo Vinda where Anakin and a band of clone troopers lead the attack. However, one clone trooper named Tup experiences some sort of strange mental break and he kills a Jedi (General Tiplar) by shooting her point blank. While muttering “good soldiers follow orders,” Tup is transported to Kamino for further inquiry, but his transport is intercepted by buzz droids at the behest of Count Dooku. Tup is taken away but Anakin and a pair of clone troopers intercept his Separatist ship and he is redirected by Rex and Fives back to Kamino. Upon arrival, Rex is ordered back to the frontlines while Fives is separately inspected. The Kaminoans secretly attempt to terminate Tup in order to inspect a tiny inhibitor chip placed in each clone, of which Tup’s seems to be malfunctioning, however since Master Syfo Dias has passed away, only the Separatist forces and the Kaminoans, led by Lama Su, are aware of the inhibitor chips. The Kaminoans speak with Lord Tyranos (Count Dooku) who instructs them to terminate the rogue clone, while the Jedi Council instructs General Shaak Ti to retrieve Tup and bring him to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. With the help of a friendly droid, a secret biopsy is conducted which discovers an odd “tumor” that Chancellor Palpatine requests to have sent to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant instead of the Jedi Temple. However, General Shaak Ti sends it to the Jedi Temple, but the Kaminoan medical expert Nala Se switches cases –a plot which only Fives discovers. He commandeers a ship on autopilot as a diversion butt quietly returns to Kamino to investigate the situation. In the Genetic Records Hall, Fives and his droid discover that the “tumor” was implanted inside Tup, likely implanted as an embryo, and Fives asks to have his own chip removed. Shaak Ti orders Fives back to Coruscant but he is shot and killed by Commander Fox before revealing the dark truth about the inhibitor chips implanted inside each clone. Thus ends the last of Domino Squad whom we first met in Season 1.
Season 6, Episodes One Hundred-Thirteen to One Hundred-Fifteen “An Old Friend,” “The Rise of Clovis,” and “Crisis at the Heart”
“To love, is to trust. To trust is to believe.”
“Jealousy is the path to chaos.
“Deceit is the weapon of greed.”
In “An Old Friend,” “The Rise of Clovis,” and “Crisis at the Heart” Senator Amidala travels to the neutral planet of Scipio for a banking transfer where she encounters an old acquaintance, Clovis, who warns her that the banking clan is on the verge of collapse. They hatch a plot to gain access to the vault where Anakin becomes tied up in a plot involving the Chancellor. He does not trust Clovis who is elected new leader of the banking clan. However, Dooku has been working through Clovis, raising interest rates on the Republic but not the Separatists, and this leads to war on Scipio and ultimately the death of Clovis.
Season 6, Episodes One Hundred-Sixteen and One Hundred-Seventeen “The Disappeared, Part I” and “The Disappeared, Part II”
“Without darkness there cannot be light.”
“Wisdom is born in fools as well as wise men.”
In “The Disappeared, Part I” and “The Disappeared, Part II” we return to another ridiculous Jar Jar Binks episode alongside Mace Windu on the planet Bardotta. Jar Jar Binks falls in love with Queen Julia of Bardotta but before she can reveal a dark secret to Jar Jar, she is kidnapped by a demonic cult intent on harvesting her life force for a “great mother” –who turns out to be Mother Talzin. This is a bit of a far-fetched tale.
Season 6, Episodes One Hundred-Eighteen to One Hundred-Twenty-One “The Lost One,” “Voices,” “Destiny,” and “Sacrifice”
“What is lost is often found.”
“Madness can sometimes be the path to truth.”
“Death is just the beginning.”
“Facing all that you fear will free you from yourself.”
In “The Lost One,” “Voices,” “Destiny,” and “Sacrifice” the story begins much like many a classic Star Trek episode. The Republic receives a distress signal from a ship thought to be lost long ago, belonging to Master Sifo Dyas. He was the Jedi who secretly ordered the creation of the clone army on Kamino. He foresaw the coming of a great war and that the Jedi would require an army, however he was later expelled from the Jedi Order for his controversial ideas. He was killed en route to Fellucia to solve a minor dispute and his ship was presumed lost until now. His file has been curiously remained closed by the Chancellor’s office. His ship was found crashed on a moon, and the investigation leads to the Pyke Syndicate. Tyranos paid the Pykes to shoot down Sifo Dyas’s ship, but he was with Silman, former Chancellor Vallorum’s aide. As it turns out the Pykes have been keeping him imprisoned all this time and he has grown insane. However, Count Dooku is dispatched to prevent Silman from revealing too much information –Dooku is revealed to be the elusive Tyranos. Yoda speaks with Qui Gon Jin through the force who tells him to go to Dagobah alone where he will receive a dark vision of the growth of the Sith. Yoda is then sent to one off the points of origin of all life in the galaxy. Lastly, Yoda allows the force guide him to a remote craggy planet, he leaves R2 on the surface and travels into a large volcanic beam of light where he encounters otherworldly beings in order to learn how to manifest himself after death (“Serenity” of the five priestesses). It is the birthplace of midichlorians, a place with a deep connection to the force –Yoda is forced to confront the darkness within himself, as well as an apparition of Count Dooku, Yoda’s former padawan. Yoda is then sent to Moraband where he confronts the tomb of Darth Bane. This leads him on a supernatural quest to discover the identity. of Darth Sidious while he learns to communicate after death.
Here, thanks to Disney, season 6 abruptly ends.
Standouts for me in Season 6:
- Episodes 109-112 “The Unknown,” “Conspiracy,” “Fugitive,” and “Orders”
- Episodes 118-121 “The Lost One,” “Voices,” “Destiny,” and “Sacrifice”