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Clone Wars season 7 has ended. Here are my thoughts (SPOILERS)
Posted: Posted May 7th by -Riku-
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The Echo arc: This arc was a lot of fun to watch. However, I feel like it would have been better had it aired in an earlier season. Or better yet, have Echo betray Rex and company in the last part of the arc, forcing Rex to fight his brother and possibly kill him. That would have given his decision to fight alongside Ahsoka and against the 501st in the finale. That being said I did like this story. I liked these new clones that we met and how they interacted with Rex and how he earned their respect and loyalty.

The Cortez Sisters arc: Easily the weakest of the three arcs. While I do love Ahsoka and I enjoyed her arc, the sisters themselves were not interesting enough to be central characters for four episodes. The third episode of the arc was the easily the weakest episode of the arc, of the whole season, and possibly of the series as a whole. The trio start in jail and by episode's end are back in jail. The only thing it added was the Mandalorians seeing Ahsoka and us learning about the sisters' parents' death and how the Jedi accidentally caused it in an earlier season. Both of these could have been done in earlier episodes. I wish this arc had only been 2-3 episodes long rather than four. Or, better yet, I wish the four episodes had just been episodic and were about Ahsoka learning what some people really think of the Jedi and slowly becoming more disillusioned with the order over time. That way the story focuses mainly on Ahsoka's growth, her discovery of where Maul is, and how she gets in contact with the Mandalorians. Overall, this arc was just boring and could have easily been cut and the last arc could have been extended to give us more time with Ahsoka and the 501st.

The Siege of Mandalor arc: This arc was amazing! Easily the strongest of the three and one of the best the series has to offer. The fight between Ahsoka and Maul in the palace was intense and really shows off how far Ahsoka has come in her training, especiallyhow she was abletofight off Maul andhis unique fighting style. This arc is really two arcs but they just flow naturally into each other and blend together so well. The highlights of this arc include Ahsoka vs Maul, Ahsoka reuniting with the 501st and seeing their helmets painted to look like her face, Ahsoka and Rex fighting their way through the 501st, and Rex tearing up because he knows he HAS to fight his brothers in order to survive. The only other arc in the series that I think is THIS good is the one where Obi, Ani, and Ahsoka meet the physical embodiments of the force with the father, son, and daughter. The ending scene of Vader finding Ahsoka's lightsaber in the snow alongside the helmets of the dead clones and thinking that she's dead with there being no dialogue was done so well

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I feel like the last season kind of perfectly captured the quality of the entire show. You have some arcs that are perfectly watchable, some arcs that are fucking horrendous, and some arcs that are among the best Star Wars content ever produced. It really was all over the place from start to finish. The later seasons tended to be higher quality, but it still wasn't guaranteed.

The sisters arc definitely dragged on too long, and it didn't help that neither of the characters were particularly likable. I enjoyed the first episode with the chase quite a bit, but everything else after that was a slog.

People shit on Rebels, but I feel like there's less "I can't stomach another second of this trash" episodes there than in Clone Wars. just my imo

Posted May 7th by The Bandit
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I liked the sisters well enough, but I feel like the arc could have just been three episodes long and the last arc could have been five

Posted May 7th by -Riku-
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The series just completely lost my interest after the first season for reasons I'm almost certain I"ve already stated.

Posted May 8th by tnu
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Nope, no idea what you're talking about.

Posted May 8th by The Bandit
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Wait was that towards me or RIku?

Posted May 8th by tnu
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Gonna start off by saying that final scene was the perfect way to end the show and in many ways it's my preferred ending to the story of the prequels. I get that with Revenge of the Sith that Lucas clearly wanted to end on a note of hope to thematically tie us in to "A New Hope" but I liked this so much better. It's stands in complete contrast to everything that came before it: quiet, subdued, lacking colour. VS the Clone Wars which even in its serious and emotion moments has always been fun and colourful. It really sets the tone of one era ending and another beginning.

I also imagine the pain that Anakin/Vader might experience in that moment by being reminded of Ahsoka and the 501st and that just solidifying his descent to evil.

As for the season overall.

Bad Batch: Was enjoyable but nothing particularly special. At least the spider guy finally got killed off for real. Also why where all the CIS generals/admirals some kind of "evil" animal/creature during this show lol.

Sisters: It started off fine but the sisters failed to become interesting or likeable characters so they outstayed their welcome. It didn't help that they spent an extremely long time doing nothing meaningful with the story. I believe the point of this arc was to get Ahsoka to a place where she understood what the average person thinks of the Jedi (something Barriss Offee alluded to in S6 when Ahsoka got wrongly put on trial). Ultimately it just didn't work for me. It either needed to be shorter and more condensed or they needed more interesting characters to fill the time.

Siege of Mandalore: This was so good it deserves its own release with each episode slapped together into a full movie. There was a lot of good in this arc but the standout episode for me would be Part 3. Perhaps it's because as a long time star wars fan I knew what was coming, whilst a new viewer wouldn't, but the first half of the episode felt so suspenseful and tense. They really nailed the atmosphere of "you know what's coming but we're going to make you wait for it!". Shout-out to whoever does their music because that really helped here.

In terms of action, well Part 2 has to take the prize there. The duel between Ahsoka and Maul is one of the best we've had, helped in large part because they got the original Darth Maul actor back to do mocap for it with a professional stunt person filling in for Ahsoka. Though I will complain about one thing in Part 2... How many times did Maul need to let everyone know that something was about to happen. He just went on and on and on and on about it.

The tie ins to Episode 3 also really helped. It was really cool to be able to line this up with whereabouts the story was but also it helped with that buildup to the big payoff in Part 3 when Order 66 happens.

People shit on Rebels, but I feel like there's less "I can't stomach another second of this trash" episodes there than in Clone Wars. just my imo


I'm not a huge fan of the art style it went with. Yoda in particular just looked weird. But I really liked Rebels and don't understand the hate it gets. As you said I felt with Rebels there was a lot fewer times when a story was so bad it made me wonder why I was watching it.

Posted May 8th by Moonray
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Or better yet, have Echo betray Rex and company in the last part of the arc, forcing Rex to fight his brother and possibly kill him. That would have given his decision to fight alongside Ahsoka and against the 501st in the finale.


I agree it would've been better placed in an earlier season, but more because it would lend weight to Echo being offered a place with the elite squad. As it stands he's offered the place then shortly after the war ends so it feels a bit "meh who cares".

I don't think Rex needed any extra reasoning. He understood what was going on and Ahsoka was an extremely close friend. At that point he was essentially fighting 'droids' because the chips were controling them. I think he's just being real, there's no way they can free all the clones and the immediate issue was saving Ahsoka- especially after Maul caused the ship to start crashing. I think the only time we saw him actually kill clones was the moment immediately when he regained control and there was danger at that point so he didn't have time to react any other way.

Posted May 8th by Moonray
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I really don't have a problem with the Rebels artstyle, though I know I'm in the minority. Even Yoda doesn't bother me. He looks more old person and less frog, which I can understand can be off putting, but I think he looks WAY better in Rebels than in the early seasons of TCW.

I can't defend the chunky boi TIE fighters though, those look terrible.

I'd say the biggest problem with Rebels is that Ezra is the protagonist, but he's also the worst character by a significant margin.



Posted May 9th by The Bandit
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Clone Wars models were often too blocky, especially in the earlier seasons, but yea he was definitely too short and frog like in Clone Wars. I just found the Yoda in Rebels looked weird.

I'd say the biggest problem with Rebels is that Ezra is the protagonist, but he's also the worst character by a significant margin.


Lol. Yea, but I liked all the characters around him so it was fine.

Posted May 9th by Moonray
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