My Star Wars (Life) Reviews: The Clone Wars – Season 5 Part 1

In the run up to the new season of Clone Wars, I am going to finally finish my rewatch of the series, of course finish my reviews.

For the rest of the available episodes I am changing the format slightly, I will now focus on arcs as a whole rather than what I had been doing before.

In this post I will be looking at ‘Revival’ an the ‘Onderon Arc’.

Revival

Maul and Savage continue their path of destruction. This time they attack a cargo ship and steal the credits it had in its safe. Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia are sent to investigate.

They trace the ship to Florum, a planet that Kenobi is familiar with and they get in touch with the local leader, Hondo.

The Pirate tells Obi-Wan that two “horny Jedi” have paid some of Hondo’s men to betray him and are attacking their base.

Kenobi and Adi Gallia arrive and lure the Dark Brothers to the planet where a fight breaks out. Hondo’s men return to his employ as the Jedi fight the Sith. Adi Gallia is murdered by Savage and Obi-Wan escapes, taking his fallen comrades lightsaber.

Obi-Wan and Hondo come up with a plan, with Obi-Wan luring Maul and Opress away and the Pirates are able to escape.

In the end, Maul and Savage escape after Kenobi cuts off Savage’s arm and the Pirates damage one of Maul’s legs. Once in their ship and in the air it is damaged and crashes but the two brothers escape.

It’s a great start to the season and really sets up future stories featuring the Zabrak Sith Brothers.

Hondo, as always, is a welcome addition to any episode and the interplay between him and Obi-Wan is as on point as ever and incredibly fun, even when the stakes are against them by the mid-point of the episode.

Maul and Savage are a powerhouse team who pose a very real threat to the heroes and after their brutal murder of Ado Gallia you really get the sense that anyone facing them is in trouble.

The Onderon Arc

This arc consists of four episodes, ‘A War in Two Fronts’, ‘Front Runners’, ‘The Soft War’ and ‘Tipping Points’.

A Rebel Cell on the planet Onderon contacts the Jedi Council for aid but Onderon originally sided with the Separatists but after the murder of their Senator and the displacement of the King with a more ruthless leader the people are desperate for aid. The Council decides to send a team to train this group of Rebels on how to best defeat the Droid Army but not get involved in the conflict.

Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka head to the planet with Rex. Once there they meet Steela, who leads them to the Rebel base where they meet Saw Gurerra and Lux Bonteri.

The Jedi and Rex train the Rebels on how to beat defeat the droids by showing them proven methods the Clone Army has used in the past and they take to them well. Soon, Probe Droids find them and a squad of Battle Droids arrive but are quickly defeated by the Rebels.

They plan an attack in the capital city which they infiltrate easily disguised as produce merchants. Once in the city they begin a series of attacks that begin to cripple the Droid Army.

Obi-Wan, Anakin and Rex leave but Ahsoka stays to monitor the Rebels and report to the Council on their progress. Their attacks get bolder and soon the public begin to side with them. They decide on a major target, the main power grid for the city which will cut off the Droids main power supply.

The attack goes well and the public begin to outwardly support the Rebels who vote Steela as their leader. Saw is angry about this and it’s revealed that Saw is Steela’s brother.

Meanwhile, King Rash speaks to Count Dooku who decides to send a new Droid General to take out the Rebels.

The Rebels next mission is to rescue the former King before King Rash has him executed. Whilst they try to decide how to do it, Saw attempts to rescue the monarch but is captured.

The rescue attempt is underway on the day of the execution and the Rebels make a swift strike, rescuing the King and Saw but they are soon overwhelmed… until the General of the Onderon Army sides with them and he and his soldiers cover their escape. As King Rash orders the Droids to follow them, the citizens of Onderon get in their way.

The Rebels, now led by the former King and Steela, make a new base in the mountains. The King sends a Droid Army as well as a squadron of new Droid Gunships.

The ground battle starts to go well for the Rebels but once the gunships arrive the tables are turned. Ahsoka speaks to Anakin and Obi-Wan but heir hands are tied and can’t get involved, but they know someone who can and can drop off some new weapons.

Anakin visits Hondo (oh yes) and hires him to deliver Rocket Launchers to the Onderonian Rebels.

Hondo arrives, drops off the weapons and makes a quick getaway as the Droids approach. Saw tests one of the Launchers and destroys one of the Gunships.

One Gunship goes to the base to take out the King, Steela makes her way there and saves her leader just as the cliff edge he is standing on begins to fall after the final Gunship, defeated by Saw, crashes into the cliff. Steela saves the King but falls. Lux tried to save her but he falls. Ahsoka uses the Force to save him, and just as she is lifting Steela, the Gunship gets one last shot off, hitting Ahsoka in the shoulder, causing her to let go of Steela who falls to her death.

Count Dooku has the Droid Army evacuate Onderon and King Rash is killed.

The former King reclaims the throne, Steela is honoured as a hero, Lux is appointed to be the Senator for Onderon and he vows to join the Republic.

This is one of my least favourite Arcs of this season. It feels like it goes on too long, maybe if they cut an episode it may not feel so bad for me.

It really give Ahsoka some character development in that she has to learn to control her feelings, as she is obviously interested in Lux Bonteri who seems to only have eyes for Steela which Anakin notices, but she really comes into her own through the arc and then has to learn the toughest lesson of all, failure, after being unable to save Steela.

More Hondo. I always love more Hondo. It was great fun having him back, if only for a few minutes but he’s such a great character every second he’s on screen is gold.

This arc really, for me, gained importance when it was announced Talbot they were including Saw Gurerra in ‘Rogue One’ but the age gap between both iterations is so vast that they only feel similar is very small aspects, but I prefer the older Saw we got in ‘Rebels’ and ‘Rogue One’ to this younger version.

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