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 the ‘The Lost One’ and They Yoda Arc’.
The Lost One
The Jedi catch wind of a beacon coming from a ship that was last used by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas around the time that he was killed.
Plo Koon and the Wolf Pack investigate the wreckage and find Sifo’s lightsaber. The Council recollects that Sifo Dyas was sent to Felucia on a mission. Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate Felucia and report that the Felucians that Sifo-Dyas met with say that the Jedi Master was accompanied with two others, another Jedi and a Republic Dignitary and were on a secret mission for Chancellor Valorum to negotiate with the Pyke Syndicate.
They find the name of the Dignitary, Silman, and Obi-Wan and Anakin go to the Pyke headquarters. Lom Pyke reveals that a man called Tyranus paid them to shoot down Dyas’ ship and take Silman hostage. They meet Silman in a cell and it’s quite clear that he has lost his mind and is killed by Count Dooku who has been sent by Sidious to tie up his loose ends.
The two Jedi battle Dooku and when the Pyke’s arrive at the battle, they call him Tyranus, which puts a lot of pieces together for Obi-Wan. They continue to fight but Dooku escapes.
At the Jedi Temple, the Council decide to cover up the involvement of the Sith in the creation of the Clone Army and keep an eye out for any problems.
Finally, some closure on the whole Tyranus/Sifo-Dyas mystery. And when put together with the story we got from the audio drama ‘Dooku: Jedi Lost’ we get to see the big picture about their relationship and how Dooku was able to manipulate Dyas into creating the Clone Army.
This is a solid one-off episode that really helps push the story of the Republic Era forward, much like what Sidious orders Dooku to do and ties up some loose ends. A part of me wonders if this was something Lucas wanted to get out there before he sold Lucasfilm as he wasn’t able to have the Sifo-Dyas plot line come to a conclusion in ‘Revenge of the Sith’.
The Yoda Arc
This arc has three episodes, ‘Voices’, ‘Destiny’ and ‘Sacrifice’.
Whilst meditating, Yoda starts to hear the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn. Yoda starts asking questions of Anakin who spoke to Qui-Gon on Mortis as well as Obi-Wan. Anakin believes it was a Force Mind Trick rather than his former teacher.
Distracted at Council meetings, the Jedi Masters begin to get worries about the Grand Master until he stands before them and asks them to meditate with him. After a day of meditation they hear nothing.
A Doctor puts Yoda into a sensory deprivation tank to help him access these visions easier and it works, he sees himself on Dagobah and Qui-Gon speaks to him again, telling him to come to the planet.
Yoda has Anakin smuggle him out of the med-bay and to the hanger where Anakin tasks R2 with going with Yoda.
Together they go to Dagobah where Qui-Gon tells him about the ability to manifest oneself after death and leads him to the Dark Cave where Yoda sees visions of the end of the Jedi Order at the hands of Darth Sidious.
After leaving the Cave, he asks Qui-Gon about the events he saw and learns that they are already in motion, the longer the Clone Wars go on the stronger the Dark Side gets. Yoda is then instructed to go to The Origin of All Life in the Galaxy, and that the Force will guide him. He gets in his ship and leaves with R2.
They reach their destination and Yoda meets a group of masked Force Priestesses. They have him go through a series of trials.
The first, Yoda has to confront what is within him. An apparition of a Dark Yoda appears and attacks him. They fight, with the Dark Spectre taunting Yoda until the Master stops fighting and comes to acknowledge his fear, defeating the apparition.
His second trial comes as two visions. The first, Yoda is walking through the Jedi Temple and finds the bodies of many Jedi, including Mace Windu who is dead and Ahsoka who is barely alive. She asks Yoda if she will be able to become one with the Force, even after her leaving the Jedi.
The vision changes and Yoda is led by the Padawan Katooni to the outside courtyard to an alternative reality where the Clone Wars never happens. All of the Jedi are gathered, talking with each other. Obi-Wan calls to him and he faces a Jedi Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn who have been telling stories of Dooku’s time as Yoda’s apprentice. They all start to gather around the tree when Yoda confronts them, pointing out those who had already died and then calling Dooku a traitor. Dooku ignites his saber and attacks Yoda when the vision ends.
When he awakens, he is with one of the Priestesses and he asks to see her face. She removes the mask and beneath is a glowing light that disappears, the cloak and mask falling to the floor. She tells Yoda that the Priestesses exist in the Living and the Cosmic Force and the last part of his training is on the planet Moraband.
Yoda reaches the Sith Homeworld and as he approaches the Sith Temple he encounters illusions of a serpent, followed by Spirits by Yoda doesn’t give into the fear they try to instil in him.
Meanwhile, sensing a disturbance in the Force, Sidious calls for Dooku to meet on Coruscant.
Yoda enters the Temple and sits before a sarcophagus where an illusion of Darth Bane appears and tries to tempt Yoda to join him. Yoda doesn’t give in and the illusion fades, opening a doorway that the Jedi Master approaches after a warning from the Priestesses who tell him that the final trial is unknown, even to them.
Meanwhile, using Sith Sorcery, Dooku and Sidious attempt to thwart Yoda.
Deep in the Temple, Yoda sees Sifo-Dyas who transforms into Darth Sidious. Suddenly, Yoda is on a Republic Gunship with Anakin, Rex and other members of the 501st on their way to the Industrial Sector on Coruscant, following a lead that Dooku has arrived on the planet.
They enter the building and find the two Sith Lords. Anakin battles Dooku and kills him as Sidious takes out the Clones. Yoda and Sidious leave the building and begin fighting on walkways outside. Anakin joins the fight but is incapacitated by Sidious’ lightning. Yoda attempts to save Anakin from falling off of the collapsing walkway.
Sidious and Yoda fall from the platform and as they fall, Yoda attempts to unmask the Sith Master, only to reveal an empty cloak.
Yoda wakes up to the Priestesses who tell him that he has passed their tests and that Qui-Gon will communicate with him and teach him how to become a Force Ghost. Yoda and R2 return to Coruscant and sometime later Yoda prepares to tell the Jedi Council about his adventure.
This is by far a ‘must watch’ arc as we learn a lot more about the Force, Yoda and how Obi-Wan and Yoda were able to manifest themselves in the Force after death.
The big surprise in this arc is that Darth Bane is voiced by none other than Mark Hamill, another great Easter Egg is the tree in the Jedi Temple which comes into play in the comic ‘Shattered Empire’ where Luke and Shara Bey steal who cuttings from the tree and each takes one to grow.
This arc would have been a perfect way to end the series, and for a while it was and it worked, it tied up some loose ends that had been left over from the Prequel and Original Trilogies and also, for the first time since Season 1, put Yoda in the spotlight.
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