(Full Spoilers Ahead)
Continuing the story started last week, The Jedi Who Knew Too Much amped up the tension and the action, and delivered another superb episode that succeeded in moving this story arc forward in a thrilling and awesome way.
Last week episodes was a fun one, but it felt a little odd, considering it was crime procedural than Star Wars, but it brought up some topics and themes that kick-started this arc on a high-note.
After Anakin and Ahsoka apprehended the bomber last week, we see Yoda and many of the Jedi attending the funeral for some of the Jedi who died in the blast. It was chilling seeing Yoda give his eulogy for the fallen Jedi, especially considering how close we’re getting to Episode III and the associated Order 66 massacre.
It was nice to see Bariss Offee again, especially considering one of her friends had died in the bombing. It wouldn’t surprise me if she shows up again, and something goes terribly awry. In fact, I’m a little suspicious of her involvement of all of this, and I’m sure we’ll see more of her soon.
Also extremely interesting was seeing Bariss and Ahsoka so openly talk about the hardships of keeping emotion out of your decisions, and their exchange felt really genuine. It’s not often we get to see such an honest talk about one of the Jedi’s toughest jobs, and as such I enjoyed how real it all sounded.
Newly appointed Admiral Tarkin also had a strong presence in this episode, and it’s clear that he’s up to no good. As we all know, he’s Darth Vader’s right-hand man in Episode IV, and as such, it’s interesting seeing the way he interacts with Ahsoka, coming across as cold and calculating.
I’m definitely beginning to wonder if Tarkin isn’t at least partially responsible for the bombing, or that he at least knows more than he’s letting on. And as for Ahsoka being framed for the bomber being force choked in her cell, well, we all know that’s a set-up, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Tarkin is behind it in some way.
If I had to guess, based on what I know of this arc, I think Ventress is the one behind all of this. She was probably the one who choked the bomber to death, and maybe even the one who left Ahsoka the key-card to her cell. Since we haven’t seen her since last season, I wholly expect for her to pop up and cause some trouble next week.
Speaking of Ahsoka locked up, this is where my only real complaint pops up. I found her initial breakout to seem a little too rushed. For instance, I don’t completely buy that after being in that cell for only a short time, and knowing the evidence is stacked against her, that Ahsoka would just run off so eagerly
But, once she had escaped the awfully Death Star looking holding cells, things got awesome. For about the final third of the episode, we got to see Ahsoka running from a squadron of clone-troopers and Anakin, in an attempt to escape and prove her innocence.
First off, this scene was amazing. From the way the trooper’s stun beams looked, to the rain hitting Ahsoka’s lightsaber, to the subtle electric sparks that flew around when Ahsoka blocked the stun beams, this entire set-piece was gorgeous. Without a doubt, it’s one of the more impressive we’ve seen on the show.
It was an intense and thrilling ordeal, and I really have to hand it to the animators for doing such a freaking great job on it all. This just goes to show how dedicated everyone who works on this show is, and why it’s still going strong, even after five seasons.
The episode ended on a high-not as well, with Anakin and Ahsoka having a stare-down, as Ahsoka contemplates leaping down into the underworld of Coruscant.
I have to give Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein (Anakin and Ahsoka respectively) for their great delivery during this scene. It really cemented the trust these two characters share, and it makes me all the more nervous to find out Ahsoka’s fate.
Also, I have to point out how similar the ending scene here looked like the Coruscant underworld Level 1313, which was first seen in the reveal trailer for the upcoming video-game entitled Star Wars: 1313. I seriously hope Ahsoka does in fact end up at 1313, as that would be a very cool meshing of the upcoming game and the show.
All in all, The Jedi Who Knew Too Much was a great, intense, and technically marvelous episode. Better than last week’s, it stands as one of the best episodes of the season without a doubt. And, in reality, my only complaint (outside of Ahsoka’s over-eager escape) is that it ended so abruptly.
I just really want to know where things are going with this arc, which is a testament to how well written The Clone Wars. I know I say this all the time, but I can’t wait for the next episode.