The Top 10 Episodes of The Clone Wars

(Major Spoilers Ahead)

With the recent news that The Clone Wars has had its last season as a television series, I know I haven’t been alone in feeling nostalgic about the many great, memorable stories the show has given fans over the past five seasons.

So, after re-watching dozens of my favorite episodes, I formed an alliance with Lillian Skye, founder of the awesome site Fangirls in the Force, to put together a list of what we think are the Top 10 Episodes the show has ever produced. And what better day to share it than on Star Wars Day, May the 4th.

Take note, however, that this is not at all an ‘official’ list, but instead, the list of two incredibly devoted fans of a brilliant Star Wars television show. We understand not everyone will agree with all our choices, and would be more than happy to talk with you about it in the comments section, but hope we’ve given you a glimpse of some of the best The Clone Wars has to offer.

Without further ado, here is our Top 10 Episodes of The Clone Wars animated series. Warning, many SPOILERS follow.

10) Tipping Points

Why it’s on the list:

Lillian: Being the fangirl and girl that I am, I have to comment on the love triangle in this entire arc that formed between Steela, Lux, and Ahsoka, and whether or not Ahsoka has real feelings for Lux. In this arc, Ahsoka tried to channel her feelings for him to be more friendly and not jealous, and I don’t think Ahsoka let her feelings for Lux get in the way of the mission, but I do think that they were a distraction for her.

William: A more recent episode, Tipping Points stands out because it’s not only technically brilliant, showcasing a climactic battle reminiscent of the Avatar movie, but also because it gives an ending to two new characters that’s both heartbreaking and touching. Steela’s dramatic death is one of the more impactful scenes of Season 5, and it’s a surprisingly mature end to a surprisingly likable character. RIP Steela.

9) The Box

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: While in the Box, Obi-Wan, disguised as a bounty hunter, proved that he wasn’t brawn without brains when he was able to successfully navigate the rigorous challenges. The Box featured many interesting characters that I would have loved to see more of in the series, namely Moralo Eval, who always referred to himself in the third person.

William: As a part of the Rako Hardeen arc, which had Obi-Wan undercover as a bounty hunter, The Box was a notably brilliant episode as it demonstrated just how capable Obi-Wan is without either the Force or a lightsaber, while also shedding light on the inner workings of the galaxy’s finest (or, um, worst) bounty hunters. Thanks to some subtly impressive characterization and suspenseful action, The Box is one of Season 4’s finest episodes.

8) Padawan Lost

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: Avid readers will recognize that Padawan Lost is The Clone Wars take on the short-story “The Most Dangerous Game,”  as Ahsoka soon discovers the importance of being able to survive without her Master when she is kidnapped by Trandoshans. I think the introduction to other padawans, who were desperate to survive, and the death of Kalifa brought out many leadership qualities in Ahsoka.

William: Part Hunger Games, part Predator, all Star Wars, Padawan Lost is one of the first episodes that showed Ahsoka begin to mature from the cutesy comic relief into someone who can do amazing, dramatic feats such as this. It’s surprisingly violent, but also surprisingly touching, as it really captures what makes the Star Wars ‘coming of age’ story so awesome.

7) Lethal Trackdown

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Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: I am a diehard Fett Fangirl, and when Boba Fett made his Clone Wars debut in the Season 2 episode “Death Trap,” I knew that the Clone Wars team would do him justice. Boba Fett was challenged with facing the Jedi in this episode, and towards the end of the episode, we also see more reasons justifying why Boba eventually heads down a darker and more focused path as a bounty hunter.

William: Lethal Trackdown is instantly memorable because of the way it shows how a younger, more innocent, Boba Fett began a path that would eventually lead to him becoming the most famous bounty hunter in the universe. I know Lillian, a huge Boba fan, loves this episode, and I can’t think of any reason to say otherwise. It’s just an awesome episode, through and through.

6) Witches of the Mist

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: Although this episode had some great scenes involving Dooku struggling with training Savage, I know I was flipping out and on the edge of my seat for the biggest reveal which came in the last few moments of the episode, when Mother Talzin dramatically revealed to Savage Oppress that his brother was none other than Darth Maul.

William: One of the standout episodes of Season 3, Witches of the Mist is every Star Wars fans dream come true. Focusing almost entirely on the newly introduced villain Savage Oppress, this episode is awesome because it shows off a 3-way duel between the Sith, lots of staggering animation, brutal action, and an ending that hinted at the return of the (in)famous Zabrak, Darth Maul.

5) Rookies

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: Like Billy, Rookies immediately came to mind when we talked about having a top 10 list. Rookies has always been one of my favorite episodes because it shows what handiwork, determination, and bravery can do for anyone. Now, five seasons of The Clone Wars later, and we’ve become attached to those same Clones from Rookies as they’ve selflessly been either killed in action or moved up in the ranks.

William: Honestly, when I decided to make this list, Rookies was one of the first episodes that came to mind. Airing in Season 1, Rookies made a clear statement as to how the clone troopers would be portrayed in the show, and by capturing the essence of Star Wars in its heroic sacrifice, instantly likable characters, and thrilling action, Rookies more than earns its place on this list.

4) Carnage of Krell

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: The entire Umbara arc was captivating, but I don’t know if anyone could have imagined the horror of Clones killing one another. The moral of the episode is “Our actions define our legacy,” and this episode did a brilliant job showcasing the individuality of each of the clones and their strength to make important decisions without a Jedi overseeing their every move.

William: Dealing with the Clone’s looming suspicion that maybe not all the Jedi are the noble heroes they’re sometimes made out to be, this episode not only broke new ground in terms of the clone trooper’s and their individual mindsets, but also shows that some Jedi, such as the brutal Pong Krell, can be just as mad as the Sith. And that alone, makes it an immensely important episode.

3) Overlords

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: I always love episodes that feature our favorite trio – Obi-wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka – and the Mortis Trilogy didn’t disappoint. Mortis was full of symbolism and emotion, and it’s up for fans to determine whether it actually happened, or if it was really a dream that united our trio through the Force.

William: The Mortis Trilogy is one of my favorite story arcs of this show. It gives deeper meaning to Anakin’s place as the Chosen One, while also delving into some pretty weighty topics such as what is the Force, and how should it be really used. While I love all 3 episodes, the first one stands out as the best (even sporting a cameo from Liam Neeson) as it’s a suspenseful, mind-bending ride that isn’t easily forgotten.

2) The Lawless

Why it’s on the List:

Lillian: The Lawless was special because it was packed with three key moments that really impacted beloved characters: the death of Satine, the battle between Darth Maul, Savage Opress and the Sith Lord Palpatine, and death of Savage Opress at the hands of Palpatine. Fans have waited to see Palpatine in action, and this episode certainly delivered.

William: In The Lawless, we got to see some incredibly awesome Mandalorian aerial fights, Darth Sidious show his true power for the first time on the show, and Darth Maul finally living up to his true potential. Add all that to how Obi-Wan delivered such a raw, emotionally charged response upon seeing a close friend die in his arms, and you can see why it’s one of the most violent, shocking episodes of the series, and why it’s ranked so high.

1) The Wrong Jedi

Why it’s Number 1:

Lillian: This episode was beautiful in so many ways. Not only did fangirls across the country cry, but I know grown men teared up as well during the final moments. Tears were streaming down my face as I watched Ahsoka walk into the sunset away from the Jedi Order, and away from Anakin. Although I was devastated at first that she walked away from the Order, I know that this is not the end for Ahsoka, and that there is more to her story.

William: There was really no other episode that could’ve earned the top spot on this list other than The Wrong Jedi. As the Season 5 finale, it pulled out all the stops and delivered one of the most emotional, intense, and touching moments of not only the show, but the Star Wars Saga as a whole. I dare you to try and not tear up during its final moments, which easily stand as reference quality for how great this show truly is.

So there you have it, our Top 10 Episodes of The Clone Wars animated series. What did you think? Were we spot-on, or way off? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Big thanks to Lillian Skye for agreeing to do this with me, and you can follow her on Twitter here and check out her blog here.

Until next time, may the Force be with you all.

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5 responses to “The Top 10 Episodes of The Clone Wars

    • I personally loved those episodes, but with over a 100 episodes to choose from, we had to make a few sacrifices. The Citadel Arc is amazing though, especially the final episode, one of the highlights of the third season to be sure. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  1. Great list – couldn’t agree more with your top 2, and the inclusion of episodes from the Umbara and Onderon arcs. Rookies was also excellent, and coming so early in the show’s run was promising.

    I would probably have put Slaves of the Empire/Escape from Kadavo in my own list for emotional impact, and maybe Battle of the Droids for sheer entertainment value, but with so many episodes to choose from it’s a tough call as to what ends up in the top 10. Did you both decide independently that The Wrong Jedi and The Lawless should be at the top, or did you have to talk it out to reach a decision?

    🙂

    • Slaves of the Empire is actually one of my personal favorites, and I pushed for it to make the list at one point but it didn’t quite make it. Fantastic series of episodes though, love all the characterization in them.

      And our Top 2 are actually the only episodes we didn’t have to discuss, since ‘The Lawless’ and ‘The Wrong Jedi’ were both at the top of our respective lists. Which was pretty great, actually. 🙂

      Thanks so much for the great comment, glad you enjoyed our list! 😀

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