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Review – The Clone Wars: The Final Season – “Old Friends Not Forgotten”

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' started by SWNN Probe, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Ahsoka’s time on Oba diah with the Martez sisters has come to an end, and now we move into the long-awaited final arc of The Clone Wars series! After agreeing to help the Mandalorian warrior Bo-Katan take back her homeworld from the sinister Maul, Ahsoka seeks out the help of some old friends. But as things heat up in the war at hand, Ahsoka is forced to take matters on Mandalore into her own hands. Read on for the full review of this week’s episode of The Clone Wars – “Old Friends Not Forgotten”.



    I’m going to handle this review a little differently than I have with previous episodes, specifically in that I’m not going to delve too much into spoiler territory. I want to do this is for the simple reason that I believe this episode should be experienced first hand rather than read about online. I generally assume that if people are reading the spoilery parts of a review rather than just taking a peek at the rating that they’ve already watched, but I only have to look at myself to know that’s not the case. If I have access to spoilers, I will read them. I simply cannot control myself. So don’t be like me. Watch this one for yourself first and then come back to share your thoughts in the comments.



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    I will, however, give you my overall thoughts and feelings about this week’s episode and address some specific things that won’t spoil the story or any of the episode’s more special moments for you. If you’ve only watched the series and haven’t branched off into any of the extra media that was published after the show’s initial cancelation, then you probably haven’t read the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic mini-series. If that’s the case, then you may be confused as to how Maul was last seen captured by Sidious in season five and now is all of a sudden back on Mandalore ruling once again with Almec as his puppet.



    All of that is explained in that four-issue series, and you can check it out on the Marvel Unlimited app if you wish or you can carry on just knowing that Maul escaped from Sidious with the help of his Death Watch followers, specifically Gar Saxon, who also appears years later in the Rebels series. Speaking of Rebels, keep your eye out for some neat connections to that series in this episode. Along with Saxon, two other characters from Rebels make an appearance in this episode, and a reference is also made that ties into Ahsoka's future in the Rebel Alliance.



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    Before I go into anything more specific, let me just go ahead and say that this is possibly the best episode of this series that I have seen to date. As a long-time fan of the show, it has everything I could have hoped for and more. I teared up a little bit (more than once), and I experienced a range of emotions that reminded me of why I love Star Wars so much in the first place. Full of heart and excitement, this one has it all, and it’s only the first chapter in a four-part story. If the rest of this arc is anything like the first chapter, we’re in for a real treat folks.



    I knew this episode was special from the moment the familiar Clone Wars logo came up on the screen. The logo was red, as it has been with all of the other Darth Maul episodes, but it was the music that ultimately got me. All possible efforts to push this story into Revenge of the Sith territory were made across the board, and it is handled beautifully. Several characters are seen in locales that will be very familiar to those who have seen ROTS, missions and military campaigns that are taking place in the film are began here, and even the music works to give this episode a genuinely cinematic feel that ties into the films like no episode of the show ever has before.



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    The cinematic quality comes largely from the blatant way that John Williams’ original score is sampled in the episode. From the very beginning, his fingerprints are all over it, and honestly, it feels perfect. But the show’s composer, Kevin Kiner, does way more than borrow from pages out of Williams’ score. The assault on Mandalore is one of the most epic musical pieces I’ve heard on the show and is on par with any of the franchise’s cinematic offerings.



    I can’t remember the last time I simply enjoyed Star Wars this much. It was just refreshing in every way I could have imagined it would have been. From long-awaited character reunions that brought the feels to the explosive action sequences and humor that made me fall in love with the saga when I was a child, this episode has all that and more. The only negative I have about this episode is that I have to wait a whole week to watch the next one.


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    Old Friends Not Forgotten is available now to stream now on Disney Plus.





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    Easily the best episode of the season so far and very promising for the conclusion of it. I really like how they are structuring these final episodes as a mini-movie. I really wish they had used this same approach for the entire season, going more high concept like this arc and interweaving them.

    The reference to Shaak-Ti going to protect Palpatine during the battle is covered brilliantly in the original Clone Wars TV show at 01:44:21. It is at the end of an Anakin/Obi-wan arc that is interesting and seems to have had some inspiration for the arc earlier this season where they go rescue 5s.
     
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    Also references a deleted (and non-canon, I believe) scene, too! Though I suppose it could still be canon that she was present there.
     
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    We are in the Endgame, now, folks. The Siege of Mandalore arc will take us right up to the brink, ending with Order 66 and Maul escaping to the Crimson Dawn criminal syndicate where he will take up his underworld throne through the time of Solo.

    It would be great to have an epilogue season that could begin with Order 66 in progress and follow a few characters' arcs that we haven't seen yet in new canon. I'd like to start with the founding of the Rebel Alliance from the cut scene from Revenge of the Sith, the temple guards choosing between becoming Inquisitors and defending the temple, the aftermath of the Siege of Mandalore as the new Galactic Empire presses its advantage, Quinlan Voss's escape from Kashyyk and his attempt to form a new life, Jedi guerillas in the depths of Curoscant's Underworld stirring up dissent in the deep, Yoda finding Dagobah and the dark tree, A'Sharad Hett survive his Clones only to cast aside his Jedi robes and return to the wrappings of his Tusken roots on Tatooine, and the rise of a new age for Crimson Dawn.
     
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    Yeah!!! Also I really want to see what ursa wren looks like with clone wars animation
     
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    Loved the battle! Ahsoka, 501st troops and Mandalorians vs Maul's Mandalorians.
     
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    Brilliant episode. Very excited for the final three
     
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    This episode was mind-boggling good. Everything from the animation to the acting to the action to the cinematography to the soundtrack was incredible. I wasn’t bored for a single second this episode. There was clearly so much heart put into this episode alone; with all of the easter eggs, connections, parallels, and fan service, I had a smile the entire time.

    I have already seen this episode four times and I have been on the verge of crying every time
    Anakin and Ahsoka say goodbye to each other for the last time.
    The rest of this arc is going to destroy me emotionally, but I am so ready for it!

    Now I’ve been a fan of most of the Star Wars content that’s come out these last few years since the Disney acquisition, but this episode is without a doubt my favorite story from the last six years. If this arc keeps it up, it’ll be my favorite Star Wars story outside of the Original Trilogy. Can’t wait til next week!
     
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    [​IMG] Finally a great episode. I love this part, the save of the season.
     
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    Bad Batch was a great episode but yeah this one is one of the best in the whole series, which is saying something
     
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    Yep... this is what I was waiting for.

    Moving the main storyline forward— the story that got me hooked onto TCW in the first instance.

    I loved how the characters (particularly Anakin and Ahsoka) -have been portrayed—aged, changed, ...stronger, but warmer with one another. —This warmth is juxtaposed by Ahsoka’s apparent brief coldness toward Anakin... though her authentic caring, appreciation, (and love) -is evident, once the vital business is taken care of.

    We’re going to see Ahsoka’s maturing growth, foresight, and wisdom— it’s going to contrast with Anakin’s churning, impulsive emotions and immense raw power.

    It’s going to be so good... painful, but good.
     
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    Anakin seemed very content, different from the "Bad Batch" episodes.
     
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    I also enjoyed this episode. My understanding is that Maul (and maybe Ahsoka?) was supposed to die in the siege of Mandalore, but they obviously won’t now.
     
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