The Clone Wars is quickly coming to an end with only two episodes remaining. We all know what’s coming. It’s just a matter of how it plays out. In Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 11 the events of Order 66 begin to unfold and for the first time, we get to see the events from a different perspective. “Shattered” is full of tie-ins from other parts of the Star Wars universe. It also begins to pull everything together as the series comes to a close on May 4th.
Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 11 opens with Ahsoka and the clone troopers preparing to leave Mandalore with Maul in custody. Captain Rex lets Ahsoka know that the Jedi Council is ready to speak to her about her mission on Mandalore. Ahsoka seems eager to talk to Anakin after what Maul revealed, that he was the key to everything in episode 10. At the council’s request, Ahsoka accompanies Maul back to Coruscant.
As Maul is loaded onto the transport for Coruscant the music and vibe of the show take a turn. Ahsoka and Rex have a brief but important conversation. She tells him that the Jedi were not meant to be soldiers by keepers of the peace and that ever since she became a padawan she’s been a soldier. He reminds her that without this war the clones would have no purpose. Viewers can really see in this and a few other moments in the episode the friendship between Ahsoka and Rex.
Order 66 is executed and the clones begin to turn. Rex tries to resist but ultimately gives in to the order. Ahsoka fights off the clones and manages to escape. She makes her way to Maul. Clones are about to kill him but she saves him to use him as a diversion. She manages to get to a room on the ship where droids are stored. She activates R7 and together with a few other droids hatches a plan to escape.
Ahsoka says she is a citizen, not a Jedi
During the meeting with the Jedi generals back on Mandalore, Mace Windu congratulates Ahsoka on completing her mission successfully. Yoda tells her she did a great service to the Republic. Ahsoka comments back with she did her duty as a citizen. Yoda seems disturbed by what she says and tries to clarify that she didn’t complete this mission as a Jedi.
Ahsoka makes an important distinction here. She doesn’t say no, she says “no, not yet.” At the end of the meeting, Windu starts talking about how Anakin is meeting with the Chancellor about the whereabouts of General Grievous. Ahsoka wants to know more information, but Windu reminds her she is a citizen and this information is for Jedi only.
Ursa Wren, mother of Sabine Wren from Rebels makes a brief appearance. Ursa was part of Death Watch and commanded by Bo-Katan during the Seige of Mandalore. She can be seen walking next to Bo-Katan as they escort Maul onto Ahsoka’s ship. She is only on screen for a few minutes and doesn’t speak. But this is important because her daughter plays a big part in Rebels defending the galaxy from the Empire.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Events
At this point in the timeline events in the Clone Wars and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith are happening at the same time. Mace Windu tells Ahsoka after she asks about General Skywalker that Anakin has been sent to inform the Chancellor that General Grievous has been found on Utapau. Obi-Wan Kenobi is on Utapau confronting General Grievous.
As we all know from the movie, Anakin is present when Mace Windu and other members of the Jedi Council are attempting to arrest the Chancellor. Ahsoka can literally hear Anakin’s confrontation with the Chancellor, the death of Mace Windu, and the moment he gives in to the dark side.
Order 66 begins
Order 66 is executed during this episode. Ahsoka is very confused when suddenly out of nowhere the clones including Rex turn on her. At first, it seems like Rex is fighting the urge to attack her but he quickly surrenders to the order and tells the other troopers he will personally handle her. Rex has been her close friend throughout the series and watching this happen was hard as a viewer.
There is a brief moment where Rex seems a little out of it and another trooper asks him if he is ok. Rex seems confused by what is happening but replies with he is just tired. Rex gives the order for Maul to be executed and explains to the other troopers what Order 66 is. He says Ahsoka Tano needs to be found and terminated according to the order. He explains that under this directive any and all Jedi leadership must be executed for treason against the Republic.
When Ahsoka escapes Rex and the clone troopers she makes her way to Maul. Once he is out of his prison she almost confides in him about what just happened. She starts explaining that Rex and the other troopers turned on her out of nowhere. She is confused and not sure why they would do such a thing. Maul assures her that he had nothing to do with what happened. Maul chuckles and says he wasn’t privy to his Master’s plan, but now he can see that the Jedi’s army has been turned against them.
Rex (CT-7567) filed a grievance report about Fives (CT-5555)
Ahsoka remembers that Rex was concerned about Fives when he turned against the Jedi in season 6. She has R7 look up the records for Fives (CT-5555). In the records, she discovers that Rex filed a grievance about inhibitor chips malfunctioning. She later uses this information to help Rex.
A few key moments happen here. Ahsoka discovers the information about the inhibitor chips, she has R7 scan Rex for the chip, she uses the Force by repeating I am one with the Force and the Force is with me to snap rex out of it, and she has the droids remove his chip.
Galaxy’s Edge Connection
There is a subtle Galaxy’s Edge connection in this episode. One of the droids Ahsoka is working with at the end of the episode to help her save Rex and escape Order 66 is U5-GG. U5-GG or Gigi is assigned to the Resistance spy Vi Moradi. They are both featured in the novel Phasma where they are captured by the First Order. Moradi had the good sense to wipe Gigi’s memory just before they were taken. Gigi is also mentioned in the Star Wars novel Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire.
Clone Wars Season 7 Episode 11 was difficult to watch as a viewer. I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Viewers know how the series is going to end with Order 66 being executed but they don’t know exactly how the order will be carried out.
This episode gave us a taste of the end. It was hard to watch the order be given by Palpatine and see the clones begin to turn. In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith we get to see Order 66 happen across the Galaxy. In this episode, we get to see what happens to Ahsoka and Rex.
I like how this episode is starting to unfold the events. I like how the series as a whole is tieing in other pieces of the universe and making it all one cohesive story. This episode along with the others in the arc is well written and is helping to bring the series to a close.
I know that the series finale on May 4th is going to be emotional and difficult to watch. I’m curious to see how many more tie-ins we will get to Revenge of the Sith or maybe even Rebels. I’m anxiously awaiting May 4th to see how the story will end and if there will be any new information revealed.
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I am having a hard time with this arc because the series is ending and Order 66 has started. I enjoyed the episode overall and I feel like it was done really well. Order 66 is a hard thing to deal with. I think the writers and producers are handling it well so far.