“On the Wings of the Keeradaks” swapped character and plot for impressive action in a fine penultimate episode to this revived story arc.
This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 3, “On the Wings of Keeradaks”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The third episode of The Clone Wars’ seventh season, and the penultimate one in this particular revived arc, is basically an extended escape sequence followed by a standoff; it’s light on character development and world-building but heavy on impressive visuals and action, making for an ideal middle chapter in this four-parter.
As you no doubt recall, in the previous episode, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Captain Rex and the Bad Batch (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) discovered captive clone trooper Echo in a Techno Union base on Skako Minor. There, he was plugged into the Separatist network thanks to some unpleasant body-horror enhancements and was being used to divulge information about Republic battle tactics. Now free but irrevocably changed by the experience, both physically and mentally, the essential dramatic question of “On the Wings of Keeradaks” is whether he can return to his old life with his all his grim new cybernetics and horrendous experiences.
Wat Tambor (Matthew Wood) remains the key villain in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 3, though his plan of creating a clone-computer hybrid remains a bit nebulous beyond it being such an obviously unpleasant and villainous thing to do. It also allows Echo to be saddled with a lot of plot-convenient intel, such as the entire Techno Union databanks and insider information that allows for a fun action sequence on a precarious passage between buildings when he advises a detour. The question of Echo’s trustworthiness remains, especially among the members of the Bad Batch, and once the gang is forced to escape using the native Keeradaks and retreat to the Poletec village for a climactic standoff, we get some payoff to those throwaway scenes in the previous episode of the Republic negotiating with the indigenous people.
It’s that standoff which makes for the highlight of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 3, full as it is with great action, some new droid models, and back-and-forth patter between the heroes. There might not be much depth to any of it, but that hardly matters; sometimes the simple pleasures of sight and sound are enough, and this uncomplicated episode revels in the facile pleasures of a good, classic action sequence.
Of course, that still leaves plenty of things for the final episode of this arc to unpack. What, exactly, were the Techno Union working towards with Echo, and how are they planning to recoup on their investment? How will the Republic use the success of this mission to turn the tide of the war? And, perhaps most importantly, can Echo still be trusted?
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.