“Unfinished Business” brought the first arc of the seventh season to a solid close, as Anakin toys with the Dark Side, Mace Windu gives droids a chance, and Echo figures out where he belongs.
This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 4, “Unfinished Business”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
“Unfinished Business” makes for a strong conclusion to the first arc of The Clone Wars’ seventh and final season, with the usual helping of solid action and just enough character beats to get by. With some obvious and welcome foreshadowing for future events, particularly those in Revenge of the Sith, this feels like the show making fine use of the additional time spent polishing up these arcs for their official release on Disney+.
In the previous episode, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Captain Rex and the Bad Batch (all Dee Bradley Baker) freed captive clone trooper Echo (also Baker) from the clutches of the Separatist-aligned Techno Union. In “Unfinished Business”, with the help of the newly liberated Echo, the Republic is able to hatch a two-pronged plan for retribution: Anakin, Rex and the Bad Batch need to get Echo on the dreadnought of Admiral Trench (Baker again) so that he can feed him ruinous intel, while Mace Windu (T.C. Carson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) hack their way through the Separatist forces on the surface of Anaxes.
With Echo taking such a central role in this plan, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 4 continues to float the possibility that he’s a Separatist double-agent. Even his design keeps him apart from Rex and his clone comrades; he’s drip-white, slender, and has unique armour and a new helmet. There’s also the matter of his hacking prosthetic and all the sockets in his head. This, I think, is a smart way of emphasising Echo’s internal conflict through visual design. The clear indicators of his apartness lead to a strong payoff in which, after proving himself by leading the Separatist droids into a trap and taking a jolt of electricity for his trouble, he elects to join the Bad Batch rather than return to the rank-and-file – with Rex’s blessing, obviously.
While this is going on, Mace and Obi-Wan fight off a hangar full of droids, though “Unfinished Business” clearly devotes a lot of its attention to the perennially neglected Mace Windu, which is just as well since the current canon’s treatment of him has largely been terrible. He gets a funny moment when he allows the Battle Droids a chance to surrender, citing his endless successful engagements with them as evidence that they should probably listen, and when Trench activates a bomb in the fusion reactor on Anaxes he’s willing to die in order to defuse it – though admittedly with a little bit of help from Echo, who feeds him most of the disarming sequence, and Anakin, who gets the remainder out of the arachnid Admiral by lopping off his arms. Anakin has no qualms about dispatching Trench shortly afterwards, and while it was clearly in self-defence, it’s easy to see the obvious nod towards his eventual alignment shift that this moment was making.
While we presumably see the last of the Bad Batch in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 4, they at least go out in style. Wrecker gets a couple of great moments; one in which he takes out a corridor full of droids on his own, and another when he’s allowed the honour of detonating Trench’s entire fleet, but Crosshairs steals the show with a fantastic ricocheting sniper shot that exceeds Wrecker’s total kills – their banter about topping each other is a nice touch, and suggests they do this often enough that we can at least wring a comic book mini-series or something out of it. Hopefully, anyway.
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