Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, episode 11 recap – “Shattered”

May 3, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
Disney+, TV Recaps
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Summary

“Shattered” depicts Order 66 from the isolated perspective of Ahsoka, as both she and Maul are left to escape the culling of the Jedi Order.

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4.5

Summary

“Shattered” depicts Order 66 from the isolated perspective of Ahsoka, as both she and Maul are left to escape the culling of the Jedi Order.

This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, episode 11, “Shattered”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


We all knew it was coming, but perhaps we didn’t expect it in quite this form, as “Shattered”, coming on the back of two large-scale blockbuster episodes, depicts the execution of Order 66 in a surprisingly intimate way. Focusing mostly on Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) and Rex (Dee Bradley Baker), with some bouts of awesomeness from Maul (Sam Witwer) for good measure, it’s a contained but intense episode that isn’t afraid to get dark when it needs to – which is virtually the entire runtime.

With Maul still believed to be the key to learning the identity of Darth Sidious, we find Ahsoka agreeing to transport him back to Coruscant in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 11, and enjoy some more reminders that what we’re seeing is occurring simultaneously with Revenge of the Sith – Ahsoka’s holo conversation with Mace Windu (TC Carson), Yoda (Tom Kane), Ki-Adi-Mundi (Silas Carson) and Aayla Secura, for instance.

This is all heavy with the tension of what’s coming. We know Anakin is about to turn to the Dark Side, and that all the bluster about Obi-Wan potentially ending the war is misguided. We know, too, that Order 66 is coming. But seeing that fateful moment from this perspective is all the more powerful, especially since Ahsoka expresses to Yoda the potential of her re-joining the Jedi Order, and so much of what occurs is couched in her longstanding relationship with Rex. We also see both Ahsoka and Maul feel Anakin’s transition to the Dark Side, right before Palpatine executes Order 66. When that happens, even though we knew it was coming, its impact is still deeply felt – Rex trying desperately to resist it while shouting at Ahsoka to find Fives, who discovered the conspiracy back in Season 6, was a powerful moment.

Ahsoka is able to deflect the clones’ blaster fire and escape for long enough to free Maul, who has thus far remained imprisoned. She isn’t interested in teaming up but knows she needs him for the diversion he’ll cause. And blimey, does he cause a diversion, enjoying his own Vader-in-Rogue-One moment as he butchers a corridor of clones using the Force. This sequence is about as violent and dark as The Clone Wars has ever been. I suppose now’s the time for it.

Meanwhile in “Shattered”, Ahsoka and the local astromech droids are able to subdue Rex and take him to the medical bay, where some impromptu surgery – with help from the Force – allows them to locate and remove his inhibitor chip. Free from its influence, Rex helps Ahsoka fight off his compatriots – this was a real punch-the-air moment, let me tell you – and reveals to her the breadth of the conspiracy: the entire clone army has been ordered to execute all the Jedi Knights.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 11 ends with a sizeable contingent of that army at the door. Luckily, we only have to wait until Monday, May the 4th, to see the long-awaited conclusion to this masterful arc.


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