In anticipation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ seventh season, which premieres this Friday, Feb. 21, Disney Plus noted 20 necessary episodes from the series’ initialrun What makes them necessary?
In order to capture you up, here’s a quick summary of each of those episodes, why they matter, and how a few of them might feed into Clone Wars’ season7
[Ed. note: Summaries and analysis below each episode title include spoilers for The Clone Wars.]
” Ambush,” season 1, episode 1
Master Yoda and atrioventricular bundle of clone cannon fodders fight Count Dooku’s apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for the loyalty of the Toydarian king, who has an interest in signing up with the Republic.
This is Clone Wars’ first episode, and showcases the formula of the show quite well. We question this will have anything to make with season 7, which Disney+ included it to present audiences to Ventress.
” Rookies,” season 1, episode 5
What you need to understand: Clone leaders Rex and Cody teach a group of novice clones the significance of interacting as a system.
Comparable to the series best, “Ambush,” this episode serves to present audiences to the clones– particularly Rex and Cody. Rex and Ahsoka are extremely nearby the time Star Wars: Rebels takes place, and we anticipate Rex to play a crucial function in Clone Wars season7
” Landing at Point Rain,” season 2, episode 5
What you need to understand: Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi arrive at Geonosis to attack an effective android factory.
The attack on Geonosis is among the first significant arcs in Clone Wars, and presents audiences to Barriss Offee, who will ultimately betray the Jedi Order and Ahsoka in later seasons.
” Defense Factory,” season 2, episode 6
What you need to understand: Anakin and Jedi Master Luminara Unduli ward off waves of androids while their Padawans– Ahsoka and Barriss Offee– attack to android factory.
” Defense Factory” shows the budding relationship in between Ahsoka and Barriss, and features Ahsoka’s perseverance in the face ofdeath
” Tradition of Fear,” season 2, episode 7
What you need to understand: Obi-Wan and Anakin look for a missing out on Jedi Master Luminara, and unintentionally stumble into an army of zombies and the Geonosian Queen.
This episode establishes the Geonosian Queen and her mind control capabilities, which play a crucial function in “Brain Invaders,” the next episode Disney Plus advises you watch.
” Brain Invaders,” season 2, episode 8
What you need to understand: After discovering success on Geonosis, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luminara, Ahsoka, and Barriss unconsciously bring Geonosian Brain Worms onto their transportation, triggering a break out of mind control.
The Brain Worms contaminate Barriss in this episode, and she battles versus Ahsoka. This provides crucial context to what might’ve triggered Barriss to turn in the future “Incorrect Jedi” arc (see down the list), where Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order.
“The Mandalore Plot,” season 2, episode 12
What you need to understand: Obi-Wan and Anakin travel to Mandalore, where Obi-Wan reunites with an old flame: Duchess Satine, the Mandalorian ruler.
This episode presents audiences to Duchess Satine, and the presently passive Mandalorian individuals.
” Trip of Temptation,” season 2, episode 13
What you need to understand: The Jedi, with some Clone support, safeguard Duchess Satine from assassination efforts.
“The Trip of Temptation” exposes Obi-Wan and Duchess Satine have actually constantly remained in love, which works as an essential linking point in between Anakin and his master. “The Mandalore Plot” and the “Trip of Temptation” likewise start the twisted tale of Mandalorian politics, which we understand will involve season 7 (and maybe notify what we simply saw in The Mandalorian season 1).
” ARC Troopers,” season 3, episode 2
What you need to understand: The Separatists attack the Clone center on Kamino, and much of the called Clone cannon fodders return to safeguard their home.
Much of Clone Wars concentrates on humanizing the Clones. In “ARC Troopers,” you see Rex, Cody, Fives, and numerous others fear for their home, and grieve the loss of a senior Clone,99
” Bro,” season 4, episode 21
What you need to understand: Savage Opress, sibling of Darth Maul, makes his method to a scrap world to discover his sibling. He finds Maul in a pit, a sliver of his former self.
This is the first episode to revive The Phantom Threat’s Darth Maul, who we understand will be a crucial bad man in Clone Wars season7
” Vengeance,” season 4, episode 22
What you need to understand: Mom Talzin of Dathomir utilizes magick to bring back Darth Maul’s mind and grant him a brand-new set of robotic legs. Savage Opress and Maul fight versus Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku’s former apprentice, Asajj Ventress.
This episode advises audiences of Maul’s extreme hatred of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and is the first minute where Ventress ends up being more anti-hero than bad guy.
” Revival,” season 5, episode 1
What you need to understand: Maul and Opress create chaos in the galaxy. Obi-Wan and Jedi Master Adi Gallia hunt the siblings down, however Opress eliminates Gallia.
This fight shows off more of Maul and Opress’ abilities, and the death of a coworker provides Obi-Wan a real factor to continue to fight Maul.
“The Event,” season 5, episode 6
What you need to understand: Ahsoka and Master Yoda take a group of younglings to the world Ilum, and assist them craft their first lightsaber.
This episode puts Ahsoka in the function of an instructor, and a highly regarded Jedi– which is very important to see before Ahsoka chooses to leave the order later on thisseason It’s likewise possible a few of the younglings she befriends in this episode will appear in season 7.
” Eminence,” season 5, episode 14
What you need to understand: Savage Opress and Darth Maul arrive at Mandalore, and form a loose alliance with the Death Watch terrorist cell.
This episode starts the second Mandalore arc, which is most likely secret to understanding season 7’s plot.
” Tones of Factor,” season 5, episode 15
What you need to understand: Opress, Maul, and the Death Watch topple Duchess Satine. The Death Watch betrays Maul, however he and his sibling escape captivity. Maul difficulties Vizsla, the leader of the Death Watch, to a battle, eliminates him, and declares the Darksaber– however the members of the Death Watch refuse to swear fealty to an outsider.
This episode shows the fall of Death Watch and rise of Darth Maul in Mandalorianpolitics It likewise features the Darksaber altering hands to Maul, which might play into season7
“The Lawless,” season 5, episode 16
What you need to understand: Obi-Wan neglects the Jedi Council’s orders to keep away from Mandalore, and efforts to conserve Satine. Maul eliminates the duchess in front of Obi-Wan, and Satine proclaims her love for the Jedi. Darth Sidious feels the existence of Maul throughout the galaxy, journeys to Mandalore, eliminates Savage Opress, and abuses Maul with Force Lightning.
The death of Duchess Satine is a big juncture for Obi-Wan as a character and the political structure of Mandalore. Obi-Wan will certainly point out Satine’s death in season7
” Sabotage,” season 5, episode 17
What you need to understand: After a battle at the Jedi Temple, Anakin and Ahsoka examine the criminal offense scene.
” Sabotage” begins the “Incorrect Jedi” arc, which ultimately triggers Ahsoka to leave the Jedi Order.
“The Jedi Who Knew Excessive,” season 5, episode 18
What you need to understand: A lady called Letta Turmond, who appears to understand who triggered the surge at the Jedi Temple, requests Ahsoka’s help. before Turmond can expose who set the bomb, a strange figure Force Chokes her to death. The security video footage makes it appear Ahsoka eliminated Turmond, and in turn, the Clones arrest her for murder and the battle of the Jedi Temple. Ahsoka leaves into the depths of Coruscant.
This is the first episode where the Order switches on Ahsoka, triggering her to get away and find the truth of the battle.
” To Capture a Jedi,” season 5, episode 19
What you need to understand: The Jedi Council– aside from Anakin and Jedi Master Plo Koon– think Ahsoka is guilty. Ahsoka contacts Barriss for assistance. Asajj Ventress hunts Ahsoka down, and the 2 team up to discover the real wrongdoer. A strange figure knocks Ventress out and utilizes her lightsabers to attack Ahsoka, leading the Padawan to think Ventress betrayed their offer. The figure knocks Ahsoka out, and she’s recorded by the Clones.
This episode features the team- up in between Ahsoka and Ventress, whose relationship might play a crucial function in season7 It presents Barriss back into the plot.
“The Incorrect Jedi,” season 5, episode 20
What you need to understand: Ahsoka stands trial for the battle of the Jedi Temple. While Ahsoka deals with the senate, Anakin hounds the real wrongdoer: Barriss. Anakin brings Barriss before the council, and they use Ahsoka the possibility to rejoin the Jedi Order. Ahsoka declines, and leaves to make her own course through the galaxy.
This episode sees Ahsoka leave the Jedi Order for great. This is the most crucial decision Ahsoka makes in the series, and will likely be a significant talking point for her character in Clone Wars season7
Without the full context of Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, it’s difficult to state for sure why Disney noted these episodes as necessary. If you’re looking to dive into Clone Wars for the first time, or simply desire to revitalize your memory, these 20 episodes are a terrific starting point before the next season debuts.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7’s first episode, “The Bad Batch,” releases on Feb. 21 for Disney+.