Why “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” Is One of the Most Important Episodes of the Clone Wars Yet

This Saturday’s excellent episode of the Clone Wars was not only a joy to watch, but it is also a sign of what is to come. At one point during the episode, my sister walked in, and, upon seeing Ahsoka being hunted by Clone Troopers asked “Is this Order 66?”. That’s when it hit me. The amount of foreshadowing in this episode is exponential.

First, though, a brief summary. “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” is the second part of season 5’s final story arc. within the episode’s 20 minutes, it was hinted at that Bariss Offee planned the bombing of the Jedi temple, Ahsoka was framed for the bombing and killing of the main suspect, and then is chased across the detention center before being cornered by Anakin in the sewers, where she refuses to be captured.

So that’s the episode in a nutshell. But that’s not why it’s important. It’s important because of how it ties into other Star wars events. Order 66 is the most evident, of course. But then there’s also the Imperial era, as well as 1313. You know, that really awesome looking video game coming out at the end of the year?

So, 1313 first. Pretty much everything here is merely speculation, at least at this point. But I really think that there will be build up to it in the Clone Wars.

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Anyone who watched the episode will remember this scene, where Ahsoka leaps out of the sewers and onto that ship, which is clearly descending to Coruscant’s lower levels. And what does that screenshot remind you of? I know that it reminds me of this:

“And what might that be?” Some of you will ask. Simple: that’s a screenshot from 1313. Tell me that they do not look similar.Sure, they may not be exactly the same place, but it’s likely that Coruscant had more than one of these seemingly never ending holes in the ground. I think that it’s likely that Ahsoka will end up on level 1313 – which is where the game is going to take place. We could possibly even see some of the characters, maybe as major players, or maybe just in the background.

There really isn’t enough information to predict exactly how the plot will be introduced in the Clone Wars – but maybe the developers and Dave Filoni will recognize the opportunity to get information on 1313 out there without a 1313 trailer. It’s certainly something to think about, as, at least in my opinion, the potential for the inclusion of 1313 in the next episode is great.

Second is Order 66. “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” reminds us of the fates that await many of these characters at the end of Revenge of the Sith, which can’t be too far off right now.The scenes of the Clone Troopers hunting down Ahsoka seems to be exactly what you would have expected to happen during Oder 66.

The entire chase segment is a great use of foreshadowing – maybe even foreshadowing of Ahsoka’s eventual fate. Order 66 will happen, and that can’t be prevented. It is extremely likely that Ahsoka will die in Order 66, if she lasts that long. The same goes for a lot of other Jedi. For almost five seasons, they’ve completely ignored the fact that all the Jedi will be betrayed by the clones – no matter the relationships that the show has done such a good job of building between the two so far.

“The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” was a harsh reminder of the reality of the situation. Plus, that entire chase scene was a joy to watch.

Then there’s the foreshadowing of the Imperial era. This is seen in a variety of ways, one of which is a lot more important than the others. Some are just minor details – like the fact that Clone Troopers seem to be shooting like Stormtroopers, meaning that they can’t aim at all. In all seriousness, though, there are some other details that foreshadow the empire.

One of the more prominent examples is the prison itself. First of all, it seems like something that the Empire would build, especially since the Republic is supposed to stand for freedom and peace. The structure seems more like something the Empire would construct.

But that doesn’t even take into account the interior.

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Recognize this? Maybe this will help to jog your memory…

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That is from a little movie called “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”, or, if you want to ignore the prequels, simply “Star Wars”. Anyways, the similarities between the Republic prison and the Death Star corridors are striking, and serve to remind the viewer of the dark path that the galaxy is soon going to embark upon.

No, it’s not the best Clone Wars episode to date, but “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” was a great episode, overall. It’s also the first time since season 3 that we’ve really been shown the path that the galaxy is going down, and it was an abrupt return to reality, as we all know that Order 66 is coming, and very few Jedi will be able to escape from it. Sure, there aren’t exactly any direct references, but it’s the inclusion of characters like Tarkin, and the episode’s overall animation style, that makes “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” extremely important. 

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About jeanluc1997

Fan fiction writer, Youtube video maker. Hardcore Star Wars fan. Progressive Liberal.
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One Response to Why “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” Is One of the Most Important Episodes of the Clone Wars Yet

  1. brucekenobi says:

    I consider it one of the best episodes to date.

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