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Every time an episode of The Clone Wars lands, Fantha Tracks will be giving their responses, and here are our initial gut feelings, deep dives and thoughts on the eleventh episode of season seven – Shattered. Beware of spoilerific elements in here.

Ben Turfrey

The Clone Wars blew me away this week. Aptly titled Shattered, the semi-finale takes tension to a whole new level. I knew what was coming, and the people over at Lucasfilm Animation knew that too. That foresight didn’t stop it from hurting any less.

The episode does a fantastic job on building tension throughout the first half, using the music to set a dark and foreboding tone that leads right up to the moment those fateful words are spoken.

When Palpatine issued Order 66 my jaw hit the floor. I knew it was coming, and was even given a moment to prepare myself as Ahsoka had a haunting vision of the events that occur in the Chancellor’s office, but what took me by surprise was how quickly the Clones turned. Even Rex, who you could see was visibly broken, crying, shaking and fighting the order, turned in almost an instant. This was made all the more powerful by the inclusion of a new rendition of Anakin’s Dark Deeds. I felt helpless as I watched my favourite characters grapple with a situation that was beyond either of their control, and in the literal sense of the word, it was awesome.

The remainder of the episode was a non-stop train of action and intensity. Ahsoka freeing Maul as a distraction was surprising and very much something that Anakin would do, and I think it went a long way in proving that she is no longer a Jedi.

The episode has many call-backs (or call-forwards?) to other Star Wars media, with a fun Chopper-esque droid named Cheep, a scene with Maul that rivalled Vader’s corridor scene in Rogue One and even a return of the famous mantra “I’m one with the Force, and the Force is with me”.

The previous episode may have been the most cinematically beautiful episode of The Clone Wars that I’ve seen, but this takes the title of most intense.

I find I’m very grateful that the finale is only in three (long) days. This will certainly be the end of a civilised age.

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Ross Hollebon

The most intense, ominous 2 minutes and 22 seconds of The Clone Wars seven seasons starts at 6:04 of “Shattered,” the penultimate episode of the series.

After absorbing scenes of a burning Mandalore and its battered citizens, Ahsoka Tano takes leave of Bo-Katan to start the void of voices. Deep breathing by Maul as he is confined to an enhanced prisoner chamber developed by the Mandalorians during their war with the Jedi. Industrial background noise of hangar activity in the Venator-class Star Destroyer. Kevin Kiner’s haunting soundtrack stealing the audio spotlight, ushering the hand of betrayal and death—a long unfolding Sith plot—as “Order 66” is finally invoked by Darth Sidious.

The episode masterfully ties in critical elements from earlier arcs of this series—RIP “Fives”—but more importantly lurk concurrently with activity from Revenge of the Sith. The specific line from Mace Windu, “I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi. The Dark Side of the Force surrounds the Chancellor,” tends to usher in this new Ahsoka-centric view of how the tragedy of the Jedi Purge occurs across the galaxy. But Ahsoka is a citizen—not a Jedi—and manages to free Captain Rex from his inhibitor chip—while also showing off masterful skill with her lightsabers. And now we wait for May the Fourth to discover how the pair escape the remaining brainwashed Clones.

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Adam O’Brien

Filoni is nailing it better than any other creative currently at LFL getting the essence of what George Lucas was setting at this time period whilst giving us something cleverly written to enhance our novel experience of Ahsoka in this prequel ending era.

Ahsoka in some ways is the catalyst to all that Darth Maul is hoping to ensure will help him get to where he wants, fiendishly devil like but charismatic performance yet again by Ray Park, stealing EVERY darn scene he is in.

The calling cards from Order 66 had me right away…and WOW!

The scenes between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the episodes preceding this are haunting to a point as we know it’s only a few moments before the Jedi are no more.

As Ahsoka stands on the bridge, and feels the haunting moments in the force of Anakin’s betrayal, and fall to Palpatine is simply the greatest bit of Star Wars TV in years.

Matt Shope

Kevin Kiner’s soundtrack has been spellbinding throughout the series. The tension and frantic energy that is building around the characters is fueled by the music. The audience knows what’s going to happen. Darth Sidious knows what’s going to happen. Maul, Ashoka and the clones have no idea, but they know something just doesn’t feel right.

When everything is “Shattered” you feel it! The atmospheric tone is similar to what Vangelis and Hans Zimmer brought to the Blade Runner films, only Kevin Kiner has it perfected to leaving the viewers breathless by the end.

Kiner is a musical tour de force.

Mark Newbold

In a series that has always maintained a high watermark of quality, and a season that has picked up the threads of prior stories flawlessly despite over half a decade away, Shattered has upped the ante even more, easing the frenetic pace of The Phantom Apprentice to dial up the dread as the final breaths before Order 66 are drawn.

Maul is in custody, Ahsoka victorious but this is no victory. Quite the opposite, the offer Maul made could have swung the direction of the war and the fate of the galaxy, but none of the players know this and as Ahsoka shares her thoughts with Rex and Order 66 begins, Maul’s words bear fruit. His satisfaction is villainously delicious, and while Ahsoka is careful to inhibit his evil urgings – no double-bladed saber for him – she has little choice but to let him wreak havoc. Needs must – if only she’d realised that a few hours earlier.

It goes without saying the episode looks stunning, the music and choices of music from Revenge of the Sith is perfect, the performances once again on point – an important element, given we are literally folding in audio pieces from the 2005 film. Again, as with last week the narrative runs parallel to the existing story of episode 3 without stepping on its toes. For example, the exchange between Mace and Ahsoka. She’s very clear to make sure the council members present understand she is no longer a Jedi under their command, she’s a citizen. Mace – as he is in the film, clearly in a bad mood given the impending cloud coming their way – gives her short shrift when she asks for information. Not the outcome she’d want, but perfectly pitched given what we know is on the horizon.

This is a key moment for Ahsoka Tano. No longer a Jedi, outside of the order, she still has the quiet comfort of knowing that the Jedi are there. Yoda makes it clear, he wants her back. He doesn’t say it, the subtle animation does a magnificent job of silently articulating his feelings, but just think back; Ahsoka was paired up with Anakin to benefit Anakin, help with his development, give him a distraction, make him grow up. Now, as the Jedi Order are about to fall and their Chosen One has turned on them, it makes you wonder where their efforts were best placed – on the Jedi who stayed, or the padawan who walked away from it all.

Joey Clark

Execute Order 66… the line is yet again uttered by Lord Sidious. It’s a fan favorite, even after all this time. Dave Filoni has breathed life into it once more with this incredible episode. He has added to its significance, not only with this installment, but with the series as a whole. The second to last episode of The Clone Wars series can only be described as hauntingly beautiful.

While The Clone Wars is a visual spectacle in its own right, the sound and music can not be
overlooked, particularly with this episode. Kevin Kiner’s score masterfully takes on a life all its own; the music speaks to the audience and illuminates the dialogue between our beloved characters. When watching the episode the soundscape doesn’t only remind me of the prequel trilogy, but also the work on the feature, THX 1138. The droning sounds in the beginning of the episode add a dystopian anxiety that lingers as we build up to the moment in which Rex turns on Ahsoka with the rest of the clones.

One of the strongest through lines of the series is the friendship of Ahsoka and Rex. They have been an integral part of each other’s journey. Since their meeting, they’ve been inseparable.

That is why this episode is absolutely heartbreaking. After Order 66 is given, Rex struggles to fight his programming and his last act before bending to the will of Palpatine is an attempt to save her life. Emotions ran high, but Filoni and team kept upping the ante.

Ahsoka was determined to help Rex; she would not let him down. She discovered the chip’s
primary function, and hatched a plan to rescue her friend. While I was apprehensive about the droids assisting Ahsoka, I think they served as playful buffer with darkness surrounding this arc. (Cheep is definitely on my list of droid favorites!)

If you’re a fan of Rebels, you know both Ahsoka and Rex survive the events of Order 66, but it comes at a price. Ahsoka had to set Maul free to enact her plan, and she is nearly destroyed by the onslaught of clones until Rex manages to fire upon his brothers. All though he has saved his friend from certain death, he is instantly shattered. A man who did everything to protect his brothers, had no other choice but to fire upon them.

Overall this episode will go down as being a part of one of the best, if not the best Clone Wars arc. I’m anxiously awaiting the finale of the series, even though we know the events that follow in the Skywalker Saga, it will be interesting to see how the series connects to the larger story.

Paul DePaola

The time has come, execute Order 66. Since the beginning of The Clone Wars, we’ve wondered how these moments will play out on the show with the clones that we’ve grown to love.

Shattered” begins with what should be a celebratory moment as Death Watch and Maul are defeated. Instead, an ominous shadow hangs over everything. Bo Katan is worried about the future of Mandalore and doubts herself as a leader. Maul is captured and is being brought to the Jedi Council in a terrifically sinister contraption that brings to mind Hannibal Lecter. Ahsoka may be reconsidering her decision to leave the Jedi Order. We, the audience, know what is to come and the characters know something isn’t right as well.

The episode uses direct quotes and audio from Revenge of the Sith to let us know exactly where in the timeline we are. The final fateful meeting of the Jedi Council now includes Ahsoka and again we question the decisions of the council members. Ahsoka’s reaction to Anakin’s turn is a heartbreaking moment as we watch her feel his pain. Again, the creators use the knowledge of the other shows and movies to deepen what we are experiencing here.

In Star Wars Rebels, Rex says that he didn’t betray his Jedi during Order 66. Now we see his actions when the order was given and it’s much more gray than we were lead to believe. Rex is tormented but cannot help but follow the order given. The troopers who had decorated their armor to honor Ahsoka now hunting her is a wonderfully emotional twist of the knife. Finally, it’s capped off with Rex being forced to turn on his own troopers to protect Ahsoka.

Kevin Kiner’s music has been incredible throughout the entire run of the series, but here it beautifully captures the rising tension, echoing the themes from Revenge of the Sith.

The focus is primarily on Ahsoka and Rex, but Maul gets a truly stand out scene in his attempt to escape.

Order 66 is a deeply emotional moment in Revenge of the Sith and it is again in The Clone Wars.

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Paul Naylor

So we have reached Shattered, the penultimate episode in what is supposedly the final season of The Clone Wars. Shattered indeed. Ahsoka Tano, reeling from Maul’s revelation that her master, Anakin Skywalker, has secretly been groomed by a Sith Lord is set to have her heart broken several times in this episode.

She receives a Zoom message, erm WhatsApp, oh no, I mean Teams call from Yoda, Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi. At Ahsoka’s side throughout, Rex enquires why she had not revealed Maul’s information regarding Anakin. Choosing instead to try and locate her master to find out the truth for herself.

As Ahsoka and a crew of clones are travelling through hyperspace, she senses Anakin’s fall to the dark side, and through the Force witnesses the unleashing of Palpatine’s Order 66. Shattered again.

True to 2005s Revenge of the Sith, as soon as the order is dispatched all clones are immediately triggered to turn on the Jedi Knights.

There is a beautiful scene where we see Rex’s hand trembling as Order 66 takes place and he reaches for his blaster, his helmet symbolically dropping to the ground. With blasters trained on her – and with tears running down his cheeks – Rex tells Ahsoka to seek out Fives.

Ahsoka flees with her life and finds safe haven with a group of astromechs. It gives her enough time to search the archives which reveals the removal of Fives’ inhibitor chip and a locked file from Rex himself who had suspicions about the inhibitors and the ability for clones to be manipulated at the hands of those managing the chips in each of their heads.

A plan is hatched to separate Rex from other clones and to rush him to the medical bay and attempt to remove the inhibitor.

A goosebump moment occurs when Ahsoka calls upon the Force to help her locate the chip in her unconscious friend’s head, cradling his face and repeating the phrase made familiar by Chirut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – “I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me”. Rex joins in with the chant. The chip is located.

As the procedure to remove it proceeds, the door to the medical bay is being attacked by Rex’s fellow clones. The astro droids do their best to keep them at bay as Rex returns to consciousness and confirms Ahsoka’s worst fears. Every single clone has been ordered to destroy the Jedi Order.

This is without doubt my favourite episode of The Clone Wars and can only be beaten by its finale. Episode 12, you have a lot to live up to.

Ben Földi

Oh boy, what an episode again! I don’t even know where to start. I was born in 1990, one of the saddest movie moments for my generation is Order 66 from Revenge of the Sith. I knew it would be hard to bear what we will see in Shattered, so I grabbed my pipe and a gin tonic at the start. And I almost forgot to smoke my pipe, what an exciting episode!

If you can’t write, you can’t direct”, George Lucas taught Dave Filoni, as we heard in the last episode in The Star Wars Show. I think Dave Filoni was a good padawan; he became one of the best storytellers of our era. Not just in Star Wars, I mean in the whole entertainment industry. The way he connected different published or unpublished productions (like Underworld!) in this season of The Clone Wars should be taught for filmmaking students. We have seen references to the following projects of Star Wars just in this episode: of course Revenge of the Sith, the different arcs of The Clone Wars, Rogue One, Rebels and The Mandalorian. Probably more. It is unbelievable that he easily tells a story, and in the meantime, he connects it to different eras and productions. He is a pure genius.

Shattered reminded me of the sixth chapter (The Prisoner) of The Mandalorian. We saw chases in a corridor of a starship, and we hear the depressing music which also reminded me of The Mandalorian. But my favourite scenes were those which were clear references to Rogue One. I am glad we heard again the sentence: “I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me”. But it was more mind blowing that Filoni and his colleagues recreated the corridor scene from the end of Rogue One, but with a twist: he didn’t have any weapons! I think this showed us again, how badass Maul was. He was my favourite villain before, but this made him a better bad guy. And good to know he became one of the most important gangsters of the Empire era thanks to Ahsoka.

After watching the episode, we spoke about it with my colleagues in our editorial Facebook group of http://Ziro.hu, our Hungarian fansite. István Kádas, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of http://Ziro.hu said that Rex’s story taught us one of the most important lessons of Dave Filoni. That every truth’s we hear in the galaxy far far away are true just from a certain point of view. We fans are needed to remind this in every Star Wars story.

To the whole crew of The Clone Wars: a huge thank you!

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Becca Benjamin

Where do I even begin?

For Ahsoka, in the season 2 finale of Rebels, it finally “clicks.” She now knows what she heard via the Force in this episode, plus what Maul told her during the Siege of Mandalore in The Phantom Apprentice, equals what He (Anakin) has become. Darth Vader.

In short, Filoni is the Master storyteller by connecting the whole damn thing.

For me, personally, my heartbreaking moment was Rex firing on Ahsoka and initiating Order 66 and Ahsoka hearing Anakin cry out, “What have I done!” But, the highlight was when Ahsoka chanted “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me” from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Matt Neve

We knew this was coming but that doesn’t mean I was ready.

This episode starts slowly and with foreboding music running throughout we know that something very bad is about to happen…Order 66.

As it is executed across the galaxy and Ahsoka hears the sounds of Anakin’s turn we finally see how it happened between our beloved Togruta and Rex. I’m not going to lie, this was a particularly hard watch for me as one who has watched them grow together over the years. I realise we know what occurs post this but seeing Rex turn and attack his friend was heart wrenching.

This is obviously the main event of the episode and what fans have been waiting to see but there is so much more. There is a gorgeous affirmation of Ahsoka from Yoda and a damning response from Windu. Maul is still heavily involved and has an absolute badass moment. There is so much more to this episode than Order 66 but that’s why it’ll be remembered. The strength of a long last bond seemingly breaking in a moment that will eventually be rebuilt. And there it is again, hope the underlying theme of Star Wars.

Thanks to Ben Turfrey, Ross Hollebon, Ben Földi and Paul DePaola for their reviews.

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