It’s a conspiracy and Ahsoka is set up as the fall girl.
After a funeral for the Jedi killed in last week’s bombing, a brief chat with Barriss Offee about controlling emotions, and a tense conversation with Tarkin about transferring Letta to the military’s custody (even then he was a schmuck), Ahsoka goes to see Letta, the woman being held for the bombing in the brig. She tells Ahsoka that a Jedi was behind the bombing plot because that Jedi disagrees with the direction the order is taking. Before Letta could tell Ahsoka the Jedi’s identity, she suddenly levitates in the air and chokes to death. Ahsoka makes the mistake of waving her arms around and the sound was conveniently not working on the prison cell cams, so it looks like she’s the one choking Letta. The clone guards arrest Ahsoka for Letta’s murder even though Ahsoka pleads her innocence.
Anakin demands to see Ahsoka in the brig, but he’s refused by the clones. This angers Anakin and you can see him glower and clutch his fists. However, while Ahsoka’s in her cell she sees a key card just sitting around and she assumes Anakin left it for her so she could escape, knowing her master is something of a rule-breaker. But once she’s out, she finds a bunch of clone guards lying around and she realizes that yet again, she’s been set up. All she can do is grab her lightsabers and run as Anakin, angry clones, and dogs try to catch up with her.
You can see just how good Ahsoka is, trained by the best. Anakin has to plead with his men not to kill her. It’s the second time we’ve seen clones turn on a Jedi on the show. Last year there was good reason to turn on Krell. This time the clones have been led to believe a Jedi betrayed them but she hasn’t. She leads everyone on a massive chase through Coruscant, always just slipping through. Finally she makes a desperate escape, leaping onto a transport from that 1313 game.
One of the interesting things about this episode is not only it expands on the dissension within the Order about the war, it also shows you how much the military has become its own insular society and how much power it now has.
But the most emotionally gripping moments are when Anakin pleads with Ahsoka (twice) to stop running and come prove her innocence. Ahsoka now doesn’t trust anybody, a position in which Anakin eventually finds himself. She’s angry that Anakin nor anyone else from the Jedi Order helped her or vouched for her, only to find out the military wouldn’t even let Anakin speak with her. He lets Ahsoka escape. (Just as a p.s. here, I’m sure that if this was Anakin’s cinematic incarnation, he’d be bawling too.) It’s an interesting shift in their partnership, no longer chummy and innocent. Will it just end this way? I hope not. Then again, I don’t want to end with, “Hey Master, why are your eyes all red and stuff? What’s with the lightsaber? WTF??!!”
The question here is, can Ahsoka or Anakin clear her name? Who is the Jedi behind the plot? Did Tarkin have something to do with it as well? Will this season end with a cliff-hanger? Will it end happily? Or not? Six days until we find out!
Tags: Clone Wars