Best Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes
Here are our picks for the best episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
Honorable Mention: Ambush
In this premiere episode of the animated series, we find Yoda leading a small group of Clones against a droid army on the planet Toydaria. Since the Toydarian King is neutral in the War, both the Republic and the Separatists send their legions to sway the king to their side. It's a fun political game, but the focus remains on Yoda teaching the Clones that although they look the same, they are each unique. This one set the tone for the show with it's fun action, important lesson, and excellent performances from Tom Kane as Yoda and Dee Bradley Baker as the Clone troopers.
10. Lair of Grievous
This horrifying episode from the series' first season explores the history of the nefarious cyborg General Grievous. When the Jedi discover the hidden lair of the droid general, they get more than they bargained for when he arrives to destroy them and their Clone troopers in his deadly dwelling place. It's got some great suspense and plenty of thrilling lightsaber duels. The episode also shows us how the Jedi have changed since the beginning of the War to become more aggressive soldiers instead of peacekeepers.
9. Liberty on Ryloth
Liberty on Ryloth features Jedi Master Mace Windu leading his Clone troops to assist the rebellion on Ryloth against the invading Separatist droid army. It's got some of the most incredible battle sequences of the entire series. This one also introduces us to Cham Syndulla who is a major character in both The Clone Wars and Rebels. There's a side story which focuses on two Clones who befriend a young girl native to the planet which is a really nice touch.
8. The Carnage of Krell
Further exploring the affect the war has had on the Jedi, this episode finds General Krell treating his Clones as expendable assets as he recklessly utilizes them to complete his foolhardy mission. The Clones get fed up and eventually stand up to their leader in a daring and harrowing storyline of betrayal and justice. Here we find the series' most intense battles and brutal violence which plays into the emotional and thematic story of this show.
7. Holocron Heist
One of the coolest characters introduced in this series is bounty hunter Cad Bane. In these episodes he steals a coveted Holocron from the Jedi Temple for Darth Sidious. It's got a beautiful film noir look merged with a heist storyline. There's great tension in every scene, exciting action, and it features some of the most gorgeous animation with it's stunning lighting and expressive characters.
Bringing in Asajj Ventress was one of the best things this show did as she was first introduced in Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars micro-series. It's a blast to see her in her natural environment with the rest of the Nightsisters on the planet Dathomir. This one explores her backstory with the Force-using witch Mother Talzin and also moves her story forward after she leaves her Sith master Count Dooku and seeks revenge on him. Nika Futterman does a fantastic job with the well-written material from Star Wars creator George Lucas' daughter, Katie Lucas.
Whenever a series revives a character previously thought dead, it usually means they've run out of ideas, however this was something that was planned from the beginning of the series and came from from Lucas himself. They did an amazing job with Maul and go deep into his damaged psyche, setting him on a personal quest of vengeance. It's got a some creepy scenes and a wonderful four-way lightsaber battle. Sam Witwer delivers an awesome performance as the character of Maul giving him new dimensions and a heartbreaking intensity.
4. The Mandalore Plot
Dave Filoni did a wonderful job with the Mandalorians on his series, and that's showcased in these episodes. Here we find Obi-Wan Kenobi protecting an old flame against a secret terrorist organization known as Deathwatch. Jon Favreau plays the enigmatic Pre Vizsla who heads up the criminal group looking to bring back Mandalore's warrior ways. Vizsla is one of the best original characters of the series, with Favreau making him totally likeable and completely evil since he has a real point of view that makes sense to him. It's got stellar action, is full of intrigue, and has some of the best dialogue and voice acting on the show.
3. Ghosts of Mortis
A hugely important episode for the Star Wars galaxy which further explores the mysteries of the Force, Ghosts of Mortis finds Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan stranded on a strange planet where they encounter figures from their past, present, and future. It alludes to Vader in a shocking sequence and has our heroes battling manifestations of the the Light and Dark Sides of the Force itself. This is an amazing story that plays into the fall of Anakin and the future of the Skywalker story which is at the heart of the Star Wars saga.
2. The Lawless
Returning to Mandalore in these season five episodes, The Lawless has Maul taking over the planet only to be thwarted by Bo-Katan and her freedom fighters who go to war with Deathwatch alongside Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's got some huge battle scenes, but keeps it's focus on the characters and their relationships. This one has an emotional resolution to an important relationship and a truly shocking ending.
1. The Wrong Jedi
The best episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is The Wrong Jedi. In the series fifth season finale, Ahsoka Tano is framed for a crime and banished from the Jedi Order. However, Anakin doesn't give up on his padawan and finds the real killer, but the damage is done and Ahsoka leaves the Jedi life behind. There's tons of fun detective thrills here that's grounded in a dramatic storyline with our main characters. Ashley Eckstein proves her worth in these episodes showcasing how her character has developed over the course of the series with a poignant performance. It's an emotional ending to a wonderful series.