Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Lost Missions (Season Six), Episode 4
Original Air Date: February 15, 2014
I'll talk more about the clone troopers when we wrap up the series but they merit some discussion now. As I have said before, the clones themselves are the best story thread going in The Clone Wars and that thread concludes with this arc. Without knowing the rest of the story, if I told you one side fought a war with a genetically engineered slave army, you would assume said force belonged to the bad guys. But no, the clones side with the Republic. While we are taught to see the relationship between Jedi and clones as benevolent and near-parental, it doesn't change the fact that we're talking about a Brave New World approach to warfare. Look a little deeper and the more interesting stories in this thread reveal a more complicated relationship, and for reasons that have nothing to do with Order 66. The inhibitor chips and their link to the eventual attack on the Jedi are a deeper, darker manipulation, of course, but the basic ethical dilemma of the clones is inherent from the beginning.
This is one of the best arcs of the series, right on the heels of the strong one that finished Season Five. Like the Ahsoka on the Run arc, this Inhibitor Chip arc is strong on its own but is helped considerably by the stories that come before it. Fives is the star and his background in particular enhances the tale.
Next week: "An Old Friend."