WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, streaming now on Disney+
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has gone into overdrive for its final few episodes regarding the Siege of Mandalore. However, before Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker make contact with Ahsoka Tano to plot a course forward to try to save the planet, they’re pinned down on Yerbana by a Separatist droid army.
And with Obi-Wan, Commander Cody, and the Republic’s armies struggling to return fire, Anakin’s latest stunt pays homage to The Last Jedi’s most controversial moment.
While Obi-Wan prefers a more calculated response, as is the usual, Anakin opts for something more direct and headstrong. And so, he steps out to face the droid legion by himself. His colleagues are baffled as he goes out and actually surrenders. However, he’s simply distracting the droids, buying time so the tactical leader can show his face.
This allows Anakin to use his telekinesis to pull him in and slaughter him, while also allowing for R2-D2 to coordinate an assault from Captain Rex and his clone troopers who were hiding under a bridge. It’s all about stealth and misdirection for the greater good and it’s an approach director Rian Johnson used in his 2017 film only to get heavy criticism.
The way Anakin steps out as a lone wolf and stares down the guns of the droid army is similar to his son, an older Luke, on Crait. When Kylo Ren brought his forces down to the salt mines to obliterate General Leia, Poe Dameron, and the rest of the Resistance, Luke stepped out onto the red planet to take the army on by himself. Of course, it was all a trick, playing on Kylo’s ego so they’d engage in a lightsaber duel. The Jedi Master already had Kylo’s number, though, because he was a Force projection from Ahch-To. It was all a misdirection, buying time so the rebels could escape the planet.
Admittedly, the setup is different because Luke operates out of desperation while Anakin arrogantly gives hope to his army. In that sense, seeing as Anakin had help and Luke had no soldiers, the latter definitely deserves a bit more credit. Also, Luke’s stunt would cost him his life, while Anakin — even though he was in the line of fire — had cover and didn’t have his life essence literally slipping away with every passing second. It’s also intriguing to see Anakin’s bravado juxtaposed to Luke’s altruism, reiterating how different the Skywalker family really was from individual to individual.
The reception is also different because while people are praising Anakin as brave and cool, some fans felt Luke’s demise was a copout by Johnson as they did want to see the real Luke teaching his nephew and former student a lesson. Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter how the job gets done, as long as it gets done. Strategy and tactics are important and as Ani and Luke showed, and as Leia would in time, the Skywalkers are very good at adapting and improvising.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. A new episode arrives each Friday.
The latest episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars has paid homage to the most controversial Jedi moment in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.