IR TV Review: STAR WARS – THE CLONE WARS – FINAL SEASON – EPISODE 12 (“Victory And Death”) [Lucasfilm/Disney+]

The ending of any series is about perspective but also about beginnings, however difficult they may be. The final episode of “The Clone Wars” is finite by design but also recognizes and understands the structure in play. It purposefully leaves perspectives of certain characters out which is important in the scheme both for the telling of later stories but also to let the audience add their two cents if need be. This is a hard process to portray simply because so much is known. Without giving anything away, Ahsoka Tano needs to find her way out of a particularly harrowing situation. Maul is in true form but what his life is to become later is still being written up to a point. Reflective areas on “Rebels” is still being formed which is why there is rumors (unsubstantiated at least right now) of David Filoni doing more “Rebels” The final battle here feels different and more subdued in terms of overarching cinematics while still having scale. Instead it has the texture of one of the films with an ending sequence worthy of the films. It doesn’t carry the emotional weight of the previous episode but that is because the damage has already been done.

This is an epilogue of sorts but still very important in the mythology because of what it shows and how characters see things. This is very deliberate and creates odes to different recent and older films. David Filoni, having been integrated into “The Mandalorian” has a vision, perhaps clearer than the films but under no less pressure at times. Lucas supposedly really thought these last episodes keyed into a certain aspect of “Star Wars” and what it was. And this indeed was Tano’s tome which hopefully we will see more of in some way shape or form heading forward.

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By Tim Wassberg

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