This is a full spoiler review for the ‘A Distant Echo’ and may include spoilers for any episode of The Clone Wars prior to this one.
Directors: Steward Lee, Dave Filoni
Writers: Matt Michnovetz, Dave Filoni, Brent V. Friedman
Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Matthew Wood, Tom Kane, James Arnold Taylor, Catherine Taber, David Acord
‘A Distant Echo’ Air Date: 28/02/20
The Clone Wars: The Final Season is currently airing on Disney+
A huge moment in the opening minutes of ‘A Distant Echo’ plays with the heartstrings and sets up this season of The Clone Wars as truly being the final one. Revenge of The Sith is felt looming just off in the distance more so ever before and this is thanks to some smart changes from the original ‘Bad Batch’ storyline that was released online. At the time they never knew they were working on the final season at LucasFilm, now they do and we feel it as the narrative seems more so than ever before pointed towards a finish line.
The Anakin moment in this episode is one of my favourite additions The Clone Wars has added to the prequel trilogy mythos. It made me smile to realise that Anakin trusts Rex enough to trust him as his confidant with Padmé, but it was sad to realise he doesn’t trust Obi-Wan on the same level. And why is that? They’ve shared just as many moments together as Rex, and if Anakin had of been more open with Obi-Wan we may have not had the eventually end to their friendship we get in Revenge of The Sith. The conversation with Padmé was charming and sad with Padmé being smart enough to tell Anakin to trust Rex like he has Anakin many times before, but also Anakin’s lack of faith in Rex to not be lost to his emotions is, of course, tragic.
Then there’s the perfect imagery of the two of them standing face-to-face, holo or not, a lovely image of the two heading into the darkness to come. Padmé looking obviously pregnant to us viewers, but Anakin with all his precognitive abilities and Jedi powers unable to see what’s right in front of him.
This episode is a powerful one for Anakin, but also for Rex who’s emotional outbursts towards the Bad Batch at times and his inability to put aside his personal feelings on this one mission is tough to watch.
Rex never seemed to get as much attention as Cody did in the seasons prior but after Rex’s addition to Star Wars Rebels he seems to be getting more attention in this final season. Knowing how much more emotionally involved he’s become in this war as it slows and reaches its end is going to hurt even more when we reach the final episodes and Order 66 is put into action.