Fridge / Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Fridge Brilliance

  • The Trade Federation, Banking Clan, and other corporations are show as pro-Separatist in the movies yet are constantly telling people that they're neutral in this show. But Obi-Wan was the only person from the Republic around when the corporations declare their allegiance to Dooku in Attack of the Clones. Since the senate only has Obi-Wan's word to go on, Lott Dodd and the other senators representing the different companies publicly disavowed their pro-Separatist leaders such as Gunray. This way, the corporations have Plausible Deniability in order to play both sides while Nute Gunray, Wat Tambor and the other leaders who declared their support for Dooku remain in power as The Men Behind The Men with Lott Dodd and the others serving as Puppet Kings.
  • Obi-Wan, upon seeing a holo of Savage Opress during "Witches of the Mist", initially thinks he's looking at Darth Maul and says so. At first it seems as if he thinks all Zabrak (Maul's species) look alike or that he was the only one of his kind, so it seems a pretty stupid thing for him to say. But later, we learn that Savage is Maul's brother. Your mileage may vary concerning this Retcon, and it may really bug you, but if there's a family resemblance between Maul and Savage then Obi-Wan mistaking one for the other makes a lot more sense. There's always the possibility that it was a response driven by emotion rather than logic. He's obviously rattled, albeit in his usual stoic way. Maybe the sight of a Zabrak killing Jedi instantly brought Darth Maul into his thoughts, knocking the rational part of his brain briefly off-kilter.
  • Why does Savage use a double-bladed lightsaber? Dooku must have given it to him, he trained him after all. Dooku is an absolute master of the second form of lightsaber combat, makashi, a form that has a weakness to power attacks, something Savage could be devastating with. If you are to fight with a double-bladed lightsaber, you'll likely train in form VI, niman, one that does not utilize power attacks. Dooku knew Savage could be a great threat, and weakened him from the beginning.
  • Sam Witwer:
    • A meta-version, as this happened during the production - Son is the embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force, and Sam Witwer was cast as him because he voiced Starkiller in The Force Unleashed, which was confirmed to Witwer as "Son is the Dark Side of the Force, so you might hear a little bit of Starkiller's voice in him". Witwer's response was that then you should hear elements of all of the different Star Wars dark side characters, because in a sense, Son is all of those characters.
    • Additional meta brilliance, in the same game he also voiced the Emperor. There really is more than one darksider in his voice. Indeed, at some points, Son's voice changes into Palpatine's.
    • And it gets even better now that he's also voicing Darth Maul.
  • In the season 1 finale, Cad Bane broke into the senate, took a dozen senators hostage... all so he could free that whiny pile of crap Ziro the Hutt? That was it? But in season 2, it all made sense. Jabba hired Bane to get Ziro free. The whole point was to show what lengths Bane would go to in order to complete his mission. He broke into the senate just to do some second rate job. HOLY CRAP. That makes Sidious hiring him in season 2 all the more suspenseful. Since if that was what he went through to do Jabba's job, then what will he do to accomplish Sidious' ones?
  • Krell arc and the clones:
    • "Carnage of Krell" seems odd, since it is all about clones disobeying orders in order to kill the traitorous Jedi giving them. Especially since this is the 501st, who would eventually raid the Jedi Temple. But Krell is exactly why they did it. Anakin is the Jedi they trust the most, and if he says the others have betrayed the Republic, Rex and the others would believe him. And they were the only clones to have fought Jedi before. It still is impressive irony.
    • One could argue that the whole reason Palpatine recalled Anakin (and presumably installed Krell as interim commander of the 501st) was to bind those troopers more closely to Anakin. After dealing with the ultimate Bad Boss, once they had Anakin back, the troopers of the 501st would be even more loyal to him, and have no qualms about following him into the Jedi Temple once Order 66 came down.
    • It also demonstrates the inherent problem of Order 66 as a legal order. It is clear that the clones would rather have Krell alive and put on trial to explain himself rather than simply killing him at first sight like they will do to other Jedi. Rex, despite given the authority to execute Krell and has every reason to do so, couldn't pull the trigger and Krell mocks him for it. If this had been Order 66, the hesitation would be enough for the Jedi general to escape and the clone commander dead. This is all foreshadowing that Order 66 is not a normal order, but rather a secret biochip command code that overrides the clone's free will and make them openly attack Jedi on sight.
  • In the second episode of the Nighsisters arc, Mother Talzin warns Count Dooku that men are "easy to acquire, harder to control". Fast-forward to the end of the next episode, and both Dooku and Ventress, who had taken Savage's loyalty for granted, manage to lose him, while Mother Talzin is the one Savage turns to when he feels that everybody else has betrayed him. As it turns out, it seems that the whole trilogy of episodes was a gambit by the old witch to "acquire" the most powerful of "her" Nightbrothers and ensuring that he only stays loyal to her. "Easy to acquire, harder to control" indeed.
  • In the "Clone Cadets" episode, Shaak Ti remarks how Echo fails to adapt to the simulation training known as The Citadel. The Jedi fortune cookie for the episode "The Citadel" is "Adaptation is the key to survival". And guess who doesn't survive the episode after that?
  • Vizla vs Obi-Wan:
    • How exactly did Pre Vizla, a non-Jedi with a Jedi weapon and barely a match for Ahsoka, manage to hold his own against Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, Satine was watching them, and Obi-Wan is extremely averse to courses of actions that would make her despise him, and use of lethal force is among them. Hence why he let Vizla take the offensive, dodging and blocking his blows until he could see an opportunity to disarm him or bring him down using only his fists.
    • In other EU, Obi-Wan is established as preferring Form III, which is all about defense, and The Clone Wars seems to be tacitly following that bit of characterization, since he tends to do more block and deflecting, and generally fight more defensively than Anakin or Ahsoka. So his "default setting" was to let Viszla take the offensive. . . which is where a Mandalorian warrior is most at home. Ahsoka, trained by Anakin, is a much more offensive fighter, and gave Viszla a much harder time because he's used to being on the attack.
  • Why did the writers give Darth Maul only a single-bladed lightsaber, when his non-canon counterpart in Old Wounds used a double-bladed lightsaber effectively, despite having the same kind of robotic legs? The Double Weapon, Maul's Iconic Item, represents who he once was; the single blade, the remnant of his Double Weapon, represents what he's become. In a way, the broken lightsaber is a metaphor for Maul himself. Both Maul and his lightsaber were cut in half by Obi-Wan. Both lost much of their potential. But both, when reactivated, are still fearsome killing machines.
  • Why did Maul never rebuild his double-bladed lightsaber, or built a new one, or even order Savage to hand over his? His lightsaber is an extension of himself, and neither will be whole until his vengeance against Obi-Wan is complete.
  • How does Ahsoka, who had not been established as a mechanic prior, suddenly have the skills to repair a shuttle after it was crashed when Anakin was standing right there? No idea on Anakin, but he might of been troubled by the whole series of events that Ahsoka had no memory of. Ahsoka, on the other hand, has the Republic's best mechanic as a teacher. Why wouldn't Anakin teach her mechanical skills, besides the fact that she may need them in the future? We saw a hint of this back in the Geonosis arc when Ahsoka mentioned off hand about being taught to hotwire a signal, so it is logical to conclude that Anakin tried to pass on his mechanical skills to his Padawan. And these skills could be useful in the war if she has to say, repair her starfighter in a pinch after a Vulture gets lucky or to hotwire an escape route for the clones.
  • In one of the Season 5 trailers, there's a character who states "some citizens of the Republic do not believe the Jedi are what they used to be" to Ahsoka. Now, think back to Lightsaber Lost when Ahsoka was hanging from that holoboard. Although it was background noise, Palpatine's speech on it was essentially saying that the idea that the Jedi Order started the war for their own power was impossible and inconceivable... and who would benefit from that idea mulling in people's heads? That's right, Palpatine. The series is not only setting up the Republic to fall to the Empire; they are setting up why so many people are willing to follow Palpatine into forging an Empire, and we see it piece by seemingly unconnected piece.
  • Why would Maul consider Dooku a Sith pretender? Because Dooku was previously a Jedi before joining the Sith, as opposed to Maul, who was trained in the ways of the dark side from birth.
  • When the show begins, the vehicles on the Separatist side are colored blue, and the ones on the Republic side are red, white and green. As the show goes on, notice how the Republic starts getting bluer vehicles and even an entire blue division in the 501st. It's symbolic of the two sides being united under the surreptitious banner of evil.
  • A small one, but when Maul is talking to Almek, a Mandalorian tries to kill Savage by surprise... and misses. Another case of mook incompetence at first, but the Mandalorian directly went for the headshot because he knew that nothing else would be effective against Savage's armor, and he missed. That was smart.
  • Final duels:
    • If you rewatch the duel between Savage Opress, Darth Maul and Darth Sidious, you'll realize that it's exactly the same as the battle between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gonn and Maul in Episode 1. First is a 2 vs 1 duel, until Maul is briefly pushed back from the fight, leaving Opress alone against Sidious, resulting in his death. The look on Maul's face is heartbreaking. Then you realize that now he finally understands the pain he caused Obi-Wan by killing his master and his former lover.
    • More irony than just that: in "Shades of Reason", Maul waltzes into the Mandalore throne room and usurps Vizsla from power. In "The Lawless", Palpatine shows up and does the same thing.
    • And yet more irony: in "Revival", Maul quotes the Rule of Two to Savage to assert his superiority. In "The Lawless", Sidious quotes the same thing before blasting him with lightning.
    • Why does Maul refrain from using his force powers or blaster bolt reflection against Vizsla during their duel? Because in addition to Mandalorians showing respect for skill at arms, his abilities with the Force never extended outside of the basic telekinetic pull and choke. He literally has to fight on their terms, hence why the duel is so evenly matched.
  • What made Barriss lose faith in the Jedi? Remember in Season 2's "Weapons Factory", when Ahsoka and Barriss were trapped in the Separatist tank under a ton of rubble, Anakin was doing whatever he can to save them, while Luminara didn't even bother. Barriss probably found out about this development and concluded that the Clone Wars have corrupted the Jedi.
  • Anakin, Ahsoka, and Revenge of the Sith:
    • The added bit of Fridge Brilliance kicks in with the final episode. Considering how fast the Council was to accuse Ahsoka and howl for her head on flimsy evidence without allowing her to defend herself, little wonder Anakin wouldn't trust their hide-bound shebs as far as he could pitch them and why he had very good reason to believe they'd throw Padme under a bus and jump to conclusions on Palpatine. And if they were willing to execute an innocent teenaged girl, then what was he going to face for actually being guilty of violating the Order's brutal "no attachment" law? Furthermore, when she leaves the Order, there goes his Morality Pet and someone he could be honest with. He's stuck with Obi-Wan, who very much bought into the dogma and who he could not be truthful with.
    • The entire show's treatment of Anakin characterization-wise is a genius bit of re-contextualization of his depiction in the prequel films. This show goes out of its way to show the better, more noble and genuinely cool side of Anakin, brought out by his relationship with Ahsoka who forces him to be more mature and (slightly) emotionally-well-rounded (compared to how creepy and borderline psychotic he would get in the films). But when he loses her, the one person that was having an honest-to-Force good effect on him psychologically (even Padme couldn't do that!), he starts to regress back to his old temperament until we reach Revenge of the Sith, and we all know what happened then. In conclusion, this troper now likes to think The Clone Wars was trying to reinterpet Anakin's depiction in the films as only one facet of who he is: the negative side brought out by the incredibly stressful events going on in those films, but this show gives us the TRUE Anakin Skywalker. This makes him a lot more sympathetic in the movies since its now the equivalent of seeing only his really bad days when there's really so much more to this man...
  • Anakin's tendency to crash anything he flies is this when one considers how out of universe Anakin Skywalker has been diagonosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has as a symptom reckless driving.
  • Most fans might complain about Mama since it implied Hutts had parents when the expanded verse says Hutts produce asexually. However, in one of the expanded Star Wars comics it was established that some Hutts were known to take mates with each other, such as Gorga and Anachro.
  • Mandalorian code and Death Watch:
    • Mandalorian fans have been known to comment that the Mandalorians are acting out of character in this series, a far cry from all the nobility that Karen Traviss has portrayed them as having. But Death Watch are terrorists. After all, when do Al-Queda or the IRA follow their creeds to their letter during bombings? Just like real life terrorist groups, the Death Watch is selectively choosing what parts of the Mandalorian code to follow.
    • In fact, the depiction of Death Watch in the show is actually pretty close to pre-Traviss depictions of Mandalorians in general during the Legends continuity. In the Legends era, Mandalorians were established as repeated willing allies of the Sith, literally deifying war, committing multiple acts of conquest, enslavement, murder of civilians, and even outright genocide, and were pretty much ruthless killers for the sheer love of killing. When their empire was shattered by the Jedi stopping their campaigns of conquest, they became mercenaries purely for the opportunity to keep fighting and be paid for doing so. The vaunted Mandalorian code of honor that Traviss loved to write about never existed until she created it, and was retconned into the greater Legends continuity — even then, it was something that came about only a decade or so before the Clone Wars broke out, and which was initially a small movement.
    • Even when Mandalorians have been depicted as Proud Warrior Race Guys (as in the Knights of the Old Republic games), they still had a rather Blue and Orange Morality, with the idea front-and-center that violence and conflict were good things. And for every Mandalorian who whole-heartedly believed in the codes of honor, there were three who only paid lip-service and five who didn't give a shit as long as they could pound someone's face in.
  • In "The Wrong Jedi", after Ahsoka has been cleared of the charges, Mace Windu tells her that the Council believes it was the will of the Force, for things to turn out like this. In the light of how they abandoned her earlier, this might sound as an incredibly rude attempt to shrug off their responsibility, but when you consider how much of the events depended on mere chance and coincidence, it's hard to disagree. It's almost as if the Force wanted Ahsoka to leave the Jedi Order, before Order 66 was issued.
  • The Order 66 arc reveals that Order 66 isn't just an order, but a physical chip inside the head of every clone which drives them, against their will, to murder Jedi. It's no wonder the clones so gladly carried it out.
  • Many people complain about the incompetence of the Battle Droids, and how the Separatists don't win enough battles. But it's interesting to note that the entire war has been orchestrated by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, who doesn't actually want the Separatists to win. He just wants them to be enough of a threat to further his own political and religious ideals. It's really not far-fetched at all to imagine that he instructed Dooku to construct Battle Droids that weren't as efficient as they would need to be in order to actually win the war. A hint on it comes from the pilot movie: the Grand Army's indirect artillery cannons prove themselves devastating on the droids, but the Separatist army never acquires similar weapons. Given that Grievous and other Separatist generals know what they're doing, it's rather jarring... Unless they're being sabotaged.
  • Some have pointed out that Anakin gives Ahsoka far too much freedom, but when one recalls how Anakin's own apprenticeship to Obi-Wan, this makes a lot of sense. Anakin didn't like his apprenticeship, so he is going the opposite way with his padawan.
  • At the end of the Order 66 arc, after Chancellor Palpatine was done talking, Yoda could be seen giving him a bit of a subtle side-eye. Given the Jedi Council is already suspicious of the chancellor by the time Revenge of the Sith starts, the strange incident with the clones may have been one of the factors that raised red flags.
  • One of the few times Palpatine looks annoyed in the series is when Mandalore and its allied systems successfully remain neutral. Since he controls both the Republic and the Separatists, it doesn't matter which side wins any given battle—but if a powerful group stays out of the conflict, he can't control them. This is also why he went to fight Darth Maul personally. He needed Mandalore handled quickly and efficiently, and couldn't trust that either side would be able to manage it without disrupting his plans.
  • As Chuck noted during his review of the Mandalore arc, it makes sense that the Mandalorians would view any large Republic presence with enough hostility to join the Separatists: in the EU, the Republic practically shattered the Mandalore Empire, leaving massive cultural scars, and with that, resentment to the Republic.

Fridge Horror

  • In the Pursuit of Peace, Padme was telling us about how, in addition to the war expenditures already, making 5 million new clones would basically bankrupt the Republic, and that Padme's assistant's children were unable to bathe or read by light in the evening despite living on Naboo, which was a relatively wealthy planet. Considering the massive military overspending that Palpatine did for the Star Destroyer fleet (each one individually worth more than the GDP of some star systems), the Super Star Destroyer fleet, the various superweapons, one shudders to think at how the Empire proceeded to pay for all this.
  • After the last Clovis arc, Palpatine took control of the IG Banking Clan. All the money the Republic and the Separatists borrowed to finance the war is now his. He also seized and nationalized the Techno Union, Trade Federation, and other groups that bankrolled the CIS.
  • The creators say not to think to much about what the natives burn on the ice world Orto Plutonia. This, however, might not be an example of Bellisario's Maxim so much as a warning against potential Nausea Fuel. Any pioneer who walked the Oregon Trail back in the days when thousands of buffalo roamed the plain could tell you that dung is plentiful and makes a darn good fire, even if it is stinky. Now, how the animals on Orto Plutonia managed to consume enough plant life to produce that dung...yeah, that's where the Fridge Logic comes in. Maybe it's a good thing not to think about this too much...
    • Easy to answer, plants can grow in all sorts of inhospitable environments, underground caves with hot springs are one example.
  • You know those adorable Jedi younglings in the Young Jedi arc? Chances are they'll be killed by Anakin/Vader by the time Revenge of the Sith rolls around.
  • Palpatine has the list of every Force-sensitive child known to the Jedi. Imagine what's going to happen Order 66 rolls around. You're welcome.
  • Bound for Rescue. Hondo has captured Ahsoka and plans to sell her to someone who has a keen interest in Jedi. Particularly female Jedi. Okay, so that's already rape and pedophilia in one go. And then he says that the buyer doesn't care if the Jedi is alive or dead.....yeah.
  • In "The Disappeared" two-parter, Mother Talzin tried to have Queen Julia's life force stolen from her to make her magic stronger. She also says that she's not a "natural Force user". And the harvested Living Force is shown to be the same shade of green as Nightsister magic (and the "water of life"). Going by that observation, you could easily assume that Nightsister magic is actually using the Force through means of stolen Living Force. Now we may know where that screaming comes from when the magic is being used.
  • Imagine what will happen to Queen Julia and her order of force-sensitive's when the Empire comes into power. Chances are they were all wiped out by the end of Revenge of the Sith. Seems poor Jar Jar can't stop losing the people he cares about most.
  • When Commander Fox and his men set to stun, its only when Anakin explicitly orders him to do so, otherwise they shoot lethal rounds and even pull out rocket launchers when in pursuit, such as when chasing Ahsoka. Consider that most of the time Fox's men are assigned to police duties on Coruscant... and, as seen in Season 6, Fox is in Palpatine's favor and is trusted with the danger of Order 66 being revealed. The Empire's iron fist was already coming into effect during the Clone Wars.

Fridge Logic

On the headscratchers page.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fridge/StarWarsTheCloneWars