Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 3 E 7 Assassin

Upon returning from a successful mission, the Jedi Council praises Ahsoka for the skill and courage she's shown. Anakin is sent away to stop a Civil War, and Ahsoka is ordered to stay at the Temple, the Council requiring a full report of her mission. However, things change when Ahsoka begins to have visions of the future, visions that are showing her that Padmé Amidala is in grave danger...

This episode provides examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: This episode takes place after the Season 2 finale's Boba trilogy (2x20/21/22), but before the Season 1 finale's "Hostage Crisis" (1x22).
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: This is one of the few times when Ahsoka shows just how insecure of her own abilities she is, and how the overconfident and snippy personality is just a facade.
  • Civil War: Anakin is sent to deal with one on Balith.
  • Cold Sniper: Aurra Sing.
  • Continuity Porn: There were so many Continuity Nods in this one episode that it certainly qualifies:
    • In the 1x06 episode "Downfall of a Droid", Anakin told Ahsoka that first hand experience is the best teacher. She tries to convince Anakin to let her go with him, by recounting it to him.
    • Bannamu's picture from 2x11 "Lightsaber Lost" appeared in the library scene, when Ahsoka was looking over the profiles of various criminals.
    • Ahsoka and Padmé play dejarik, a chess-type board game. Afterward, Padmé recounts how insecure she felt early on during her reign as Queen, before she Took a Level in Badass.
    • When Padmé's ship arrives on Alderaan, Leia's theme is played.
    • The Alderaan soldiers have helmets shaped like the helmets of the rebel soldiers in A New Hope.
    • In her speech at the conference, Padmé recounts the events of the invasion of Naboo, including the death of Qui-Gon Jinn.
    • After Ahsoka foils her second attempt on Padmé's life, Aurra Sing recognizes her as the "brat who left her for dead" in "Lethal Trackdown", and explained that she survived because Hondo Ohnaka rescued her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Padmé acts like this towards Ahsoka.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Continuing her role, Padmé is prepared for an assassination attempt.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Aurra isn't fooled by the droid decoy Ahsoka tries to use to catch her.
  • Designated Girl Fight: After the Season 2 finale teased and trolled us with it, Ahsoka and Aurra finally get their own showdown. It is awesome.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Ahsoka's first visions of the assassination attempt come in the form of dreams.
  • Dream Within a Dream: On Padmé's ship, Ahsoka has a dream of herself, being watched in her sleep, and awakened by Aurra Sing.
  • Fanservice: There are a couple of inexuseable shots of Aurra's butt, and Ahsoka bending over while talking with Padmé on the balcony of the Alderaan castle.
  • Guns Akimbo: At the end of the episode Aurra Sing uses two blaster pistols against Ahsoka, and injures her.
  • Loose Lips: Ziro, after Ahsoka lies to him, that Aurra has confessed to being hired by him, accidentally blubbers out this line:
    Ziro: She [Aurra] told you what? Impossible. I should've hired someone better. Oops ...
  • Not Quite Dead: Aurra was presumed to have been killed when she crashed with Slave-1 in "Lethal Trackdown". In this episode she's revealed to be very much alive.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Both Padmé's and Ahsoka's wounds.
  • Shout-Out: The black painting around Aurra's eyes are very similar to the one painted around the eyes of Daryl Hannah's character in Blade Runner.
  • You Cannot Kill an Idea: Played with and invoked. Everyone assumes Aurra was hired for the assassination because someone wants to silence the peace activists. After the first failed attempt, Padmé gives a speech about how futile it is, because even if they manage to "strike my voice down, a chorus of thousands shall rise up in its place". However, as it turns out, Aurra's employer has a much simpler reason.