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

Upon returning from a successfull 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 requireing 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 Amidal 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 showes 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 tried 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 playing dejarik, a chess-type board game. Also Padmé recounting how insecure she felt early on during her reign as Queen, before she Took a Level in Badass
    • When Padmé's ship arrives at Alderaan, Leia's theme is played.
    • The Alderaan soldiers had a helmet shaped like the helmet of the rebel soldiers in A New Hope.
    • In her speech at the conference, Padmé recounted the events of the invasion of Naboo, including the death of Qui-Gon Jinn.
    • After Ahsoka foiled her second attempt on Padmé's life, Aurra Sing recognised her as the "brat who left her for dead" in Leathal 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 assination attempt.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Aurra wasn't fooled by the droid-bait Ahsoka tried 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 show down. It is awesome.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Ahsoka's first visions of the assasination attempt came in the form of dreams.
  • Dream Within a Dream: On Padmé's ship, Ahsoka had a dream of herself, being watched in her sleep, and wakened up by Aurra Sing.
  • Fanservice: There was a couple of inexuseable shots on Aurra's butt, and Ahsoka's bending over while talking with Padmé, on the balcony of the Alderaan castle.
  • Guns Akimbo: At the end of the episode Aurra Sing used two blaster pistols against Ahsoka, and injured her.
  • Loose Lips: Ziro, after Ahsoka lied to him, that Aurra has confessed being hired by him, accidentally blubered 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 Leathal 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 assumed Aurra was hired for the assasination, because someone wanted to silence the peace activists. After the first failed attempt, Padmé gave a speech about how futile it is, because even if they manage to "strike her voice down, a chorus of thousands shall rise up in it's place". However as it turned out, Aurra's employer had a much simpler reason.