Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S5E20 "The Wrong Jedi"

Never give up hope, no matter how dark things seem.

After Ahsoka's been captured, she is put on trial for crimes she did not commit. While Ahsoka is facing penalty of death on the Military Court, Anakin searches for evidence of her innocence.


Tropes:

  • Broken Pedestal: With the exception of Anakin, the Jedi Order ends up becoming this to Ahsoka.
  • Call-Forward: Towards the end of their duel, Anakin quite clearly begins Force-choking Barriss — and earlier, he goes a bit further with Ventress.
  • The Cameo: Anakin and Barriss' duel takes them out onto the Temple roof, where Tera Sinube from "Lightsaber Lost" is training a group of younglings, including Petro and the others first seen in "The Gathering" earlier in Season 5.
  • Dark Action Girl: Ventress and Barriss.
  • Dual Wielding: Anakin with Barriss' and his own lightsabers, Barriss with Ventress'.
  • Double Weapon: The Temple Guards wield staves with a short lightsaber blade on each end.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Ahsoka feels betrayed by the Order she fought for, and can't forgive them.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Ahsoka's reaction when Anakin reveals Barriss as the traitor is to simply and quietly ask her if it is true.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Despite how extreme Barriss' actions were in the Sabotage arc, she has a very good point about the increasing militarization of the Jedi Order.
  • Hypocrite: Tarkin demands that the Council expel Ahsoka from the Order so she can receive an impartial judgement from the Senate tribunal. Needless to say, nothing is impartial in that trial, especially not him.
  • Kangaroo Court:
    • The freaking Jedi Council has decided in advance that Ahsoka is guilty of the crimes she's been accused of, without even hearing her out first! Anakin even lampshades it:
      Anakin: You've already made your decision, haven't you?! This meeting is just a formality!
    • The Senate Trial is very biased as well, although we don't learn their actual decision.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Barriss' actions break Ahsoka's trust in the Council and she leaves the Jedi Order, which in turn spares her from Order 66.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order at the end of the episode.
  • Papa Wolf: Anakin goes to great lengths to prove Ahsoka's innocence.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: During Anakin's last conversation with Ahsoka, it's implied that she knows about Anakin and Padme's relationship.
    Anakin: I understand. More than you realize, I understand wanting to walk away from the Order.
    Ahsoka: I know.
  • The Reveal: It turns out Barriss was the traitor who blew up the Temple hangar and framed Ahsoka.
  • Tranquil Fury: Anakin starts out his confrontations with both Ventress and Barriss this way, but the "tranquil" part doesn't last long in either case.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Anakin is so outraged and desperate to save Ahsoka that he easily over-powers both Ventress and Barriss, the latter in particular in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Title Drop: During Padmé's opening remarks as Ahsoka's defense in the court martial.
    Padmé: A Jedi might be behind the attack, but that Jedi is not Ahsoka Tano. Members of the Court, you're prosecuting the wrong Jedi.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Barriss Offee reveals that she was the one who bombed the Temple because she feels the Jedi have failed in their duty as peacekeepers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Ventress delivers an indirect one through Anakin by comparing how the Council abandoned and effectively betrayed Ahsoka to how Dooku did the same to her. Anakin is outright horrified when he realizes she's right.
    • Anakin calls out Barriss on betraying Ahsoka's trust.
    • Barriss justifies her attack on the Order as a stand against the growing corruption of its principles, claiming that they've become the very menace they are supposed to be fighting. She's right, too, even if none of them realize why.
    • While Ahsoka doesn't call them out on it directly after she's been cleared of the charges, her expression speaks volumes of her opinion when the same men praise her strength and resilience who have given her up to the Senate Court as a traitor not long before.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tarkin is outright gleeful when he states he'll ask the Court to sentence Ahsoka to death.


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