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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S4E10 "Carnage of Krell"

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Our actions define our legacy.

With two of his Clone Troopers facing execution for disobeying orders, Captain Rex must confront his overly aggressive commander, General Krell. Risking charges of mutiny, Rex must make a dark choice as the true face of the enemy emerges.


  • And Then What?: At the end of the Umbara arc, a dejected Rex and Fives discuss the war. When Fives attempts to cheer Rex up by pointing out that the war will eventually end, Rex wonders what will happen to all the Clone Troopers once it does. Fives does not know and cannot think of anyone who does.
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  • Asshole Victim: Let's face it. Krell really had his death coming.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Once Captain Rex captures General Krell, he plans to execute him to prevent him from being freed by the Separatists, but cannot go through with it. Dogma ultimately pulls the trigger for him.
  • Arc Villain: General Krell.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Both Rex and Dogma give one when they realize they've been shooting at other Clone Troopers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Krell is killed for betraying the Republic by Dogma (who still goes to jail for being supportive of Krell earlier) and the Republic has secured Umbara. They did it! Woohoo! Rex, however, is not in the mood for celebration because one, so many 501st Clone Troopers were killed taking Umbara, and two, Rex is now left wondering about the point of the Clone War.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Tup captures Krell with a stun blast right to the head, after the vixus smacks him around enough to get him to stop moving.
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  • Bring It: During the battle against General Krell, Tup stands next to a combat-tentacled Man-Eating Plant, and lures Krell towards it by shouting "Hey ugly! Come and get me!" at him. Krell attacks Tup and promptly steps on one of the creature's tentacles, which immediately grabs him.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dogma does not take Krell's reveal he's a traitor well and lashes out when they're in separate cells.
  • Call-Back: In the episode, Dogma is warned to avoid stepping on one of the vines lying on the ground, with Tup pointing out that it is actually a tentacle for a vicious carnivorous creature and that he saw Hardcase attacked by one just like it. That happened in the first episode of the arc, "Darkness on Umbara".
  • Call-Forward: When Captain Rex leads a squad to attempt to arrest Krell, the entire sequence and the nature of their actions are strongly reminiscent of both Order 66 and Mace Windu's attempt to arrest Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. Krell even says, "It's treason, then," before tearing into his would-be captors, just as Palpatine will before doing the same.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: A vixus, a combat-tentacled Man-Eating Plant, attacked Hardcase and Fives in "Darkness on Umbara", the first episode of the arc. In this episode, Tup uses one to lure Krell into a trap.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Played straight and subverted. The Clone Troopers are members of the 501st and thus wear blue, and the "enemy Umbarans" wearing stolen uniforms wear yellow. Except the "enemies" are actual Clone Troopers from the 212th Attack Battalion, and both sides have been told the other were impersonators so they would wipe each other out.
  • Death Glare: Rex and Krell end up briefly exchanging mutual ones, complete with Krell getting right up in Rex's face just before the faked transmission about "disguised Umbarans" comes in. One wonders what would have happened if not for the timely interruption . . .
  • Dies Wide Open: The 212th Attack Battalion Clone Troopers that Rex unhelmets and finds out that his Clone Troopers are shooting at other Clone Troopers.
  • Dramatic Drop: Dogma drops his helmet when he realizes that he and his squadmates were killing their own brothers.
  • Dual Wielding: General Krell dual-wields double-bladed lightsabers!
  • Evil All Along: Krell fell to the Dark Side sometime before the events of this arc.
  • Evil Laugh: Once General Krell admits that he is a traitor, he laughs deeply in every following conversation.
  • Face–Heel Turn: General Krell.
  • For the Evulz: Once General Krell admits that he was a traitor, Captain Rex asks him why.
    Krell: Because I can. Because you fell for it. Because you're inferior.
  • General Failure: Pong Krell. It is better to have rested soldiers than tired soldiers, better to have high morale than low morale, and better to attack from cover than to attack without any cover. Krell sends tired soldiers to attack a city out in the open where they can be easily gunned down like fish in a barrel, and all this after letting them all know that as far as he's concerned they're expendable pieces of junk. He's no Sun Tzu, that's for sure. As it turns out, he's intentionally sabotaging the Republic's efforts on Umbara so he'll have a good accomplishment to present to Dooku when he defects to the Separatists.
  • Heroic BSoD: Rex has a brief one after finding out about the fact that his Clone Troopers were killing other Clone Troopers after being tricked by General Krell into thinking that they were Umbarans.
  • Informed Ability: Much talk is made about how General Pong Krell's tactics are very effective, but every command he issues throughout the Umbara arc leads to defeat that his Clone Troopers need to reverse by disobeying his orders. Even the opening narrations of the previous episodes describe him as reckless. It turns out he was deliberately sabotaging the Republic advance prior to his planned defection to the Separatists.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Krell initially seems to be sacrificing Clone Troopers for the good of the Republic, but then he tricks the Clone Troopers into killing each other and reveals himself as a Separatist and Sith supporter.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: General Krell.
    Krell: Eventually you'll have to do the right thing and— [Dogma shoots him]
  • Killed Off for Real: Waxer and General Krell.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This episode is presented entirely from the perspective of Rex and his Clone Troopers. Unlike the previous episodes of the arc, neither Anakin nor Obi-Wan even make an appearance.
  • Mauve Shirt: Waxer, who was given a lot of focus and likeability back in "Innocents of Ryloth", dies in the friendly fire attack.
  • The Mole: General Krell.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Though Rex doesn't say this, the look on his face after he finds out about the fact that his troops shot his own comrades spells it out. Tup makes it explicit.
    Tup: This can't be happening. What have we done?
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: General Krell claims that he is no longer naïve enough to believe in the ways of the Jedi, which is why he is planning to betray the Republic and defect to the Separatists.
  • Shoot the Dog
  • Single Tear: Waxer dies shedding one.
  • Smug Snake: Pong Krell.
  • Super Window Jump: Krell leaps out of the picture window in the control tower in an impressive shattering of glass, landing on the tarmac below, after killing or stunning the troopers who confronted him.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Rex finally decides that General Krell is going too far in his treatment of the Clone Troopers, he affirms that he is to be addressed as "Captain", not CT-7567.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Umbara arc opens with Anakin being recalled to Coruscant and General Krell being given command of his Clone Troopers. He immediately begins to denigrate the Clone Troopers, insulting their laboratory origin, exclusively referring to them by their identification numbers, and giving them horrible tactical orders. It turns out that is all intentional: he is planning to defect to the Separatists and wants to degrade the Republic war effort before he does as a gift to Dooku.
  • Uriah Gambit: General Krell's horrendous battle tactics are revealed to be part of his plan to sabotage the Republic advance in preparation for his defection to the Separatists. By giving his Clone Troopers impossible assignments, they would be easily defeated, and ultimately wiped out, by the Separatist forces.
  • Wham Line: A dying Waxer delivers one, revealing that General Krell set two battalions of Clone Troopers against each other, planning for them to all be killed.
    Rex: Tell me who gave you the orders to attack us.
    Waxer: It . . . it was General Krell. He sent us to these coordinates to stop the enemy. We thought they were wearing our armor. But . . . it was . . . you . . .
  • Who Dares?: Pong Krell when Rex and the Clone Troopers attack him.
    Krell: You dare to attack a Jedi?!
  • You Fool!: At the conclusion of Umbara arc, General Krell decrees that Dogma was "the biggest fool of them all."
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: When Captain Rex is going to execute General Krell, Krell taunts him over his inability to pull the trigger and his inherent weakness. Too bad for him that Dogma is there to pull the trigger.


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