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Fives and Jesse are facing a court-martial and execution for disobeying General Krell's orders. Captain Rex tries to persuade Krell not to go through with it, but Krell instead orders the two troopers' immediate execution. But after the would-be firing squad refuses to go through with killing their own brothers, Rex faces a choice between his duty to follow the General's orders and his loyalty to his fellow clones as it becomes clear that the nearest enemy is not the Umbarans...

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  • Alliterative Title: "Carnage of Krell" certainly fits sound-wise.
  • And Then What?: At the end of this episode, 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 clones once it does. Fives does not know, and cannot think of anyone who does.
  • Anti-Mutiny: Captain Rex leads the 501st and the 212th to arrest Jedi General Pong Krell when it becomes clear that Krell has fallen to the Dark Side and is working to undermine the Republic's forces on Umbara, having started by tricking the 501st and the 212th into attacking each other. Rex tells his men beforehand that what they're about to do could be considered treasonous.
  • Arc Villain: General Krell serves the role as the true antagonist of this story arc after the Separatist Alliance.
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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.
  • Battle-Interrupting Shout: Rex does this after he discovers that his men are shooting at other clones, running into the fight yelling for everyone to stop firing and take off their helmets.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Rex and Dogma each give one when they realize they've been shooting at other clones.
  • 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 clones were killed taking Umbara, and two, he is now left wondering about the point of the Clone Wars.
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  • 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.
  • 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: 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 (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.
  • 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 actually 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 that Rex unhelmets to discover that his men are shooting at other clones.
  • Dramatic Drop: Dogma drops his helmet when he realizes that he and his squadmates were killing their own brothers.
  • Dramatic Unmask: During the battle with the "Umbaran infiltrators", Rex sees one of their bodies with his helmet slightly ajar. He pulls it off, and finds a dead clone's face looking up at him.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Krell tricks the 501st and a platoon of the 212th into fighting each other by making them both think they're facing Umbarans who are using this tactic with stolen clone armor and weapons.
  • Dual Wielding: General Krell dual-wields double-bladed lightsabers.
  • Evil All Along: Krell fell to the Dark Side sometime before the events of this story 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.
  • Friend or Foe: Krell invokes it by separately getting both the 501st and part of the 212th to believe they're going after a force of Umbarans who have stolen clone armor as disguises, so they believe each other to be the enemy when the two units meet before Rex finds out the truth.
  • 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.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Realizing that General Krell ordered two squads of clones to kill each other convinces Rex that enough is enough, and he declares his intention to arrest the general for treason.
    "From this point forward, we are entering uncharted territory. My orders are, we arrest General Krell for treason against the Republic."
  • He Knows Too Much: Rex's justification for ordering Krell's execution; the Umbaran forces are retreating towards the base, and if they overrun it Krell could be rescued and give them vital Republic intel.
  • Heroic BSoD: Rex has a brief one after finding out about the fact that his men were killing other clones 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 clones for the good of the Republic, but then he tricks them 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.
  • Lawful Stupid: Dogma continues to support Krell, even after finding out he ordered clones to kill each other. It's only when Krell confirms his treachery and mocks Dogma for his Undying Loyalty and Blind Obedience that he snaps out of it.
  • Line in the Sand: After the Unfriendly Fire incident, Rex gathers the surviving 501st and 212th clone troopers into a line, and announces his intention to arrest General Krell for treason against the Republic. He offers them all a chance to Opt Out, none do.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This episode is presented entirely from the perspective of Rex and the other clones of the 501st. 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.
  • Mole in Charge: 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?
  • Off-Model: Fives' kama is missing in two shots: first when he starts to stand up when he and Jesse are released from the brig, and then later when Rex begins to question Krell.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I said on. Your. Knees."
  • Sarcasm Failure: Jesse, usually a Deadpan Snarker, has this to say on the prospect of being executed on Krell's orders:
    "I've officially lost my sense of humour."
  • Shoot the Dog: Rex decides that Krell must be executed to stop him leaking critical military secrets, which would allow the Separatists to win the war very easily. It's ultimately Dogma who pulls the trigger, though.
  • 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.
  • Single Tear: Waxer dies shedding one.
  • Smug Snake: Pong Krell. He gloats about his actions even when at the mercy of his men, and when Rex has a pistol aimed at him, Krell taunts him about his inability to pull the trigger. He's actually surprised when Dogma shoots him mid-monologue.
  • Spoiler Title: Knowing the title beforehand, Krell's Evil All Along reveal and the carnage he causes in both the friendly fire incident and the effort to arrest him aren't quite as surprising as they should be.
  • 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 clones, he affirms that he is to be addressed as "Captain", not CT-7567 or "clone".
    Krell: You are making a mistake by crossing me, clone.
    Rex: It's Captain... sir.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Umbara arc opens with Anakin being recalled to Coruscant and General Krell being given command of his clones. He immediately begins to denigrate the clones, 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 clones impossible assignments, they would be easily defeated, and ultimately wiped out, by the Separatist droid armies.
    • When Rex has clearly had enough of him and starts questioning orders too much, Krell sends him and a detachment of 501st clones into an ambush, by other clones no less.
  • Wham Line: A dying Waxer delivers one, revealing that General Krell set two battalions of clones 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...
  • Wham Shot: The point during the firefight in the woods where Rex notices a dead "enemy" combatant whose helmet has partially come off, revealing a chin that doesn't look like it belongs to an Umbaran… and when he goes up to the body and takes the helmet off, the corpse is that of another clone trooper.
  • Who Dares?: Pong Krell when Rex and the clones attack him.
    Krell: You dare to attack a Jedi?!
  • The X of Y: "Carnage of Krell".
  • You Fool!: General Krell decrees that Dogma was "the biggest fool of them all" for his Blind Obedience.
  • 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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