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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S5E18 "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"

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Courage begins by trusting oneself.

After Letta's arrested and transferred to the military HQ, she asks for Ahsoka because she wants to confess in exchange for her protection from the real mastermind, who she claims is a Jedi...


  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The enclosed "aqueduct" Ahsoka escapes into while being chased by the clone troopers is not only tall enough to stand and run in, it's about 6 meters in diameter — but still only has a trickle of water running along the bottom.
  • Battle in the Rain: It starts to rain during Ahsoka's escape from the GAR HQ. The timing is even more jarring than usual, because Coruscant is a weather-controlled planet.
  • Call-Back: Rex, although he's clearly unhappy with the idea, suggests that it is possible Ahsoka committed the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar. To be fair, he's had experience with traitorous Jedi before.
  • The Cameo: Whorm Loathsom, Wat Tambor, and Poggle the Lesser appear on a screen in cells while Ahsoka is escaping from prison.
  • Ceiling Cling: Ahsoka hides on the ceiling as clone troopers pass underneath while trying to get out of the military HQ unnoticed.
  • Chase Scene: Ahsoka is pursued by a garrison's worth of clone troopers.
  • The Dead Have Names: The one Jedi victim of the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar whose name we learn was a close friend of Barriss Offee.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Ahsoka has to dodge a Bullet Hell of stun-bolts fired at her while escaping. She blocks some with her lightsabers as well.
  • Do You Trust Me?: Ahsoka and Anakin continually reassure each other that neither has lost faith in the other during their confrontation at the end. It's everyone else Ahsoka no longer trusts to see the truth, and she's not confident in Anakin's ability to convince them if she surrenders to him.
  • Easily Condemned: Because Letta's death was caught on-camera and Ahsoka was in her cell, Tarkin is quick to believe that she is a murderer.
  • Escalating Chase: The threats quickly pile on as Ahsoka escapes from GAR HQ, to the point where she has several gunships trying to catch her.
  • Force-Choke: The mysterious Jedi mastermind of the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar kills Letta this way.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The clones are quite quick to turn on a known and loved Jedi...
    • Anakin, angry at being refused access to his Padawan, gets angrier and angrier, as the Imperial March plays slow and ominous.
    • Barriss' talk with Ahsoka, just before the latter goes to the meeting with Anakin and the Council, includes a fairly heartfelt and pointed discussion of how Jedi can set aside emotion and attachment, whether it's possible to do so, and if it's even right that they should; it ends with Barriss sadly noting how Ahsoka is able to see things with such a clear head, and Ahsoka ruefully snarking that she has her as fooled as everyone else, then. Aside from how all of this plays into Anakin's future arc, as well as seeming like Dramatic Irony when everyone thinks Ahsoka is guilty of becoming a Dark Side traitor, it suggests Barriss herself is having difficulty with setting aside emotion and attachment, which will become clearer through the rest of the arc.
  • Genre Blind: Ahsoka could be forgiven for thinking that the key to her cell had been delivered by Anakin (that's the sort of shit he'd pull), but as soon as she gets out, she finds guards have been attacked and her weapons are on the ground near them. So she immediately picks them up. Obvious setup is obvious, unless you're a Jedi.
  • His Name Is...: Letta is about to reveal the identity of the mastermind behind the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar when she is immediately Force-choked to death.
  • Homage: Why yes, they are doing the dam scene from The Fugitive at the episode's end.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Justified during the Chase Scene, in that both Ahsoka and the clone troopers firing at her are on the move, and Ahsoka herself is a highly agile Jedi. On the two or three occasions that Ahsoka is forced to become stationary for a moment, the clone troopers suddenly become much more accurate until she's able to start running again.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Tarkin gets uncomfortably close to Ahsoka twice during his interrogation, which only lasts a few minutes: first he steps right in front of her, almost pushing his chest into her face, and a bit later he grabs her by the chin. This is a deliberate Call-Forward to him doing the same thing to Leia in A New Hope.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Three dramatic examples in a row:
    • As Letta is lifted into the air and strangled by the Force, Ahsoka waves her arms around in panic, trying to help her, making it look like she is the one doing the strangling. The revelation that the sound has been switched off does not help.
    • After Ahsoka gets out of her cell, she runs into a group of dead clone troopers, with her lightsabers and comlink laying between them. As she recovers her items, she is caught "red-handed" by Commander Fox.
    • A few minutes later, she runs into three clone troopers who have been killed by a lightsaber, the cuts on their armor still glowing, making it seem as if Ahsoka has killed them during her escape.
  • The Paralyzer: Anakin orders the clone troopers to switch the blasters to stun-bolts. Before this, they are shooting to kill. Even afterwards, they have no compunction of taking a shot with a rocket launcher, with one clone trooper even quipping that it will slow her down.
  • Shout-Out:
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When she's cornered by Anakin at the outflow leading to Coruscant's lower levels, Ahsoka chews him out for what she perceives as a lack of effort to help her. Ahsoka is intentionally painted as being unreasonable here, running off adrenaline from the chase and lacking knowledge of Anakin's attempts to help.