When I saw that Kelly (the admin of Team Ahsoka) had put out a call for guest articles and that a lot of people were responding, I decided to join in the fun. At first, I had to think about what I could do, if I should write something about Ahsoka or Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And then I thought, “Why don’t I make a top five list of something from The Clone Wars… and include Ahsoka in it?!”
Before I begin, I wanted to say something about myself. I’m Matt, I’m fourteen, and have been a Star Wars fan for three years now, though I’ve known about Star Wars for a long time. My father was a fan back in the 80s, when he saw A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back in the theatre in Malta. Back then, and since we’re a small colony, foreign movies would be released here two to four years after their world release; A New Hope was released in Malta in 1981! I am also mildly autistic and while I know it doesn’t have anything to do with this article, I wanted to share that with you because Star Wars helps me cope with my autism. I draw Star Wars characters, play with LEGO, read Star Wars books, etc.
Now, on to my list of the five saddest moments from Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
5) Kalifa’s Death – Season 3, Episode 21, “Padawan Lost”
When Ahsoka was captured by Trandoshans on Felucia and taken to the jungle moon of Wasskah, she was met by Jedi younglings, who had survived on the moon and hid there until Ahsoka arrived. The younglings were O-Mer, Jinx, and Kalifa, and from their perspective, they thought that they would never survive Wasskah, that one day they would be found by a Trandoshan and killed. Ahsoka met the three Padawans and immediately befriended Kalifa. Ahsoka told the young Jedi to never give up and always stand up for yourself, no matter what happens.
Halfway through the episode, Ahsoka, Kalifa, O-Mer, and Jinx decide to find a way off that smelly jungle moon. But, after the Jedi let a Trandoshan’s son fall to his death, his father got angry and wanted the Jedi dead. As Ahsoka gave Kalifa a helping hand, the Trandoshan father shot Kalifa in the back. Ahsoka lay her down on a tree branch and watched her die, which was the most horrific moment of Ahsoka’s entire life up until then.
4) 99’s Death – Season 3, Episode 2, “ARC Troopers”
During the Battle of Kamino, one clone was there to help his brothers. His name was 99, a disabled clone, and although he couldn’t fight, he still had courage and bravery, to himself and to his brothers. He was always there for Domino Squad, helping them in their training and giving them moral support. Some time later, he saw the squad, all grown up, and ready to fight for the Republic and their brothers.
When Separatist ships hyperspaced into orbit over Kamino, Obi-Wan Kenobi saw that debris was slamming into the ocean and soon discovered that aqua droids were building Trident assault ships underwater and planning an attack on the base. As clone troopers stood guard and saw the Squid Droids smashing into the base and platoons of battle droids invading the base, 99 was ready to assist his brothers in battle.
As the B1 battle droids marched their way into the barracks, 99 gave Captain Rex and Commander Cody some detonators; the battle droids stood no chance against them. But as the clone troopers run out of ammo, 99 ran as fast as he could into incoming blaster fire to gather more ammo, sacrificing himself for his brothers. He was shot in the back, but as he continued to desperately run towards the hanger full of ammo, he was shot again. 99 died in the arms of his brothers and on his home planet. His sacrifice teaches us that you should always stand up for yourself, to think about your surroundings and your men, and to never give up.
3) ARC Trooper Five’s Death – Season 6, Episode 4, “Orders”
When ARC Trooper Fives discovered that clone troopers had control chips implanted in their brains, he began to panic. One day, he went down to Coruscant’s Level 1325 and asked to meet with Captain Rex and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Fives thought they might try to trick him and asked both of them to lower their weapons and stand down.
As they approached him, Fives trapped them in a ray shield and begged them to listen. He told them that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was behind this conspiracy, that he could control the chips… and the clones. This later turned out to be Order 66, which resulted in all clone troopers turning on and killing the Jedi, paving the way for the Galactic Empire and allowing the Sith to rule the galaxy.
Fives tried to warn them about it, but Commander Fox and his troopers walked in, armed with blasters. Fox told him to stand down, but Fives didn’t hesitate. He grabbed one of Rex’s pistols, thinking that Anakin and Rex had betrayed him. Fox ended up shooting Fives in the heart. His best friend and commanding officer, Captain Rex, rushed out of the ray shield as soon as it was deactivated and stayed with Fives till the end.
It’s a really touching moment and you surely must have shed a tear. If Order 66 would have been revealed, Palpatine would been exposed, the Jedi would have been safe, the Galactic Republic would have continued to exist, and the future children of Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala would have grown up with their real parents.
2) Duchess Satine’s Death – Season 5, Episode 16, “The Lawless”
I was originally going to put this at number 1 because I am a very big fan of the Mandalore storyline and the Siege Of Mandalore.
When Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore was captured by Death Watch and their new leader, Darth Maul, her love interest and closest friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi, went to Mandalore to rescue her. Maul already knew that Kenobi would come to save her and when the Jedi master entered Satine’s cell, he was spotted by a Mandalorian and captured as well. The two captives were brought before Maul. Obi-Wan was forced onto his knees; Satine sat before Maul, looking into her loved one’s eyes. Maul was furious and still remembered the day he was cut in half on Naboo, back in Obi-Wan’s Padawan days. Maul wanted to exact the greatest revenge on Obi-Wan and make him suffer.
As Maul grabbed the Dark Saber, he was prepared to make Kenobi’s life even more horrifying. Maul lifted and Force-choked Satine. Obi-Wan was horrified, restrained and unable to do anything while Satine floated helplessly in the air. As the time came, Maul grabbed Satine and impaled her on the Dark Saber. Obi-Wan broke free from Maul’s guards and held his loved one and old friend as she confessed her love for him and then died from her injuries. I got a bit emotional when writing this part and watching the episode.
1) Ahsoka Leaves the Jedi Order – Season 5, Episode 20, “The Wrong Jedi”
I put this at number 1 because Ahsoka is such a beloved character.
When Anakin offers Ahsoka the chance to rejoin the Order and returns her Padawan braid to her, she hesitates for a moment before she closes his outstretched palm. She looks into Anakin’s eyes, telling him that she won’t be coming back. As she leaves, the Jedi Masters turn to look at Anakin, who looks on in anger and confusion.
Anakin rushes off behind her, shouting her name as she walks away. When Anakin catches up with her, she tells him that she can’t stay and that this is her choice. He had been teaching Ahsoka for years but he never thought she would make a decision like this one. During that moment, Anakin probably thought of all the memories and the missions they had shared together. And as Ahsoka turns to walk down the steps of the Jedi Temple, Anakin stays put, shocked, sad, and scared of what could happen to her.
About the Author:
Matt is a 14-year-old student from Malta, a Clone Wars addict, and considers himself a huge Star Wars fan. He also into cosplay and recently made an Anakin Skywalker costume to wear at his local Comic Con.
If you would like to follow him on Twitter, you can find Matt there under the username @GeneralMatt8.