The Clone Wars Rewatch: It’s a “Sabotage”!

And a dark time for the Jedi Order.

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

105: “Sabotage” (Season Five, Episode 17)

“Sometimes even the smallest doubt can shake the greatest belief.”

A scene from "Sabotage."

Synopsis:

Anakin and Ahsoka investigate a deadly bombing at the Jedi Temple.

A scene from "Sabotage."

Analysis:

In the court of public opinion, the Jedi Order and its lightsaber-wielding generals are becoming less and less popular as the war persists. And that anger, fear, and doubt has led to the unthinkable: an attack at the Jedi Temple.

Inside the hangar, bodies still among the debris, the screams of the victims echo through the Force. Among the dead were good Jedi, dedicated clones, and innocent civilians. Through the use of impressive surveillance equipment, Ahsoka and Anakin become detectives in this mystery, walking through the scene as it transpired in holographic form. But without Russo-ISC’s keen analysis, it’s unlikely they would have solved the case so swiftly.

A scene from "Sabotage."

The shroud of the dark side has long cast a pall over the Jedi’s perception in the Force; with rumors swirling that a Jedi defiled their own sacred ground — killing their own colleagues and dedicated servants — the seeds of doubt make the truth of the matter murky and unclear. Thanks to Count Dooku and General Pong Krell, it’s not unheard of for a Jedi to go rogue when their beliefs are no longer in line with the Jedi Order as a whole. And yet…all those who wander are not entirely wrong. It’s a dark time for the Jedi, and their participation in the Clone War has already pushed them, inch by inch and battle by battle, ever closer to the edge of sacrificing their beliefs.

A scene from "Sabotage."

As the clues are gathered, and the droid and his kind unearth damning evidence of nano-droid technology, it would seem the culprit is the wife of a peerless munitions expert who fed her husband the necessary components to turn him into the bomb.

Letta Turmond appears to be a terrorist, pure and simple, so disillusioned and radicalized by her beliefs that she would kill her own husband to prove a point.

Case closed…or not.

Trivia from "Sabotage."

Intel:

  • The four episodes in this arc are named after classic Alfred Hitchcock films and originally marked the end of Ahsoka Tano’s run on The Clone Wars until the final season was released in 2020.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Ahsoka becomes a fugitive of the Republic in “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer, host of This Week! In Star Wars, and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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