The Clone Wars Rewatch: Anakin’s Rage and “The Rise of Clovis”

"Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is."

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.

114: “The Rise of Clovis” (Season Six, Episode 6)

“Jealousy is the path to chaos.”

A scene from "The Rise of Clovis."

Synopsis:

Back on Coruscant, Clovis — known traitor of the Republic — makes a dubious deal while Anakin’s increasing hatred of the man strains his relationship with Padmé to the breaking point.

A scene from "The Rise of Clovis."

Analysis:

Sometimes it’s hard to see the transition from heroic Jedi Knight to evil Sith Lord when you look at Anakin Skywalker. How did he fall so far and so fast? But his pure unadulterated rage on display here paints a pretty clear picture of his state of mind, especially when it comes to Padmé.

Although she tries her best to keep him from completely losing it (and blowing their cover about just being friends), there’s nothing she can really say to calm him. In fact, there’s a moment where Clovis remarks how she was just saying Anakin didn’t have feelings for her and the look on Anakin’s face is pure betrayal.

A scene from "The Rise of Clovis."

The brawl quickly turns into a fistfight, all of Anakin’s pent-up rage coming to the surface in one ugly altercation. Let’s not forget that he’s got a mechanical right hook, which I’m sure packs quite a punch.

As Yoda would say, “Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.”

In reality, Anakin has nothing to worry about. Padmé is hopelessly devoted to him and protecting their secret marriage. But in losing his faith in her, he almost loses her love all together and could have easily been stripped of his rank for such a brutal attack against the man soon to be named to new head of the Banking Clan.

Trivia from "The Rise of Clovis." Trivia from "The Rise of Clovis."

Intel:

  • Anakin Skywalker is no longer a little boy on Tatooine, but inside his quarters he keeps mementos from his childhood, including a podracing poster and a model starship.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Count Dooku comes to collect on his debt in “Crisis at the Heart.”

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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