The Clone Wars Rewatch: Desperate “To Catch a Jedi”

Ahsoka makes an unlikely ally in another apprentice who understands what it's like to be wronged.

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.

107: “To Catch a Jedi” (Season Five, Episode 19)

“Never become desperate enough to trust the untrustworthy.”

A scene from "To Catch a Jedi"

Synopsis:

The fugitive Ahsoka escapes to the criminal depths of Coruscant.

Analysis:

“These are strange times,” as Ventress says.

You know Ahsoka Tano is feeling hopeless when she’s prepared to turn to Asajj Ventress for help, but she’s desperate for answers to clear her name.

A scene from "To Catch a Jedi"

Even though the Jedi Council believes she may have committed the crime, Yoda still sees Ahsoka compassionately as a lost child. But the further down she goes, — running in the lower levels of the Coruscant underworld far below the surface, in league with former Sith apprentice Ventress, and finally caught in an old munitions factory surrounded by boxes of nano-droids — the worse it seems for poor Ahsoka.

A scene from "To Catch a Jedi"

Ahsoka and Ventress aren’t so different after all. Two former apprentices given a raw deal by the Republic and the war. But while Ventress’s master, Count Dooku, left her for dead, Anakin Skywalker is at least trying to track down Ahsoka because he believes in her innocence.

What Ahsoka has learned from Barriss Offee is that the Jedi are no longer as pure as they once sought to be. The peacekeepers of the galaxy have fallen so far from their ideals, driving one of their own to commit such atrocities against the sacred ground where they study, and the Jedi, soldiers, and innocent civilians inside. And for what? To frame Ahsoka and prove the point that even the right hand of The Chosen One himself could be corrupted?

A scene from "To Catch a Jedi"

Back in the custody of the Jedi, Ahsoka’s situation seems dire. But despite the mounting evidence, Anakin Skywalker still cannot — and will not — believe that his Padawan is to blame for these crimes.

Trivia from "To Catch a Jedi"

Intel:

  • This episode marks the first appearance of a live tooka cat in the Star Wars animated series. The creatures would make frequent appearances in Star Wars Rebels and were most recently brought to life in The Mandalorian.

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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Ahsoka faces her greatest challenge yet in “The Wrong Jedi.”

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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