Top 30 Best Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

These are, in my opinion, the most compelling and well-written episodes of the Clone Wars series; in terms of plot, story, characters, morals, and overall viewing experience.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Lawless (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Darth Maul has taken over leadership of Death Watch. Though the Jedi cannot officially interfere, Obi-Wan Kenobi travels to Mandalore to rescue Satine. (23 mins.)
“ I was pleasantly surprised with this one, being a part of the fifth season, which was mostly filler up until these last few episodes. This was pretty much the culmination of Darth Maul's story, which happens to be the most powerful in terms of plot and development.

Overall: As a major fan of Darth Maul and Darth Sidious, I found this episode to be the absolute best thus far due to the final fight scene, which was orchestrated in a beautiful manner. It could have done for a better fight BGM; but that's about it when it comes to the negatives; the actual fight itself was the best one in the entire series run and involved my two favorite characters in the entire Star Wars Universe: Darth Maul and Darth Sidious, in that order, respectively.

Plot: The episode starts out with Obi-Wan going against the Jedi Order to save Satine Kryze from captivity. Maul knows that Obi-Wan will attempt this daring rescue on his own and also knows the Jedi will not sanction his actions. So Obi-Wan manages to infiltrate the Mandalorian stronghold and disguises himself as one of the guards, managing to free Satine and take her to the ship, which gets shot up as they attempt to fly off. This results in a massive explosion and both barely crawl out from the debris... right back into Maul's captivity. Maul executes Satine in front of Obi-Wan to make him suffer and feel the agony as well as draw him deeper into the dark side. Then, Obi-Wan is dragged off to be imprisoned. This has all been mediocre at best until the actual awesomeness begins... which is the single best moment in the series. Maul admits that he feels a presence unlike any other... it is the presence of his master, Darth Sidious. Of course, Palpatine has come to take on his ever-loyal apprentice. Maul admits that he's done everything just to be reunited with his master but Sidious tells him he's no longer his apprentice; this is likely because there can only be two: a master and an apprentice... and since Maul has attempted to train Savage as well as Sidious taking in Dooku as his "sith pretender" apprentice, Maul is forced to battle his lovely master. This results in Savage getting impaled in the heat of battle, Sidious spinning backwards and ramming his lightsaber clean through his gut, without even looking back at his opponent. Savage is then shown dying on the ground, admitting that he was never as great a warrior, whilst holding Maul's hand. Maul is shown portraying his weakness for his fallen comrade; he then launches a full-scale assault against Sidious, using his red lightsaber and the fallen Pre-Vizsla's black lightsaber simultaneously with fluid motion. Sidious still manages to fend off Maul's relentless attack, eventually electrocuting him with force lightning, which reduces him to begging, cowering, whimpering, and displaying fear once again. Sidious tells Maul that he won't kill him as he has other plans for him. Best. Episode. Of. The. Clone. Wars.

Characters: Savage is taken out in this episode; it could have been better if he died the instant the sabers struck him rather than dying anticlimactic but it was alright. Maul owned this episode with his presence. He owns the series now as well, from what I've seen. The series started about Anakin and Ahsoka and now it's completely about Lord Maul and Lord Sidious, the way it should have been to begin with. Of course, we've had to endure useless filler with the likes of R2-D2 and C-3P0 (which we could have lived without). This episode incorporated the best two characters (Maul and Sidious) representing the dark side of the force (the only side that matters). We haven't seen greatness of this caliber since "The Phantom Menace."

Writing: It was well-written. Let's just say that the story is dark and remains dark without getting light or comedic. This is the way I envision Star Wars. This is what fans look forward to. Let's skip the Jedi training, droids goofing off, the Clone Troopers, and the random shooting episodes; this is the nitty gritty and what Star Wars is about.

Meaning: Lots of morality is engulfed in the essence of this episode's build. There's a conniving touch to it, with one character attempting to take over, and the only one being able to halt this rising menace being the very mastermind of the threat; the orchestrator and master of the dark side, remaining elusive... hidden, yet dangerous. The concept of Master and Apprentice flows beautifully here; and seeing them reunited was a very nice touch.

Final Thoughts: I didn't think I would say this, but the second half of this episode was the best 10 minutes in the entire Clone Wars. There is a great evolution to be had here for fans of the series; people will finally be able to experience these fanatic lords of the dark side for all they're worth; all their pain, glory, and brutality all wrapped up into one nicely knit package. ” - Zabon
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Monster (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Count Dooku accepts Mother Talzin's offer to present him with a warrior from the same tribe as Darth Maul. However, Talzin and Asajj Ventress pick and train the warrior and use Nightsister magic to bend him to their will. (23 mins.)
“ This episode was thus far the best written in terms of plot, characters, purpose, and overall inception. Absolutely none of the characters were cardboard or stiff in terms of their development and everyone expressed some form of actual emotion.

Overall: Anyone who is a fan of the antagonists would love this episode... Such as myself. I greatly preferred the atmosphere of the environment and the setting of the plot. Of course, Star Wars is a very vivid creation with a repertoire of lucid creatures and planets. I believe this episode is a prime example of these features being put into effect to the maximum capacity. I greatly admire the writing capability delivered here; I can't say the same about all the episodes of this series. As a stand-alone scenario, "Monster," along with "Witches of the Mist," and "Nightsisters," are primarily the central story arc that I enjoyed most of all.

Plot: What makes this particular episode (Monster) so much better than the rest, however, is the usage of Savage Oppress as a masterful villain. Of course, he is a plot device for the characters of Ventress and Dooku, but his development and his overall attitude, mannerism, gestures, and complexity make him an overall deeper and more likable character. Savage is a Zabrak warrior who is taken in by Ventress and trained to acquire vengeance against Dooku... Later secretly going under Dooku's command only to fool the Sith Lord. Of course, Savage is much deeper of a persona and becomes greatly aggravated at both Dooku and Ventress, erupting against them and using his power to release their stranglehold. He does fight well (with the ever-lovely double-ended lightsabers)... But that's merely the icing on the cake.

Characters: Savage is a character that is almost as powerful a concept as that of Darth Maul. Until this story arc aired on television, I hadn't seen a character rival the genuine design and brilliant attitude of Maul. Until now. And even better, this character is designed to be Maul's brother. Ultimately, although Lord Maul remains my favorite Star Wars character for genuine design, mannerism, compelling story, and having the best fight scene in the entire movie universe series, Savage is likely a good counterpart for the Expanded Universe and the Clone Wars series.

Writing: As a story, this episode encompasses a multitude of emotions. When I view an episode, I judge greatly on the insurmountable amount of morality that is depicted. I've found that this episode wields an array of such material. The most compelling aspect is the plot device of Feral, Savage's brother. The writing here depicts Feral to be less powerful than Savage. Although at first Savage promises to protect his brother at any cost, he is twisted and turned into a ruthless brute who ends up killing the one person he promised to protect due to being controlled by Ventress, Talzin, and the Nightsisters. This clan contributes to the breakdown of his conscience and his growth as a relentless warrior. By killing his own brother, Savage becomes the very thing he hated; and for storyline, this is the greatest piece of writing that anyone has shown in the entire series run.

Meaning: There is a tremendous amount of emotion and morality tucked inside this episode. It portrays a man deceived by all and built into a killing machine. It also shines light on how this man becomes a tool of destruction through the usage of vengeance as a propeller. Savage is by far the deepest character in the Clone Wars series (until Maul appears in season 4)... His very essence constitutes a multitude of emotions. The very dark side that George Lucas has portrayed prior bleeds into the writing and scenery here. This man's suffering and training leads him to be consumed by hatred and derails him from his path; a destiny fulfilled by puppet-master hands, causing this great monster to be born.

Final Thoughts: The best thing about the moral climax of this episode is that there's a complete zenith of every aspect of the dark side in this episode; be it hate, suffering, fear, and corruption. It makes for a unique powerhouse of a machine built for the perfect viewing experience. ” - Zabon
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Carnage of Krell (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Rex and the 501st troopers refuse to execute Fives and Jesse for their insubordination. They are in for even bigger shocks when General Krell orders another offensive. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Witches of the Mist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
As Count Dooku trains Savage Opress in the ways of the Dark Side, Obi-Wan and Anakin travel to Dathomir to learn more about this Zabrakian Jedi killer. (23 mins.)
 
5.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Nightsisters (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Darth Sidious orders Lord Tyrannus to eliminate Asajj Ventress, lest her becoming too powerful. But Ventress escapes and manages to make her way back to her home planet of Dathomir, vowing revenge on Count Dooku. (23 mins.)
 
6.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Shades of Reason (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The Sith brothers and their criminal allies attack Mandalore and the Death Watch pretends to defeat them, causing the gullible people to choose Pre Vizla's rule over Duchess Satine's. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Ghosts of Mortis (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Son shows Anakin a vision of the future to sway him to his side. Obi-Wan and Ahsoka must make sure the Son does not leave Mortis aboard their Jedi shuttle. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Altar of Mortis (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Before the Jedi can leave Mortis, the Son abducts Ahsoka and infects her with the Dark Side. While Anakin faces his Padawan, the Daughter reveals to Obi-Wan the only weapon that can defeat her brother: the Dagger of Mortis. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Overlords (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka investigate a mysterious transmission and find a gateway to a hidden planet called Mortis... (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Cloak of Darkness (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Luminara Unduli and Ahsoka Tano are transporting the captive Viceroy Nute Gunray to Coruscant to face trial... (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Box (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Count Dooku challenges eleven bounty hunters to survive several deadly levels devised by Moralo Eval. The winners will participate in the plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine on Naboo... (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Assassin (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Ahsoka receives visions about Aurra Sing attempting to assassinate Padm Amidala and decides to accompany the Senator on a peace mission to Alderaan. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Deception (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Obi-Wan fakes his own death and goes undercover as his own 'killer', Rako Hardeen so he can infiltrate Moralo Eval's plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. (23 mins.)
 
14.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Friends and Enemies (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Disguised as Bounty Hunter Rako Hardeen, Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the run with criminal mastermind Moralo Eval and Cad Bane. But their partnership is on thin ice and Anakin and Ahsoka are in hot pursuit. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Eminence (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Darth Maul and Savage Opress join forces with the Death Watch and together they recruit the Black Sun and Hutt crime lords to form the Shadow Collective. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Kit Fisto is on the trail of the recently escaped Nute Gunray and joins up with his former Padawan Nahdar Vebb on the remote planet of Vassek... (23 mins.)
 
17.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Lightsaber Lost (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a mission in the underworld of Coruscant, Ashoka loses her light-saber to a pickpocket. Ashamed to tell Anakin, she sets out to look for the thief alone, but gets help from an ancient Jedi Master called Tera Sinube. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Lethal Trackdown (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Boba Fett and Aurra Sing are using hostages to force Mace Windu to face them. With Mace and Anakin still recovering, Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano track down the bounty hunters. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Wrong Jedi (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Ahsoka is put on trial, first by the Jedi Council and then faces the Galactic Senate itself. Meanwhile Anakin goes into the underworld searching for a way to prove his Padawan's innocence. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Bounty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Asajj Ventress joins a group of bounty hunters led by Boba Fett. Their mission is to deliver a box with unknown cargo to the leader of the planet Quarzite. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Darkness on Umbara (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During an assault on the shadowy world of Umbara, General Skywalker is called back to Coruscant. He has to relinquish command of the 501st legion to legendary Jedi Master Krell, who turns out to have a low opinion of Clones. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The General (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Krell sends Captain Rex and his troopers on an impossible mission: to conquer a heavily fortified Umbaran airbase. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Plan of Dissent (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
ARC Trooper Fives disagrees with General Krell's strategies and comes up with his own unauthorized plan using captured Umbaran star fighters. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Revenge (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Mother Talzin restores Darth Maul's sanity and gives him a better pair of mechanical legs. Now Maul wants revenge on Obi-Wan Kenobi and lures the Jedi to the remote planet of Raydonia. (23 mins.)
“ This episode was thus far the best written finale in terms of the overall coming together of many previous implementations. The character of Maul shined greatly here and we finally witness the great monster that is Maul, when the brutish Savage brings him forth to aid him in his own villainous quest. The deadly duo breathe life to the series unlike ever before.

Overall: This episode is a breakthrough for bringing together fans of the movies (and primarily Episode 1: The Phantom Menace) as it consists of a great deal of emphasis on the great villain that is Maul. I always did prefer actual combat skills in a villain as opposed to screen time, so this was a great example of portraying that actions do indeed speak louder than words. But when it comes to the overall episode itself, it was a very solid one.

Plot: Revenge in particular was a glorious venture for Maul fans and villain fans alike. As a season finale episode, it was likely the best thus far. As an overall plot-line, it moved rather quickly as the episode's foundation was that of a battle rather than a major dialogue-induced piece. However, although there's less dialogue in terms of the complete script, the episode moves fluently as Maul throws in some of the best lines in the series run. The plot is quite nice, in retrospect, portraying the anti-hero of Ventress joining forces to aid Obi-Wan in their escape from Maul and Savage.

Characters: Maul is by far the greatest villain in the history of the series and movies in terms of actual design, mannerism, mystery, and overall enigma (the only other villain who even comes close to this sinister behavior is Sidious himself, whom I also enjoyed greatly). Aside from the beautiful design of Maul's character (and the fact that he's my favorite in all Star Wars history), he becomes further developed in this episode. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, however. Due to the fact that his overall awesomeness greatly sprouted from his less appearance and more devious nature enshrouded by his presence, it remains to be seen if his return will add to his pre-existing ferocity or negate from his already established greatness. The reason behind this is that Maul's defeat was such a brilliantly orchestrated scene in terms of his actual combat maneuvers and fighting ability when it comes to martial arts, that his end in "The Phantom Menace" may not be able to be topped. Of course, the sheer multitude of wondrous musical scoring in the movie was the greatest moment in Star Wars to me; primarily due to "Duel of the Fates" playing when Maul removed his hood and prepared his combatant posture, revealing his double-bladed saber. The matching of the soundtrack in this scene remains my favorite movie moment and hopefully will continue to shine through the character of Maul as he is further developed throughout the Clone Wars series. Other characters in this episode were well orchestrated as well when it came to their development. Obi-Wan was his usual sarcastic self, teasing his opponents and remaining calm under the difficult circumstances of getting the life beat out of him; literally beaten to a pulp prior to Ventress' involvement. Ventress remained the anti-hero candidate here (pretty much the role I dislike most as a character). But I appreciate the fact that it was drawn out well for the episode's consistency. Savage was very well-adapted to be a brutish yet powerful follower, considering that he now aids Maul in his vicious ventures. He also remains a force to be reckoned with.

Writing: The writing is exquisite for those who love to see villains sprouting with nice quips and quotes. Serving as a beautiful requiem for Maul's return, the episode grafts a few wonderful quotations by the sith menace. The most memorable line to me was "Jedi! I have been waiting for you... I am surprised you could have forgotten me so easily. After I killed your master and you left me for dead on Naboo... You may have forgotten me, but I will never forget you! You cannot imagine the depths I would go through to stay alive. Fueled by my singular hatred for you!" This was a celebration in terms of ferocity unchained from the depths of vengeful hatred built through a decade of patience. The deepest part of this was the fact that Maul's essence knew no greater joy than to see his enemy suffer, making this a morally complex venture, be it a dark one indeed.

Meaning: There is somewhat meaning in this episode in terms of its congruence with the plot. Of course, Ventress goes against her past norms and joins forces with Obi-Wan to escape the wrath of Maul. This in and of itself was a nice twist; we saw it coming but it was a good way to emphasize the overall plot device of the character of Maul.

Final Thoughts: The best thing here is the return of the amazing character of Maul. Although I did prefer when Maul appeared onscreen less as it added great deadly influence to the character in terms of his mysterious factor and overall impression of his evil as a lesser appearing character, I am interested to see what development there will be to his character. This is a nice return of the most interesting and vicious villain in the entire Star Wars franchise. ” - Zabon
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Hunt for Ziro (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos are assigned to retrieve Ziro the Hutt after his escape from prison. But Ziro is instantly put on trial by the five Hutt families on Nal Hutta, where his only ally may be an old lover. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Citadel Rescue (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Masters Plo Koon & Saesee Tiin head a desperate rescue operation to get the survivors of the Citadel infiltration mission and the information they carry. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Trespass (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Obi-Wan, Anakin and a detachment of the 501st investigate the slaughter of a Republic outpost on Orto Plutonia... (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: A Friend in Need (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Lux Bonteri disrupts a peace conference between Seperatist and Republic representatives on Mandalore. Intend on safeguarding him, Ahsoka becomes involved in Lux's plan to take revenge on Count Dooku for his mother's death. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Revival (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Maul takes Savage as his apprentice and together they set out to gather an army. Their attempt to recruit Hondo Ohnaka and his pirates is interrupted by Jedi Council members Obi-Wan Kenobi and Adi Gallia. (23 mins.)
 
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: To Catch a Jedi (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Ahsoka Tano is on the run and hiding in the criminal underworld of Coruscant. She strikes up an unlikely alliance with a former enemy turned bounty hunter. (23 mins.)