Top 40 Worst Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

These would be my least favorite episodes in this series. There are many I did like, however... those which held some form of morality or complexity in terms of plot and story. Otherwise, the ones that were just random shooting and no actual solid plot would account for some of the most useless episodes. I found the following to be quite random, boring, or overall lacking in some way or form. I've also listed a solid amount of episodes that make up a lengthy percentage of the high points in the series in terms of well-written, better story-driven plots that would be a positive opposite of the ones I've listed here. In any case, these would be the slew of episodes we could have done without in terms of plot and story. These are the episodes I found to be quite boring and less impacting in terms of plot, story, development and overall impression. I tried ranking them based on my actual sentiments.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Landing at Point Rain (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jedi Generals Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker return to Geonosis, the very battleground where the Clone Wars first erupted... (23 mins.)
“ This is by far the single worst episode in the Clone Wars for a slew of reasons. George Lucas and Drew Z. Greenberg likely had one energy drink too many when they attempted this one's writing; Brian O'Connell's directing didn't save it either; it was a complete mess and the fault comes from the attempt to make it in the first place. Not only was it the worst in the second season, but the worst overall in the entire series. For one, there was barely any writing in conception, much less a story to be had. If for some reason someone just wants to see Battle Droids and/or Clone Troopers shooting at each other for 22 minutes straight with some Jedi running around in the midst of the chaos, then this argument serves invalid. However, the overall episode's sheer construct in terms of value and moral complexity was an utter failure. Landing at Point Rain is the prime example of a poorly executed episode when it comes to storyline purposes; it's like a level of Halo on multi-player without any actual story or reason. Let's see, there's a few Jedi here and there who don't particularly play much of a role hardly at all other than deflecting incoming blaster fire. This could have taken place on any planet; Geonosis was just the chosen spot for this extremely boring conflict. This could have been a good episode if something actually happened other than blasters firing and no progression of the characters at all. I'm all for action, especially when it comes to Sith versus Jedi or something of a character value; where actual characters fight it out. But when unnamed fellows are shown blasting at each other for 22 minutes, it loses its appeal. Frankly, this episode was so bad, it was designed to appeal only to people who want to see nonstop shooting without purpose. As much as I hated the R2-D2 and C-3PO episodes as any other hardcore fan, I found this to be a thousand times worse than all the boring R2 episodes combined. This was a prime example of a terrible battlefield scenario; If anyone is interested in battle footage, let them watch WWII scuffles; they were more exciting than this. As a matter of fact, there's hardly any dialogue in this episode. The only remnant of a connective plot point was the bet the Jedi's made between each other as to which one of them would kill more enemies; and Ki-Adi-Mundi wins in the end. I mean, I actually like Ki-Adi-Mundi; it's just sad to me that they couldn't incorporate this character in a better way... in a way more memorable than this idiotic excuse of an episode. So what happens if anyone skips this episode? Not much. They shoot at each other... and then... the shooting stops... and that's about it. No actual characters are killed... no character progression is had... and no story unfolds; a few blasters are fired though, if that counts for anything. This was the most filler and useless episode in the entire series. Sometimes, I find it so very hard to believe this is in the same series as episodes like "Carnage of Krell," "Monster," and "Revenge." But then again, we need stupid episodes like this to differentiate from the aforementioned excellent ones. Otherwise, we wouldn't be able to tell which episodes were "good." It's sad that footage was wasted on gibberish such as this; but I've seen similar foolish moments in movie fame; "Aliens" is a prime example... it was a horrendous sequel to an excellent premise we witnessed in the original "Alien" movie. But the fear-factor, horror, excellent characters, and story that Alien offered us, Aliens was complete useless gibberish in comparison. "Landing at Point Rain" is to the Clone Wars what "Aliens" is to the Alien series: a very poorly made script that does not concentrate on characters but instead... on random shooting. ” - Zabon
 
2.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Massacre (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Asajj Ventress returns to Dathomir to become a true Night Sister. But then Count Dooku orders General Grievous to wipe out Mother Talzin and her entire clan of witches. (23 mins.)
“ I hadn't seen such a bad episode since "Landing at Point Rain." This was the worst episode in the entire fourth season. Additionally, it had a very weak plot-line. The only remote differential here is that the character of Talzin is seen in a deadly perspective; portraying her powerful essence which transcends that of worldly attachments. Talzin is somehow able to be one with the force and dissipate from the presence of the random shooting and gives whatever hope Ventress has to fight for their Dathomirian comrades, who are all easily felled by Grievous' equally boring forces. Grievous in conception is already a rather weak plot device. But here, he is seen even more boring when he leads this useless assault against Talzin's assassin buddies. All of the females are taken out here aside from Ventress, who manages to escape the scuffle. But that's about it. Nothing happens in terms of morality or messages... it's just what the title says... there are no actually consequential characters killed off in this episode like in previous ones. Instead, we are given more random shooting, random fighting, and randomness overall without any progression from a story perspective. This is another example of a filler episode that could have been summed up with a phrase by saying "all of Ventress' kin were killed" or "Talzin's Nightsisters were executed" and save us the trouble of watching it for 22 minutes. ” - Zabon
 
3.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Evil Plans (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
C-3PO and R2-D2 are tasked to get some Jogan fruit for a reception honoring Roonan Senator Aang. But the droids are targeted by bounty hunter Cad Bane who wants to extract information regarding the senate from their data banks. (23 mins.)
“ With careful consideration, this is the worst episode in the third season. We all know that R2-D2 and C-3PO have a horrendous side quest going on for no reason other than attempting to appeal to the 1970's audience. This is poorly executed due to a few factors; the most prominent being that these episodes are far too light-hearted. Also, incorporating the character of Cad Bane (who is quite awesome) couldn't save the episode's level of stupidity. So basically, we are shown how C-3PO and R2-D2 go on a mini-quest to get some random fruit for some reception that doesn't really matter. And then Cad Bane captures them and attempts to extract some info... then deletes their memory of this and lets them go. Any other useless filler Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle want to throw in upcoming seasons, it would be nice not to waste our precious airtime. I personally don't care how many malfunctioning units go haywire when R2-D2 the trash can and C-3PO the British comedy expert go exploring the land, but this is not psychologically moving nor is it exploring the mind's eye; rather, it is a sorry excuse to fill in episodic space that could have been properly used to pull off another nice episode on par with "Eminence" or "Shades of Reason" instead of more filler like "Evil Plans." ” - Zabon
 
4.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Duel of the Droids (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Anakin and Ashoka are ordered to destroy General Grievous' secret enemy listening post. Against Obi-Wan's wishes... (23 mins.)
“ Okay, so R2-D2 has a useless replacement, of which we care less about. And this R3-S6 unit ends up fighting R2 who is supposed to be the good one. Good robot bumps into bad one. R3 is trying to trick Ahsoka and Rex's squad... oh wow, this was "really" deep. Hint at sarcasm. This was so boring, it was definitely the worst episode of the first season. ” - Zabon
 
5.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Point of No Return (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Finally on their way back to Republic space, D-Squad uncovers a Separatist plan involving a sabotaged Jedi cruiser. (23 mins.)
“ This was a horrendous excuse of a climax episode to the already-poorly-executed 4 episode robot arc in this fifth season. It was such useless gibberish. Why do they have to treat us to more R2-D2 stupidity; I mean, seriously... he didn't do hardly anything in this episode. As an audience, were we supposed to actually care about the robot "characters" who are tossed out of an airlock. I personally cared more for monsters thrown out of airlocks... the robots are just units; they are programmed, do their thing, and that's about it. This episode was another drug trip; as the previous few have been. They are basically a band of bots with this little Gascon fellow acting stupid more than half the time, deciding who commands who and here they are returned to their initial base. Robots fight some more robots and then, that's about it. We could have seriously had a longer Darth Maul arc instead of this useless gibberish. ” - Zabon
 
6.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Missing in Action (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Colonel Gascon and the five droids of D-Squad have arrived at the remote town of Pons Ora on the planet Abafar and find a Clone Commando suffering from amnesia. (23 mins.)
“ So the robot crew and Gascon end up finding this random outpost with this memory-loss ridden clone named Gregor. Here's another attempt at filler. Gregor ends up remembering his days of a clone warrior and helps confront the threat on the planet for a few moments of glory, allowing Gascon to escape with his robot buddies. Still a horrendous episode compared to what we've been looking forward to. This isn't a show about the bots people. This isn't "Transformers" or "Gundam" or "Evangelion", it's "Star Wars...", and it's primary enthralling aspect is the saber battles and the engrossing and captivating journey of light side v. dark side, which makes it an awesome concept. But this episode was useless filler again. Do we really care what happens to Gascon and his misfit bots? I myself don't. And for an argument of psychological value; there isn't any. It's just proving that a clone remembers his past and fights to reclaim it. That's about it. Nothing else happens. There's no other moral complexity here. It's rather weak and remains as such. ” - Zabon
 
7.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Mercy Mission (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Commander Wolffe and his men aid the Aleena whose planet has recently suffered terrible quakes. Translator droid C-3PO and his counterpart R2-D2 find the natives need them to fulfill a special task. (23 mins.)
“ Here's yet another useless R2-D2 and C-3P0 episode that's supposed to appeal to hippies and be a nice drug trip. Of course, anyone with an actual brain in their heads would notice that not much happens... again. The only sad thing about this episode was the waste of Orphne, a very, very awesome design in terms of a character's appearance. But she ends up doing nothing again... and C-3P0 and R2 end up goofing off with some miniature civilization, which was on par with similar stupidity we witnessed in "Return of the Jedi" with the Ewoks. I myself don't care how many pint-sized civilizations bicker about who rules what; the episode was rather useless filler yet again. ” - Zabon
 
8.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Nomad Droids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Threepio and Artoo escape Master Galia's Jedi Cruiser in a Y-Wing fighter and find themselves in one bizarre situation after the other. (23 mins.)
“ Okay, this episode was rather hilarious for various reasons. R2 and C-3P0 find themselves in one stupid situation followed by another. Some Pit Droids in disguise are controlling this big image, tricking the residents of a planet; and zap one of the people who delivers R2 and Threepio on the spot. It was rather silly. And then there was a Weequay pirate dude humming "Lalalala" whatever... I didn't know the series was attempting random comedy now. Maybe I missed the fact that Star Wars is a serious action drama sci-fi adventure. It is idiotic moments like this that bring down the overall rating of the series as a whole. Attempts at comedy; if any, should be minimized. ” - Zabon
 
9.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Downfall of a Droid (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Anakin must find the missing R2-D2 before the Separatists discover the Jedi military secrets locked in his memory banks. (23 mins.)
 
10.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Heroes on Both Sides (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Padm visits her old mentor Mina Bonteri, who has chosen the side of the Separatists but is urging for peace talks. But the Banking Clan and several corrupt senators conspire against this initiative. (23 mins.)
 
11.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: A War on Two Fronts (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
By a request from Lux Bonteri, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Rex travel to Onderon to help train a group of rebels so they can take back the capital city of Iziz from the Separatists. (23 mins.)
 
12.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Secret Weapons (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
R2-D2 joins a team of Republic Droids known as D-Squad, led by Colonel Gascon. Their mission: to steal an encryption module from a Separatist dreadnought. (23 mins.)
 
13.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Destroy Malevolence (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Padm Amidala and C-3PO fly into a trap and are taken hostage by General Grievous aboard the Malevolence... (23 mins.)
 
14.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Shadow of Malevolence (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Malevolence has been revealed to the Republic. Anakin and Shadow Squad, accompanied by Ahsoka and Master Koon, launch an attack in their new long-range Y-wing bombers. (23 mins.)
 
15.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Front Runners (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Jedi and Rex return to Coruscant and leave Ahsoka in charge of supervising the Onderon Rebels as they carry out a series of strikes in the capital. (23 mins.)
 
16.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Rookies (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A squad of rookie Clone Troopers manning a tracking station on the Rishi moon is attacked by a new model of commando droids... (23 mins.)
 
17.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: ARC Troopers (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
General Grievous and Asajj Ventress combine forces in an attack on Kamino. As Anakin and Obi-Wan rush to aid Tipoca City, the clones prepare to defend their home planet. (23 mins.)
 
18.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Supply Lines (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Nikto Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di and his men are trapped on the besieged world of Ryloth. Senator Bail Organa teams up with Representative Jar Jar Binks to convince neutral King Katuunko of Toydaria to send aid to the Twi'Leks of Ryloth. (23 mins.)
 
19.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Blue Shadow Virus (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Evil scientist Dr. Nuvo Vindi is recreating the dreaded Blue Shadow Virus in his secret underground lab on Naboo. When he captures Senator Amidala and Representative Binks, Jedi Generals Skywalker & Kenobi mount a rescue operation. (23 mins.)
 
20.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Storm Over Ryloth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Separatists have invaded the Twi'lek home planet of Ryloth. Anakin & Ahsoka lead a squadron of fighters against a Trade Federation battleship commanded by Neimoidian Captain Mar Tuuk. (23 mins.)
 
21.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Grievous Intrigue (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Master Eeth Koth has tracked down General Grievous, but is soon captured and tortured as an example to the Jedi. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Adi Gallia mount a rescue attempt, unaware that Grievous is expecting them to do just that. (23 mins.)
 
22.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Zillo Beast (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the Republic detonates a powerful electro-proton bomb to settle the battle of Malastare, it accidentally wakens an ancient and thought to be extinct Zillo Beast. (23 mins.)
 
23.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Mandalore Plot (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Firmly opposed to war, Duchess Satine of Mandalore heads The Council of Neutral Systems. Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates rumors of the resurgence of the so-called Death Watch on her planet. (23 mins.)
 
24.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Duchess of Mandalore (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pre Vizsla has expanded the Death Watch into an army and is waiting for the opportunity to take Mandalore... (23 mins.)
 
25.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Sphere of Influence (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When newly elected Chairman Papanoida's daughters are kidnapped, Senator Chuchi and Ahsoka Tano investigate the Trade Federation while Papanoida and his son follow a lead to Jabba's palace. (23 mins.)
 
26.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Corruption (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Padm visits Mandalore on a diplomatic mission she finds herself investigating an outbreak of a mysterious illness at a school with Duchess Satine. (23 mins.)
 
27.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Academy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Ahsoka is assigned to tutor at a leadership academy on Mandalore. Duchess Satine's nephew Korkie and three of his classmates discover a conspiracy involving the black market and the planet's food supplies. (23 mins.)
 
28.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Senate Murders (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Padm is working to to introduce a bill to minimize military spending and halt the creation of Clone Troopers. But when one of her most trusted allies is poisoned, she and Bail Organa set out to expose the murderer. (23 mins.)
 
29.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Senate Spy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Jedi council suspects Senator Rush Clovis of the Banking Delegation is working with the Trade Federation... (23 mins.)
 
30.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Dooku Captured (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Obi-Wan and Anakin infiltrate Count Dooku's frigate in an attempt to capture him but all three end up crash-landing on the planet Vanqor instead... (23 mins.)
 
31.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Voyage of Temptation (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Obi-Wan and Anakin guard the Duchess Satine and members of The Council of Neutral Systems as they travel to Coruscant aboard the luxury vessel Coronet, but a traitor amongst them has smuggled aboard a spider shaped assassin droid. (23 mins.)
 
32.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Clone Cadets (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Unless they want to flunk out, the clones of Domino Squad must learn to work together during their training on Kamino. (23 mins.)
 
33.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Hidden Enemy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Anakin and Obi-Wan discover evidence of a traitor amongst their ranks while attempting to lead Republic forces to liberate the planet of Christophsis from a Separatist siege. (23 mins.)
 
34.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Liberty on Ryloth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Mace Windu and his Clone Troopers aim to liberate the Ryloth capitol of Lessu but needs to acquire the help of a Twi'lek resistance group led by Cham Syndulla in order to do so. (23 mins.)
 
35.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Legacy of Terror (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Luminara Unduli disappears during a sandstorm while following Poggle the Lesser. When Anakin and Obi-Wan track her to an ancient temple, they are attacked by undead Geonosian warriors. (23 mins.)
 
36.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Holocron Heist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Darth Sidious commissions a bounty hunter to break into the Jedi Temple Archives. (23 mins.)
 
37.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Children of the Force (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
With the information from the stolen holocron, Darth Sidious orders Cad Bane to kidnap several force sensitive children for his scheme. (23 mins.)
 
38.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Weapons Factory (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Poggle the Lesser is about to unleash his brand new super-tanks. Anakin Skywalker and Luminara Unduli... (23 mins.)
 
39.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Cargo of Doom (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With Anakin and Ahsoka in pursuit, Cad Bane seeks the last piece to unlock the holocron he stole for Darth Sidious. (23 mins.)
 
40.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The deadly Blue Shadow Virus is unleashed in Vindi's underground lab with Padm, Ahsoka, Jar Jar and several Clone troopers stuck in it... (23 mins.)