Dave Filoni and The Clone Wars team have delighted us Star Wars fans with the return of this hit animated series. Disney+ subscribers were able to watch Season 7 of The Clone Wars on February 21st. That date marked the debut of the first episode called The Bad Batch. Last week we saw A Distant Echo where Anakin Skywalker, Rex, and the Bad Batch launched a dangerous rescue mission under the assumption that Echo might be alive. On Skako Minor, after a brief skirmish with the natives, they trace his signal to Wat Tambor’s facility, where they discovered Echo to be alive and hooked up to a stasis chamber.That cliffhanger led us to this week’s episode, On the Wings of Keeradaks.
Echoes of the Past
In this episode Jedi Anakin Skywalker and the clones escape Wat Tambor’s trap and help defend a local village against an attack ordered by Separatist Admiral Trench. Just as the first two episodes in Season 7, this one follows suit with action, humor and connections to the Star Wars prequels.
This season intrigues me because we might see things we really don’t want to witness. In The Clone Wars serieswe have become attached to each of the clones like Captain Rex or Echo. We can relate to them. They care for their brothers. They want to do what is right. They work with the Jedi to bring back peace in the galaxy. Yet, inevitably we know what will happen when Palpatine looks to have his clones execute Order 66. This is going to be a gut wrenching season of The Clone Wars.
In On the Wings of Keeradaks we continue to see Anakin work with Rex as he has done in past missions. This mission is near and dear to Rex’s heart as they look to rescue Echo from Wat Tambor’s base. Rex is filled with guilt since he left Echo to be captured. It is not just guilt that compels Rex to rescue Echo. It is the brotherhood all the clones share with each other that fills Rex with desire to save his comrade.
On the Wings of Keeradaks pulls on the heartstrings of us Star Wars fans as we see these brothers reunite. The Bad Batch: Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair continue to surprise us with all of the tricks. Rex, Anakin and Echo are starting to get used to these guys and their unorthodox ways. Their tactics confuse the Separatists.
I have to say that Dee Bradley Baker, who voices all the clones does a wonderful job of balancing the similar sound of each clone, but giving each clone their own distinctive voice. Baker is a talented actor and he does a tremendous job once again in this season of The Clone Wars.
On the Wings of Keeradaks keeps The Clone Wars fans on the edge of their seats from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait for the next episode.