Star Wars: The Clone Wars – “Fugitive” REVIEW
Tension runs high on the “Fugitive” as clone trooper Fives gets closer to the truth. It’s episodes like this were The Clone Wars excels, adding much needed context to that messy prequel lore, but also held back by it. Of course we all know what happens to the Jedi, the mystery is in “how the Jedi got duped?” To be honest, it’s a little shameful. While the investigation into Order 66 leads to many twists and turns and is filled with great emotional investment for Fives, how the Kamionans lead the Jedi away from that truth isn’t as strong. They just tell the Jedi something convenient and the Jedi (Shaak-Ti) don’t question it. It’s hard to feel bad about their tragic fall when at critical times they display an innate ignorance throughout and it comes as no surprise their order was almost entirely wiped from the galaxy.
Once again, it is Fives who proves to be the smartest (he is an Arc Trooper after all.) After discovering Tup’s “tumor” and doing plenty to twat the Kaminoans’ plans, instead of being commended or placed under the watchful eye of Shaak-Ti, Fives is left in the care of the Kaminoans – who promptly try to eliminate him. Fives isn’t having it and makes a daring escape, along with his robot pal AZ-3. Fives knows there is a lot more going on than the Kaminoans are letting on and plans to get the bottom of it. If not for the Republic, Fives fears the rest of his clone brothers could suffer a fate similar as Tup, if the nature of his tumor is not found.
Fives’ escape features some excellent action pieces and especially great fight choreography, with the camera masterfully capturing all of it. Fives is essentially hiding in plain sight and his battle instinct keeps him and AZ-3 one step ahead of their pursuers. There is still plenty of passive aggressive tension between Shaak-Ti and Nala Se; however, Fives and AZ-3 makes a great duo. The little droid proves to be very versatile in helping Fives escape and discover Tup’s “tumor” is actually a biological chip that was implanted in him.
“Fugitive” pretty much explains the mechanics and working of “protocol 66” (as it is called here). If not the Jedi, you feel bad for the clones. It’s stated in this episode how the Jedi “have encouraged free thought and creatively within the clones.” Protocol 66 takes all that away. It’s tragic and Fives embodies this perfectly. He’s fighting for his life and the lives of his “brothers” He the closest to the truth, but what he has to say will not really be taken into consideration because he’s less than a person – a clone – property or either the Republic or the Kaminoans. Even Shaak-Ti’s reasoning for listening to Fives isn’t out of trust or his growing pile of evidence which contradicts everything the Kaminoans have been saying, she listens “because it is the right thing to do.” Not really the best vote of confidence.
Fives might have achieved a small victory here, but the one more episode in this first arch of The Clone Wars season 6, we know things cannot end well for our veteran trooper.
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