Star Wars: The Clone Wars “The Lost Ones” REVIEW
“The Lost Ones” is the beginning of the end for The Clone Wars. While it could be treated as a standalone story, the events of the episode set in motion Yoda’s final arch for the series.
“The Lost Ones” begins with Jedi Master Plo Koon discovering the lost crash site of Sifo-Dyas. Dyas, if you recall, was the Jedi responsible for ordering the clone army, but disappeared under strange circumstances before the start of the war. Plo Koon’s search may not last long, but is still impressive to watch. The planet they are searching is covered in a dust storm. Watching Clone troopers and vehicles slowly emerge on screen is great and the shot of Plo Koon finding Dyas’ lightsaber is animated beautifully, as he gently examines and shakes the dust from its frame.
While the discovery of Dyas’ crash site was a major breakthrough, their investigation comes to a halt once the Jedi cannot access deeper into Dyas’ files, because they have been locked by the office of the Chancellor. Yoda speaks to Palpatine about the matter and in a strange twist, Palpatine/Sidious does not know anything about it. Throughout the series’ run, Palpatine has set forth numerous impossibly complex plans that mostly work out exactly as intended. His scheming as bordered on absurd at times. Him not knowing this one thing is a small but welcoming twist.
After recommending Yoda speak to the previous chancellor about the locked files, Palpatine contacts Dooku, informing him about the Jedi’s investigation and tells him to clean up any loose ends if there are any. Yoda’s meeting with ex Chancellor Valorum is more fruitful. Valorum shares with Yoda the strange circumstance of Dyas’ death and disappearance, but also reveals that the Jedi was not traveling alone. Valorum’s personal assistant and friend Stilman was with him along with another Jedi who he cannot recall his name.
Retracing Dyas’s last steps Obi-Won and Anakin speak to the Pykes, the last known location of Dyas. The conversation with Lon Pyke is another example of the contrasting styles between the two Jedi. Obi-won is diplomatic, using his words and cunning to gauge information from the criminal leader, while Anakin is aggressive – straight to the point and willing to use the force to get answers he is looking for. The Pykes lead the two to Valorum’s assistant, who is still alive – insane from years of isolation, but alive. Stilman gives up the name Tyranus as the fellow Jedi that was with them. Unsure who Tyranus is, Obi-won is able to put everything together once Dooku shows up and murders Stilman.
Because The Clone Wars cannot break certain aspects of the Star Wars canon, there have been many a light saber battle (stalemates) between Anakin, Obi-won and Dooku. The three have another fight; however, it is kept fresh by some tight choreography and cinematography, highlighted by an extended shot that pans around the fighters as they battle on an expose walkway.
The fight is swift. Dooku gets the upper hand and gets away, but not before killing Lon Pyke. Anakin and Obi-won return with their disturbing discovery and the Jedi council decide to keep the secret that Count Dooku is responsible for the creation of the clone army to themselves.
“The Lost Ones” is a tight but eventful episode. The investigation into Sifo Dyas’ death moves quick, constantly leading to new locations and revelations. It might have been better served as a two part story, but seeing how this is a lead in for the final three episodes, that can be excused. At the same time, it is hard not to gawk at the Jedi for once again choosing the worst action possible in the end. Dooku’s involvement with the creation of the clones is damning information and should be acted on quickly. Your greatest enemy supplied your army. An army you admit you know very little about, but still decide to roll with it can only be described as a bad decision. However these glaring lapses in logic are the byproduct of a universe governed by a weak canon established by a aging mad man.