Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Orders” REVIEW
When Fives started this mission, he was only fighting to prove the innocence of his friend. Then it became bigger than that, he was trying to save the clones. Now he’s finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy and is fighting to save the entire Republic. Fives has pretty much pieced together everything about the biological chip implanted in clone troopers heads’. The only thing he does not know is who ordered it and what they plan to do with this control chip. In “Orders”, he finds out.
One would think after all of Fives’ efforts, there would be more trust and they would learn not to leave him alone with the Kaminoans, but no they have not. Shaak-Ti is a Jedi master after all, incompetence is basically required to reach that level. Fives is left alone, helpless — strapped to a medical transport, with Nala Se, who drugs him before the three are to meet with the Chancellor. Palpatine wants to speak to the clone alone and is soon “assaulted” off screen during this private time. With a smile to Nala Se, after Shaak-Ti gives chase to Fives, we know this was part of Palpatine’s cover up. We learn later, the reason for the assault was because Palpatine admitted to everything. This enraged Fives but also allowed him to fall into Palpatine’s trap. Once again, Fives is a clone on the run, but this time being pursued by the Chancellor’s personal guards.
Fives is getting quite good at making daring escapes and this time he heads to the lower levels of Coruscant. Once escaping Shaak-Ti, Fives makes his way to a clone bar via cab. In a funny bit with the cabbie, Fives lets him in on the whole conspiracy but the cabbie just waves it off as not the strangest thing he’s heard all day. It’s also through this cabbie we get the feeling that maybe the normal citizens have a contempt for the clones. After all, they are held to the lower levels and are separated to their own clone bars. Every time The Clone Wars returns to the city wide planet, the sprawling metropolis is always a sight to see. It’s amazing the number of characters and objects on screen at times.
Fives’ arch is one filled with tragedy. The weight of what he knows and the drugs mixing in his system are not doing him any favors, as he’s having an increasingly harder time trying to get his most trusted allies to believe him or explain what is going on. Unfortunately, by the time Fives finally meets Anakin and Rex, he’s a rambling mad man. Palpatine’s guards catch up to the group and take out Fives before any damage could be done, ending the story of one of the oldest clone troopers on the show.
“Orders” is a fitting end to the first arch on this season. It expands on one of the most confusing aspects of Revenge of The Sith and punctuates it with an emotional thriller that hits in all the right places. While the Jedi might be frustratingly dumb at times, Fives and his impassioned struggle more than make up for it. If you didn’t believe it already, Fives’ journey here will show you the clones are more than simple cannon fodder.