Hello everyone, Master Optician here.
Yes, I am posting a second Knights Archive review for Carnage of Krell. super_redhead is still our main TCW reviewer; I just felt the need to express my thoughts about what is, quite possibly, one of the best Star Wars productions to date.
To be quite honest, I have not seen all The Clone Wars episodes. I try to watch them, but am more likely to read about them on Wookieepedia afterward. Keeping a close eye on objective reviews also gives me a sense of episode content and how good it was. As far as Carnage of Krell, the overwhelming amount of praise and approval, even from some who are critical of the series, prompted me to set aside time and watch the episode online.
This episode is part 4 of 4 of another TCW miniseries, but as most of you know, we’re brought up to speed pretty fast in the first minute of the episode. We find that General Pong Krell has taken command of Anakin’s troops on Umbara, and has a much different disposition and attitude toward the clones. This ultimately leads to outright disobedience from a few clones, who question Krell’s strategies and decide to take the mission in their own hands. They feel that they’re genuinely doing what’s best for the mission, but Krell sees it differently. Fives and Jesse now face a court martial and execution for their actions.
I’m not going to post an in-depth synopsis, not only because you can find that everywhere online, but also because super_redhead has summed up the episode in her review (see link below). What I will say is this: Star Wars fans of all kinds will be impacted by this episode. Carnage of Krell is dark and gives a series with the term “Wars” in the title legitimacy. And it brings to the fore one of the most controversial themes in Star Wars: Are the clones people who can (and should) think for themselves, or are they like droids? No rights, just orders? This episode really digs deep into that theme, and dumps you into it. Whatever your opinion, you can’t help but think about it, and question your feelings. It’s impossible not to think about this issue when you realize, along with Rex, that the clones were duped into killing each other on the battlefield. I can’t imagine a more horrible feeling for a clone to experience. It’s heartbreaking enough to watch your brothers die alongside you in a war you don’t understand but were designed to fight for. But to be the one that pulled the trigger…
The showdown between clone and Krell was a feast for the senses. We also witnessed Krell for what he truly was… a swordsman with unimaginable skill, a Force user with much power and a killer with no mercy. In the end, we discover Krell’s evil agenda, which didn’t really come as a surprise to us, I think. There wasn’t much “Jedi” within him from the beginning. In the end, though, it was a clone, a being that Krell thought so little of, that ended his life. I suspect you’ll find a lesson in that, too.
To the production team: Well Done. Carnage of Krell was television (and Star Wars) gold. The story was, of course, outstanding. The visuals were spectacular. The compliments extend, not only to Krell and his lightsabers, but also to the imaginative camera angles and perspectives. The audio was also just as impressive. The several references to Revenge of the Sith were a nice extra.
However, an episode like this makes me dread the finale. If a “routine” episode like this stops the watcher in his tracks and prompts him or her to experience emotion and ponder the issues, I can only imagine what’s in store for us when we witness the fate of the main characters that we’ve grown to love. Their loss will truly impact many fans out there. But until then, I look forward to more arcs like this and more episodes like Carnage of Krell.
The Clone Wars Review: Carnage of Krell (by super_redhead)