Death awaits the Jedi in “Shattered,” one of the darkest episodes of The Clone Wars to date. Covering the events of Order 66 from Ahsoka and Maul’s perspective, the two Force users must fight for their lives to escape the clone troopers who want to kill them.
Unsurprisingly, the central plot of this episode features many references to Revenge of the Sith as well as some of the other movies. You’ll also find nods to the Rebels animated series, earlier episodes of The Clone Wars, and ancient Star Wars history.
Here are the easter eggs and references we’ve in “Shattered” so far:
Revenge of the Sith
– There are several references to Revenge of the Sith in this episode, but the Jedi Council call at the beginning of the episode is perhaps the most direct, as it’s cut straight out of a scene from the movie in which Mace Windu, Yoda, and other masters discuss their reservations towards Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
“Shattered” retcons this scene a little bit to include a quick chat with Ahsoka, who reports that Maul has been captured and Mandalore is “saved.” The best moment of this conversation is when Ahsoka has the chance to tell the Jedi Council of Maul’s vision of Anakin turning to the dark side but chooses not to, which implies that the former Jedi could have potentially prevented Anakin’s fall from happening.
– The fact that Obi-Wan has found General Grievous on Utapau is referenced during the Jedi Council holo-call. The Battle of Utapau, effectively the last Clone Wars battle we really see in Revenge of the Sith (besides the quick cuts of the Jedi Purge), marked a decisive victory for the Republic, as the last Separatist general fell at the hands of the Jedi.
– Later, we get to relive one of Revenge of the Sith’s darkest moments. Ahsoka and Maul feel a powerful disturbance in the Force as they head back to Coruscant. They’re sensing the moment Anakin turned on the Jedi and became Palpatine’s new Sith apprentice.
– The soundtrack in this episode is superb, featuring moody synth tones that elevate the tension of what’s about to happen to the Jedi and the galaxy as a whole. But when the clones finally turn on Ahsoka, it’s a familiar theme that rings in the darkest moment for the Jedi. As Ahsoka fights off the clone troopers on the Republic ship’s bridge, you can hear “Anakin’s Dark Deeds,” one of John Williams’ gloomy themes from Revenge of the Sith.
– Order 66 finally hits The Clone Wars in “Shattered” and it’s just as heartbreaking as you’d expect to watch Ahsoka navigate the chaos of the Jedi Purge. Of course, fans knew this day would eventually come for Ahsoka and all of the other Jedi on the show.
The order was first introduced in Revenge of the Sith. Officially known as Clone Protocol 66, this order was a secret known only by the Kaminoan cloners and Palpatine, who finally unleashes the firepower of the Grand Army of the Republic on the Jedi just as Anakin becomes Darth Vader. In essence, Order 66 marks the Jedi as traitors and immediate threats to the Republic. All Jedi must die to preserve the galactic government, which is about to turn into an Empire built on the foundation of genocide.
– But how did the clones so easily turn on their Jedi commanders? Rex and Ahsoka have been friends since the very beginning of the series. Well, as “Shattered” and The Clone Wars season 6 arc “Clone Protocol 66” explained, inhibitor chips designed to override free will were secretly implanted in the clones at birth. Fortunately, Rex is able to fight the control chip long enough to tell Ahsoka to “Find Fives,” the key to discovering the chip and removing it.
You can read way more about Order 66 here.
Fives, official designation CT-27-5555, was the clone who discovered the existence of Clone Protocol 66 and how it tied back to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. His investigation in The Clone Wars season 6 eventually led him to his death. Before he can expose the secret order and Palpatine’s connection to it, Fives is murdered by Coruscant Guard shock troopers.
But his death was not in vain. The intelligence he learned would later help Ahsoka discover the control chip in Rex’s brain as well as figure out how to remove it.
The scene on the Republic ship’s bridge is eerie, to say the least. We all know what’s coming and surrounding Ahsoka are a platoon of clone troopers as well as officers in uniforms that very closely resemble those worn by the Empire. It’s an early nod in the direction of what’s about to happen as the Republic falls and the new Emperor rises.
It’s actually pretty creepy seeing all of the Imperial-like officers watching Ahsoka as she walks to the bridge’s viewport with Rex. Maybe they’ve been in on the plan the whole time?
– Ahsoka leaves Mandalore, but not before having one last heart to heart with Bo-Katan Kryze, who laments her part in a war that’s gone on way too long and has claimed too many Mandalorian lives. Before they say their farewells, Bo-Katan references her sister, the former regent of Mandalore, Duchess Satine Kryze, who played a major role in The Clone Wars season 5 and met her end at the hands of Maul during his hostile takeover of the planet.
– Standing next to Bo-Katan in the final scene on Mandalore is Ursa Wren, a freedom fighter we first met on Star Wars Rebels. She is Sabine Wren’s mother and a Mandalorian hero in her own right.
– The Mandalorian prison device used to detain Maul is an archaic piece of technology that is very reminiscent of carbonite, the preferred method of transporting prey by Mandalorian bounty hunters. Bo-Katan explains to Ahsoka that this is the last of these devices, which were widely used in the ancient wars between the Mandalorians and the Jedi. This is also likely a reference to the Mandalorian Wars we heard so much about in the Legends continuity.
This might be too dark for Star Wars but is the show also referencing the famous scene of Hannibal Lecter being transported to a new prison in Silence of the Lambs?
– There’s one very overt reference to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the episode. While attempting to find Rex’s control chip through the Force, Ahsoka recites a familiar chant: “I’m one with the Force and the Force is with me.” Fans of the first standalone Star Wars movie will recognize this saying as the one used by the heroic Chirrut Imwe as a sign of his faith in the Force.
– It’s unclear if this is a purposeful nod to Rogue One, but Maul’s very one-sided fight with the clone troopers down a narrow hallway is reminiscent of the movie’s very best scene: Darth Vader wrecking house inside of an enemy battleship, cutting down Rebel scum with his lightsaber in an attempt to take back the Death Star plans.
One of the astromech droids who volunteer to help Ahsoka against the clone troopers is R7-A7, a droid that’s been an ally to the young hero since season 1. Although R7 is Ahsoka’s own droid, the little astromech only appears in a handful of episodes throughout the series. This is the droid’s first appearance in season 7.