Pushing close against Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars season seven is rife with opportunities for foreshadowing. In the Bad Batch arc, Anakin’s behavior brings him closer to the dark side. The finale of the arc also shows the Republic and Separatist armies facing off in a showcase of familiar ships and vehicles.
Here are all of the easter eggs and references we found in the fourth episode of season 7, “Unfinished Business”:
On the Republic side, many of the ships we saw docked at Anaxes over the last few episodes now take to the air. They’re lead by Consular-class cruisers, once used primarily by diplomats and retrofitted for war. These share a silhouette with the consular ship — CR90 corvette — Leia is captured on in A New Hope.
As mentioned in the easter egg guide for episode 2, many familiar vehicles used by clone troopers are on display here as well. LAAT/i troop transports are perhaps the ones most closely associated with clones.
During the battle scene, you can also see the familiar BTL-B Y-wing fighter-bomber, which remains in service throughout the Galactic Civil War.
The opposing army has an array of droid-crewed spacecraft holding siege around the Republic’s Fort Anaxes, many of which can be clearly seen in “Unfinished Business.”
Trench’s flagship, which is not named in the episode, is a Providence-class dreadnaught.
The siege also includes several Munificent-class star frigates, identifiable by the thin wings giving these ships their cross shape.
Separatist Support Ships, the vessels made of bifurcated spheres, were used for carrying heavy cargo.
Earlier in the arc, we learned the Bad Batch have movie posters on their ship. This time, another angle reveals what looks like a blown-up magazine cover labeled “History Monthly.” It features a picture of a clone trooper. Not a lot is known about media in Star Wars outside of the HoloNet News. It’s likely this is a cute nod to the idea of a magazine for history buffs who now find themselves living in it in a big way.
Clone Trooper Jesse
Outside of the main cast, only one clone character is addressed by name in this episode. This is CT-5597, “Jesse,” an elite ARC trooper who also appeared in the first episode of the Bad Batch arc as part of the assault on the Separatists’ base. He also participated in the Battle of Umbara. There, he was one of the clones to resist the cruel General Krell’s orders and was almost executed for it.
Parallels to Revenge of the Sith
By this point in the timeline, we know Anakin tends to give in to his angry tendencies, even though he has not fully fallen to the dark side. Emperor Palpatine is whispering in his ear when Anakin is at home on Coruscant, and he has a lot of unresolved anger from the death of his mother. Obi-Wan’s well-meaning but sometimes grating teaching style isn’t enough to assuage Anakin’s anger.
Near the end of the episode, when Anakin confronts Admiral Trench, a scene calls forward to Anakin’s execution of Count Dooku in Revenge of the Sith. Trench is helpless and insists that Anakin won’t kill him because he’s a Jedi. Anakin cuts off his arms and gets information from him. When Trench attacks, Anakin stabs him through the chest. In Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine had to encourage Anakin to kill Dooku, pushing Anakin even further toward the dark side. Both scenes show Anakin’s progression as he gradually abandons the moral high ground.