Clone Wars Weekly: A Traitor Among the Clones?

Clone Wars Weekly: A Traitor?

Commander Cody and Sergeant Rex have a problem. There’s a traitor in there midst and it’s one of them.

When you remember that Rex and Cody are clones, as are all the troopers under their command, that brings a whole new dynamic to this week’s half-hour episode of Star Wars: Clone Wars “Hidden Enemy” (preview here).

Based on a script by Drew Greenberg and directed by Steward Lee, the planet Christophsis is under attack by the Separatists. Obi-Wan, Anakin, Cody and Rex are leading what they thought would be a surprise attack, only to have the tables constantly being turned on them. Their initial attack plans quickly became space trash. The Separatists come up with a perfect counter attack. When Anakin and Obi Wan decide to lead a personal sneak attack, no less than Ventress is waiting for them.

If that isn’t enough, Cody and Rex, who are left behind, are also the victims of sabotage.

As it stands, this episode is a good workout for the many of the many cast members of the show. Yes, Ashley Eckstein isn’t involved, because there’s no sign of Ahsoka Tano. On the other hand, just about every other main character is, including Matt Lanter (Anakin), James Arnold Taylor (Kenobi), Tom Kane (announcer), Dee Bradley Baker (all the clones, as always), Matt Wood (all the battle Droids) and Nika Futterman (Ventress). The cast seems to have their various roles down pat now, especially Baker in him multiple assignments as Rex, Cody and the other dozen soldiers he voices in 22 minutes.

This brings up another interesting element about past episodes, too. Star Wars: Clone Wars has obviously build it’s own foundation. It’s introduced Ahsoka. It’s established how it’s going to treat Skywalker, Kenobi and the rest of the Jedi, not forgetting the previously introduced Sith. It’s pretty well established how it’s treating the time period between Star Wars II and Star Wars III. Now the series is now starting to build up on its own momentum. It doesn’t need to introduce a new character every episode. Themes are starting to recur.

In past columns we went into detail about how the clones may all are descendants of Jango Fett but it does not mean they are perfectly alike. It’s part of the basic makeup for each one to develop their own identity. Still, for one to turn on his “brothers” is something beyond individualization.

“I thought it was interesting because the clone’s logic is understandable,” says Lee. “He no longer wants to be just a slave to the Jedi, and wants to try and break that infrastructure. He thinks he’s doing the right thing for all the clones and that the sacrifice is worth it.”

“It’s all about the brotherhood, and how far those boundaries stretch,” Greenberg adds. “Even the guy who turns out to be the bad guy makes the case that he was doing it for his brothers. This is about what it means to be a clone and what it means to be part of that brotherhood.

“If one Clone can break from his brothers, and [considering] what he is bred for as a soldier of the Republic, and act on his own," Lee says, "how many more would do the same? This creates an interesting beginning of something to come.”

So are we seeing the roots of some Clone rebellion? The creative crew at Lucasfilm is being mum at this time. Suffice the next episode, “Blue Shadow Virus,” is about other kinds of covert Separatist activity. Still, anyone familiar with the first three chapters of the Star Wars films can start their own speculation.

Then again, spies and traitors have been discovered in past episodes such as “Duel of the Droids” and “Cloak of Darkness.” Whenever they show up, the consequences have never been good for the Republic. What probably should also be considered is in those two previous episodes is motivation. In “Duel” it was a programmed Droid. With “Cloak,” it was a purely greedy and power-hungry Guard.

So contemplate, what would make a Clone actually turn on his brothers?

Until next week…may the Force be…uh, you know...


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