Ranking the unrankable: Top 10 The Clone Wars episodes, ranked

Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 710 “The Phantom Apprentice” - Image Courtesy Disney+
Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 710 “The Phantom Apprentice” - Image Courtesy Disney+ /
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4. Season 7, Episode 11 – “Shattered”

Ranking in at number four, “Shattered” from season 7 builds tension and provides fans with a fun convergence of storylines we’ve wanted and anticipated for years. This isn’t just any other episode – it’s a melancholic symphony that plays the heartstrings of every Star Wars fan out there.

Set against the looming backdrop of Order 66, it perfectly captures the collapse of the Jedi Order and the Republic itself. The subtleties, from the eerie silence that engulfs certain scenes to the visceral reactions of characters we’ve grown to love, heighten the sense of impending doom. It’s not just about the grand betrayals, but the deeply personal ones – with Ahsoka’s struggles and her faith in Anakin Skywalker making the unfolding events all the more heartbreaking.

“Shattered” is undeniably a fine slice of Star Wars, and its placement on this list is pretty on the nose. It stands tall as a testament to the maturity and depth The Clone Wars achieved in its final season, making it a deserving contender for its position.

3. Season 7, episode 10 – “The Phantom Apprentice

Number 3 on our list is none other than season 7’s masterpiece: “The Phantom Apprentice.” From its opening beats to the haunting climax, this episode is a blend of top-tier animation, amazing storytelling, and emotional

damage

depth.

Much like “Shattered”, it’s set against the backdrop of Order 66, and this episode doesn’t just present a series of events – it gives us a series of interwoven destinies. Ahsoka’s confrontation with Maul offers not only a breathtaking lightsaber duel but a tempting “what if” scenario. Their exchange touches on themes of choice, destiny, and the tragic inevitability of the galaxy’s dark turn.

Yet, what truly elevates “The Phantom Apprentice” into the top three is its wonderful pacing and the raw emotion it evokes. Every scene, every line, and every gesture serves to immerse viewers deeper into the story. By offering glimpses into Maul’s perspective and fears, the episode adds layers to a character often seen merely as a villain.

While two episodes might have edged it out in our ranking, “The Phantom Apprentice” is undeniably a shining jewel in The Clone Wars crown, capturing the essence of what makes the series so unforgettable.