With excitement building over the coming release of a seventh season of The Clone Wars in 2019, we’re taking a look back at each episode of the first six seasons – doing so in chronological order. Today, we’re looking at the fourth episode chronologically, the third episode of season three, titled “Supply Lines.”
On Ryloth, Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di fights alongside Twi’lek Cham Syndulla to defend the planet. The clones and the Twi’leks fight against the massive droid army, but they are quickly running out of supplies – and they cannot escape. They send an urgent request to the Jedi Council, after which any air support from the transports is rendered impossible as the ship is destroyed. Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi recognize that they must help the Twi’leks, so they contact Senator Bail Organa. He is nearby Toydaria, and the Jedi inform Organa that their blockade runner can get through to aid the people of Ryloth, but will need to stop at Toydaria to refuel. Representative Jar-Jar Binks is already there, but the Jedi and Organa recognize that a more capable Senator is required. So Organa heads to the neutral Toydaria, meeting up with Binks, and attempts to convince the King to allow them to use the planet as a staging ground for their blockade runners. Before long, though, Senator Lott Dod of the Trade Federation arrives (at the request of Count Dooku), explaining that there is a Separatist blockade of the planet – meaning that the Toydarians helping the Republic would ruin their neutrality and end their relationship with the Trade Federation.
After hearing the arguments from both Organa and Dod, the King and his council decide that, while they long to help those in need, doing so in this case would mean joining the war, which they cannot do. But the King secretly talks with Organa and Binks afterward, explaining that while Toydaria cannot get involved, they also cannot turn a blind eye to people in need, allowing them to transfer the supplies they already have with them. Organa sees to this while Binks distracts Dod and the others with his crazy antics. Meanwhile, on Ryloth, Ima-Gun Di and his clones devise a plan that allows the Twi’leks to escape with their families, as the Republic forces hold back the droids as long as possible. Most of the clones are killed, leaving just Ima-Gun Di and a wounded Captain Keeli to fight against the entire droid forces. Keeli is soon killed, and Di is wounded. As he continues to fight, he receives word that the blockade runners have arrived, and as he dies he knows that the Twi’leks will live to fight another day.
There are really two stories within this episode, one of Ima-Gun Di and the clones aiding the Twi’leks in fighting against the droid army, and one of Bail Organa and Jar-Jar Binks attempting to convince the Toydarians to aid the Twi’leks. Both were well-done and complemented each other well, showing the fighting and the politics of war. Organa is a skilled Senator and the most prominent Senator in the show besides Padme, and I liked that it was recognized that he’d need to help Jar-Jar out. The political side of this episode really worked, and it showed that there are multiple ways to fight and contribute in a war.
But the most notable part of this episode is the introduction of a new Jedi, the Nikto master Ima-Gun Di – whose very name betrays his fate in the episode. Literally, the Jedi whose name is supposed to indicate “”I’m gonna die!” dies in the episode, sacrificing his life to hold off the droid forces long enough for the Twi’leks to escape. This final stand was beautifully done, and it made you care about Di as much as possible for a character you only met 20 minutes earlier for the first time.
Though Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are obviously awesome, I also love it when the show takes an opportunity to focus on a different Jedi for an episode. Ima-Gun Di is one of those, and not only that, but he’s a new character created for the show. I really like seeing that, and it’s also cool to see Cham Syndulla fighting for Ryloth as well (he’ll show up again, both in The Clone Wars and then also in Rebels). This episode handled the conflict on Ryloth well while balancing it with the political battle on Toydaria, which combined to tell a solid story.
My grade: 7.8/10