The Clone Wars wraps up its “Escape from the Citadel” arc in fine fashion: sticking mostly to combat, but also adding some intriguing character development in the mix. The show always features innovative fight choreography that keeps the old “Jedi vs. robots” formula fresh and exciting. Director Steward Lee doesn’t skimp on the goodies, as the Jedi plot their final escape from the Citadel and a literal army of baddies converge to stop them. The action gets a bit gruesome when a race of giant dog beasts enter the picture – lightsabers cut them as easily as they do the robots – but “Citadel Rescue” keeps the grimness to a minimum.
The episode’s real juice comes in the brief but potent interaction between Captain Tarkin and Anakin Skywalker. Both men size each other up and find something worthwhile in the other… a friendship which obviously has dire repercussions for the rest of the galaxy. Lee keeps their exchanges direct, but conveys huge amounts of Tarkin’s personality in the process. It showcases The Clone Wars at its best: enriching the Star Wars universe while carving out a singular identity of its own.