Episode: "Crisis at the Heart"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Lost Missions (Season Six), Episode 7
Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
Last week, I wrote that I felt the Clovis story would work better if the character himself were more likeable. When all we see is him pawing Padmé and betraying the Republic at every opportunity, it's too easy to forgive Anakin for brutally assaulting him. But there's an effort at the end of "Crisis at the Heart" to redeem Clovis. In a moment of self-sacrifice, we have to wonder if he truly has been motivated by love and honor from the beginning. Too little too late.
Looking ahead at the final - count 'em - six episodes, it would appear this is our last meaningful examination of the Anakin-Padmé dynamic. Anakin's feelings for his wife and his inability to contain his own rage are both crucial factors in his ultimate conversion to the dark side so such stories are certainly relevant. I would not say The Clone Wars series has done much to contribute to the love story, apart from reminders of how vulnerable it leaves Anakin. However, the Clovis arc does at least humanize Anakin a bit.
Next week: "The Disappeared, Part I."