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The 10 best episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003), ranked

“Like fire across the galaxy, the Clone Wars spread.”

Disney Plus subscribers have their fill of Star Wars, from the movies to celebrated TV shows like The Mandalorian, but there’s one lesser-known animated series you don’t want to miss.

From Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, Star Wars: Clone Wars is a beautifully animated show that originally ran as a series of shorts on Cartoon Network.

Labeled Star Wars Vintage: Clone Wars on Disney Plus, the series bridges Episode II and III with some of the best moments in all of Star Wars, packed into just over two hours.

Here are the 10 best episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars on Disney Plus.

10. “Chapter 1”

The series starts strong, with a Yoda voiceover explaining everything you need to know about the first two Star Wars prequels over scenes of the galaxy falling into chaos.

9. “Chapter 3”

The prequels never showed much of the war that surrounded them, but this episode and the next make it feel real as a group of elite clone troopers take back a city from the Separatists.

8. “Chapter 7”

After crashing a gladiatorial fight to the death, Sith wannabe Asajj Ventress duels Count Dooku to prove she’s worthy of becoming his apprentice.

7. “Chapter 9”

The climactic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and new villain Durge shows this bounty hunter is one of the most interesting baddies ever in Star Wars.

6. “Chapter 14”

A terrifying new type of droid lays waste to the Jedi Temple on Ilum in a gorgeous episode that also shows the forging of a lightsaber.

5. “Chapter 10”

In one of the best space battles in Star Wars, we finally see what makes Anakin such a great pilot, and the seeds of his downfall are planted as he begins a vengeful hunt for Asajj Ventress.

4. “Chapter 5”

Jedi Master Kit Fisto didn’t have a lot to do in the movies, but this episode full of stunning underwater battles makes a strong case that he deserved a starring role.

3. “Chapter 12”

The first of two Mace Windu-centric episodes proves he’s one of the most powerful Jedi out there as he crushes battle droids with and without his lightsaber.

2. “Chapter 20”

General Grievous never lived up to his reputation in the prequels, but this episode shows what a threat he is as he picks off Jedi like they’re scared teens in a horror movie.

1. “Chapter 19”

The final confrontation between Anakin and Asajj Ventress is one of the series’ best lightsaber battles and a turning point that foreshadows Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side.

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