If you’ve seen the newest episode of The Clone Wars, “To Catch A Jedi”, then you must know what the title of this story is about. If you haven’t seen the episode, and don’t want it to be spoiled, turn back now. You’ve been warned.
From the moment Barriss entered into this story arc, in episode 18, “Sabotage”, I knew something big was afoot. Barriss is a character I really like, she’s strong, brave, and a very intelligent Jedi. And from the moment Letta said a Jedi taught her how to make the nanodroids, there’s been a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Remember when Barriss asked Ahsoka, “Do you ever wonder if it’s right to ignore your emotions?”
Obviously, Barriss is conflicted about the ways of the Jedi. She has always struck me as a sort of ‘peacekeeper’. Now I know all the Jedi are supposedly keepers of the peace, but when you compare Barriss to, say, Anakin, or even Ahsoka, Barriss is much more mild-mannered. I’ve always wondered what she thought of the war. Now, I might have my answer.
There is much speculation going on as to whether Barriss is the Jedi who committed the bombing, and the one who framed Ahsoka. Some evidence that supports this theory:
•Barriss seems to act suspicious throught this story arc. She asks Ahsoka about Jedi policy, doesn’t make much eye contact, and generally seems like she’s conflicted about something.
•Barriss was the one Ahsoka contacted after going on the run, and Barriss promised to do some “digging” to see what clues she could find for Ahsoka’s behalf. I’ve been wondering about this a lot. Barriss is friends with Ahsoka, likely her best friend, but why is she so readily helping her? Barriss seems like too much of a rule-follower to risk helping a rogue Jedi with a bounty on her head. She must know Ahsoka isn’t responsible, and is trying to set her up by telling her to go to an abandoned factory.
•The person who is attacking Ahsoka in the factory must have known she was going there. Only Barriss knew that fact.
•The attacker is Barriss’ height, and is certainly a young female from the look of her. Also, she knows Ahsoka’s fighting style very well, enough to be defeating her in battle. (This brings up a whole other point; is Barriss a stronger warrior then Ahsoka, since she pretty much whooped her butt? I hate to think this, so I’ll assume Ahsoka’s just out of her game, distracted by so many things going on in her life to fight at top speed.)
•It isn’t Ventress, so who else could it be? It wouldn’t make sense for the villain to be someone we haven’t seen yet, would it? This arc is sort of like a crime drama, where the actual perpetrator must be shown during the course of events.
Of course, there are some reasons why it can’t be Barriss, namely:
1. Barriss would never do anything like this. She hasn’t shown any signs of rebellion before now. She and Ahsoka are close friends.
2. In the official SW history, Barriss is still a Jedi after the Clone Wars. (She gets killed during Order 66.) If she is the temple bomber, and gets found out, there’s no way the Jedi would let her stay, which means this next episode may contradict the movies themselves.
So, there’s my two-cents worth. The next, and last, episode this season, is about Ahsoka’s trial at the court, and Anakin’s search for the truth behind the set-up. Will he find out if Barriss is behind it? Only time will tell.
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