If the latest “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” episode tells us something, it’s that belief can bring you exactly what you want — even if what you believe in seems distant and far away.
The latest episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” — called “A Distant Echo” — starts right where we left off with Captain Rex searching for his long-lost friend Echo. We see Anakin and Padme talk in a private moment, which is only more scene-setting before “Revenge of the Sith.” The group known as Bad Batch continues to do really good work in the show, taking down enemies, including a super strong race that is keeping Echo hostage (or are they?).
But the thrust of the episode comes from its opening message: “The search for truth begins with belief.”
This defines how Rex plans to find Echo. He is searching for the truth of what happened to his friend even though people doubt that he is telling the truth. He must hold his beliefs in order to make it happen.
His faith, eventually, is rewarded. He does find Echo, which proves the point that the search for truth begins with belief — and belief can lead you to your desired outcomes.
We also see this theme briefly play out with Anakin and Padme, who exchange a brief conversation together in a private chamber. Anakin and Padme believe that they will see each other again even though they’ve spent so much time apart. She knows that he has to fight the good fight with the Clone War and that he has to be away from her. But she believes in him and believes in their life.
It’s that same belief that will bring the truth about how much they care for each other, and that they would do anything to make each other happy.
For the most part, “A Distant Echo” is a slower episode that doesn’t tell us anything major, which is somewhat of a disappointment given that this is the final season of “The Clone Wars.” But it does put an end to the missing Echo storyline, and it includes more table-dressing for the forthcoming “Revenge of the Sith.”
It’s a classic episode for anyone who wants more “Star Wars” content, and it delivers a perfect message about how following our faith — even in the face of doubters — can lead to the results we want most. It’s a hopeful episode, one that gives us a glimpse of something good to come out of a war.
We know that this war leads to the formation of the Galactic Empire, the rise of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, and so many more destructive habits. But it felt good to honor these characters like Captain Rex, giving him another chance at redemption after losing Echo. It shows that not all clone troopers are bad, either. Rex actively helps Anakin and Padme sneak around, we see in this episode, providing another instance where we learn another truth about the clone troopers.
The final run of this show still has some work to do if it’s going to measure up to some of the more epic stories of the past. These first two episodes haven’t been overly intriguing or memorable. We don’t know much about the Bad Batch group yet either. But there has to be hope that “Clone Wars” will bring us a better conclusion and offer us a fitting end to the run of the animated “Star Wars” classic.
After all, this is surely the “Star Wars” show to believe in.