We all knew Aurra Sing couldn't be dead when Slave I went down at the end of Season 2 of The Clone Wars. And "Assassin" has Ahsoka Tano sure as well, as she begins to have visions of the bounty hunter attempting to kill Padme, leading her to ask to serve as protector to the senator, on a trip to Alderaan.
This was one of those episodes of the series that had a lot of impossible not to enjoy nods to the Star Wars films – all of the films. One place The Clone Wars has really excelled is in working to unify both the original and prequel trilogies, by giving them even more connective tissue, whether that be via on-screen visuals or in other artistic ways.
This episode did both and I have to admit to lots of little "geek out" moments as a result. In a show that doesn't too often use familiar musical themes from the films (which I admire, as it would be an easy go-to) we had some very notable ones here – a hint of Yoda's theme in a scene where he met with Ahsoka on Coruscant was nice, but I really loved hearing Princess Leia's music from the original Star Wars, as the series made its first trip to Alderaan. Alderaan is a very big part of the Star Wars universe because of its significance to Leia, even though we barely saw the planet, aside from a brief sequence in Revenge of the Sith. So while we won't ever see Leia herself on this show, getting this musical reference to her, upon arriving on the plant she'll call home, was a commendable touch.
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