My apologies for taking a bit longer to get this out. Last week, my time was spent preparing the Top 10 Annoying Changes to the Original Star Wars trilogy. Anyway, without further ado…
“The Lost One” is a very special episode of The Clone Wars. For the first time, we get some closure on the topic of Master Sifo-Dyas and the creation of the clone army. This is something that was briefly touched on in Attack of the Clones, but it never really solved the mystery. In “The Lost One”, we finally find out what happened to the Sifo-Dyas.
“The Lost One” begins with Plo Koon investigating a distress signal. In a bitter snow storm, he, along with a contingent of clones, finds a wrecked ship and the lightsaber of Master Sifo-Dyas, even though the Jedi was presumed dead after a dispute on Felucia. So why is his lightsaber on a completely different world? I loved this opening scene because it was callback to the opening scene of Stephen Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It had all of the puzzlement of that film’s scene as well as snow, instead of sand, to make it that much more mysterious.
As the story continues, we see key Jedi running the investigation. Obi-Wan and Anakin go to Felucia to find out what really happened to Sifo-Dyas. Although we do not see them, this was a nice tip of the hat to the primitive tribes that Starkiller fights in The Force Unleashed video game. Yoda even jumps in on the mystery as he queries former chancellor Valorum about the missing Jedi. This was Valorum’s first appearance in Star Wars since The Phantom Menace, yet another nice touch.
Finally, Darth Sidious contacts Count Dooku and inquires as to why the Jedi are investigating Sifo-Dyas. Threatening harsh punishment for failure (as is customary to the Sith), Sidious commands Dooku to tie up loose ends. This added even more excitement to “The Lost One” as Dooku now enters the opposing side of the investigation.
The last act of the episode sees Obi-Wan and Anakin solve the mystery on the planet Oba Diah, the planet of the Pyke Syndicate. This was the first time we had seen the crime organization since season 5 of The Clone Wars. This was once again a neat addition to an already busy episode. The climax pits the two Jedi against Count Dooku, a fight that rivals the ones in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Despite being advanced in years, Dooku holds off the Jedi with finesse.
By the end of “The Lost One,” the Jedi know not only who the elusive Darth Tyrannus is but also who created the clone army. Uncertain what to do with the information, Yoda tasks the Council to wait. This final scene ended the episode with a darker tone. As an audience, we know what will happen; however, seeing the uncertainty of the Jedi Council, especially Yoda, is unsettling. It was just the sort of discomfort we needed to end “The Lost One” and lead into the final arc of The Clone Wars. This episode excelled for a variety of reasons, not the least of which that it finally gave us answers to questions we have had since Attack of the Clones. Even those who are not regular viewers of The Clone Wars should be able to appreciate the mystery surrounding Master Sifo-Dyas.