Clone Wars Shows Anakin Learned From His Geonosis Mistake

During the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 2 episode “Landing at Point Rain”, Anakin Skywalker demonstrates that he learned from a mistake he previously made during the First Battle of Geonosis, which ended with Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) dueling Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) within Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones. While the first Geonosian battle is significant because it marks the beginning of the three-year long Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists, the battle itself is also a turning point within Anakin’s Jedi training.

Between the end of Attack of the Clones and Clone Wars season 2, Obi-Wan (James Arnold Taylor) is promoted to a Jedi Master and Anakin (Matt Lanter) graduates from a Jedi-in-training to a Jedi Knight, as well as takes on his first Padawan, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). In “Landing at Point Rain”, which takes place within Clone Wars’ timeline about a year after the events of Attack of the Clones, Anakin and Obi-Wan return to Geonosis for a second time on a mission to demolish a Separatist droid factory and capture the Geonosian leader, Poggle the Lesser. As Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-Wan, and Anakin (assisted by Ahsoka) lead an attack against the droid foundry, their mission is delayed when they’re ambushed by the Geonosians. The obstacles that follow, as well as being on Geonosis again, appear to remind Anakin of the wisdom Obi-Wan bestowed on him in Attack of the Clones. 

When Anakin and Obi-Wan are pursuing Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, Anakin gets distracted from their mission when Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) falls out of the drop ship. When Anakin wants to turn back to help Padmé, Obi-Wan urges Anakin not to let his personal feelings for her get in the way of their duty. “If we catch [Dooku], we can end this war right now! We have a job to do,” says Obi-Wan. While Anakin hesitantly follows Obi-Wan’s orders, leaving Padmé behind in order to assist Obi-Wan fight Count Dooku, the incident certainly threw off Anakin’s focus and may have caused him to rush into challenging Dooku alone. After his failure to defeat Dooku in combat resulted in the continuation of the Clone Wars and the loss of his arm, Anakin appears to have learned from his mistake and passes on a similar lesson to Ahsoka in Clone Wars.

During the second Geonosian Battle, Anakin and Ahsoka get caught in a firefight with the Geonosians and await backup from Obi-Wan’s squadron. When Anakin’s clone attaché Rex contacts Commander Cody for information on Obi-Wan’s whereabouts, he and Ahsoka learn that Obi-Wan never reached the landing site and that his gunship was likely shot down. While Anakin stays focused on their assignment, Ahsoka wonders if Obi-Wan may have been injured. “I’m worried about him too,” says Anakin, adding, “But you have to keep your mind in the here and now otherwise we’ll never be able to help Obi-Wan.” Ironically, Anakin is put in a situation similar to the one Obi-Wan faced during the First Battle of Geonosis: needing backup during a difficult battle while talking down his emotional apprentice. Since Anakin knows firsthand of the dangers of letting your personal attachments affect your focus, Anakin is echoing Obi-Wan’s lesson to his own Padawan when he sees Ahsoka repeating his mistake.

While Anakin’s lesson to Ahsoka on the hazards of attachments as a Jedi during the Second Geonosian Battle in Star Wars: The Clone Wars is clearly lost on him over time, since he allows his own attachment to Padmé to put him on the path to becoming the Sith Lord Darth Vader, Ahsoka alternatively heeds this lesson long term. Within The Mandalorian season 2, Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) is asked by Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) to take on Grogu as an apprentice, but after she learns of Grogu’s traumatic past and attachment to Din, Ahsoka refuses to teach Grogu. When Ahsoka implies that her own past experience with Anakin is the reason for her refusal, The Mandalorian suggests that Ahsoka learned from Anakin’s example, making the true teaching moment Darth Vader’s legacy.

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