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The Different Ways Trust Plays a Role in “Unfinished Business”

We take a closer look at the theme of trust in the latest STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS episode.

The Bad Batch brings its message about embracing each other’s differences back around in “Unfinished Business,” the final chapter of the 4-episode arc. It also manages to end the Bad Batch’s story with an emphasis on trust, “Trust placed in another is trust earned.”

As we all know, trust is a delicate thing. It’s difficult to earn and easy to break. Trust is crucial in any situation, especially in war, where you have to rely on others and in yourself to accomplish necessary tasks. Sometimes, misplacing that trust results in negative consequences. Other times, having that faith brings about a victory and strengthens bonds between people.

Here are some of the different ways trust plays a role throughout this episode:

  • Rex completely trusts Echo, even though the others, particularly members of Clone Force 99, find it hard to place their trust in him. He was a Separatist experiment, so he could have been altered in ways that could have betrayed them. Rex and Anakin, however, know how Echo operates, and even though he’s undergone several changes, the part that makes Echo Echo still remains.
  • Admiral Trench trusts in the wrong data, giving us this epic line, “A wise leader does not rely completely on things, such as algorithms. My personal strategy for victory is through total annihilation.”
  • Admiral Trench also trusts the fact that Anakin’s philosophy and way of life as a Jedi won’t put him in harm’s way. Unfortunately for him, he quickly learned he was dealing with the wrong Jedi.
  • Mace and Obi-Wan trust Anakin and the others to get their part of the job done. Mace tells Obi-Wan, “I was told not to worry. It was all part of their plan.” They don’t know the details of what’s going on with Anakin and his team, but they have to trust things are being worked out and continue the fight on their end.
  • This one would have given me pause, especially given what was at stake. Admiral Trench gives Anakin the last number of the sequence to disable the bomb and he relays that information to Mace. They have no choice but to trust Trench. Thankfully, it works out for them and Mace is successful. Sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith, even when the source of information isn’t always reliable.
  • Lastly, I have no doubt Rex trusts the Bad Batch will treat one of his closest brothers with the respect he deserves. Rex wanted things to go back to how they were, but with a heavy heart, he comes to accept it’s not possible. He has to let Echo go, let him do his own thing now, and trust that Echo made the right choice for himself.

Have anymore thoughts about the theme of trust in the latest episode? Let us know in the comments below.

“Unfinished Business” is currently streaming on the Disney+ streaming service. New episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be available on the platform every Friday.

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