Yeah, I agree. I liked it better when I thought they were just that bent on following orders. The chips seem like lazy writing. What’s funny, though, is that in the Bad Batch, they seem like they’re trying to backtrack on it. What with some clones acting like people instead of microchipped zombies inexplicably? I liked the Clone Wars Finale, but I wonder if it would have been more satisfying to see the Clones struggle with the moral dilemma of following orders or doing what they thought was right. Especially Rex since he was seen as a very dogmatic character who took his service to the republic seriously.
I’ve been watching the Prequels for years and only recently noticed that Obi-Wan sees the doner of the Clone DNA (Jango) at Kamino and then sees Jango standing right next to Dooku, the guy who started the Clone Wars in the first place. It’s confusing to think about how they didn’t connect the dots there. This ruins the episodes where Anakin and Obi-Wan investigate the death of Syfo Dias and then find out that way that Dooku ordered the clones when they should have realized he had something to do with it when they saw him and Jango together, especially since they didn’t know where the Clones came from. The more I think about it, the more glaring this plot hole seems.
It’s frustrating to see this type of narrative oversight repeatedly happen, especially with most of Disney’s content. Why are good writers so hard to find?
I enjoy ROTS + CW Finale edits. Is there some way to edit them as a “No Chip” Cut per se? Hopefully, with a better name than that. That sounds insanely hard. You would have to find a way to get through the CW Finale by cutting out the scene where Ahsoka finds out about the chips and then finds Rex’s Chip. But I don’t think that would be possible without making the story seem disjointed. Not to mention that they interspersed that narrative throughout the bad batch and rebels now.
Anyways, I agree with you. Sorry for ranting.