An outstanding episode and it did fit with the opening of the film fairly well... I'm excited for two new episodes in one week. This week's though was very well made from a production standpoint I felt. The way the story took Ani/Obi away and things, and the thoughts of a Clone traitor, and then who it was... It wasn't exactly a Sherlock Holmes novel or anything but it was still neat, and I thought it was a great military episode too.
It was interesting how a planet under military dispute can turn into this possibly very long-term battle with troops for both sides getting entrenched on it and just basically duking it out too. This gives an interesting insight into the SW galaxy. I think a lot of people think of combat as basically the Rebels hitting and running and things, but it shows that forces can embed themselves, and a planet could theoretically be fought over for very long time periods with both sides having fixed "bases" on the planet, and it just becoming a conventional war for a single planet, basically. It's not like you can just bombard everyone from orbit and "win".
Stuff like this makes the importance of numerical superiority, and things like the Death Star all the more important. The DS really would be a decisive tactical advantage, but without that you would be hard pressed to "control" all these planets. Fighting on planets you don't want to just pulverize could be going on all over the place, and spreading resources thin. This seems to be sort of something going on in the Clone Wars... Just from a military POV it's interesting to me.
This episode did set up some of the movie. Not a lot, and ultimately it just happens to take place before and on the same planet the movie started with, but it does do a slight lead-in with the armor/weapons loss and things. It could've just as easily been another planet or something, and the story would've worked fine. I like that it tied the movie to it though.