I didn't want to get sucked into the "Barriss debate", because I'm more vested in the future of Ahsoka, but I'll take a stab at it. I agree that Barriss is the weekest link in this story. For some reason I feel it works (even though it was poorly done). If we assume that this episode was designed around the end game of getting Ahsoka to leave the order (by wrongful accusal), the rest as just filler to support it. *We needed a Jedi that was Ahsoka's friend that we already knew that doesn't appear in the final cut of ROTS. *I think TCW team specifically picked Barriss because of her EU ties, know it would cause this very uproar. Don't get me wrong I'm a EU Barriss fan, but I can roll with this. *We could have had a lesser known Jedi, but I don't think it would have the same impact. If this is what the TCW team was planing on all along, they should have created a friend for Ahsoka seasons ago and started planting the seed then. *Assuming you go off of Barriss' Medstar appearances, it only makes sense that she's getting tired of the war. Being a healer, it's probably disturbing to constantly see needless death and destruction. Assuming Barriss comes back to the Temple after the Medstar novels, the timelines match up (somewhat). *I would almost say Barriss "started losing her mind" because of the war, becoming more and more delusional about who is responsible for it. Thus "worked with someone" to procure the bombs. *As far as the fight with Anakin, I think she was fighting all out and Anakin was trying NOT to kill her. Remember bringing someone in alive is harder than killing them out right. Anakin needed her alive for the confession. Barriss was fighting for her life. So Anakin was fighting with a handicap, he had to subdue her. I also say that in her rage (and still delusional) she was fighting with passion (using emotions and not control) making her a little stronger. Remember, she force choked Letta, that is darksided. *As far as Ventress not detecting her, remember she "thought" she "sensed" Ahsoka coming back, saw that cat creature, then the next moment was jumped by Barriss. *Barriss beating Ahsoka, I say they are similar in skill. It was the luck of the draw she beat her. Also I still say there was a little darkside advantage to Barriss. That's my attempt to justify the Barriss story. Now here are the things that caused it to be a poor plot: The detention center seems like a fortress, neither Anakin or Ahsoka could get in or out. But somehow Barriss was able to get in, and close enough to force choke Letta. Also she was able to get in and out killing clones and planting everything for Ahsoka. Again, the only way she could do all this is help from the "inside". Remember this was a republic facility. Someone had to be working with Barriss, but then when she gave her "confession", she didn't incriminate anyone. Maybe in season 6 they might answer that. Barriss was not working alone, but with who, we don't know. If there is no season 6 then none of this matters. Basically they sacrificed Barriss and Ahsoka to end the series. Boo hoo (at least Ahsoka got a good send off and I hope to catch her in the EU). If there is a season 6, then they do have to answer these questions.