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Episode 1.06: Downfall of a Droid
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The Clone Wars
Episode 1.06: Downfall of a Droid
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Episode 1.05: Rookies
Dave Filoni just updated Star Wars fans on Twitter and Facebook regarding the remaining The Clone Wars episodes!
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Episode 1.04: Destroy Malevolence
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Episode 1.03: Shadow of Malevolence
I always look forward to getting a DK publication, be it a Star Wars book or another subject for my kids. DK books are always high quality in all aspects, such as covers, illustrations, and overall content. I’m pleased to say that The Clone Wars Episode Guide is no different.
Back in May, The Clone Wars received an impressive 7 Emmy nominations. The show deserved to win all of them, but was still able to snag two: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (David Tennant)! Below is the acceptance speech for the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program win.
USA Today has an exclusive clip of some of the upcoming bonus content from The Clone Wars! Link
There’s also a great interview with Dave Filoni on what’s to come! Click on the link above to check it all out! And be sure to share your wants and opinions regarding The Clone Wars bonus content in our forums!
While the future of Clone Wars is a bit hazy, it’s less so for Filoni: He will be continuing on at Lucasfilm “for the foreseeable future” with responsibilities primarily in the animation realm, he says. Filoni is also respected outside of the company because of his respect for the stories he loved as a child raised on the original trilogy.
“I’m able to give a lot back to fans because I’m a big fan myself and I know how important it is to feel that the people behind these things really care about it, and I do. The fans have realized that about me,” Filoni says.
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Episode 1.02: Rising Malevolence
The Republic is on the hunt for a Separatist super-weapon that has been responsible for the destruction of many ships that have left no survivors. The Jedi Council dispatch master Plo Koon who commands three Republic cruisers for the search, and he eventually finds the massive ship, which is the Malevolence. Unknown to them, Count Dooku and General Grievous themselves are at the helm. Dooku immediately orders them to jam all transmissions.
Plo Koon contacts Anakin and gives him their location just before their signal is lost. Ahsoka wants to join Plo, but Anakin tells her that they must report to the Council first. Anakin then reports via hologram to Mace Windu, Yoda, Obi-Wan and Palpatine, who are discussing the dire situation.
As the Republic ships brace for attack, Count Dooku suggests that the incoming Republic ships would be a suitable test for the super-weapon. The ship fires its primary weapon, which turns out to be a large ion cannon that fires an energy pulse capable of disabling all the ships. With their shields disabled, the Separatist ship opens fire on them. All three ships are quickly destroyed, but several escape pods were successfully launched. However, Grievous launches a hunter ship to locate and destroy the pods, in an attempt to keep their position secret.
Shortly thereafter, Anakin reports that all contact with Plo Koon has been lost and there were no distress beacons sent, suggesting that his fleet was destroyed. Mace orders Anakin’s fleet to guard a supply convoy and says that no ships can be spared for a rescue attempt. Ahsoka objects, feeling that there’s a possibility for survivors. Anakin orders his fleet to proceed to the rendezvous, while deciding to scout ahead for enemy ships. In actuality, his plan is to go look for master Plo.
Meanwhile, the clones in Plo Koon’s escape pod manage to restore power, just in time to receive a distress call from another pod that’s under attack. The hunter ship grabs on to the pod and deploys several battle droids, who proceed to cut open the pod’s viewport. They succeed, and the clones inside, who are not wearing their helmets, are sucked out into space.
Anakin and Ahsoka arrive and begin looking through the debris field for survivors. Ahsoka reveals that Master Plo is the one who initially brought her to the Jedi Temple, which gives her a strong motivation to find him. At that moment, Obi-Wan contacts them and requests that they get back to their fleet before Anakin misses the rendezvous. Just as Anakin turns the ship around, R2 picks up a signal on the emergency channel. Also at that moment, the droids locate Plo’s pod and heads toward it. Plo Koon decides to exit the pod to destroy the hunters, as he can withstand being in space for a short amount of time.
The droids open fire on Plo and activate a claw that begins to pinch down on the pod. Inside, Wolffe receives a hail from Ahsoka. Outside, Plo uses the Force to propel a clone past the droids, who then fires on them and destroys them. Plo uses his lightsaber to slash through the pinching arms and propels the attacking ship toward a large piece of debris. It collides and explodes. Inside the Malevolence, a droid reports to General Grievous that contact with the hunter has been lost.
On Coruscant, Mace, Yoda, Obi-Wan and Palpatine are discussing the Malevolence when Obi-Wan reports that Anakin has located Plo Koon’s fleet. This news surprises the others; Yoda says that this was a reckless decision and that Anakin and Ahsoka are twice the trouble. Palpatine contacts Anakin and also requests that he return to his fleet.
Ahsoka then reaches out with the Force and locates Plo. She takes control of the Twilight and locates the Jedi. Anakin deploys a tow cable and they reel the escape pod in. As Plo Koon discusses his findings with Anakin and Ahsoka, the Malevolence appears on their sensors. The three of them quickly work to shut down the ship to avoid detection, including R2. They forget to deactivate the on-board medical droid however, and it’s enough of a energy signal for the Malevolence to pick up. Grievous immediately orders the ship to assume an attack position. Anakin and the others move quickly to get the Twilight back online so they can escape. Just as R2 begins to plot a hyperspace route out of there, the Malevolence fires its ion blast. Anakin races through the debris field as the ion blast bears down on them. The blast is nearly upon them when the hyperspace coordinates come in and they’re able to escape.
There are several nods to previous Star Wars movies in this episode, such as the dialog between the clones as they attempt to repair the escape pod, Ahsoka reaching out with the Force to locate Plo Koon, and Anakin’s race though the debris field to escape. That reminded me of Obi-Wan’s attempt to stay ahead of the sonic charge blast in Attack of the Clones.
The bright red Abregado provided an amazing backdrop to the events happening around it. I thought this episode was exciting, though there were a few distractions, such as the clones having the ability to cry out into space as they were sucked out of the escape pod. And the giddy and silly droids.
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Episode 1.01: Ambush
Both the Republic and the Confederacy wish to establish a base in the Toydaria system. As part of a diplomatic envoy, Yoda approaches a neutral moon to begin negotiations with the ruler of Toydaria, King Katuunko. He is unaware that Separatists have infiltrated the moon, led by Asajj Ventress. She appears at the rendezvous point, and presents Count Dooku, who is communicating via hologram.
Dooku urges Katuunko to join the Confederacy, while claiming that the Republic and the Jedi are weak. At that moment, Yoda is ambushed by Separatist ships, and he is forced to abandon ship. Several escape pods are launched to provide a distraction so he can land on the moon safely. On arrival, Yoda contacts Katuunko. Ventress then offers a deal: If she can capture Yoda, Toydaria will join the Separatists. However, if he escapes, the Republic will win the system. King Katuunko hesitates at the deal, but Yoda quickly accepts the challenge.
As Yoda and his small group of troops advance to the rendezvous point, a large Separatist ship passes by overhead, with enough space to hold an entire droid battalion. Ventress clearly has no desire to give Yoda a fair fight, as stipulated by King Katuunko.
It’s not long before they are spotted by the droids, but their small size gives them an advantage. The droid tanks cannot initially pursue because of the large coral foliage, so infantry troops are deployed. They are nearly upon Yoda when he decides to launch an ambush of his own. The group surrounds the droids and opens fire. They make quick work of the droids, but must fall back because of the presence of super battle droids. One of the clones, Thire, is injured by blaster fire. It is then that Yoda appears and moves the troops to temporary safety. Once pinned down, Yoda begins to use the Force against the super battle droids, and destroys them all. The minor victory is short lived, as destroyer droids appear and force Yoda into full retreat.
Yoda and the three clones seek shelter in a cave, where the Jedi Master gives instruction. The clones are doubtful of success, but Yoda encourages them to look past their dire situation and the fact that they are mere clones.
Their rest doesn’t last long. The droids and their tanks are starting to pass by. Yoda decides to jump right in front of the advancing group, where he then sits on the ground. Ventress, suspecting a surprise, orders them to open fire. But Yoda jumps to the attack, flipping and winding his way throughout the group, while cutting down droids and destroying tanks. Ventress then launches a group of destroyer droids.
The clones, who are high above and sense that Yoda can’t take on the destroyers by himself, move to attack. Thire lauches their last rocket at a rock overhang above the destroyers, which causes an avalanche that destroys them all, thereby finishing off the droid attack.
Seeing that Yoda has emerged the victor, King Katuunko declares that Toydaria will join the Republic. Dooku then orders Ventress to kill him, but Yoda intervenes, halting Ventress’s attack with a Force grip. Yoda toys with her, plucking her lightsabers out of her hand, looking them over, then sends them back to her. Ventress then creates a distraction so she can escape. Afterward, Katuunko gives his approval for a Republic base.
The first episode of season one is a fun one. There’s nothing too serious happening here, other than a injured clone. In fact, there are many lighthearted moments, mainly between the goofy battle droids. But Yoda provides some comedic relief as well.
Yoda definitely shines as the star of the episode, as he cuts his way through battle droids with ease. He is poised from start to finish, especially when he yanks the lightsabers out of Ventress’s hands and gives them back to her. The Sith may be powerful, but even a “small shriveled green one” can stop them dead in their tracks.
We all knew this day would come eventually, but for many, perhaps not this soon. The Clone Wars, as we know it, is done. Here’s the Lucasfilm press release: Link
As we enter into an exciting new era focused on the next Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programming. We are exploring a whole new Star Wars series set in a time period previously untouched in Star Wars films or television programming. You can expect more details in the months to come.
As part of this shift, we have also made some key decisions affecting Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Detours.
After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series. While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. In the video below, Supervising Director Dave Filoni offers a peek of what is to come in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
At Star Wars Celebration VI last year, George Lucas gave fans a glimpse at the animated comedy series Star Wars Detours from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes. Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense. As a result, we’ve decided to postpone the release of Detours until a later date.
We are incredibly proud of the teams at Lucasfilm Animation for creating some of the most amazing animation ever produced for TV. Keep checking StarWars.com for new developments on these and future projects.
It seems that there will be at least some final content from The Clone Wars slated for a future release. In what form? We don’t know. Perhaps they’ll hold screenings across the country as they did for the Savage Opress arc. Or maybe straight-to-DVD/Blu-ray releases.
Many fans are upset about this breaking development, but consider: The Clone Wars era can only go so far. I can’t imagine this series lasting more than another season. We may not be getting an entire season on television, but at least we’re getting something. (See the video above for what might be in store.) Most cancelled shows don’t have options. Personally, I’d be happy if the show ended now, on a somewhat happy note. The absolute end of the Clone Wars era is not a pleasant one, as we all know.
As far as Detours, the future looks bleak. Shame that the producers of the show went to all that trouble to promote Detours at Celebration VI, only to have it shelved a few months later. But again, television is an unpredictable beast.
It has been a great run for The Clone Wars. The series truly became a legend among the rest. But what really made it special was the PR from Lucasfilm. They treated their TCW fans like family in so many ways. That will never be forgotten.
To all the voice actors that made The Clone Wars spectacular: Thank You.
To Dave Filoni and the rest of the production team: Thank You.
To George Lucas: Thank You.