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Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 4 “Destroy Malevolence”

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“A plan is only as good as those who see it through”

Original air date: October 17th, 2008

The third and final episode of the Malevolence arc follows the Republic fleet as it moves in on General Grievous, fleeing for Separatist space in his damaged battleship. It seems like a Republic victory is only a matter of time but Count Dooku has a trick up his sleeve. With the aid of his master Darth Sidious (who is also Supreme Chancellor Palpatine) a certain senator from Naboo has been tricked into flying directly into the path of the Malevolence, believing she’s on her way to a diplomatic negotiation. That’s right, out of nowhere, Senator Padme Amidala, Anakin’s secret wife, shows up in the middle of the battle (along with C-3PO). The plan is for Grievous to hold Padme hostage, figuring that the Jedi will not risk harming the senator.

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Padme’s unexpected arrival complicates everything: Anakin immediately orders the fleet to stop attacking, even though the senator demands the attack continue regardless of the danger to her own person. This is one part of the series that almost defies belief: how in the world does no one catch on to the relationship between Padme and Anakin?? There are hints throughout the series, yet no one seems to realize they’re married. Ah well…it does make for good drama so back to the story…

Anakin, Obi-Wan and R2-D2 launch a rescue mission in the Twilight. The Jedi split up to find Padme and C-3PO, with Anakin naturally locating his beloved wife (naturally there’s a brief romantic interlude when the pair find each other) and Obi-Wan going after the protocol droid. Our heroes don’t have much time, Padme overheard from some battle droids that the hyperdrive is actually close to being fully repaired, meaning the Malevolence will be able to jump to hyperspace (and safety) in minutes! Obi-Wan goes to destroy the hyperdrive while Anakin and Padme head to the bridge to sabotage the navicomputer. Of course General Grievous, once he learns there are intruders aboard, has foreseen this possibility and is waiting for Obi-Wan, leading to a duel between the pair.

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Through the course of the series, Anakin and Grievous come close to meeting several times, but never do (with Skywalker wondering from time to time if he’s ever going to actually meet the cyborg). This is is because Revenge of the Sith establishes that Anakin and Grievous are meeting in person for the first time and since everything in The Clone Wars takes place before that film, it’s impossible for the two characters to meet.

While Obi-Wan is busy with Grievous, Anakin and Padme reach the bridge of the Malevolence where they destroy the battle droids and Anakin rigs the navicomputer to fly into a nearby moon the next time it’s used. Our heroes manage to get back to the Twilight and escape, but General Grievous is pursuing in his own fighter. It’s a good thing the cyborg decided to follow because back on the Malevolence, the droids are engaging the hyperdrive, only to realize too late that they’re headed straight for a moon! The cyborg can only watch in horror as his prize battleship is completely blown apart on impact. Dooku will not be pleased with this development, oh no he will not!

Thus concludes the Malevolence arc, a good story and the first of many to include General Grievous. Next time: clone troopers are under attack from droids in “Rookies.” What did you think of the episode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 3 “Shadow of Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 2 “Rising Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 1 “Ambush”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 3 “Shadow of Malevolence”

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“Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by themselves”

Original air date: October 10th, 2008

The second episode in the Malevolence arc follows Anakin Skywalker and his Shadow Squadrom of Y-Wing fighters as they plan an attack on General Grievous to take out the Malevolence and its ion cannons. At the same time, Dooku has ordered the robot general to attack more Republic ships before ordering Grievous to go after the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, a hospital in space used for treating wounded clones (and currently holding over 60,000 patients, many of whom are in no condition to move). This is a truly despicable move on Dooku’s part. It’s one thing to take out enemies in a pitched battle, but sending the Malevolence after an unarmed hospital station is just wrong (but neither Dooku or Grievous care about that).

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Anakin, being Anakin, has devised a daring attack to strike at Grievous’ ship before the attack fleet led by Obi-Wan and Admiral Yularen arrive. In order to strike more quickly, Anakin plans to use a “short-cut” through the Kaliida Nebula that will take them to the hospital station faster than going around. Once they’re through, the plan is to take the Malevolence head on and destroy the bridge, taking out Grievous at the same time. As Plo Koon points out, it’s a very aggressive plan, but Anakin will not change his mind. The plan almost immediately hits a snag when it turns out the Kaliida Nebula is also the nesting ground of Neebrays (picture giant sting rays/space whales with large pointy teeth that can fly through space), this is why sane pilots fly around the nebula (even Grievous goes around en route to attacking the station).

On a side note, if the Y-Wings look familiar that’s because they were originally featured in Episode IV during the attack on the Death Star. It’s not the exact design, but close enough that if you compare them you can see the resemblance.

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In another call back to the original films, when we see the ion cannon firing, there’s a shot of the energy stream building inside the ship that is modeled after the Death Star as it prepared to fire on Alderaan.

Once Shadow Squadron engages the Malevolence, Anakin’s aggressive tactics go about as well as you think, which is not very well. While the Jedi is able to dodge enemy fire with ease, as Ahsoka points out, most of his squadron is getting blown apart because they can’t keep up! What’s left of the squadron barely avoids a blast from the ion cannon and it’s clear a new plan is needed. While our heroes debate what to do, the Malevolence begins preparations to fire on the hospital station (which is still half full of patients). If the ion cannon hits the station, it will disable all the power and life support and kill tens of thousands of clones recuperating in bacta tanks. That’s when our heroes come up with a new plan: instead of taking out the bridge, they’ll fire on the ion cannon as it powers up. When Grievous gives the order to fire, the cannon backfires, causing severe damage to the ship (and disabling the hyperdrive in the process). Grievous is outraged at this failure but things are about to get far worse: the Republic fleet led by Obi-Wan has arrived! While Shadow Squadron limps to the hospital station, the Republic ships set off in pursuit of the Malevolence which is limping back to Separatist space. Anakin is upset after losing so many men, but he won’t be able to mourn for long, the battle is far from over!

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Seeing Grievous’ consternation over the ship being damaged is fun to watch, apparently he was convinced the ship was invincible. Something troubling however is Anakin’s recklessness in battle. He gets so super-focused on his objective that he doesn’t take into account what’s happening to his men until Ahsoka reminds him of it. This is a sign of things to come: the further Anakin slips towards the Dark Side, the more he focuses on what he wants, no matter the cost.

And those are my thoughts on “Shadow of Malevolence.” Next time, the Malevolence arc concludes with “Destroy Malevolence.” What did you think of the episode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day 🙂

See also:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 2 “Rising Malevolence”

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 1 “Ambush”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 2 “Rising Malevolence”

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“Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction”

Original air date: October 3rd, 2008

“Rising Malevolence” is the first part of the Malevolence arc and the introduction of General Grievous to the series. It follows the Republic as it hunts a mysterious new Separatist weapon, confounded by the fact that every ship they’ve sent to find this thing has disappeared with no survivors. Enter Jedi Master Plo Koon and his ships as they locate the Separatist weapon located on a massive ship named the Malevolence in the Abregado system. He contacts Anakin and his padawan Ahsoka in order to relay their position but then their communications are jammed and the Malevolence attacks. It’s secret weapon is revealed to be a massive ion cannon that disables Plo Koon’s Republic cruisers, making them easy targets for the Separatist’s turbolasers which blast the ships apart. Plo Koon and many clones make it into the escape pods but the danger isn’t over yet. To ensure there are no witnesses, Count Dooku orders Grievous to send out hunter droids to destroy the escape pods. It’s a race against time to see if Plo Koon and the clones with him will be rescued…or killed.

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This is the first episode to feature Anakin and Ahsoka and we’re given a look into their contentious relationship as Master and Padawan. For instance, during a briefing where Anakin is instructed to take his fleet to a rendezvous instead of searching for Master Plo Koon, Ahsoka interrupts to tell everyone what she thinks (despite being warned by Anakin to not speak unless spoken to). Anakin scolds his padawan afterward (which feels really weird by the way, for Anakin Skywalker of all people to be harping on following the rules), but as it turns out, he had a plan all along. The problem with what Ahsoka said, according to Anakin, is not what she said but how she said it. Basically what Anakin is saying is one needs to be sneaky when implementing secret rescue missions. So while Anakin’s fleet heads on its way as ordered, Anakin takes his personal ship, the Twilight (with Ahsoka) and sets off for the Abregado system to see if they can find Plo Koon and any other survivors.

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Meanwhile, it’s not looking good for Plo Koon and the clones. While they’ve been able to restore power, the only other pod they’ve seen has been ripped open, letting them know someone is out there hunting for them. Inevitably, they’re spotted by the droids who charge in to destroy this pod as well (pretty sure the lead droid is humming the Imperial March as he closes in). This leads to a pretty cool scene…if you can suspend your disbelief that is. Plo Koon informs the close that he can withstand the vacuum of space “for a short time” and heads out to do battle with the droids. The clones that have armor follow (clone armor contains pressure suits so they act as space suits also) and there’s a fight in the vacuum of space. It looks really cool, but despite what Plo Koon said it looks really strange to see a character, no matter how alien, simply floating in space with no protection and doing alright.

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There are a few short moments spent with Grievous and Dooku onboard the Malevolence, but the bulk of the episode is split between Anakin/Ahsoka and Plo Koon and his men. This is a good episode that ends with Plo Koon and his men being rescued and our heroes escaping the ion cannon with a hyperspace jump at the last minute. Their escape guarantees that the Republic will learn about the Malevolence, which annoys Dooku to no end (he leaves with the ominous statement that he must contact his master (Darth Sidious)).

And those are my thoughts on “Rising Malevolence.” What did you think of the episode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day 🙂

Next time: The fight against the Malevolence continues with “Shadow of Malevolence”

See also:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 1 “Ambush”

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1 Ep. 1 “Ambush”

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“Great Leaders Inspire Greatness in Others”

Original air date: October 3rd, 2008

In the first regular episode of The Clone Wars, Jedi Master Yoda travels to a distant moon to negotiate with King Katuunko, the ruler of Toydaria. The Republic is hoping to build a base in their territory to help in the ongoing war. Before Yoda’s arrival however, the king is met by Asajj Ventress, assassin (and secret apprentice) of Count Dooku, leader of the Separatists. Dooku, appearing by hologram, wishes for Toydaria to join the Separatist Alliance, arguing that his droid armies could protect the system far better than any army of clones and Jedi could.

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To prove his point, Yoda’s ship is ambushed by Separatist warships and the Jedi barely escapes to the surface with his clone escort: Lieutenant Thire, Jek and Rys. Seeing that Yoda survived, Ventress proposes a deal: she and her forces will face off against Yoda and the clones. If Yoda makes it to the king’s location, then Toydaria can join the Republic. But if Ventress succeeds in stopping Yoda, then the king should consider joining Dooku.

Now, given that this is Yoda we are talking about, you know how this is going to go. That being said, the show writers do a great job of creating tension and teasing the idea that maybe Yoda won’t make it as Ventress sends wave after wave of battle droids to take him and the clones down. The Yoda we see during these fights is a combination of the serious Jedi Master seen in the prequel films and the mischievous figure originally seen in The Empire Strikes Back. A funny moment comes when Yoda engages a squad of battle droids in tanks. Yoda slices his way into the tank from below and hilarity ensues as the tank begins violently shaking from within. Two droids come running out yelling “run for your lives!” before being dragged back in with the Force only to be thrown back out as parts seconds later.

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A highlight of this episode comes when Yoda sits to talk with the clones while they briefly rest. While the clones argue that they’re all the same, Yoda insists that they are not, as they all have different presences in the Force. The Jedi Master tells each clone what is special and unique to them, emphasizing the need to work together as a unit. It’s a touching moment made slightly bitter when you remember that eventually Order 66 is coming.

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Ventress observes the fight from afar with King Katuunko, who points out every now and then that Yoda and the clones are doing exceptionally well given how outnumbered they are. Originally presenting herself as a cool negotiator, Ventress grows more frustrated as Yoda and the clones defeat her droids. Finally the king has seen enough, he informs Dooku that Toydaria will be joining the Republic. Foreseeing this possibility, Dooku orders Ventress to kill the king but it’s too late, Yoda has arrived and he stops the attack with the Force. When the assassin snarls that she does not fear Yoda, the Jedi quips back:

“Strong are you in the Dark Side young one, but not THAT strong.”

Ventress flees and Yoda has a brief conversation with his former Padawan Dooku. There’s a bit of sadness in Yoda’s voice, he clearly regrets what Dooku has become.

This is a good first episode for the series. While some might be upset that Anakin and Obi-Wan don’t appear, there’s plenty of Jedi awesomeness to be had. Yoda is full of cryptic wisdom as always and he doesn’t hesitate to show off his lightsaber skills when necessary either.

And that’s it for “Ambush.” Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments below. Up next is “Rising Malevolence” featuring General Grievous. Have a great day and may the Force be with you!

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