“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.
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.
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!
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