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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Episode 1.01 : Ambush

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

October 03, 2008

Distributor

Netflix, Cartoon Network

Genre

Animation, Action, Adventure

Show Period

2008 - 2014

Production Company

Lucasfilm, CGCG, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore

Cast and Crew


Director

Genndy Tartakovsky

Screenwriter

Bryan Andrews, Darrick Bachman

Main Cast

  • Ian Abercrombie
  • David Acord
  • Dee Bradley Baker
  • BJ Hughes
  • Tim Brock
  • Corey Burton

Additional Cast

  • Tom Kane
  • Dee Bradley Baker

Synopsis


A galaxy divided by war! Peacefulworlds must choose sides or facethe threat of invasion. Republic andSeparatist armies vie for the allegianceof neutral planets. Desperate to builda Republic supply base on the systemof Toydaria, Jedi Master Yoda travelsto secret negotiations on a remoteneutral moon....

ACT I

On the dried coral moon of Rugosa, the Toydarian monarch King Katuunko and his retinue await the arrival of their Jedi envoy. They are met instead by Asajj Ventress, who brings a holographic message from Count Dooku. The Separatist leader hopes to sway Toydaria to his cause by illustrating that the Republic offers little protection -- as they cannot even protect themselves.

In space above, a Republic frigate carrying Yoda and his troopers are suddenly surrounded by Separatist warships. Cannonades pummel the frigate, forcing Yoda and his troops to escape their ship aboard life pods. The frigate launches all pods, and while the battleship blasts a few of the lifeboats, Yoda makes it to the colorful moon's surface alongside three clones: Lieutenant Thire, Rys and Jek.

The Republic frigate leaves the system, a move that Asajj Ventress spins to the king as a sign of weakness. Her attempts at persuasion are interrupted by a holographic call from Yoda: the Jedi Master has survived.

Asajj suggests a deal. If Yoda survives Ventress' attempts to capture him, then Katuunko is free to join the Republic. But, should the Separatists prevail, Toydaria's allegiance is theirs. Though Katuunko does not like this turn of events, Yoda agrees.

Yoda and his troops march through the coral underbrush as a Separatist landing ship carrying a full battalion of droids arrives. Yoda leads the clones away from the enemies and the rendezvous point he had agreed to reach by nightfall.

ACT II

In the thick of the coral, the battle droid armored column has difficulty negotiating the tight confines. The infantry droids proceed on foot, and the clones outflank them. Sniping from the underbrush, Thire and his men blast through several droids, splitting up the squads.

Yoda hops around them, cutting the droids down one by one. A squad of super battle droids pushes the clones back. Thire is wounded in the cross-fire, and the clones are pinned. Meditating on the Force, Yoda lifts one of the advancing droids into the air, and spins him about, causing it to open fire on its fellow droids. This gives Yoda and the clones the time they need to retreat, narrowly avoiding pursuing droidekas.

Though the battle droids report their successes to Asajj, Yoda too resumes communication with Katuunko, indicating he's not having any trouble at all. Yoda and the clones make it to a dried gulch lined with caves to rest and recover.

Inside a cave, the clones take stock of their grim position: low on ammo, Thire wounded, with only two grenades and one rocket for the launcher against a battalion. Yoda's spirit never flags, however, and he speaks to each clone in turn. He advises Rys to take inspiration not from wanting to crush the enemy, but from himself and his comrades. He tells Jek that his most powerful weapons are not the hardware he lugs, but rather his mind. He tells Thire to have patience, rather than rush headlong into battle. The clones meditate on Yoda's counsel, but the sound of approaching droids interrupts them.

Yoda ventures into the canyon to confront the armored column. He sits, cross-legged, right in the path of the imposing tanks that aim all their weaponry straight at the little Jedi Master.

ACT III

The battle droids report in to Ventress, who orders them to open fire on Yoda. Dispatching Yoda is no easy task. He darts past the enemy guns, cutting down hapless battle droids and slicing through tank armor. Katuunko grins at this reversal, but Asajj will not give up; she orders a reinforcement squad of droidekas to tumble into the gulch. Yoda is too occupied with the main column to spot the droidekas in time, but the clones see them from atop the ridge.

Thire fires the squad's last rocket into overhanging bluff, sending an avalanche of rock crashing down on the droideka reinforcements, saving Yoda from the attack. Yoda is proud of his troops, and they move on to rendezvous with Katuunko.

The Toydarian king, impressed by Yoda's performance, opts to join the Republic, and tells Count Dooku so. He is further disgusted by Asajj's breaking of her promise of a fair fight. The holographic Dooku orders Ventress to assassinate the king, but the would-be regicide is stopped mid-swing as Yoda uses the Force to telekinetically freeze Asajj's strike. Yoda greets Katuunko and dismisses Asajj with a simple display of Force. Rather than surrender, Ventress triggers an explosion that causes a rockslide, distracting Yoda while she escapes in a solar sailer.

Katuunko pledges his loyalty to the Republic, and Yoda vows not to fail their new allies.

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