Original Air Date: January 1st, 2010.
Production No.: 214 (Season 2, Episode 14)
Written by Ben Edlund
Supervising Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg
Staff Writer: Brian Larsen Directed by Giancarlo Volpi
Key Characters: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Grievous, Eeth Koth, Adi Gallia
Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker and tactical droid
James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon
Matthew Wood as General Grievous and battle droids
Dee Bradley Baker as the clone troopers
Chris Edgerly as Eeth Koth
Angelique Perrin as Adi Gallia
Tom Kane as Narrator, Yoda and Admiral Yularen
Episode Brief: A Jedi Master is taken hostage and tortured by General Grievous. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia devise a daring rescue plan, but they soon realize the General has a plan of his own.
"For everything you gain, you lose something else."
Diabolical defeat! Though Republic victories
outnumber their losses, the Jedi have been
unable to stop Separatist advances in the
Outer Rim. The ever-elusive General
Grievous stays one step ahead of his
opponents. With thousands of droid armies
at his command, the Jedi can never predict
where Grievous will strike next until now...
ACT IDeep in the Outer Rim, an enormous Separatist destroyer pelts a lone Jedi cruiser into submission. Aboard the Republic craft, Jedi Master Eeth Koth readies his troops to repel boarders. An armored docking tube connects both ships, and super battle droids march into the captured cruiser, blasting away at Captain Lock and his squads of clone trooper defenders. A lightsaber pierces through the bridge bulkhead doors and begins carving a large circle. Grievous kicks his way through the breach, flanked by a crack squad of commando droids.
The agile invaders cut through the clones, and one even lands a blaster shot on Eeth Koth's arm. Koth continues fighting, slicing through the last of the commandos before the next wave of invaders arrive: electrostaff-wielding MagnaGuard droids. Backed by his bodyguards, Grievous enters the fray. Koth valiantly defends himself, but he is outnumbered and injured, and Grievous inevitably overpowers him.
On Coruscant, within the Jedi Temple war room, the assembled Jedi receive a gloating holographic transmission from Grievous. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi examine the projected image, alongside much of the Jedi Council -- including Mace Windu, Yoda and Adi Gallia, and conferencing remotely, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, Luminara Unduli and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Grievous boasts of his victory. To him, this war is not a matter of politics or separatism; the cyborg warrior only lives to see Jedi die.
Plo Koon's clone officer, Commander Wolffe, reports a discovery in Grievous' transmission. By focusing on the otherwise inert form of Eeth Koth, the Jedi spot hidden hand gestures that the fallen Jedi Master is using to communicate his location: the Saleucami system. Kenobi, Skywalker and Gallia volunteer to rescue Koth.
Before long, a Republic task force mobilizes from Coruscant, including three Jedi cruisers escorted by a light cruiser and three frigates. Kenobi commands from the bridge of the light cruiser, while Anakin, Captain Rex and Adi Gallia form the insertion team aboard a refitted ambassadorial shuttle. The plan is for Kenobi's forces to engage Grievous, luring the general aboard the light cruiser. While this happens, Kenobi will transmit precise vector coordinates for the general's command ship to the shuttle.
As Grievous prepares to land on Saleucami, the Republic ships pop out of hyperspace. Grievous hardly seems surprised. He brags to a captive Koth, suspended in a static-charged containment field, that he has been expecting this rescue mission and is prepared for it.
ACT IIThe smaller Republic escort vessels move forward to draw out the Separatist warships. Kenobi hails Grievous and they exchange terse words before Grievous cuts off the communications. The general orders all cannons to fire, but warns his droids to be alert -- where there is Kenobi, there is often also Skywalker. TV-94, a tactical droid on the bridge, warns Grievous that the escort vessels are faster and more maneuverable than Grievous' destroyer, but the general is set on boarding the light cruiser in order to face Kenobi face-to-face.
The space battle begins. Kenobi orders the Resolute to move in and keep Grievous' fleet engaged to cover Anakin's arrival. Admiral Yularen acknowledges and moves the cruisers into the fray. Grievous' destroyer locks onto Kenobi's cruiser with a tractor beam, and begins reeling it in.
Having received the exact coordinates of Grievous' destroyer from Commander Cody, Anakin leaps his shuttle through hyperspace, emerging in the thick of the battle only scant meters above Grievous' hull. Skywalker uses his amazing piloting skills to land undetected on the destroyer's superstructure, and powers down. Skywalker, Gallia, Rex and several other clones then cut their way aboard the destroyer. Anakin orders Rex and the clones to guard their entrance while he and Adi penetrate deeper into the flagship to find the bridge, where Eeth Koth is held.
Aboard the light cruiser, Kenobi and Cody prepare to face boarders as a docking tube connects both ships. Their plan is to keep Grievous engaged long enough for Skywalker to complete his mission. The first wave of invaders consists of commando droids. They are followed by MagnaGuards, and finally, Grievous himself. As Grievous engages Kenobi, he brags that he knows what Kenobi is plotting. He knows Skywalker has boarded his vessel and is attempting to free Koth.
Skywalker and Gallia cut their way past battle droid security to arrive at the bridge. There, they see Master Koth suspended in a containment field, but the tactical droid tending to him hardly seems surprised to see the Jedi. At his order, commando droids pop out from behind control stations, ready to face the Jedi. The whole rescue mission is a trap!
Grievous and his bodyguard droids overwhelm Kenobi. Grievous extends all four of his mechanical arms to land a finishing blow.
ACT IIIAt the press of a button on his wrist control, the tactical droid sends painful electric surges through Koth's helpless body. He warns that one more shock will kill the Jedi Master. Skywalker uses the Force to pull the droid toward him, and severs the droid's arm, knocking the wrist control away. A frenzied melee then erupts between the Jedi and the commando droids, all the while the armless tactical droid scrambles to recover his device and his only source of leverage. Skywalker and Gallia narrowly defeat the droids, and free Koth from his prison.
Kenobi desperately dodges Grievous' whirlwind attacks. He uses the Force to hurl the shattered body of a MagnaGuard droid directly into Grievous. Rather than surrender, Grievous scurries away on his spiky limbs like a startled arachnid. Kenobi radios to Skywalker that Grievous is on the move. With Koth rescued, the mission's priority shifts to preventing Grievous' escape. Anakin takes the injured Koth back to his shuttle, while Adi Gallia races ahead to intercept Grievous.
Commander Cody and his troops try to cut off Grievous as he makes his way to the airlock, but the slippery cyborg overpowers them. Grievous orders his ship to open fire on the light cruiser's engines, despite the point blank range. He commands his troops to prepare their landing ships for transit to Saleucami.
The light cruiser begins to wilt under the heavy assault, its engines erupting in flame. The clone crew desperately attempts to detach their ship from the Separatist destroyer, but they have lost all control. Kenobi arrives inside the docking tube, chasing Grievous as the whole conduit shudders and buckles from the death throes of the light cruiser. The two generals cross lightsabers again, but Grievous kicks his way free and makes it to his destroyer. There, he faces Adi Gallia, but their duel is cut short as the docking tube finally splits open. A gust of air rushing into vacuum blows the combatants apart. Cody grabs onto Kenobi before he goes tumbling into the void. Grievous' metal claws allow him purchase across the tilted deckplates, and he scrambles away. Gallia braces herself against a bulkhead, and fires a cable to Cody and Kenobi, who climb their way onto Grievous ship.
As Anakin's shuttle departs from the destroyer, he receives a distress message from Obi-Wan. Skywalker tells Obi-Wan to meet him at the destroyer's hangar, where he can extract them. Anakin soars into the hangar, hastily picking up Kenobi, Gallia, Cody and a surviving clone onto his shuttle.
Meanwhile, the infantry battle droids aboard the destroyer are boarding long-winged landing ships to make planetfall on Saleucami. Grievous, too, boards one of the vessels. The light cruiser finally erupts in a huge explosion that washes over the destroyer. Shrapnel from the cruiser slams into Grievous' landing ship, sending it tumbling to Saleucami's surface.
The Jedi return to their flagships as Grievous' destroyer lists away harmlessly. Obi-Wan Kenobi plans to take Commander Cody and Captain Rex with him to Saleucami to search for Grievous. Anakin will stay in orbit to mop up the space battle. Eeth Koth, grateful to be rescued, will be taken to a medical frigate.
Trivia & Details
- This episode is filled with numerous new starship models, including the Separatist destroyer (based on a ship design seen in Episode III), a Republic light cruiser (a new design) and a Jedi ambassadorial shuttle (based on Joe Johnston concept art for the Imperial shuttle seen in Episode VI).
- The Jedi war room includes a number of new Jedi character models, including a Weequay Jedi (labeled Sora Bulq in design documents), a Nikto Jedi (labeled "Makis Shaalas"), a Roonan Jedi (named Halsey, though at one point named "Tukker Val Loo"), a new Twi'lek Jedi (Finn Ertay) and a blue Mon Calamari (Eekar Oki). The long-tailed beak nosed Cosian is Tera Sinube, who will feature in a future episode, "Lightsaber Lost." The younglings that Ahsoka Tano tends to will also appear in that episode.
- The expanded universe attempted to kill off Eeth Koth in 2003's Inside the World of Attack of the Clones, claiming he died in a gunship crash on Geonosis that also took the life of Sora Bulq -- another Jedi character who emerged intact in a subsequent source.
- This is our first look at the newly redesigned Commander Wolffe, who has suffered an eye injury since his last unhelmeted appearance in "Rising Malevolence," necessitating a cybernetic replacement.
- The camera angle of Yularen ordering the fleet attack from the bridge of the Resolute is the same angle as Captain Needa issuing orders from the bridge of the Avenger in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
"Your reputation precedes you, General. The reputation of a coward, and a murderer." -- Eeth Koth to General Grievous.
"And be alert. Where there is Kenobi, you will always find Skywalker not far behind." -- General Grievous to the command bridge.
- "So, was that close enough for you?"
- "Any closer, and we'd be flying down hallways."
- "Ah, next time." -- Anakin Skywalker and Adi Gallia discussing his piloting
"I hear a lot of talking, General, but in the final accounting, what does all the talk get you? A futile quest for power? A mutilated body? And your place as Dooku's errand boy!" -- Obi-Wan Kenobi