Original Air Date: September 17, 2010
Production No.: 301 (Season 3, Episode 1)
"Brothers in arms are brothers for life."
Written by Cameron Litvack
Directed by Dave Filoni
Dee Bradley Baker as clone troopers
Larry Brandenburg as Bric
Nolan North as El-Les
Tasia Valenza as Shaak Ti
Bob Bergen as Lama Su
Tom Kane as Narrator
Synopsis: Five headstrong clones struggle to complete their training on Kamino. These cadets -- Hevy, Cutup, Droidbait, Fives and Echo -- seem to be a "bad batch" and are unable to work as a team. As Shaak Ti and drill instructors Bric and El-Les debate the cadets' fate, the clones learn to work together and accept their destiny as soldiers.
Returning Characters: Fives, Echo, Hevy, Droidbait, Cutup
New Characters: 99, Shaak Ti, Bric, El-Les, Lama Su, training droids (battle droid, super battle droids, commando droid), Commander Colt, ARC Troopers
Key Locales: Kamino
- This episode is a prequel to "Rookies," a popular Season One episode that depicts Domino Squad stationed at Rishi Base. It explains the origins of the nicknames used by Hevy, Droidbait, Echo, Cutup and Fives.
- The design of the clone training armor was inspired by old battered leather football gear. For those keeping track, the Domino Squad team numbering is as follows: 1. Hevy (CT-782); 2. Droidbait (CT-00-2010); 3. Echo (CT-21-0408); 4. Cutup (CT-4040) 5. Fives (CT-27-5555).
- The citadel challenge ordered by Commander Colt -- version THX variable 1138 -- is a not-so-subtle entry in the long history of THX 1138 references in Star Wars. See this article for more.
- The designs for the clone barracks dates back to concepts developed for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which were explored by the concept design team back in 2000, but never finished.
- The script initially described Bric as human, but his design instead was inspired by the "Brainee" alien spotted in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Episode IV. Likewise, El-Les is based on the "T-Head" alien from that scene. The Expanded Universe describes these species as Siniteen (an anagram of "Einstein") and Arcona.