Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E21 "Liberty on Ryloth"

Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised.

Jedi Master Mace Windu and his troops are trying to take back Lessu, capital of Ryloth, from the Separatists, and capture Emir Wat Tambor. To do that, Mace attempts to ally with the Twi'lek freedom fighters, led by Cham Syndulla. But General Syndulla doesn't trust that the Republic forces won't overstay their welcome, or Rylothian Senator Orn Free Taa, who he sees as corrupt. He changes his mind after Commander Ponds reports to Mace that the Separatists have bombed inhabited villages. Ultimately, Ryloth is liberated and Tambor captured, his greed proving to be his undoing.


  • The Cameo:
    • Anakin appears during the briefing early on, and with Ahsoka in their fighters to shoot down the Hyena bombers.
    • Admiral Yularen also appears during the briefing, and tells Palpatine there are no available reinforcements.
  • Dramatic Irony: When Mace tells Cham that Republic troops will stay for a while to keep the peace, Cham has this to say:
    Cham: Another armed occupation is not a free Ryloth. How long before I am fighting you, Master Jedi?
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The rebels have a nice underground hideout, with the entrance in a crashed Separatist landing craft.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Cham finally agrees to help Mace and speak with Senator Taa, his hated political rival, when he hears that the Separatists are bombing inhabited villages.
  • Greed: Tambor's insistence on not leaving before he's stolen as many of the Twi'leks' treasures as he can gets him caught.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Tambor's tactical droid orders the Hyena bombers to attack Lessu so the Republic won't be able to enjoy their victory.
  • Kick the Dog: Tambor has villages of unarmed Twi'leks bombed on Dooku's orders, intended to show the galaxy "the cost of a Republic victory".
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Tambor immediately surrenders when Mace and Cham catch up to him and have him at weapons-point.
  • Rebel Leader: Cham Syndulla.
  • The Rival: Cham Syndulla and Orn Free Taa were political rivals before the war, and there's no love lost between them.
  • Shatterpoint Tap: Mace does it to the windshield of an AT-TE to rescue the injured driver inside.
  • Shout-Out: One of the treasures being loaded onto Tambor's shuttle is the Ark of the Covenant.
  • The Starscream: Tambor's tactical droid, TA-175, calls him a "fool" for not evacuating when ordered, and leaves without him.
  • Human Shield: Tambor has the inhabitants of Lessu driven outside of the walls, to place them in the line of fire of any attacking forces.