Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E5 "Rookies"

Rex: Looks like we got ourselves a batch of shinies, Commander.
Echo: "Shinies", sir?
Rex: That's right. Your armor. It's shiny and new ...
[Rex puts his hand on the chest area of Echo's armor]
Rex: ... just like you.

An important outpost scanning the space surrounding Kamino, protected by a squad of rookie clone troopers, is attacked by the Separatist army.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: This episode takes place between the two episodes of the Season 3 premier, "Clone Cadets" (3x01) and "ARC Troopers" (3x02).
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Breakout Character: Heavy, Fives, and Echo. Cutup and Droidbait to a lesser extent.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: The droids try to convince Rex and Cody to leave by disguising their faces with clone helmets. Near the end of the episode Rex fools them into opening the gate by using the torn off head of one of the droids.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The invasion attempt is thwarted and the Separatist fleet retreats. Sadly, three members of Domino Squad are now dead, including Heavy. But hey, Echo and Fives are inducted into the 501st.
  • Boom, Headshot: Rex takes out one of the disguised Commando Droids this way.
  • Commander Smooth and Captain Rough: Cody and Rex respectively.
  • Dwindling Party: Domino Squad. In order of death: Droidbait is the first to be killed by the invading droids; Cutup is eaten alive by a Rishi eel; and Heavy is forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice when the bomb's remote has a malfunction. Only Echo and Fives survive.
  • Elite Mooks: The Commando Droids, first introduced in this episode.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Heavy detonates the bomb manually, when the remote has a malfunction.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Anakin and Obi-Wan only have cameos in this episode.
  • New Meat: Provides the current page quote.
  • Precision F-Strike: Contains two of them, in the form of the line "What the hell was that?!".