Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E9 "Grievous Intrigue"

For everything you gain, you lose something else.

General Grievous, in his quest to kill as many Jedi as he can, has begun targeting members of the Jedi Council, attacking the ship of Master Eeth Koth. After defeating Koth in part by softening him up with commando droids and MagnaGuards, Grievous sends a taunting message to the Jedi in which he makes it clear he intends to keep Koth alive for a long time in order to make the Jedi suffer by proxy, by having to sense Master Koth's suffering. However, Master Koth sent his own secret message via hand signals in the holomessage — the coordinates where Grievous is taking him, the Saleucami system. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia immediately volunteer to lead the rescue.

The plan is simple: Obi-Wan, Admiral Yularen and the fleet will jump in first. Obi-Wan and Commander Cody will be in a light cruiser, intending to lure Grievous onboard in an attempt to capture him. They'll send Anakin, waiting in a shuttle with Adi and Rex, the precise coordinates of Grievous' flagship, and they'll jump in and board the ship to rescue Master Koth.

The initial part of the plan goes flawlessly. However, Grievous correctly guesses that where you find Kenobi, Skywalker won't be far behind, and Anakin and Adi face a squad of commando droids upon arriving at the bridge. The droids prove to be no match for the Jedi, and Master Koth is rescued and taken back to the shuttle. Meanwhile, on Obi-Wan's cruiser, the attempt to capture Grievous isn't going nearly so well. Grievous, escaping back to his flagship, orders the engines of Obi-Wan's cruiser fired upon, causing damage while Obi-Wan and Cody pursue Grievous back to his ship. When the two ships break away, however, Adi Gallia, coming to help Obi-Wan capture Grievous, is able to rescue the men stuck in the boarding tube while Grievous makes for the landing craft. Obi-Wan is persuaded to stop chasing after Grievous and come to the hangar so Anakin can pick them up in the shuttle.

As Grievous' landing craft descends toward Saleucami, an engine from the exploding light cruiser strikes it, causing the craft to tumble out of control. Obi-Wan tells Anakin to command the space battle, while he, Cody and Rex land on the planet's surface to find Grievous. Adi Gallia takes Eeth Koth to a medical frigate, and he says he would have gladly given his life to bring Grievous to justice. Anakin says it's a good thing that they all live to fight another day.


Tropes:

  • Archenemy: It's not particularly difficult to figure out why Obi-Wan is so confident that Grievous won't be able to resist boarding his cruiser to face him in person.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Anakin cuts off the right arm of Grievous' tactical droid, which has the control for shocking Master Koth.
  • The Cameo:
    • Ahsoka, Barriss and Tera Sinube all appear during the briefing with no lines.
    • Ki-Adi-Mundi, Luminara Unduli and Kit Fisto attended the briefing via hologram.
    • Plo Koon and Commander Wolffe appear via hologram, with Wolffe being the one who spotted Master Koth's secret message.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When confronting Eeth Koth, Grievous softens him up by sending in commando droids and MagnaGuards first.
  • Crowd Hockey: Grievous' tactical droid, which has a control on his arm for shocking Master Koth, is forced to chase after his arm when Anakin cuts it off, as it's kicked around and moved by commando droids and Jedi. When he finally gets the arm, he realizes he can't press the button since he's holding his right arm with his left, at which point Anakin promptly destroys him.
  • Deadly Dodging: Obi-Wan, fighting two MagnaGuards, takes out one this way, having the other hit it.
  • Dog Pile of Doom: Cody and three other clones pile on top of Grievous during their attempt to prevent his escape from Obi-Wan's cruiser, and then one of them punches Grievous in the face, shortly before the cyborg general throws them off.
  • Electric Torture: Master Koth is subjected to it while Grievous' prisoner.
  • Hand Signals: The Republic military has an extensive set of these, which Master Koth surreptitiously uses during Grievous' transmission to tell the Jedi where they'll be able to find them.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: You'd expect Grievous to take offence at being called a coward, but he instead takes issue with being called a murderer, as he doesn't see "ridding the galaxy of you Jedi filth" as murder.
    Eeth Koth: Your reputation precedes you, general. The reputation of a coward, and a murderer.
    Grievous: Murderer?
  • Neck Lift: Grievous does this to Koth after wearing him down.
  • Tractor Beam: Grievous' flagship catches Obi-Wan's cruiser in one.


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