Recap: Star Wars The Clone Wars S 3 E 18 The Citadel

"Adaptation is the key to survival."
Episode Morale

Returning from a dangerous assigment, Jedi Master Even Piell's crusiser had fallen under Separatist attack. Seeking the crucial intel he careed about the secret Nexus Route hyperspace-lane, he and his crew were captured alive, and transferred to a prison designed to hold Jedi: The Citadel.

This episode provides exampls of:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Subverted and lampshaded by Ahsoka. With the entry point the Jedi wanted to use blocked, Anakin and Obi-Wan muse how to get in, and Ahsoka points on the ventilation hatch. Anakin argues that they're too small for them to gain acess, but in response Ahsoka points out, that they might be too small for Anakin, Obi-Wan and the clones, but she might be able to squeze through -which of course she is, althought barely.
  • The Alcatraz: The eponymous Citadel, which can be found on a remote, volcanic planet. The tower is full of traps, and guarded by battallions of droids. It's explicitly stated, that even if someone manages to escape the institute, they still can't really go anywhere because the landscape is almost impossible to cross -esspecially while being chased. And then to get off the planet they need a ship, and still have to cross the Separatist blockade.
  • Ascended Extra: Even Piell who had no spoken-lines in the two movies he appeared in. Captain Tarkin might also count.
  • Blatant Lies: Upon discovering that Ahsoka came to the mission, despite Anakin forbade it to her, she tried to excuse herself with a not quite well-thought-out lie:
    Ahsoka: I recevied order to join the team. I thought you knew
    Anakin: Orders? From who?
    Anakin: He didn't tell me.
    Ahsoka: You were already in carbonite.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Tarkin.
  • Continuity Nod: Anakin's idea to bypass the lifeforce-sensers was to carbon-freeze the entire infiltrator team. Fives' reaction takes it home:
    Fives *examining the carbon freezer*: Are we sure this thing is safe? I don't wanna end up a wall decoration
    • Anakin's uncharacteristic overprotectiveness towards Ahsoka isn't all that surprising once you remember what happened to her in "Altar of Mortis", two episodes earlier.
    • After Echo got a new Phase II armor, for being promoted to an ARC-trooper, he painted Rex's handprint on it, which Rex put on his original, "shinny" armor using a Rishi eel's blood, way back in 1x05 "Rookies". Similarly, Fives painted a stylized Rishi eel on his own helmet, as a reminder of their team mate Cutup, who was eaten by one of the eels.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Ossi Sobeck the prison warden.
  • Determinator: Master Piell refused to share the intel, even under heavy torture.
    • Anakin too. He took back his lightsaber from an electromagnet, hanging on his own right hand, which was also stuck to the magnet, and while being electrocuted.
  • Electric Torture: The interogator droid first tried this to get the intel from Master Piell.
    • Also Ossi Sobbeck electrocuted Anakin, when he was captured with an electromagnet, because of his mechanical arm.
  • Eye Scream: Master Piell had already lost his left eye prior to The Phantom Menace, and after the Electric Torture failed, the droid attepmted to gouge out his other with a needle in it's hand. It was milimeters away from doing so, when the rescue team arrived.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: One clone fell while scaling a cliff, and detonated an electro-mine. Another was killed by an electrified wall trap.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Takin was still just a simple Navy Captain here. Flash forward 20 years, and he's the commander of the Death Star, and destroyer of Alderaan.
  • Human Popsicle: Anakin infiltration plan included this.
  • Husky Russkie: Even Piell speaks with a russian accent
  • Jerkass: Captain Tarkin.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang/Never Split the Party: Obi-Wan suggested to split to two group, so even if one party was captured, the enemy still would only have half of the intel, while Tarkin suggested that a stronger team had a better chance of protecting it. Ultimately Piell decided to go with Obi-Wan's paln.
  • MacGuffin: The Nexus Route coordinates.
  • Mean Brit: Captain Tarkin.
  • Oh, Crap: Ossi Sobbeck, the prison warden had one upon realizing that the Jedi managed to infiltrate the Citadel.