Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S5E5 "Tipping Points"

Disobedience is a demand for change.

The Separatists send a new droid general to aid the Onderonian king, and the Jedi need to find a way to support the rebels without using Republic resources.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: The rebels are spared from having to try and imprison (or execute) King Rash; he is killed by his own droid general on Count Dooku's orders before they get anywhere close to the palace.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The good news is that Onderon is liberated, the Separatist-allied king Sanjay Rash is killed off for failing to secure Onderon, the Sepratists withdraw from Onderon, and the true king Ramsis Dendup reclaims the throne. The saddening news is that Steela is dead.
  • The Cameo: Hondo Ohnaka appears briefly, having been hired by Anakin to deliver the rocket launchers to the rebels.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Steela has a mutual attraction with Lux, who previously was shown to be interested in Ahsoka. She is killed after their first kiss.
  • Deflector Shields: The HMP droid-gunships have shields powerful enough to protect them from everything the rebels can throw at them. It takes the newest Sienar model rocket launcher to pierce it.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: A damaged droid gunship is still active enough to level its blaster at Ahsoka while she's distracted.
  • It's All My Fault: Saw blamed himself for Steela's death, since the gunship he shot down is what caused her to fall (twice).
  • Killed Off for Real: Steela Gerrera and Sanjay Rash.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Before heading to the final battle, Steela kissed Lux, telling him, "Just in case." And indeed, she dies later.
  • Take a Third Option: Since the purpose of training the rebels was to see if they could free their planet without getting the clone army involved, the Jedi have to choose between letting the rebels lose, or abandoning the mission and sending aid after all. Anakin takes the middle-road: he hires Hondo to deliver a package of new generation rocket-launchers as a desperation aid-kit, maintaining official neutrality.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During the final battle, King Dendup's bodyguards, instead of keeping the king in a cave that only has one narrow tunnel as an entrance, which could be protected easily from the inside, run out into the open, leading the king straight towards a ravine.
  • You Have Failed Me: Sanjay Rash is executed by his Super Tactical Droid (under orders from Count Dooku) for failing to secure Onderon.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: General Kalani shoot Rash the moment it becomes clear the Separatists have lost Onderon. He doesn't even wait for Count Dooku's order to do so.


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