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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E18 "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"

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A single chance is a galaxy of hope.

After arresting Dr. Nuvo Vindi for his role in a plot to unleash the deadly Blue Shadow Virus across the galaxy, everything seems finished... until Vindi's personal LEP droid sets off a virus bomb in the underground lab, trapping Padmé, Ahsoka, Rex, Jar Jar, and a number of clone troopers inside as it seals itself off. Having only a few days before those trapped in the lab die from the disease, Anakin and Obi-Wan are forced to travel to Iego, the World of a Thousand Moons, to find the cure. After obtaining it, they discover that their departure won't be as swift as they'd hoped: the Separatists installed an experimental weapon in Iego's moons that destroys any ship that tries to leave.


  • Angelic Aliens: This episode features one of the Angels, as they live on one of the moons of Iego and were kicked off by the Separatists, who installed the main node of the weapon on their moon, Milius Prime.
  • Asteroid Thicket: Iego's moons.
  • Call-Back: Anakin mentioned the "angels" of Iego back in The Phantom Menace. In this episode, one of them gives Anakin and Obi-Wan the key to the location of the weapon's control node.
  • Call-Forward: The weapon the Separatists installed in the moons of Iego is clearly a prototype of the Death Star's superlaser.
  • Casting Gag: The original context of the above mentioned Call-Back was comparing Padmé to said Angels. The one in this episode is voiced by Catherine Taber, who also voice doubles for Natalie Portman in the show.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Vindi's LEP droid steals a vial of the virus and sets off a virus bomb.
  • Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: Anakin and Obi-Wan have to descend a cliff face to find the cure. They can't use the vines because the plants are hostile.
  • Closed Circle: People can come to Iego no problem, but the superweapon in the moons destroys any ships that try to leave.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The vulture droids R2 controls in the plan to destroy the superweapon have their eyes turn green when he takes control.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: The superweapon in orbit fires a laser beam using this technique.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Anakin: If you ask me, that sounds like a load of s-
    Obi-Wan: Superstition.
    Anakin: That's one word for it.
  • Derelict Graveyard: There's one around Iego as a result of the superweapon.
  • Diagonal Cut: The last of the reprogrammed battle droids Anakin destroys falls apart like this.
  • Doing In the Wizard: The residents of Iego have come to believe that "the curse of Droll" is responsible for the destruction of any ship trying to leave the planet. The Jedi are skeptical and discover it's actually a prototype superweapon installed in the moons.
  • Doomed Predecessor: The protagonists try to navigate through a dangerous part of space guarded by a Separatist super weapon. A local kid says that fifty pilots have died trying, including his friend Taquito, and the Jedi later watch a recording of Taquito being killed.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: When Anakin and Obi-Wan discover the wreckage orbiting Iego, a body can be seen floating among it.
  • The Dreaded: The androids on Iego shudder when they hear the name Drol, the phantom ruler of Iego.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: As in the previous episode, the lab was built by the Trade Federation during their occupation of Naboo a decade before.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Upon landing on Iego, Anakin disembarks from the Twilight and sees battle droids approaching. He destroys eighteen of them before he notices they aren't attacking since they're Jaybo's modified and reprogrammed droids that have been serving as a welcoming party. Obi-Wan, of course, has something snarky to say about it.
    Obi-Wan: Very impressive. You just destroyed seventeen defenseless battle droids without suffering a scratch!
    Anakin: [another droid falls in two] Eighteen, actually.
  • Find the Cure!: Anakin and Obi-Wan have to obtain a certain root only found on Iego that is the only known cure to the Blue Shadow Virus, and they only have a couple days to do it.
  • Flower from the Mountaintop: Well, the cure for the virus is a root from the bottom of a deep ravine, but the same principle applies.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Anakin and Obi-Wan meet a boy named Jaybo Hood, who has reprogrammed a lot of abandoned battle droids to serve him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Two layers, no less. The first is Dr. Nuvo Vindi, who created the new strain of the Blue Shadow Virus and set in motion the events that result in Obi-Wan and Anakin's journey to Iego for an antidote. The second is the Confederacy, who backed Vindi's creation of the virus.
  • Hazmat Suit: Padmé and Jar Jar are still wearing the ones that they wore in the previous episode. Padmé's ends up getting damaged, so she removes it.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs:
    Obi-Wan: Patience, Anakin. There's more than one way to skin a womp-rat.
  • Immediate Sequel: This episode picks up immediately after the previous episode ends.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: The first sign of contamination is heavy coughing.
  • Laser Hallway: In Space. Obi-Wan skillfully navigates their ship across a field of deadly laser beams.
  • Man-Eating Plant: The plants in the valley where Anakin and Obi-Wan go to get the riksa root. In Jaybo Hood's words:
    "Don't touch the vines. [...] Because the plants don't like it, and they have big, sharp teeth."
  • "No. Just… No" Reaction: Rex has this reaction to the idea of training Jar Jar Binks to use a blaster:
    "I am not training him."
  • Oh, Crap!: The reaction when it turns out the virus has got loose in the lab, and then again when it turns out that Ahsoka, Rex and company didn't get inside the saferoom fast enough and they've been contaminated. Then when Padmé's hazmat suit is damaged...
  • Pardon My Klingon: As he and Obi-Wan, dangling from the Xandu's claws, are coming in to land at the bottom of the ravine, Anakin — seeing that they're surrounded by the vines, which Jaybo warned them are potentially deadly — sourly mutters, "Oh, poodoo."
  • Plot Hole: In the previous episode, the Jedi and clone troopers blasted large entry holes into the lab while attacking it. In this episode, they're nowhere to be seen as the airborne Blue Shadow Virus fills the lab.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": The clone trooper who reports to Ahsoka and Rex that the virus got inside the saferoom has this reaction.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred!: Vindi dares Anakin to kill him since everyone is doomed anyway thanks to the spreading deadly virus.
  • Tainted Veins: Everyone who gets infected with the Blue Shadow Virus develops dark blue veins across their skin. The clone troopers look particularly bad, with Rex's face turning the same colours as his armour.
  • Technicolor Science: As one can deduce from its name, the Blue Shadow Virus is conveniently blue-colored which makes it easy to see when it spreads around the station.
  • Tempting Fate: Upon hearing the alarm signalling that one of the virus containers is missing, a clone comments that he doesn't want to be around if the droids set it off. Naturally, he and the other trooper he's patrolling with are in the room when Vindi's LEP droid sets off a virus bomb.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The battle droid attempting to open a hatch who, faced with Padmé and Rex aiming blasters at it, laughs it off and fires its weapon... causing the bolt to ricochet around and destroy it.
  • Trapped in Containment: Padmé, Ahsoka, Rex, Jar Jar, and several clone troopers are stuck inside when the lab seals itself after the detonation of the virus bomb. Padmé and Jar Jar have hazmat suits, but the former's ends up getting damaged and the clones' helmets can't filter out the virus. On top of all this, there are still some battle droids inside, who are attempting to leave heedless of the threat the virus poses to Naboo.
  • Wasteland Elder: The episode features Iego, a backwater world where, according to All There in the Manual sources, people are constantly being stranded and time moves very slowly. The superstitious and seemingly elderly Quarren Amit Noloff acts as a local leader.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Jaybo Hood tells the heroes that the reeksa root can be found "here, there, everywhere".
  • You Had Us Worried There: Jaybo Hood is in contact with Obi-Wan and Anakin via intercom and gets worried when the latter don't answer after the superweapon explodes in orbit. After a few seconds, they do answer with "We're fine, kid."