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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E1 "Ambush"

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Great leaders inspire greatness in others.
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In the war, there are still nations that are trying to decide where to place their allegiances, including the system of Toydaria, which would be a strategic location for a base for either side. In order to convince the king of Toydaria that the Separatists have enough manpower to defeat the Republic, Asajj Ventress proposes a challenge: her finest legion of Separatist droids against Master Yoda and three Clone Troopers, and if Yoda can reach the king by evening, Toydaria can join the Republic. Guess who wins.


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  • Ambadassador: Both Yoda and Ventress served the role as this in order to negotiate with King Katuunko on behalf of the Galactic Republic and the Sparatist Alliance respectively.
    • "Ass" in Ambassador: Ventress becomes this after King Katuunko tells her that he will join the Republic.
  • Anachronic Order: This episode chronologically takes place in between "Supply Lines" (3:03) and the Ryloth Trilogy.
  • An Aesop: The opening morals are introduced in this episode. "Great leaders inspire greatness in others."
  • Call-Back: Ventress escapes in the same manner that Count Dooku did back in Attack of the Clones via forcing Yoda to save his companions while she flees to her ship.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: When King Katuunko has Ventress' lightsabers up against his neck, he's pretty calm.
    Katuunko: Jedi Master Yoda. I am very pleased to meet you.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Yoda tells the three clones that they are each individuals in the Force.
  • Cloning Blues: Setting up a theme for the installment, the Clone Troopers spend much of the episode lamenting their clone status, while Yoda emphasizes their individuality and importance to the Force.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
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    • Asajj Ventress challenges Yoda and he disarms her effortlessly with the Force.
    • Yoda takes on a battalion of Separatist droids with tanks and cuts them all down.
  • Deadly Dodging: Yoda's first fight against a squad of Separatist droids ends this way, without him so much as drawing his lightsaber.
  • Dual Wielding: Ventress. It doesn't help much against a little, green Jedi Master, of course.
  • Elite Army: The Clone Troopers and especially Yoda, who is a skilled Jedi master.
  • Faceless Goons: Explored when Yoda asks his troops to take off their helmets. He proceeds to remark on the unique character traits of each of the Clone Troopers.
  • Facepalm: The Battle Droid commander does this when one of his subordinates disobeys orders to not bring the tanks further into the corals and subsequently gets stuck.
  • Hair-Trigger Avalanche: The Clone Troopers shoot a rocket at the cliff face above the battleground to help Yoda defeat the droidekas. Subverted in that it's a rock avalanche.
  • I Owe You My Life: King Katuunko happily allows the Republic to establish a base in his system without negotiations after Yoda saves his life.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: The OOM-series droid commander reports that the Separatist droids and tanks have surrounded Yoda, but "he's just sitting there". Ventress immediately orders them to fire, but moments later...
  • Leitmotif: Yoda's Theme. Ventress gets a distorted, two-note descending motif.
  • One-Man Army: Yoda. Lampshaded by King Katuunko:
    • At the start of the episode:
      Count Dooku: My droids outnumber the Republic clones a hundred to one.
      King Katuunko: Perhaps, but I've heard that a single Jedi equals a hundred Battle Droids.
      Count Dooku: Master Yoda's power has been greatly exaggerated.
    • At the end of the episode:
      King Katuunko: You were right Count, a Jedi isn't worth a hundred Battle Droids. More like a thousand!
  • Puppet King: Invoked by Dooku when he ordered Ventress to kill Katuunko, as he'd have an easier time "negotiating" with Katuunko's replacement.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots
    OOM-series Battle Droid: [right before Yoda slices it up] But... I... just... got... PROMOTED!
  • Zerg Rush: The whole episode is about an entire Separatist droid army trying to defeat Yoda and his three Clone Troopers. It doesn't work.


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