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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E20 "Innocents of Ryloth"

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The costs of war can never truly be accounted for.

The Republic is beginning its invasion of Ryloth to free it from the Separatists. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his clone troopers are sent to deal with a gun emplacement in the city of Nabat that's causing difficulty for their ships. They can't just bomb it from on high because the tactical droid commanding it is holding the Twi'lek townspeople prisoner around the guns. Obi-Wan, Commander Cody, and the clones enter the city to destroy the gun emplacement. Two clone troopers, Waxer and Boil, are sent to scout ahead and run into a young Twi'lek girl named Numa who avoided being captured by the droids. Waxer tries to befriend her, much to Boil's irritation.

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Meanwhile, the tactical droid unleashes starving gutkurrs, a local predator, upon the Republic forces. Obi-Wan and Cody are also concerned that Waxer and Boil haven't reported in. And there are still those cannons to deal with...


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  • Ambiguous Robots: In-Universe, Waxer suggests that Numa's initial fear of him and Boil is because due to their armour, she thinks they're droids.
  • The Beastmaster: Obi-Wan provides the first on-screen demonstration of the Force power to control animals in canon, which he uses on the hungry gutkurrs the Separatists unleash.
  • Call-Forward:
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  • Child Hater: Boil is irritated that Waxer insists on trying to look after the little girl they find in the city.
  • Devoured by the Horde: The tactical droid is ripped apart by the freed Twi'leks.
  • Disapproving Look: Waxer shoots one to Boil when he suggests putting binders on Numa.
  • Fantastic Racism: Boil is initially rather dismissive of the Twi'leks.
  • Fantastic Slur: "Tailheads", courtesy of Boil.
  • Fingore: In a very mild example, Numa bites Boil's finger when he initially reaches for her, which doesn't make him any happier about the situation.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Numa.
  • Human Shield: Or rather Twi'lek Shield. The tactical droid commanding the gun emplacement is holding the townspeople prisoner in the square where the guns are located, so the Republic forces can't bombard them from orbit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his irritation at Waxer's befriending of Numa, Boil is the one who give her a ration bar when Waxer notes she looks hungry. He warms up to her eventually.
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  • Language Barrier: Numa doesn't speak Basic and Waxer and Boil don't speak Twi'leki. Obi-Wan, however, does.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: About half the cast pronounces "Twi'lek" like "Twy-lek" and the other half says "Twee-lek".
  • Off with His Head!: The Tactical Droid gets its head ripped off by one of the Twi'leks.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Waxer and Boil befriend Numa by giving her a ration bar.
  • The Un-Hug: Boil's reaction when Numa hugs him must be seen to be believed.
  • Vertigo Effect: Done when Obi-Wan sees the gutkurrs about to attack his own men.


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