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Creating panic throughout the galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone starfleet. When Jedi Master Plo Koon and his fleet are unreachable after tracking the weapon to the Abregado system, Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano head off in search. Stuck in an escape pod, Master Plo and a squad of clone troopers are in dire need of help as the Separatist pod-hunters sent to ensure there are no witnesses close in on them...


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  • Activation Sequence: During the first time the Malevolence fires its fleet-disabling weapon, the order is given, battle droids activate the system as an electronic hum begins building up, and the emitter near the front of the ship begins to glow before firing a disk of electromagnetic energy that leaves its targets helpless.
  • Asteroid Thicket: The debris field from Plo Koon's three wrecked cruisers.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The podhunter. Escape pods have no armor or shielding, so a few shots from a turbolaser would make short work of them. They might as well send vulture droids to comb the debris field.
  • Bad Boss: General Grievous frequently smashes battle droids who annoy him. Count Dooku reminds him that the battle droids are expensive.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: This is referenced by Plo Koon.
    Sergeant Sinker: How are we gonna make things worse?
    Plo Koon: When you ask for trouble, you should not be surprised if it finds you.
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  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Apparently, Kel Dor like Plo Koon can survive in space for a short time with only their breathing masks protecting them.
  • Continuous Decompression: The clones in escape pod 1977 are killed when the podhunter battle droids cut open the viewport of their pod and they're sucked into space.
  • The Cynic: Sergeant Sinker is very much so this trope. His name suits him.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: The first escape pod that Plo and company encounter in the debris field is turned around to discover that it's been attacked and cut open, with a dead clone floating in the hole in the viewport. With the second pod, the one they witness being attacked by the podhunter, they see the clone officers inside being sucked out into space.
  • Exact Words: When Anakin and his fleet are ordered to protect military hyperspace routes, he sends his fleet to the coordinates, but he himself leaves the fleet in a small ship called the Twilight with Ahsoka and R2 in order to search for survivors. He even lampshades this trope to teach it to Ahsoka.
  • Expendable Clone: Lampshaded by the clones themselves. Plo Koon tries to argue against it, but the only reason they are saved is because Ahsoka refused to give up searching for him.
  • Explosive Decompression: Averted and lampshaded by Plo Koon. Before leaving the escape pod, he orders his men to put on their helmets and follow him. He doesn't need any protection because he can survive in space long enough to deal with a few battle droids.
  • A Father to His Men: Plo Koon serves the role as this for the clone troopers.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Plo Koon appears in Revenge of the Sith, so his survival in this episode is inevitable.
  • Internal Homage: When the ion cannon of the Malevolence is charging, battle droids are shown ducking away from the energy coursing through the tube, as the Death Star officers do when the super laser fires on Alderaan in A New Hope.
  • Latex Space Suit: The clone troopers' armor is revealed to be able to protect them for a short time in space.
  • Leave No Witnesses: It's noted that the Separatists are being unusually tidy in making sure there are no survivors to tell the Republic the details about their new superweapon.
  • Mythology Gag: The escape pod that Plo, Wolffe, Sinker, and Boost witness being attacked by the podhunter is numbered 1977, which is the year that A New Hope came out.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Malevolence doesn't exactly sound friendly.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Jedi, when they realize that they forgot to turn off the medical droid and the Malevolence has detected its power signature.
  • Outrun the Fireball: In this case, get out of the debris field from Master Plo's ships so the Twilight can jump to hyperspace safely before the ion cannon's giant ship-paralyzing wheel thingy reaches them.
  • Parental Substitute: Plo Koon is revealed to be this for Ahsoka, as he was the Jedi who found her and brought her to the Jedi Temple.
  • The Power of Friendship: Ahsoka is able to find Master Plo by sensing his presence in the Force due to the bond they have.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: One of the battle droids hums the Imperial March as they close in on Plo's escape pod.
  • Sink the Lifeboats: The purpose of the podhunter is to destroy any escape pods that survived, as Count Dooku doesn't want any witnesses.
  • Something We Forgot: Subverted. When they try to hide from the Malevolence's sensors, Plo has every system aboard the Twilight shut down, including R2. However, they forgot about the medical droid treating the clones at the back of the ship.
  • Space Is Noisy: This is a universal Star Wars trope anyway, but Plo, Sinker, and Boost being able to easily converse while outside of the escape pod bears mention. However, it's possible that since they were all clinging to the pod, it carried the sound.
  • Tempting Fate: Sinker's comment about how their situation cannot get much worse is followed shortly thereafter by the podhunter noticing them.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: The podhunter's purpose is to crack open escape pods and kill those inside, often through decompression.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Malevolence's ion cannon.


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