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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E4 "Destroy Malevolence"

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A plan is only as good as those who see it through.

The Malevolence, with its deadly ion cannon disabled, is being pursued by the Republic fleet. Not wanting to have their prize warship destroyed, Count Dooku informs General Grievous that his master has arranged for the arrival of a galactic senator who, once taken hostage, will prevent the Republic from destroying the ship.

Padmé Amidala was told by the Supreme Chancellor that the Intergalactic Banking Clan wanted to negotiate a treaty, so when her ship drops out of hyperspace in the middle of a battle, she's none too thrilled to realize she's been lured into a hostage situation. She tells Anakin not to stop his attack, as she refuses to be made a bargaining chip. Anakin instead has the attack halted, and he and Obi-Wan board the Twilight to go rescue Padmé and C-3PO. And there's another problem: While sneaking around the Malevolence, Padmé overhears that the enormous warship's hyperdrive isn't as badly damaged as they thought, so the Separatists will be able to quickly repair it. It's a race to prevent the Malevolence from escaping, and get off the ship before it's destroyed.



  • Attack Reflector: While heading towards Padmé on one of the internal trains, Obi-Wan and Anakin are shot at by two Battle Droids and they deflect the shots straight back to them. The third Battle Droid saw it coming.
  • Bowled Over: Obi-Wan Force-pushes two droidekas into groups of other battle droids.
  • Butt-Monkey: C-3PO gets hit by a train and has to wander the corridors alone before R2 finds him.
  • Call-Back: Anakin claims that spinning is a good trick, just as he did back in The Phantom Menace.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Grievous in what's apparently his first encounter with Obi-Wan enters the room by jumping down from a high area and saying "Hello there," which is exactly what Obi-Wan will do to him in Revenge of the Sith.
    • At the end of this scene, Grievous also orders the Battle Droids to guard the hyperdrive, while he will "deal with this Jedi [him]self". This mirrors the order he will give to the Battle Droids in Revenge of the Sith.
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  • The Cameo: Luminara Unduli appears briefly via a hologram.
  • Conveniently Close Planet: In this case, the moon that Anakin hardwires the Malevolence into flying into.
  • Dramatic Irony: It's obvious that Palpatine has prevented Padmé and the others from suspecting his role in her getting lured to the battlefield by telling her that the coordinates were from a Banking Clan official who wanted to negotiate, thus pinning all blame on the Banking Clan, which despite being Separatist-aligned were completely uninvolved with the Malevolence situation.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Obi-Wan, regarding Anakin's piloting style:
    Obi-Wan: Spinning is not flying.
    Anakin: But it's a good trick.
  • Hostage Situation: Count Dooku and his master attempt to create one by luring Padmé to the scene of the battle so the Republic fleet can't destroy the Malevolence. It doesn't work, partly because Padmé sets her ship to blow up and sneaks off to contact the fleet.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: We are shown the dangers of hitting a mass shadow in hyperspace firsthand, when the Malevolence flies directly into a nearby moon after Anakin sabotages the navicomputer.
  • Lured into a Trap: Padmé, so she can be taken hostage to prevent the destruction of the Malevolence. It fails.
  • Male Gaze: There are some camera shots that present Padmé's shapely rear end.
  • Missed Him by That Much: After sabotaging the hyperdrive and cleaning up the destroyed droids, Anakin and Padmé exit the bridge via one lift just before a trio of battle droids checking on the status of the repairs enters via the other lift.
  • Moment Killer: Anakin and Padmé are about to kiss when Obi-Wan interrupts via the comlink to tell them C-3PO, who Obi-Wan was attempting to retrieve, got hit by a train.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Padmé and C-3PO have this reaction when their ship drops out of hyperspace in the middle of a battle.
    • Grievous has this reaction when he sees that Padmé's ship is set to explode.
    • The Battle Droids have this reaction on the bridge when they find the Malevolence is going to jump into hyperspace directly into a nearby moon.
  • Plausible Deniability: Palpatine/Darth Sidious has covered his tracks for luring Padmé into a hostage situation by using the Banking Clan and telling her that he got the coordinates for the meeting from a Clan representative.
  • Taught by Experience: The Battle Droid who knows why it's a bad idea to shoot at Jedi.
  • Tractor Beam: Padmé's ship is pulled aboard the Malevolence with one.
  • Villain Respect: After Obi-Wan effortlessly clears the Battle Droids set to ambush him in the hyperdrive control room and runs off, a Battle Droid says "That was impressive." Grievous responds by knocking its head off.


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