Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review - Season 2, Episode 9: Grievous Intrigue
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By Chris "HothIcePlanet" Smith
Original Air Date:January 1, 2010
Key Players:Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Eeth Koth, Adi Gallia and General Grievous
Key Locations::Saleucami Sector
Tagline:“For everything you gain, you lose something else.”
Newsreel:Diabolical defeat! Though Republic victories outnumber their losses, the Jedi have been unable to stop Separatist advances in the Outer Rim. The ever-elusive General Grievous stays one step ahead of his opponents. With thousands of droid armies at his command, the Jedi can never predict where Grievous will strike next until now…
The Story:The central plot of this episode centers on Jedi Master Eeth Koth being taken hostage and being tortured by General Grievous. Anakin, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia attempt to rescue Master Koth but realize Grievous has different plans.
Somewhere in the Outer Rim territories a Separatist destroyer pummels a single Jedi cruiser led by Master Eeth Koth. The Separatist leader General Grievous boards the Jedi cruiser through a docking tube. Eeth Koth, clone Captain Lock and his squad take up defense on the bridge waiting for Grievous, who cuts through the bridge door with his lightsaber and hurls the door inward – killing one of the clones. Being the coward he is, Grievous sends four commando droids in first and watches as they take apart all of the clones. Master Koth takes care of the commando droids, but he is shot in the arm in the process. Then four force-pike wielding Magna Guards appear and electrocute Master Koth as he is trying to fight off Grievous – making this a very unfair fight. Injured and exhausted, Master Koth cannot defend himself and is overpowered and captured.
In the Jedi Temple war room on Coruscant, a large group of Jedi is gathered around a holographic transmission from Grievous. In this transmission Grievous shows no mercy for Master Koth and tortures him – explaining he cares nothing of the Republic or their politics; Grievous just wants to kill all Jedi. Once the transmission ends, Yoda sends out Ahsoka and the younglings. As the Jedi start to discuss their next step, Clone Commander Wolffe points out something to Plo Koon, who then shares with the council that Master Koth is giving hand signals to his location. Obi-Wan translates them, and the group discovers he is in orbit over Saleucami. Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ali Gallia volunteer to go after Master Koth.
In transit to Saleucami, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Adi Gallia get their plan in order. Obi-Wan will lead the fleet and attack Grievous’ ship – drawing his attention and getting him to leave his vessel in order to continue his personal vendetta against Obi-Wan. Commander Cody will get the coordinates of Grievous’ ship to Anakin, so he can pop out of hyperspace as close as possible to Grievous’ ship, board it and rescue Master Koth.
As Grievous is preparing to land on Saleucami, Obi-Wan’s ships pop out of hyperspace. Suspecting their rescue attempt, Grievous taunts Master Koth, who is suspended in a static-charged containment field on the ship’s bridge. Master Kenobi contacts Grievous on a video feed to get the droid leader to take the bait. Grievous does exactly that and orders the droids to move them in so he can board Obi-Wan’s ship and fight him face to face. As the battle starts, Commander Cody gets the coordinates of Grievous’ ship and transmits them to Anakin, Rex and Adi Gallia, who are waiting in a shuttle. Using the coordinates, Anakin pops out of hyperspace almost right on top of Grievous’ ship. Adi Gallia even jokes that if they were any closer they would be flying down hallways. Once attached to the underside, Anakin, Rex and Adi Gallia board the ship to find Master Koth.
Back on Obi-Wan’s cruiser, he and a squad of clones prepare to be boarded by Grievous. They wait, guns at the ready, as Grievous uses four of his lightsabers to cut a hole through the door. In blasts a squad of commando droids and the fight begins.
Meanwhile, Anakin and Adi Gallia work their way through battle droids on their way to the bridge, where they find Master Koth still suspended in a containment field. TV-94, a tactical droid, is waiting for them and is not surprised by their arrival. A squad of commando droids jumps out from behind the control stations, and the Jedi realize that the mission is a trap.
Obi-Wan is now backed into the ship’s bridge, fighting off Grievous and two Magna Guards. Obi-Wan and Grievous exchange verbal barbs during their duel; Grievous proclaims he has power and wants to destroy the Jedi, while Obi-Wan can’t understand what power he gets out of leading an army of droids.
Using a button on his wrist control, TV-94 sends electric surges through Master Koth, nearly killing him. Anakin uses the Force to pull the droid toward him and then slices off his arm with the controls on it. The commando droids attack, and Anakin and Adi Gallia fight them off. During the fight, TV-94 scrambles around on the floor, attempting to retrieve his severed arm. Once Anakin and Adi finish off the commando droids, Anakin is able to destroy TV-94 and release Master Koth.
Obi-Wan is still trying to defend himself from Grievous and his four lightsabers. Obi-Wan uses the Force to hurl the broken body of a Magna Guard into Grievous, but instead of surrendering, Grievous scurries away like a spider. Obi-Wan contacts Anakin via radio to inform him that Grievous is on the run and heading his way. Anakin takes Master Koth back to the ship while Adi Gallia goes after the droid general.
Commander Cody and two clones attempt to stop Grievous. They manage to hog tie him for a moment, but Grievous breaks free and runs, ordering his troops to destroy the Republic cruiser even though they are still attached. Grievous’ troops follow orders, and the ship starts to slowly break up. Obi-Wan catches up to Grievous for a brief moment and distracts him as Adi Gallia sneaks up behind. Grievous is not fooled, attacks Adi and easily dispatches her away. At that moment the airlock arm is severed and breaks away from the ship, leaving one end pouring into space. A single clone fails to grab hold and tragically floats out into space. Commander Cody grabs Obi-Wan before he tumbles into space as well. Grievous is able to use his claws to climb away quickly. Adi Gallia is able to brace herself by a bulkhead door, then grabs a cable from her belt and fires it down the shaft so Commander Cody, Obi-Wan and a clone can use it to climb out.
As Anakin is departing Grievous’ ship he is contacted by Obi-Wan and has to dock and pick them up before leaving.
Meanwhile, Grievous and the battle droids board a landing craft from the destroyer before it blows. As they are leaving, the destroyer splits apart and a piece smashes into their landing craft, sending them tumbling toward Saleucami.
Obi-Wan makes plans to take Commander Cody and Captain Rex to Saleucami to search for Grievous. Anakin decides to stay in space and finish the clean up. Once they land, Master Koth extends his gratitude for his rescue before heading off to the medical frigate.
The Dish:A multi-season series like “The Clone Wars” allows for the exploration of the depth of the Star Wars universe, and it’s nice to see the series creating some texture via that exploration. First, we get reintroduced in this episode to two Jedi who we saw briefly in the films – Eeth Koth and Adi Gallia. It’s great to see some of the under-served, “background” Jedi characters coming back into play. Up until this point, all we knew about these characters was what we read in their biographies on the back of their action figures – so it’s nice to see them getting fleshed out on screen.
The Jedi war room scene in this episode allowed us to glimpse several other Jedi we may learn more about down the line. According to StarWars.com they are:
This episode also serves to remind us just how devious and brutal General Grievous really is. He makes two of the greatest entrances we’ve seen by any character – both times using his lightsabers to slice a large hole in a blast door and then launching the loose piece inwards on his quarry – one time with lethal results! Besides his viscous torture of Master Koth, Grievous also shows how adept he has become at hunting Jedi by using his knowledge of Obi-Wan and Anakin to predict their plan to save their captured comrade. At all points, he is able to effectively play the mental chess game necessary against the Jedi – positioning his troops properly (pawns through the door first!) His failures are often due to the ineffectual and limited nature of the troops he’s been provided by his Sith masters rather than his own lack of ability.
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