Our look backs at the animated Clone Wars series reaches the end of season one’s Malevolence arc.
Ten years ago, George Lucas and Dave Filoni introduced the world to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that filled in the gap between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The story takes place during the Clone Wars, with the Jedi-led clone army facing off against the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance. With the announcement of a surprise seventh season by Disney, The Digital Fix will be revisiting the animated series, looking back at the most important episodes and story arcs of the show’s five seasons, highlighting the elements that made this show so beloved by Star Wars fans.
We return with the episode Destroy Malevolence, which originally aired back in 2008…
The third and final episode of the Malevolence arc follows the Republic fleet as it moves in on General Grievous, fleeing for Separatist space in his damaged battleship. It seems like a Republic victory is only a matter of time but out of nowhere, Senator Padme Amidala, Anakin’s secret wife, shows up in the middle of the battle. Padme’s unexpected arrival complicates everything and this is one part of the series that almost defies belief: how in the world does no one catch on to the relationship between Padme and Anakin?? There are hints throughout the series, yet no one seems to realise they’re married. Ah well…it does make for good drama so back to the story…
Anakin, Obi-Wan launch a rescue mission in the Twilight. Our heroes don’t have much time as the hyperdrive is close to being fully repaired, meaning the Malevolence will be able to jump to hyperspace in minutes. Obi-Wan goes to destroy the hyperdrive while Anakin and Padme head to the bridge to sabotage the navicomputer. In a hilarious climax, Anakin rigs the Malevolence to fly into a nearby moon the next time the hyperdrive is used by the ever-oblivious battle droids. The massive battleship is completely blown apart on impact, leaving Grievous to slink away in defeat once again.
Interestingly, throughout the series, Anakin and General Grievous come close to meeting several times, but never do (with Skywalker wondering from time to time if he’s ever going to actually meet the cyborg general). This is is because Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith establishes that Anakin and Grievous are meeting in person for the first time and since everything in The Clone Wars takes place before that film, it’s impossible for the two characters to meet.
‘Destroy Malevolence’ gives a solid ending to the first major story arc in the series and establishes the basic foundation for most of the series: The Republic has a plan to take down Count Dooku; Anakin is reckless/the plan goes sideways; a new plan ensures victory. This episode also weaves in the layer of Anakin’s marriage to Padme which must be kept secret at all costs. I like that when Anakin and Padme reunite in this episode, there’s a brief hint of their romance theme from AStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which provides continuity between the animated series and the live-action films. The episode also re-inforces the running gag that battle droids are really, really stupid, as evidenced by not realizing the ship is sabotaged until it’s too late.
Thus concludes the Malevolence arc, a good story and the first of many to include General Grievous.
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