Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 1 Episode 1

Ambush

5
Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Oct 03, 2008 on Cartoon Network
8.7
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Episode Summary

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While the King of the planetary system Toydaria and Yoda are negotiating a new treaty, Asajj Ventress and the Separatist Droid Army attack.

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  • Nobody Dies

    7.5
    Sorry, if that's a spoiler to you, but it really shouldn't be. If you are a beginner to this show, you should know right off the bat that in the beginning, this show is nervous about killing characters with even minimal speaking roles onscreen. This episode is a great example of the first season of the show, where mistakes and confusions are amok, but still there is an air of what fantastic episodes can come.

    A main problem I realized with this episode is simply the plot -- all in all, it is simply a pilot episode. The episode summary might as well be "Yoda The animation is, yeah, wonderful, but even that increases in quality as the show grow older. With a bit of surprise, I remembered that the droids talked. In later seasons, we are spared the pointlessness of their comic relief dialogue, which is often more confusing than amusing. It hints at a kind of intelligence, which this episode is quick to point out that droids do not posses. They blame their "programming" for their faults and yell at other for not "following orders", but what is the point of a machine that doesn't follow orders? And that really is all they are, all they should be: machines.

    The plot limits itself by not allowing any living, breathing characters to die, there are numerable possibilities that could've opened up for the script if they did. However, it's only Season One. Perhaps, like me, you will notice how the quality of the episode depends on the risks the writer is willing to take in this area, and others, trying to make this not only a children's show, but one that everyone can enjoy.moreless
  • Simply amazing.

    10
    Love this episode. Master Yoda not only teaches the new padawans but can also teach the Clone troopers a thing or to about how to beat thoes sep. tinnies. really cool Jedi moves and thoughs. Master Yoda is very wise and knows how to have fun( noted in the giggles and laughter on occation) while distroying the droid army and bring Dooku to his death.(thank you Anakin for that) but anyway, anyone who hasent seen this episode, it is a great example to the rest of the series and a perfect begining to the series( of course it could have at least a holograph of Anakin)moreless
  • A good episode.

    8.5
    The episode was good as you got introduced to three new clones and got to seen master Yoda in action. The episode does have a prequel to it as well.

    The episode starts off with a Republic ship entering the system of Toydaria which is located in the Mid Rim in Hutt space. The Republic ship is ambushed by two Separatist ships and eventually Yoda and his clones reach the surface of Toydaria in an escape pod.moreless
  • Ambush...

    8.5
    This fresh approach to the Star Wars universe hits home immediately. "Ambush" begins with the Republicans and the Separatists vying for an alliance with the Toydarian king so as to get a stronger standing in the galaxy. The childish nature of the show, trying to appeal to the widest possible audience, is fairly obvious throughout "Ambush" but it is definitely not just for the young crowd. Using intellect and teamwork, Yoda and 3 clones are challenged to take on a battalion of droids to win the respect of the king and it makes for great entertainment. Seeing Yoda go to town on the droids is fantastic and the quality of the animation is as good as any modern CGI heavy film. Ultimately Yoda portrays his strength, much to the distain of the Sith apprentice Ventress, leading to an alliance that is returned to even in season 3. A fantastic start to a series that got me hooked in straight away.moreless
  • The Clone Wars; A New Hope

    8.5
    After the poor and forgetable Clone Wars animated movie, and hearing the same animation style and teh annoying Ahsoka Tano would be present here also. I didn't have high expectations.



    I have always found the Clone Wars era to be intresting the first Clone Wars animation microseries porved this, but I wasn't sure if there was anymore need for younger audience Star Wars. If it's only purpose was to be to push the merchandise. Now I have hope. Not only that this series will conitnue to improve, that the new live action series in the works could impress eqaully, but that both of these series coupled with the new game on its way will drives Star Wars back to its throne of the ultimate sci-fi classic, unriddled by the reputation of the prequels. I want more comics, I want more novels. And I'm going to track down those I've missed since my intrest in the franchise faded. That is what this show has down for me.



    Now onto the episode itself. It focuses on Yoda and a trio of elite Clones facing off agianst a whole droid battalio in a game of cat and mouse. What more can you want. The action alone is enough to stir the imagination the way the light sabers duels of the original trilogy did. But there's more to it in than that. The scene where Yoda inspires the Clone Troopers, by interpreting the Force within them and showing that their perosnalities make them more than just Carbon copies of one another is genuinely touching. Star Wars has always been about giving unbleivable machines and aliens human peronalities and this is done flawlessly here. Not just through the dialogue but the through the animation, again one of the most impressive traits of the Clone Wars microseries was this same abilty to instill so much perosnality into often mostly silent characters, and the format of highlightig a different Jedi in certain episodes seems to live on in this series also.



    Cheers,

    Leemoreless
Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Yoda / Narrator/Yoda, Narrator, Wullf Yularen

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Clone Trooper/Captain Rex, Commander Cody and the Clone Troopers

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Count Dooku

Nika Futterman

Nika Futterman

Asajj Ventress

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Battle Droids/General Grievous, Battle Droids

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Thire's trooper designation is CC-4477.

    • King Katuunko's private yacht is called the Thief's Eye.

    • The Toydarians are the same species as Watto, Anakin's slave owner, from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    • In this episode, Yoda saves Thire's life from the droids. Ironically, in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Thire was forced to hunt down Yoda after his battle with Emperor Palpatine.

    • Newsreel:
      A galaxy divided by war! Peaceful worlds must choose sides or face the threat of invasion. Republic and Separatist armies vie for the allegiance of neutral planets. Desperate to build a Republic supply base on the system of Toydaria, Jedi Master Yoda travels to secret negotiations on a remote neutral moon...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "Great leaders inspire greatness in others."

    • The ship ferrying Yoda at the beginning of the episode is a Consular-class space cruiser. This is the first on-screen appearance of this class of ship since the beginning minutes of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    • Rugosa, a.k.a. the Coral Moon, is named after an extinct carnivorous coral also called rugosa.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (After finally defeating all of their battle droid pursuit)
      Yoda: Hmm, learn something today have you Lieutenant? Hmm?
      Lt. Thire: I think...we all did General.

    • Asajj Ventress: I don't fear you, Jedi!
      Yoda: Strong you are with the dark side, young one. But not that strong. (Steals Ventress' lightsabers by using the force) Still much to learn, you have. Surrender, you should.

    • King Katuunko: You were right, Count Dooku. One Jedi is not worth a hundred battle droids... more like a thousand. I'm sorry, but I will be joining the Republic.
      Count Dooku: I urge you to reconsider, wise king. I promise you won't regret it.
      King Katuunko: Your agent also promised me Yoda would get a fair fight. I will not deal with those who break their words.
      Count Dooku: So be it. Perhaps our negotiations will be more fruitful with your successor! Ventress, kill him!

    • Clone Trooper: (After being saved by Yoda) You found us just in time, Sir.
      Yoda: Left behind, no one will be.

    • Battle Droid 1: Ah, a little green life form!
      Battle Droid 2: You buckethead, that's the Jedi.
      Battle Droid 1: ... He is a little one.

    • Battle Droid 1: We're too big to fit in there.
      Battle Droid 2: No, we're not. Watch this... (Moves forward and crashes into a tree) You were right.

    • Yoda: Come, come, lieutenant, hurry we must.
      Thire: Sir, the rendezvous point is that way. (Points in the opposite direction)
      Yoda: As is our enemy. To reach our goal, a straight path we will not follow.

    • King Katuunko: Master Yoda must be given a fair fight.
      Asajj Ventress: (Devilishly) My dear King Katuunko, I would have it no other way.

    • Asajj Ventress: (To King Katuunko) My lord, master Yoda's starship has fled the system. What further evidence do you require of the Jedi's weakness?

    • Battle Droid 1: (While firing lasers at Yoda's escape pod) Hang on, almost... (Lasers miss the escape pod)
      Battle Droid 2: What a terrible shot...
      Battle Droid 1: Ah, well. It's my programming.

    • Yoda: Quickly now, reach the planet surface we must.
      Clone Trooper: In an escape pod, sir? The enemy will fire at anything we launch...
      Yoda: Then launch all of them, you will.

    • Count Dooku: I am aware Master Yoda hopes you will allow the Jedi to build a Republic base in your system in exchange for protection, correct?
      King Katuunko: Your spies serve you well, Count.
      Count Dooku: I ask, how can the Jedi protect you if they can not protect themselves?

    • Yoda: In the end, cowards are those who follow the Dark Side.

    • King Katuunko: (Talking to a holo of Master Yoda) Master Yoda, I hear you're having trouble with the droid army.
      Yoda: Trouble? I know nothing of this trouble. Looking forward to our meeting soon, I do.

    • Super Battle Droid: Die Republic dogs!

    • (After seeing the CIS tanks can't follow them)
      Yoda: See! See! Size is not everything, hum! Smaller in number are we, but larger in mind. (Walks off laughing)
      Jek: Do you, uh, have any idea what the general is talking about?
      Rys: How should I know? There's no figuring a Jedi Master.

    • Asajj Ventress: Find Master Yoda.
      Battle Droid Commander: Uh... what does he look like?
      Asajj Ventress: He'll be the small, shrivel, green one (Ignites lightsaber and says with anger) with the lightsaber!
      Battle Droid: Small, huh? Don't worry, Supreme Leader, we'll take care of him.

    • Yoda: To late it is, sprung is the trap.

    • Battle Droid Commander: (After Yoda pulls him into a tank) But! I! Just! Got! Promoted...!

    • (After Yoda throws battle droid parts over a hill.)
      Clone Trooper: (Speaking to two other Troopers) Doesn't look like the General needs help to me.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • During the Decoded airing of this episode C-3PO says "I would never get into an escape pod! It's madness!" Ironically, C-3PO is forced in an escape pod in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

    • Super Battle Droid: Die Republic dogs!

      C-3PO, who was being influenced by a Battle Droid, said a similar thing in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

    • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones:
      Asajj Ventress' use of falling debris on Yoda, the clones and the Toydarian entourage as a diversion to escape to the waiting solar sailer echos a similar diversion used by Count Dooku to escape from his climactic fight with Yoda at the end of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones".

    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:
      The targeting computer display onboard the Republic consular ship is designed to look like the ones found in the Millennium Falcon's gun turrets in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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