Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 3 Episode 46

ARC Troopers

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Sep 17, 2010 on Cartoon Network
9.2
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When the Separatists, led by Asajj Ventress and General Grievous, plan to destroy the cloning facilities on Kamino, Anakin and Obi-Wan come to aid the Clones in defending their home planet.

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  • Echo and Fives get to be what they've always dreamed....And that's how you cap off a season opener!

    10
    Grievous finally decides to attack Kamino, with the help of the wonderful assassin Asajj Ventress. She had one of the cooler moments of villainy when she Force choked an ARC trooper, slammed him around, and brought him into her saber.



    But to the story, Fives and Echo are back on Kamino and they run into 99, giving him the bad news about Heavy. It was great to see the follow up to everything from Rookies and to the set up from the previous episode.



    Grievous' attack was pretty neat, with making the Republic deliver their own attackers. The squid-like droids that broke into the cities on Kamino were also a neat touch, but I was looking forward to a little more from the new Aqua Droids. They had their small moment underwater with Obi-Wan (who by the way, doesn't have an underwater saber...I guess he didn't use it very long and they can work briefly in water, but last I saw Kit Fisto had the special water-blade)



    Cody and Rex were spoiling for a fight to protect their homeworld and getting the cadets, Echo and Fives, and 99 to become a fighting force was an awesome bit of ingenuity.



    Ventress' fight with Anakin was pretty cool, but as she had stated that she would just destroy the clone DNA, why didn't she? Grievous still outranks her I guess? Or Dooku really did want it. I liked how Anakin was ready to just have her blasted to death rather than capture her, showing off a little more of his darker side.



    The Obi-Wan and Grievous fight was also great, but I kinda had a deja vu when of Kenobi and Jango's fight on the dock. Both times Obi-Wan fell off the edge, both times the villains looked over the edge not to see him, and both times they hopped in their ships and took off. But everything before that...and after was nothing like Jango's fight. Having Obi-Wan be able to make not only Kryyat Dragon noises and the Kamino birds (or whatever their names are) is niffty little skill.



    The death of 99 was actually kinda sad...not in the way he died, but that he did die. He got to feel like a trooper and really earned the medal Heavy gave him all those years ago through out the episode. Too bad he's already out of the picture.



    Echo and Fives getting promoted to ARC troopers is pretty awesome for them and I hope we get to see more of them this season.moreless
  • Redeemer

    9.5
    SW:TCW has IMHO been geared for children and I watch it only for whiz bang and my desire and hope that this show's potential would finally be unlocked with some honest to goodness tension and story arc. After it being mostly mediocre thus far, this episode finally delivered some real action that I cared about. Unlike the new movies which were just a mind-numbing blur of confusing and meaningly storyline and excessive light saber fights and the TV series which which were mostly simplistic and trite lessons in boredom, action that went nowhere and stories that didn't even seem to be in the slightest way serialized, this episode is the crescendo of a story that was built up over time and comes to a head. Also, the action and animation is in a word, incredible. Unlike the recycled scenes and activity that the show has thus far been, there are parts where I actually said "wow" out loud. The attack on Camino is fantastic and reminiscent of old school Lucas. In particular, the water invaders that pierce the hull of the city injecting battle droids was downright chilling. I was really impressed by this and I genuinely hope that maybe, just maybe, the folks at Lucasarts have gotten the memo that we fans have been very nonplussed so far and gave us something to really gnaw on. Bravo! Keep up the good work!moreless
  • A near perfect episode - especially for a season opener!

    9.5
    Picking up where the Season 1 episode "Rookies" implied we'd left off - we find the clone homeworld of Kamino under the threat of invasion. The hero troopers Echo and Fives return to their old home and meet their old friend, 99 (a wizened clone with the inability to fight) who is saddened to hear of the heroic death of his friend, Hevy.



    Anakin and Obi-Wan meet with Shaak Ti, and they gear up for an imminent attack by Asajj Ventress and General Grievous. Both sides are pushed.



    There are great moments in this episode. Asajj Ventress' brutal murder of an ARC trooper, the battle over the platforms of the city, the aqua droid assault, the interior battle, and a touching death scene are just a few of the top notch scenes.



    The direction and pacing is great, yet a little rushed, and the end result is predictable.



    Still, the cons are minimal and the pros outweigh them by tonnes - giving this episode a near perfect score of Nine and a Half out of Ten.moreless
Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

The Clones

Matt Lanter

Matt Lanter

Anakin Skywalker

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Narrator/Wullf Yularen

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

General Grievous/Battle Droids

Nika Futterman

Nika Futterman

Asajj Ventress

Tasia Valenza

Tasia Valenza

Shaak Ti

Guest Star

Bob Bergen

Bob Bergen

Lama Su

Recurring Role

Daniel Logan

Daniel Logan

Clone Cadets

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This episode uses the same sound effects for the lightsaber duels as the Saga. This could be one if the connections to the Saga that Dave Filoni has stated would be in Season 3.

    • Newsreel:
      Separatist attack! After the destruction of the Republic outpost on the Rishi Moon, General Grievous and Asajj Ventress plan an attack on the planet Kamino, home of the cloning factories. Meanwhile, aboard a Jedi cruiser, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi examine an intercepted message from General Grievous...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "Fighting a war tests a soldier's skills, defending his home tests a soldier's heart."

    • The clone cadets in this episode are the same cadets that were featured in the Season Two episode Death Trap as part of the Clone Youth Brigade.

    • This episode marks the debut of Aqua Droids in the Star Wars Universe.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • General Grievous: Would you like a droid escort?
      Asajj Ventress: My dear general, there is nothing you have that I could want.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • General Grievous: "All too easy."
      This is the same line Darth Vader says when Luke falls into the carbon freezing chamber in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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