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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 3 Episode 45

Clone Cadets

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Sep 17, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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To refrain from being thrown out of the Academy, five clone cadets must learn to work together and realize their future as soldiers of the Republic.

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  • Clone Cadets

    Best episode ever, it shows how they used teamwork
  • An interesting and compelling prequel to the Season 1 Episode "Rookies".

    The much anticipated Season 3 premieres with a prequel to the brilliant Season 1 "Rookies", in which a squad of rookie clone troopers had to save their outpost from Seperatist hands. In this episode, we are introduced to five rookie clone cadets attempting to pass their trials and be released from Kamino into the galaxy. We soon learn who is who, and as we know the fates of these troops the experiance is somewhat strange, especially for one trooper who recieves a lot of attention - despite the fact we know he will go on to say barely several lines and meet his demise in the form of an agonising confrontation with an alien Rishi eel.

    We learn the five cadets (Echo, Fives, Hevy, Cutup, and Droidbait) are the failures and laughing stock of the other clones and teachers, as they are constantly disorganised or too nieve for the combat situations they are tasked with.

    Throughout the episode, they eventually learn to co-operate and pass their goals - which eventually gets them to the position they are at in "Rookies".

    The episodes creators used the virtual combat simulation as a mean for clone VS droid action sequences - which was a nice touch. There were also some nice guest appearences by ARC troopers and Shaak Ti. The direction of the episode was good (nothing spectacular of course) and the characters were likable.

    However, like most prequel episodes, we know how it will ultimately end, so we're basically watching "how this became that" - which makes the episode predictable in it's story and characters.

    Overall, the episode is superb and should definately be watched if you have the time to. The fine action sequences and well polished art direction make the show well ranking when it comes to visuals. The guest appearences and decent voice acting are appreciated, yet the writing and direction feels somewhat lower class what it should be for something that bears the title "Star Wars".

    Still, it's a solid Nine out of Ten.moreless
  • The boys are back from season one episode "Rookies" and we get to see them come together for the first time.

    I had first thought to myself, isn't there already clones named Echo, Fives, and Heavy? I suddenly realized that this episode took place prior to the events of Rookies, where the above named clones were in charge of the Rishi station outpost.

    Once that revelation hit me, I was much more excited about this episode. Rookies was one of my top season one episodes, so to see those clones be trained was a really neat thing. The training modules that they run are an awesome level for a video game, that's for sure.

    The introduction of 99, a defective clone, was a welcomed surprise. I had been wondering what happened to clones that weren't up to snuff and finally here was my answer. He obviously had a cloning problem, but he had the same heart and blood of the Domino squad...and any other clone. His role as the wise janitor was instrumental to getting the boys from Rookies to behave as a unit.

    The new bounty hunters overseeing the training of the clones were great new additions. Though they had the stereotypical differing points of views, they were interesting new characters. Shaaki-Ti was great to see and I look forward to more from her.

    The deception pulled by Brick? and Heavy's (the ill-fated trooper) desire to fight together thanks to 99 was a great way to cap off the episode...especially once 99 was given Heavy's medal. It was a little sad to here Heavy say that he'd come back to get the medal.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Newsreel:
      Clone troopers unite! As war rages across the galaxy, the Republic's clone army strives for victory against the evil forces of the Separatists. Bravery, valor, unity - the lifeblood of victory on the battlefield and in space.It all begins on the planet Kamino, where Jedi General Shaak Ti oversees the training of clones with the help of contracted bounty hunters. Bred to be perfect soldiers, these cadets must first be subjected to intense physical and mental training before heading off to war...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "Brothers in arms are brothers for life."

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  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Date:
      United Kingdom - October 23, 2010 on Sky Premiere

    • This marks the series debut of Shaak Ti. She first appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Shaak Ti was a member of the Jedi Council, and was one of few members to survive Order 66. Fans really took an interest in her character when she was featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars, the predecessor to this series. There has been much speculation among fans as to why she had not been featured on the series before now. Dave Filoni stated at Celebration V in August 2010: he and George Lucas did not want people to be confused with another Togruta being featured on the series. The other Togruta, of course, being Ahsoka Tano.

    • This episode serves as a prequel for the Season 1 episode titled "Rookies".