Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 1 Episode 4

Destroy Malevolence

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Oct 17, 2008 on Cartoon Network
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It's up to Anakin and Obi-Wan to destroy the Malevolence when their allies are captured by General Grievous.

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  • With Malevolence in its final moments, General Grievous has one more card to play as a hostage lands right in his lap. Anakin and Obi-Wan must risk everything to board the dying ship and rescue a dear friend.moreless

    The final episode of this three part arc is probably, the weakest of the three. Even so, it has so many redeeming qualities that it's still rather good. Here, Obi-Wan and Anakin once again take center stage together, a situation last seen in the Clone Wars movie, and they rarely disappoint when they team up. It's clear that the show's team gets this dynamic between these two friends, an image into a relationship that really justifies Obi-Wan's sad but nostalgic waxing about his lost friend we get in A New Hope. And that just starts this episode, a story that takes us inside the enormous Malevolence herself, a cruiser so big it requires an interior rail system to transport personnel and materiel throughout the ship. It's a great look at this behemoth of a vessel and helps add some action when we get the inevitable sequences atop the quickly moving cars, whether it be C-3PO's hapless antics or a short but sweet lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Grievous. The visuals aren't bad, whether it's the aforementioned rail system or the engine room, with its multiple droids waiting in ambush. The episode has a few great moments as well, including Grievous' defiance of Count Dooku himself, cutting the Sith Lord off in the middle of a transmission shortly before the destruction of the Malevolence. It's a great moment for Grievous in an episode where he is seriously lacking some.

    It's an episode with plenty of flaws. For one, it seems rather unnecessary as well as somewhat disjointed. It drags a bit and Grievous really gets showed up, though after the Malevolence's string of victories it had to happen some time. And for some reason in Star Wars, invaders, whether they happen to be heroes or villains, always seem to have a pretty easy time prancing around their enemy's ship. You'd think these things would be crewed with hundreds if not thousands of personnel and crew. It gets a bit odd. Still, not a bad episode.moreless
  • Destroy Malevolence...

    The Jedi band together when realizing that the massive enemy ship is going to take a huge effort to destroy. In the midst of the battle, C-3PO and Padme accidently find themselves at the mercy of the Malevolence. Taken hostage, Anakin's emotions cloud his judgement and he forces the admiral to stand down the attack. He and Obi-Wan then head off to board the enemy ship and retrieve the hostages whilst the droids try and hunt them down too. A lot of jumping around and explosions along with a nice bit of lightsabre play leads to their rescue however Grevious is allowed to escape. The Malevolence is destroyed and the Jedi live on to fight another day.moreless
  • Padme Amidala lands in a trap, and General Grievous makes a last ditch attack against the Jedi to keep Malevolence alive! 8)

    This Malevolence 3-part episode trilogy was very exciting! It proves to me that it Is possible for an animated "Star Wars" series to work in a 30 minute format, and it can be every bit as exciting and thrilling as any big screen installment of the series can be! The Malevolence has been wounded, but it hasn't been eliminated yet! Count Dooku decides to ensure the safety of the most powerful weapon that the Separatists have by forcing the Jedi's hand in the matter, by doing the one thing that the Sith does the best: playing dirty! When Padme Amidala is unexpectedly involved in a trap that she didn't anticipate being involved in, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are going to go to great lengths to save her and See-Threepio. What starts as a covert operation to search and rescue, quickly turns into a run and gun mission for survival! Anakin knows that Amidala's survival is not only crucial to his well-being, it's crucial for the Galactic Senate as well! Anakin proves he is a master of the Light Side, when he uses his Force Powers to save his lovely wife! And See-Threepio returns with his well-known brand of comedy relief to lighten up the situation, when he goes for a wild ride on a ship train, as the hood ornament! :lol: Somehow, bad things always seem to follow the golden droid around like a magnet. The rescue mission is a success, but Anakin knows the Malevolence must still be taken down once and for all! Anakin actually does something clever, he reprograms the Hyperdrive computer to go haywire when Grievous' droids try to control it. Once Anakin and company escape, the droids try to make their hasty get-away. But the Navi-computer in the Malevolence Ship gets pointed at, and heads straight for an uninhabited moon! :D It hits right on target! 8) But General Grievous escapes, vowing vengenance for another day. This show totally rocks! :idea: Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless
  • The last in a three episode arc!

    this one, along with Malevolence Rising and Shadow of Malevolence, was part of a story arc. though the other two were great, this was the best of the three. in this episode, Padme and C3P0 are captured by the Malevolence in a last hope of escaping. Anakin and Obi-wan go to save them.

    this episode still followed Anakin mostly, but gave some air time to some other faves from the movies. Padme and Threepio get their first closeup since the movie this summer, and Artoo also shows up in this. but the best of course is Obi-wan Kenobi, who FINALLY gets a real part in the show. he kicked some droid butt!

    this show continues to be phenomonal in its mix of action and comedy. lets hope the writers can keep it up!moreless
Matt Lanter

Matt Lanter

Anakin Skywalker

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Obi-Wan Kenobi / Plo Koon

Cat Taber

Cat Taber

Padme Amidala

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

General Grievous / Battle Droids

Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels


Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

Ahsoka Tano

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • General Grievous' starfighter is called the Soulless One

    • Newsreel:
      Grievous in retreat! Before the battleship Malevolence could destroy an Outer Rim clone medical base, a Republic strike force, under the command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, crippled the warship, disabling its dreaded ion cannon. Now the Jedi relentlessly pursue the Malevolence...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "A plan is only as good as those who see it through."

    • First appearance of C-3PO and Padmé Amidala (Outside of a Newsreel)

    • The final frame of this episode is the first time all of the central pre-quel characters have ever been shown together.

    • This episode marks the first time that firefighter-type battle droids are seen.

    • Of the three Republic warships pursuing the Malevolence, the lead ship is General Skywalker's "Resolute". As a flagship, it has red conning towers.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • C-3PO: This way looks dangerous. (R2-D2 beeps) I know the whole place is dangerous! I suggest we stay here and let Master Anakin find us. (Door opens, revealing Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala)
      Anakin Skywalker: Threepio! What are you doing? Don't just stand there, let's get back to the ship!

    • Battle Droid: (To another Battle Droid, referring to someone docking in at the airlocks) You're circuits are loose. No one's crazy enough to do that.
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin, you're crazy.

    • Battle Droid: Looks like the engines are set to destroy themselves.
      General Grievous: (Running out of the yacht and shoving the Battle Droid) Get out of my way!
      Battle Droid: Hey, that's just rude!

    • General Grievous: General Kenobi, did you really think I would leave the hyperdrive unguarded?
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anything is possible. You haven't exactly impressed me today.
      General Grievous: (Laughs) Kill him.

    • Anakin Skywalker: How's the housecleaning going?
      Padmé Amidala: (Dragging the last of the Destroy Droids into the lift) Done! Let's get out of here!

    • Padmé Amidala: I will not be made into a Separatist bargaining chip! Continue your attack!

    • Plo Koon: (About Anakin) There he goes again, craving adventure and excitement.
      Ahsoka Tano: You get used to it.

    • C-3PO: Somebody stop this contraption, please! (Train stops, sending C-3PO flying into creates) I suppose I did ask for that.

    • Count Dooku: (To General Grievous) Do not compound your failure this day by allowing our prize warship to fall.

    • C-3PO: R2-D2, oh my, you are a sight for short circuits!

    • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Subtlety has never been one of your strong suits.
      Anakin Skywalker: Everything I learned, I learned from you.
      Obi-Wan Kenobi: If only that were true.

    • (After destroying a small contingent of battle droids)
      Padmé Amidala: Ever since I've known you, you've been playing with droids.
      Anakin Skywalker: I used to put them together; now I only take them apart.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

      The rail jets inside the Malevolence resemble the Trade Federation Multi Troop Transports (MTT) from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Meance.

    • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Spinning is not flying.
      Anakin Skywalker: But it's a good trick.

      This is a reference to Anakin saying that spinning is "a good trick" in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    • General Grievous: Hello there!
      This is a homage to when Obi-Wan Kenobi said the same thing to General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This is also a reference to when he first meets R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.