Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 1 Episode 21

Liberty on Ryloth

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Mar 13, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Mace Windu leads the Clone Troopers in a fight to overtake Ryloth's captial city of Lessu. Along the way, he tries to forge an alliance with rebellion leader Cham Syndulla.

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  • A decent storyline, but with a lack of charisma to back it up.

    This episode has most of the right ingredients: it's got a decent plot, its part of a arc of episodes (which generally tend to be better than the stand alone ones) and it has Mace Windu running the show - one of the best characters to emerge from the prequel trilogy. Yet this episode left me feeling rather empty. Why? Well the main problem for me is the portrayl of the characters. Samuel L Jackson was great as Windu in the movies, but without his voice or mannerisms behind the character Mace simply comes across as being a bit dull. Also the leader of the Ryloth resistance (i forget his name) didn't really seem to have much personality either - his character wasn't really fleshed out at all. Wat Tambor was also a bit of a rubbish villian. He doesn't seem very threatning at all.

    On the plus side there's some decent action in this episode - especially the bit on the bridge, which i won't give away. Still I hoping the season finale has a bit more to it than this episode.moreless
  • As the Republic forces led by Mace Windu close in on Ryloth's capital, Separatist leader Wat Tambor begins using questionable tactics to turn the tide. As the stakes go up, time may be running out for Ryloth.moreless

    Not a bad way to go out, but like the final episode of the Malevolence trilogy at the beginning of the season, the third episode here also feels like the trilogy's weakest. Wat Tambor just doesn't seem quite as effective as a villain as either as the last two episodes, with the Neimoidian captain leading the blockade or even the tactical droid from the previous episode. Some of the parts near the middle of the episode seem to drag it down a bit, and the stakes never feel quite as high.

    Still, it does have its moments. Mace is given plenty of cool things to do, chief among them the music-less, toned down moment where he jumps from falling vehicle to falling vehicle after the bridge goes down, capping it off by taking control of a droid speeder and crashing it into another while getting up the cliffside. Getting to see Ryloth's resistance fighters is a nice bit of local flavor and lets us see that not every part of the Clone Wars is simply clone vs. droid. Good episode, but not quite the rip-roaring finale one would have expected.moreless
  • At first it feels similar in tone to the original trilogy, but unfortunately can't hold that throughout. A great but not amazing episode.

    This was a good episode, helped by a tone that was similar to the original trilogy of movies (not retained throughout however) and 2 previous episodes that added to it's story. In fact the latter is important because you get a better sense of the Ryloth society through it. This episode concentrates on Mace Windu (for the first time) and his assault on a occupied city with a bunch of Ryloth Rebels. The tone is through the selfish but evil characters (the robot who double crosses Wat Tambor is fantastic) and the machines which are like early AT-ATs. The rebel group as well has character and the dancers hark back to the Cantina or Jabba's palace. The use of Anakin's cameo is well inserted as well because you get a sense that this is not a localised skirmish and spreads out over the entire planet. Mace Windu should get more screen time in the future as well because he has a presence.

    The end was disappointing because this looked like it could be a partial victory for the alliance and unfortunately it wasn't. Yes they were cowardly and retreating but 20 odd mainly off screen deaths for the clone troopers and rebels is not enough for me. Just one of them being a character we had got to know would have added something.

    I watched the next episode just a few hours later and that is even better than this one. I thought the show might lose it slightly with the Blue Shadow virus thing being so rubbish but looks like I was wrong.moreless
  • Mace Windu is leading the final attack onto the capital of Ryloth, but cannot do it alone so enlists the help of the freedom fighters and eventually they succeed in capturing the greedy Wat Tambor and this got the capital of ryloth back.moreless

    I think this episode is great and i am annoyed at it only been given a rating of 8.9 out of 10 because it is so much better than that. Mace Windu was great in this episode and i am glad to see him because i haven't seen him throughout the series in action and i get to see what he looks like in the series which is great. Wat Tambor was a good character in this episode too because he was greedy and for once i actually wanted an evil person to be caught, I enjoyed Count Dooku as well because he was very strict and did not care what happened to Wat Tambor in the end, which was fantastic.moreless
Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Clone Troopers

T.C. Carson

T.C. Carson

Mace Windu

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Yoda/Admiral Yularen/Narrator

Matt Lanter

Matt Lanter

Anakin Skywalker

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

Ahsoka Tano

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Wat Tambor/Battle Droids

Robin Atkin Downes

Robin Atkin Downes

Cham Syndulla

Guest Star

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie

Chancellor Palpatine

Recurring Role

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Count Dooku

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The tactical droid stationed on Lessu is named TA-175.

    • Newsreel:
      Republic victory is at hand! Clone troopers under the command of the Jedi have successfully invaded the Separatist-occupied world of Ryloth. Anakin Skywalker battles the enemy in the skies, while Obi-Wan Kenobi frees villages from the grip of vile Separatist leader, Wat Tambor. Now, Jedi General Mace Windu leads the attack on the enemy lines in the final offensive to liberate the capital city of Lessu...

      Jedi Fortune Cookie: "Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised."

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Battle Droid 1: Look, it's RB-551. No wonder he got blasted. He's one of those older models programmed by a central computer.
      Battle Droid 2: Not like us; we're independent thinkers.
      Battle Droid 1: Roger, roger.
      Battle Droid 2: Roger, roger.
      Battle Droid 1: Roger, roger.

    • Cham Syndulla: (To Mace Windu) Another armed occupation is not a free Ryloth. How long before I am fighting you, Master Jedi?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Raiders of the Lost Ark:
      Among the treasures being hoarded by Wat Tambor is the Ark of the Covenant, from the Indiana Jones, slightly modified to have Twi'lek cherubim atop the box.

    • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
      Ryloth's captial city of Lessu bears a resemblance to the Earth kingdom city of Omashu from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Both are cities built upon tall cone-shaped hills.

    • Expanded Universe:
      Mace Windu uses the Force to crack and break the glass of the AT-TE canopy to free the Clone Trooper. This is a nod to the Expanded Universe line in which Master Windu is able to detect and take advantage of shatterpoints.