"Chapter 1" is the first episode of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated television series, and the first episode in Season One and Volume I. Written by Darrick Bachman and Bryan Andrews and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the episode originally aired on Cartoon Network on November 7, 2003. It served as the pilot episode to the series.
A voice-over from Yoda explains that the Clone Wars are spreading across the galaxy. Montages show Count Dooku allying with the Quarren Isolation League; Saesee Tiin leading a starfighter squadron in a strafing run against a battle droid army; Mace Windu fighting super battle droids; clone troopers fighting on Ilum; Barriss Offee and Luminara Unduli fighting together; and finally Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi leaping into battle.
The scene then cuts to Yoda, Kenobi, and Skywalker in Palpatine's office. Kenobi informs the Supreme Chancellor that the Jedi have discovered that the InterGalactic Banking Clan has established battle droid factories on Muunilinst, and says that they must act quickly. Palpatine agrees, but wonders whom to send; Yoda suggests that Kenobi lead his army to Muunilinst, and both Kenobi and Palpatine agree. Palpatine suggests that Skywalker, in light of his piloting skills, be given special command of Kenobi's starfighter groups; Kenobi initially speaks against it, then—on Palpatine's immediate pushing—reluctantly agrees.
Later, Kenobi watches his clone troopers board their Acclamator I-class assault ships, and wonders what his former master Qui-Gon Jinn would have thought of the Clone Wars. Skywalker, meanwhile, enters his modified Jedi starfighter, and prepares to make the jump to hyperspace. But before he leaves he says goodbye to his secret wife Padmé and her droid C-3PO…
- Nick Jameson as Palpatine
- Tom Kane as Yoda
- Mat Lucas as Anakin Skywalker
- James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Behind the scenesEdit
The episode was released on DVD on March 22, 2005. It was presented as an edited compilation with the other chapters that make up Volume I. It is also collected in the Star Wars: Bonus Lightsaber Action DVD, along with Clone Wars Chapter 4.
This is C-3PO's only appearance in the series where he does not speak.