Innocents of Ryloth

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Innocents of Ryloth
Production information

Star Wars: The Clone Wars





Production No.


Air date

March 6, 2009


Justin Ridge


Randy Stradley, Henry Gilroy, Scott Murphy

Episode chronology

Previous episode

"Storm Over Ryloth"

Next episode

"Liberty on Ryloth"

"The costs of war can never be truly accounted for."

"Innocents of Ryloth" is the twentieth episode in Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.

Official descriptionEdit

To sabotage a powerful Separatist weapon, Obi-Wan and a small clone force enter an occupied town, and discover that its residents are being used as a living shield.

Plot summaryEdit

Episode 20
Invasion! Separatist leader Wat
Tambor has taken control of the
planet Ryloth and subjugates its
people through a brutal droid
occupation. In a daring surprise
attack, Jedi Anakin Skywalker
and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano
defeated the space blockade
guarding the planet. Now, Jedi
Generals Mace Windu and
Obi-Wan Kenobi lead a massive
invasion to liberate the starving

Aboard an Acclamator I-class assault ship, Mace Windu tells Obi-Wan Kenobi as he boards the Crumb Bomber that when he takes the city of Nabat they'll have their landing zone for the ground assault forces. However, Emir Tambor anticipates this, and Tactical droid commander TX-20 readies his five proton cannons, while using captive Twi'leks as a “living shield” to further protect them, estimating that the Jedi will not risk a heavy attack.

LAATi over Ryloth

LAAT/i gunships precede Acclamator I-class assault ships into battle

Obi-Wan and Clone Commander Cody brief Ghost Company on their mission, and while they must retake the city, they cannot destroy the Twi'leks’ home, and are only allowed to use blasters and droid poppers only. Above, the Acclamator assault ships are attacked by the proton cannons below, Commander Ponds states to Windu that the fire is penetrating their shield. Windu tasks Obi-Wan with taking the cannons out so that the larger transports can land. The Crumb Bomber lands with the other gunships, and Obi-Wan and Ghost Company move towards Nabat. Droid gunners on the outskirts of Nabat pin down Ghost Comapany. Obi-wan and two troopers, Waxer and Boil, utilize droid poppers to take out the droids in the bunkers.

After losing contact with the droids on the village’s outer perimeter, TX-20 sends two recon droids to find out the Jedi’s plan, while Obi-Wan dispatches Cody, Wooley, Waxer and Boil to scout ahead. Waxer and Boil head south, while Cody and Wooley go to the courtyard. The latter discover the Twi’leks being held hostage in the cannons' immediate vicinity. Obi-Wan, saying to windu via hologram, that the hostages will make this difficult but not impossible, hits upon a plan to disable the guns without letting the hostages come into any danger, but unfortunately a recon droid broadcasts their conference to TX-20, who recognizes Kenobi and begins researching his opponent who is known for deceptive movements.

Waxer and Boil stumble across the young Twi’lek orphan Numa, who at first is fearful of them. After they remove their helmets, Numa relaxes a bit; she calls them both “Nerra”, and takes a ration bar that they give her. Waxer and Boil move out to finish their scouting, Waxer doing so reluctantly, but Numa follows the two clones. Waxer is still worried about her, while Boil tries to keep him focused on the mission. Numa somehow gets ahead of them and leads her to a shattered building that was once her home. Waxer and Boil, moved by the losses the war has inflicted upon the child, take it upon themselves to keep her safe.

TX-20 reveals his plan: to use starved gutkurrs to take out the Republic forces. Back at the Republic camp, Cody has noticed Waxer and Boil’s absence, and broadcasts a transmission to contact them. Seeing the Republic troops on the move, TX-20 orders the gutkurrs released. The two clones receive the transmission, and realizing that they are severely late, they try to brainstorm possible excuses. However, the gutkurrs suddenly appear, and the two clones and Numa rush back into the house. Numa shows the clones an escape passage, and they run into the underground tunnels just in time.

Meanwhile, Ghost Company is attacked by the gutkurrs. Obi-Wan uses the Force to lure the creatures into an alley bordered by a bridge. Cody and his men fire at the bridge, and the gutkurrs are trapped, while Obi-Wan leaps out. Though the clones defeat the creature, TX-20 knows that they are very thin. Suddenly, Waxer and Boil emerge from a hatch in the street nearby, with Numa in tow. Obi-Wan converses to Numa in Twi'leki, who agrees to lead them to the prisoners while Cody and his men create a diversion, with Obi-Wan, Waxer and Boil freeing the Twi’lek prisoners. After Obi-Wan frees the prisoners, Numa is reunited with her uncle, Nilim Bril. However, a battle droid reports the rescue attempt, and TX-20 turns his AAT around.

Obi-Wan takes control of a proton cannon, and with the help of Waxer and Boil, he manages to destroy the other cannons. However, a blast from TX-20’s tank destroys their cannon and knocks the three to the ground. Numa runs to her clone friends and Obi-Wan to help. TX-20 targets Obi-Wan and Numa, laughing at them and saying that Kenobi has lost. The Twi’leks return, overrun the tank, and tear TX-20, saying it's not logical, to bits.

The Acclamator transports land, and Mace Windu commends Obi-Wan on his victory. However, their new objective is much harder: to take the Ryloth capital of Lessu and free this world. Waxer and Boil say goodbye to Numa. As the army heads toward the capital, Numa calls “Nerra!” out to Waxer and Boil again, and Obi-Wan translates: “Nerra” means “brother”. And they move out toward the sun, intent on freeing this world.



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Behind the scenesEdit

Production-wise, this is the first episode to feature the Tactical droids, which were created to provide a non-organic commander that would then need to be eliminated later, such as the likes of Whorm Loathsom, Lok Durd and Mar Tuuk. The Tactical droids were also featured in "Jedi Crash", "The Hidden Enemy" and "Liberty on Ryloth", as well as the comic "Headgames", in which they made their first appearance.

The Tactical droid laugh before he was about to kill Obi-Wan was very much like 'Terminator' theme.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi orders Cody to send in Waxer and Boil to destroy the bunker, Boil is siting next to Obi-Wan Kenobi, but when he is saying "let's take them out", a clone trooper with no markings on his armor is sitting next to Obi-Wan Kenobi instead.

Some Twi'leks in the film have blue eyes, but Oola states in "A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale" that Twi'leks never have blue eyes in reference to Luke Skywalker

No mention is given to the violent surface conditions on Ryloth where one side is always night and the other is always day with only a small twilight area where conditions are tolerable. Images from orbit depicting clouds as well as the architecture of the village are inconsistent with the severe heat storms and lack of liquid water and limited vegetation in the arid twilight region.

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