Rising Malevolence

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"Rising Malevolence" is the second episode of Season One of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It aired on Cartoon Network October 3, 2008, following the premiere of "Ambush."

Official descriptionEdit

Creating panic throughout the galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone starfleet. Anakin and Ahsoka race to save Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers in time. Jedi Master Plo Koon and his squad barely survive an attack from a mysterious Separatist warship called the Malevolence. Can they stay alive long enough for Anakin and Ahsoka to find them?

Plot summaryEdit

Episode 2
The clone starfleet is under siege!
Dozens of Republic warships have
been destroyed in merciless surprise
attacks that leave no survivors.
Rumors spread of a terrible new
Separatist weapon.

In the face of growing fear, the
Jedi Council sends Master Plo Koon to
hunt down the menace before
it strikes again....

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Plo Koon discovers the Malevolence in the Abregado system.

When Jedi Master Plo Koon and Clone Commander Wolffe, aboard the Triumphant, locate the Separatists' secret weapon in the Abregado system, they immediately move the fleet into position to engage it. Plo Koon then orders Commander Wolffe to contact Coruscant and relay their position prior to attack. He then contacts Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, who are stationed in the nearby Bith system, telling them that he has found the weapon and requires reinforcements. Anakin responds, telling Master Plo Koon that there is little he can do for support, as he has been ordered to protect the staging area by the Jedi Council. Plo Koon's communications are then jammed by General Grievous at the behest of Count Dooku. The secret weapon—a massive ion cannon placed within the superstructure of the immense Separatist flagship Malevolence—then fires, knocking out power on all three Republic attack cruisers, and leaving them defenseless against Grievous' cannons. Plo Koon, along with clone troopers Sinker, Boost and Commander Wolffe, manage to escape via an escape pod, just before their cruiser is destroyed. Aboard the Malevolence, Dooku orders Grievous to deploy the pod hunters, in order to find and kill any survivors and keep their position, as well as their new weapon, secret.

Malevolence firing ion pulse

The Malevolence fires its ion cannon, destroying Plo Koon's fleet.

Meanwhile, Anakin and Ahsoka speak with the Jedi Council (represented by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu and Yoda) as well as Chancellor Palpatine, who order them both not to go out to the Abregado system to look for survivors, despite Ahsoka's vehement opposition. Windu tells Skywalker that all their taskforces will be assigned to defend their supply lines. After the meeting, Anakin scolds Ahsoka for her outburst as they take off in the Twilight. However, thereafter, he reveals to Ahsoka that he never intended to obey the Council; he agrees with her sentiment, but says she should tread with care when disobeying the Council. They continue the search, despite repeated holographic orders from both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine demanding that Anakin give up and rejoin his fleet.

Back in the debris field, while attempting to fix their escape pod, Koon and his clones spot another. However, upon closer inspection, they realize it has been broken open and the clones inside have been killed by the vacuum of space. The group then witness one of the pod hunters attack a nearby escape pod, breaking it open and killing all inside; before the attacking pod hunter crew notices their escape pod and latches onto it. Master Koon and his men combat and destroying the pod hunter, and raie the alarm to inform Grievous that some survivors are still alive and putting up a fight. Soon after Koon's victory, Anakin and Ahsoka arrive and rescue him and his men.

Go Twilight Go

The Twilight tries to escape the Malevolence's ion cannon.

Upon retrieval, Master Koon informs them about the ion cannon. Just as Anakin and Ahsoka prepare to leave the system, Grievous' flagship arrives. In response, they shut down all systems, including Artoo, hoping to blend in with the debris from the destroyed Republic ships. However, they miss the onboard medical droid, whose faint signal alerts Grievous; forced to flee the blast from the ion cannon, the Twilight narrowly escapes with a desperate hyperspace jump. Aboard the Malevolence, Count Dooku admonishes a vexed Count Dooku, claiming that the Republic will learn of their secret weapon. Despite his failure, Dooku contacts his master.

Once the Twilight reaches Anakin's fleet, Commander Wolffe thanks Anakin for assisting them. Anakin and Koon then contact the Jedi Council, informing them of the secret weapon and its capabilities. Anakin asks Ahsoka to come with him, claiming that they should both share the blame for their actions.



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Behind the scenesEdit

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The second escape pod, Pod 1977, is named after the release year of the original Star Wars.[source?] Boost and Sinker's attempt to restart the escape pod's power grid uses dialogue directly lifted from The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo and Chewbacca are trying to fix the Millennium Falcon.

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