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Rookies
Production information
Series

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season

One

Episode

5

Writer(s)

Steven Melching

Director

Justin Ridge

Production No.

1.14

Air date

October 24, 2008

Episode chronology


Previous episode

"Destroy Malevolence"

Next episode

"Downfall of a Droid"

"The best confidence builder is experience."
―Moral[src]

"Rookies" is the fifth episode of Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It first aired on Cartoon Network on October 24, 2008. It was later shown on TNT, premiering on February 25, 2009.

Official descriptionEdit

Alone on a distant outpost, Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex must inspire the rookie clones to believe in themselves to stave off a Commando droid invasion.

Plot summaryEdit

Episode 5
ROOKIES
Clone forces rally! As the war
escalates in the Outer Rim, the
Jedi Knights are spread thinly
across the galaxy. Many new
clones are rushed into service
to support their Jedi generals.
Unfortunately, because of the
relentless demands of battle,
many young clones must join
the struggle before their
intensive training has been
completed. These clones,
manning a vital network of
tracking stations, are all that
stand between the Republic
and invasion…

On the remote Rishi moon, a small unit of rookie clones stationed there, including Hevy, Echo, Fives, Droidbait, and Cutup are restless and deprived of battle. Echo reads reg manuals while Hevy daydreams of being on the front lines when Sergeant O'Niner reminds them that their listening post is vital in keeping an eye on Separatist activities and making sure they do not try to slip past and launch a surprise attack on Kamino, the center of clone production and training. The Sergeant orders his men to prepare for an inspection by Captain Rex and Commander Cody, who are en route. Soon after, the station detects an incoming meteor shower and prompts it to raise its shields. But the meteors aren't all meteors—two of them are Droch-class boarding ships carrying several droid commandos.

With brutal efficiency, the droids infiltrate the base and waste no time in executing Sergeant O'Niner along with three rookie clone troopers, forcing the remaining four clones to flee the base through the exhaust vent. The commando droids report their success to General Grievous. Pleased, Grievous contacts Asajj Ventress on Kamino, where she is making secret preparations for a Separatist invasion.

Meanwhile, Cody and Rex contact the Rishi station as they enter the system. The commando droid leader adjusts his vocabulator to mimic a clone's voice, puts on a helmet, and tries to trick the two officers into canceling their inspection. Rex and Cody are suspicious when the "clone" says "roger, roger", and continue toward the base.

Hevy, Echo, Fives, and Cutup emerge from a maintenance tunnel into a deep crater below the outpost and plan their next move. Suddenly a massive Rishi eel silently emerges from one of the many caves in the crater, snatches Cutup in its jaws, and disappears back into its hole taking the other rookies by surprise. Just then Cody and Rex's shuttle flies in for a landing high above. Hevy, Fives, and Echo are unable to make contact by radio, so they decide to use a warning flare.

Up on the platform the clone officers are met by a peculiar "clone" who gestures awkwardly and talks like a droid. The "clone" tries to convince them that the base is in perfect condition right when Rex and Cody notice the flare sent by the real clones. With the appearance of the warning flare, Rex immediately shoots the impersonator, revealing it to be a droid commando in disguise. Suddenly more droids begin to attack them and destroy their ship with thermal detonators. Under the cover of the explosion, Rex and Cody escape into the crater where they meet up with the rookie clones. Suddenly, the eel comes back right when Rex shoots it in the eye. They explain to the rookies that they need to take the base with their new support. Rex and Cody are determined to retake the base, and Hevy, Fives, and Echo are up for the task.

Rex poses as a droid in armor, using a severed droid head to convince the droid guards to open the door. The clones charge into the base, killing the droid commando commander and quickly regaining control. Unfortunately, the Separatist fleet led by Grievous has arrived, and when he can't make contact with the commandos, Grievous sends down reinforcements. Not wanting the base to fall back into enemy hands, the clones resolve to blow it up with liquid tibanna, which would disrupt the all-clear signal, thereby alerting the Republic. As the other clones escape through the tunnels, Hevy tries to arm the explosives but the remote doesn't work, so he decides to activate it manually. In a heroic last stand, Hevy is felled, but not disabled, and he activates the explosives. The base, along with Hevy, is destroyed. Alerted, the Republic fleet jumps into the system and Grievous is forced to retreat.

When they return to the Resolute, Echo and Fives are granted medals and Rex inducts them in the 501st Legion. The rookies feel they don't deserve the honor, but Rex says they've earned it.

"You showed me something today. You're exactly the kind of men I need in the 501st."

-Rex to Echo and Fives during the latters induction to the 501st legion.

CastEdit

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AppearancesEdit

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Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
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Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Behind the scenesEdit

"What the hell was that?!"
―Hell being stated in the episode. — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
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"Rookies" saw the word "Hell" uttered twice in the original TV broadcast

In the original showings of this episode on Cartoon Network, the word "Hell" was used as an expletive twice. During the replay on November 7, 2008, before Downfall of a Droid premiered, the word was censored due to complaints from parents. When broadcast in Canada, neither CTV nor the Space network censored it, however the series is rated 14A in Canada, roughly equivalent to PG-13. During its showings on TNT, the word was not censored. However, in the iTunes version, it was censored only once.

On the screen of the detonator used by Hevy to destroy the base, the words “ATTE RUL3Z SOME TEXT” can be found written in aurebesh.

When Fives and Echo are awarded their medals the camera is behind them and Echo is just holding his hand out with out a helmet. And when the camera is front of the clone trooper Echo is holding his helmet.

Almost two years after the original airing of "Rookies", a prequel episode and a sequel episode aired on Cartoon Network as the premiere of the third season on September 17, 2010.

GoofsEdit

In the scene when Echo and Fives are receiving their badges, Echo is seen without his binocs, but on the second scene he is seen with the binocs on his helmet.

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