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"Chapter 23"

Star Wars: Clone Wars





Guest star(s)

Grey DeLisle


Genndy Tartakovsky

Production No.



March 23, 2005

Episode chronology
Previous episode

"Chapter 22"

Next episode

"Chapter 24"

"Chapter 23" is the twenty-third episode of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated television series, and the third episode in Season 3 and Volume II. The episode originally aired on Cartoon Network on March 23, 2005.



Yoda, lifting droidekas on Coruscant.

Master Yoda quietly meditates in his room in the Jedi Temple. Suddenly, he looks up in shocked surprise, using the Force to raise the window blinds. Outside, a massive Confederate battle fleet consisting of Vulture droids, tri-fighters and C-9979 landing craft roars past the window. Mace Windu bursts in, announcing that Coruscant is under attack.

The C-9979s continue to spill their deadly cargo of battle droids and Armored Assault Tanks onto the streets of the city. Saesee Tiin reports that CIS ships were continuing to spill out of hyperspace, and Windu orders him to take command of Coruscant's space defense. The two Jedi board their starfighters, and take off into the meleé.

On Nelvaan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and the Nelvaanian tribe ride banthas towards the village. Anakin notices that the village is only populated by women and children. Taken to the very elderly village shaman, Obi-Wan translates the Nelvaanian's language for Anakin. Anakin's killing of the horax had interrupted the young boy's rite of passage trial. A great evil plagues their land, and none of the champions sent out from the village have ever returned.

Back on Coruscant, missiles from some Hailfire droids strike Padmé Amidala's apartment building. Captain Gregar Typho evacuates Padmé and a panicking C-3PO, along with the other occupants of the building.

Jedi Master Saesee Tiin and his troops preparing for their attack.

Mace Windu flies through the city, destroying dozens of droid fighters as he goes. Flying into a massive swarm of Vulture droids, his starfighter is torn apart. Ejecting from the canopy, Windu lands on one of the droid fighters, which he cuts open with his lightsaber and hot-wires to ride it through the sky. Three clone pilots in an ARC-170 watch in amazement as Windu destroys the trio of droid fighters on their tail.

Saesee Tiin leads his squadron of fighters into the outer atmosphere of Coruscant, where hundreds of Trade Federation cruisers battle with similar numbers of Republic Star Destroyers. Landing in the docking bay of a heavily-damaged Republic ship, Tiin leads the stricken vessel's clone troopers on a spacewalk to take over the nearest Trade Federation cruiser. Taking control, Tiin has the ship fire its cannons on the nearest Providence ship.

In a ritual ceremony, the Nelvaanian shaman, Orvos, tells Obi-Wan of the prophecy of "Ghost Hand"—a stranger who will save their village. Kenobi shows them Anakin's prosthetic arm. Anakin asks what he was doing and Obi-Wan replies that it is what he is doing.

Yoda stands in front the approaching CIS army. Using the Force, he lifts hundreds of approaching droidekas into the air, where they collide with the droid starfighters. He then lifts several C-9979s back into the sky, where they also collide with each other. Hearing that their forces are losing ground in Sector 4, Yoda leaps aboard his kybuck and races to help.

As part of the ritual, Orvos covers Anakin in bruise-leech crawlers, which leave painful geometric tracks over the young Jedi's body. Told to follow the "frozen tears of the Great Mother", Anakin begins his long journey, an undertaking Obi-Wan tells him will be his final trial.

Yoda and Windu bolster the faltering clone troops as the droid army closes in on the Senate building. Using a combination of their combined Force powers and combat skills, the two Jedi Masters begin to regain the upper hand.

In his office, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine watches the distant battle. Three Jedi—Shaak Ti, Roron Corobb and Foul Moudama—arrive and urge the Chancellor to make his way to his secure bunker. As Palpatine declines, saying there is no immediate danger, General Grievous smashes through the window...



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Behind the scenes

The suit Saesee Tiin wears in this episode looks similar to the armor Darth Vader would later wear, while Tiin's helmet looks similar to Boba Fett's.

One of the beads of Orvos' beard bears the same symbol as Samurai Jack, another cartoon made by director Genndy Tartakovsky.

This episode marks the second and final appearance of droidekas in the series. They first appeared in "Chapter 9".

The capital ships of the CIS fleet are only Providence-class carrier/destroyers rather than Lucrehulk-class battleships, Lucrehulk-class Droid Control Ships, Recusant-class light destroyers, or Munificent-class star frigates.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars
Season One:
"Chapter 1" · "Chapter 2" · "Chapter 3" · "Chapter 4" · "Chapter 5"
"Chapter 6" · "Chapter 7" · "Chapter 8" · "Chapter 9" · "Chapter 10"
Season Two:
"Chapter 11" · "Chapter 12" · "Chapter 13" · "Chapter 14" · "Chapter 15"
"Chapter 16" · "Chapter 17" · "Chapter 18" · "Chapter 19" · "Chapter 20"
Season Three:
"Chapter 21" · "Chapter 22" · "Chapter 23" · "Chapter 24" · "Chapter 25"
Volume I · Volume II · Lightsaber Action DVD
Comic book adaptations:

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