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"Storm Over Ryloth"

Star Wars: The Clone Wars






George Krstic


Brian Kalin O'Connell

Production No.



February 27, 2009

Episode chronology
Previous episode

"Mystery of a Thousand Moons"

Next episode

"Innocents of Ryloth"

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness."

"Storm Over Ryloth" is the nineteenth episode of Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.


Official description

Ahsoka disobeys Anakin's orders and loses most of her squadron - prompting Anakin to help give his Padawan a lesson in a respect for authority, and the opportunity for redemption.

Plot summary

Episode 19
Planet Ryloth invaded! Subjected
to a brutal droid occupation, the
people of Ryloth are starving
under the blockade of a Separatist
fleet. Evil Separatist leader Wat
Tambor now rules with an iron
fist. Answering a plea from the
Senate, the Grand Army of the
Republic mounts a bold offensive
to liberate the system. It is up to
Anakin Skywalker and his
Padawan Ahsoka to make way
for Obi-Wan's ground assault.

Aboard a Lucrehulk-class battleship flanked by two Munificent-class frigates over Ryloth, Neimoidian Captain Mar Tuuk receives orders from Wat Tambor, who emphasizes that the Republic cannot invade Ryloth. The Resolute, Defender and Redeemer arrive in the system. Ahsoka Tano boards her fighter, mentioning to her new droid R7-A7 that this is her first time leading a squadron. Anakin stops by to give her some encouragement, and Ahsoka leads her squadron out of the Resolute. Her squadron checks in, and receiving the order from Anakin and Admiral Yularen, she charges the Separatist blockade, leading Axe, Slammer, Kickback, Tucker and Swoop.

After cutting a path to the lead Separatist ship, Ahsoka advances with her group. However, four more Munificent-class frigates suddenly jump out of hyperspace. Admiral Yularen and Anakin both order Ahsoka back to the ship, but she stubbornly insists on pushing forward. Tucker's V-19 Torrent starfighter is destroyed by the advancing Vulture droids, and Ahsoka finally obeys orders and turns back, but the Vulture droids begin to sacrifice themselves, ramming themselves into the Resolute. One droid heads for the cruiser's bridge, and Admiral Yularen is severely injured. After loosing Axe as well, Ahsoka and what remains of her squadron make it back to the Resolute. The Redeemer is too damaged to retreat and falls apart, but the Defender and the Resolute manage to jump to hyperspace.

In the hangar, Anakin orders a headcount to determine how many pilots were lost, and then reprimands Ahsoka for disobeying orders. Ahsoka learned this trait from Anakin himself, but still takes responsibility and is severley dejected that she lost so many men. Anakin tries to console her, stating that it was a trap. Captain Rex informs Anakin that General Mace Windu is demanding a progress report, and he leaves the hangar.

Meanwhile, Tambor congratulates Tuuk on his success, but warns him not to underestimate the Jedi. Tuuk then orders a droid to bring him whatever archive data there is on Skywalker, seeking to learn more about his opponent.

Anakin reports his losses to Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Time is running short, and despite loosing almost half his forces, Obi Wan and Mace give Anakin one planetary rotation to breach the blockade. The Twi'lek people cannot wait much longer, and the invasion must go on.

Ahsoka sits with an unconscious Admiral Yularen and mournfully apologizes for her failure. Rex then calls her away, and tells her Anakin is looking for him. She finds him in the hangar bay, repairing her starfighter with the help of R2-D2. Anakin tells her they need to proceed with their attack on the blockade. Ahsoka, still shaken from her earlier failure, questions his readiness. Anakin receives a call from the Defender, and orders Ahsoka back to her quarters to cool off. Meanwhile, Tuuk, finished reading the archives and certain Skywalker will counterattack, orders his droids back to their battle stations.

Alarms sound aboard the Resolute, and Ahsoka exits her quarters to find clone troopers running to stations. A clone reports to Ahsoka that the Defender is being evacuated for an unknown reason. When she arrives in the hangar, everything from the Defender is being loaded into the Resolute. Anakin credits Ahsoka with the inspiration to his latest plan: he proposes that he will pilot the Defender alone into the lead battleship, taking out the enemy commander and thus leaving only easily-outmaneuvered battle droids in command. Ahsoka thinks it's a reckless plan, but Anakin leaves it to Ahsoka to command the remaining forces while he remains defenseless in an escape pod after destroying the Defender. Anakin leaves on a shuttle, and "Commander Ahsoka" is now in charge of the Resolute.

Ahsoka reports to the bridge of the Resolute. Anakin is ready to get underway. Rex and the Resolute's clone navigation officer await orders. Tambor updates Captain Tuuk that the Republic forces are too thin to mount an effective counterattack, but Tuuk still believes Anakin is coming, and basks in the opportunity to achieve fame for the defeat of such a great warrior. Ahsoka brings Rex and the navigation officer up to speed, and they are very skeptical of their chances of success. The navigation officer accidentally blurts out that they usually have Anakin to lead them; while he doesn't mean Ahsoka any offense, she still realizes how much bigger her responsibility is.

The Resolute advances on the Separatist blockade surrounding Ryloth using the Marg Sabl maneuver

The Defender emerges from hyperspace, and Anakin hails Captain Tuuk, offering to surrender himself and his vessel in exchange for safe passage of food and medical supplies to the people of Ryloth. Ahsoka details the battle plan after Anakin's collision with the battleship. She intends to tilt the Resolute in a classic Marg Sabl maneuver away from the frigates, using it as a screen to launch fighters that would then defeat the remaining ships. The navigation officer is doubtful, and suggests taking time to come up with a better plan. Ahsoka asserts that these are her orders, and that Anakin is counting on her, but then corrects herself and says that he is counting on them. Admiral Yularen returns to the bridge and supports Ahsoka, giving her much-needed confidence.

A battle droid reports to Captain Tuuk that scans of the Defender reveal it to be heavily damaged, with all power diverted to the forward shields, but there is only one life-form aboard. Tuuk realizes Anakin's deception, and the Resolute emerges from hyperspace. Anakin heads the Defender straight for the Separatist flagship. Ahsoka heads off to command the fighter squadron, leaving Rex and Admiral Yularen in charge of the Resolute.

Anakin leaves the Defender with R2-D2 and boards an escape pod. Captain Tuuk orders all cannons to fire at the Defender, but it is already too close, and he escapes from the ship. The Defender pierces the center sphere of the battleship. The Resolute moves into position, and Ahsoka leads a squadron of BTL-B Y-wing starfighters toward the blockade. The battle droids are now leaderless, and are quite confused, but manage to order a basic attack on the Resolute. The Y-wings are joined by V-19 Torrents, and they manage to rip apart the remaining ships in the blockade. Three Acclamator assault ships emerge from hyperspace. Obi-Wan contacts Ahsoka, not even wanting to know where the rest of Anakin's fleet is, or why Anakin is in an escape pod. Rex dispatches a shuttle to pick up Anakin's escape pod.



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Behind the scenes

The ramming of the damaged Defender by a skeleton crew (which escaped in a small lifecraft just before impact) into the main enemy flagship is highly reminiscent of the English fireships, used to great effect against the Spanish Armada.

The scope device on Captain Tuuk's data goggles was partly inspired by the mechanical monocle worn by a Ko-Dan fleet officer in The Last Starfighter. Originally, Tuuk was planned to die aboard his ship, but he was deemed interesting enough and spared.[1]

The scene where a droid starfighter crashes into the bridge of Anakin's flagship mirrors the scene from Return of the Jedi when an A-wing starfighter crashes into the Super Star Destroyer's bridge. Even the line "It's too late!" from Admiral Yularen can be clearly be heard in the scene.



In the short scene when the three V-19 Torrent fighters are seen flying from the Defender to the Resolute, and again as it tilts its hull toward the Separatist blockade, the bridge of the Resolute is missing its red coloring, which distinguishes it as Anakin's flagship.

A mistaken shot in the episode shows the Defender with both of its command towers intact just moments after showing the ship with the starboard tower destroyed.

Notes and reference

External links

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Feature film
Season One:
"Ambush" · "Rising Malevolence" · "Shadow of Malevolence" · "Destroy Malevolence" · "Rookies" · "Downfall of a Droid" · "Duel of the Droids" · "Bombad Jedi" · "Cloak of Darkness" · "Lair of Grievous" · "Dooku Captured" · "The Gungan General" · "Jedi Crash" · "Defenders of Peace" · "Trespass" · "The Hidden Enemy" · "Blue Shadow Virus" · "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" · "Storm Over Ryloth" · "Innocents of Ryloth" · "Liberty on Ryloth" · "Hostage Crisis"
Season Two:
"Holocron Heist" · "Cargo of Doom" · "Children of the Force" · "Senate Spy" · "Landing at Point Rain" · "Weapons Factory" · "Legacy of Terror" · "Brain Invaders" · "Grievous Intrigue" · "The Deserter" · "Lightsaber Lost" · "The Mandalore Plot" · "Voyage of Temptation" · "Duchess of Mandalore" · "Senate Murders"
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