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"Ambush" is the first episode of Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the first episode of the series overall. Before its television premiere, the episode was shown on the Television Critics Association press tour on July 11, 2008[3] and later at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia in September.[4] "Ambush" aired on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. Though it is the first episode of the series, "Ambush" is the fifth episode chronologically, being preceded by the later episode "Supply Lines."[5]

Official description[]

Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three Clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.

Plot summary[]

Episode I
A galaxy divided by war! Peaceful
worlds must choose sides or face
the threat of invasion. Republic
and Separatist armies vie for the
allegiance of neutral planets.

Desperate to build
a Republic supply base on the
system of Toydaria, Jedi Master Yoda
travels to secret negotiations on a
remote neutral moon....

Yoda's ship being ambushed by the Separatists.

Jedi Master Yoda is dispatched to the dried coral moon of Rugosa to convince King Katuunko to allow the Galactic Republic to build a base in Toydarian territory. As the Toydarian monarch King Katuunko and his retinue await the arrival of their Jedi envoy, Asajj Ventress arrives and presents Katuunko with a hologram of Count Dooku, who attempts to express the Jedi's supposed incapability to protect Toydaria in hopes of swaying the king to his cause. In orbit of the Rugosa moon, two Banking clan frigates ambush Yoda's ship, forcing him to take an escape pod while his ship escapes the system. Three clonesLieutenant Thire, Jek, and Rys—accompany him to the surface.

The Republic frigate leaves the system, a move that Asajj Ventress spins to the king as a sign of weakness. Her attempts at persuasion are interrupted however by a holographic call from Yoda, in which the Jedi Master offers his greetings. Ventress then suggests a deal: if Yoda can escape her best troops, then Toydaria will be free to join the Republic. But if he should fail and the droids prevail, Toydaria will join the Separatists.

Yoda leading Thire, Jek and Rys.

Agreeing to Ventress' proposal, Yoda and his troops march through the coral forest as a Separatist landing ship carrying a full battalion of droids arrives. Yoda and his men then face off against a large number of droids and several tanks. The tanks find it difficult to penetrate the dense coral forest, forcing the droid commander 224 to send his troops out on foot, which allows the clones to ambush them in small groups. Eventually, Thire is wounded, and the group is forced to retreat.

Yoda and the clones make their way to a dried gulch lined with caves, to rest and recover. Inside a cave, the clones are less than enthusiastic about their current situation, as they find themselves outnumbered and outgunned. To raise spirits, Yoda gives his troopers a small lesson about them being individuals despite their origin as clones, and that it is their mind which makes them strong, not their numbers or weapons.

Yoda faces approaching droidekas.

As the droid column approaches, Master Yoda decides to face them alone, ordering his clone troopers to stay out of sight until their help is truly needed. The droids report the current situation to Ventress, who in turn orders them to open fire. Yoda ends up cutting the whole battalion to pieces, and angered, Ventress sends out ten droidekas to deal with the Jedi Master. Just before the droidekas can finish the Jedi Master, Thire launches their last rocket at an overhanging bluff, sending an avalanche of rock crashing down on the droideka reinforcements.

Katuunko is impressed by the display, and opts to have Toydaria join the Republic. Furious about the outcome, Dooku orders Ventress to kill the king. Ventress knocks the king's Toydarian Guards unconscious and prepares to deal the killing blow, but Master Yoda arrives just in time, stopping Ventress mid-swing. Rather than surrender, Ventress quickly triggers an avalanche with pre-planted explosive charges, using it as a distraction to escape in her solar sailer. King Katuunko gladly accepts Yoda's offer to join the Republic, and Republic gunships come to retrieve the group.


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  • George Lucas – Executive Producer
  • Catherine Winder – Producer
  • Dave Filoni – Supervising Director
  • Dave Bullock – Director, Story Artist
  • Steven Melching – Writer
  • Henry Gilroy – Story Editor
  • Kevin Kiner – Composer
  • Sarah Wall – Associate Producer
  • Andrew Harris – CG & Lighting Supervisor
  • Mark Therrell – Character Supervisor
  • Vincent Toscano – Digital Set Supervisor
  • Paul Zinnes – Digital Set Supervisor
  • Tim Brock – Design and Concept Artist, Texture Artist
  • Russell Chong – Design and Concept Artist
  • Thang Le – Design and Concept Artist
  • Kilian Plunkett – Design and Concept Artist
  • Matt Gaser – Design and Concept Artist
  • Jackson Sze – Design and Concept Artist
  • Matt Cioffi – Modeler
  • John Dodelson – Modeler
  • John Childress Farmer – Modeler
  • Justin Leach – Senior Rigger
  • Greg Maguire – Rigger
  • Rick O'Conner – Rigger
  • Carlo Sansonetti – Rigger
  • Kiaran Ritchie – Rigger
  • Francis Hsu – Senior Texture Artist
  • Steve Ly – Texture Artist
  • Kristen Borges – Texture Artist
  • Renee Binkowski – Texture Artist
  • Steward Lee – Story Artist
  • Justin Ridge – Story Artist
  • Bosco Ng – Story Artist
  • Le Tang – Story Artist
  • Sergio Paez – Story Artist
  • Ryan Heuett – Layout Lead
  • Shawn Lovette – Layout Artist
  • Justin Mettam – Layout Artist
  • Kurt Nellis – Layout Artist
  • Ben Price – Layout Artist
  • Greg Rizzi – Layout Artist
  • Dani Sukiennik – Layout Artist
  • Daniel Zizmor – Layout Artist
  • Jackie Huang – Layout Artist
  • Rónán Debrun – Animation Supervisor
  • Rob Coleman – Animation Consultant
  • Kyle Dunlevy – Animation Lead
  • Cedric Lo – Animation Lead
  • Benjamin Goerlach – Animator
  • Jason Ho – Animator
  • Alicia Ko – Animator
  • Ullas Narayana – Animator
  • Adrian Ng Chee Wei – Animator
  • Jean Poh – Animator
  • Ronald Saw – Animator
  • Peter Tan – Animator
  • Jane Wong Mun Poh – Animator
  • Edward Zhou – Animator
  • Matthew Gidney – Digital Artist Supervisor
  • Benjamin Huber – Digital Artist Lead
  • Bertrand Ong – Digital Artist Lead
  • Sandro Di Segni – Digital Artist Lead
  • Ryan T. Smith – Digital Artist Lead
  • Aung Min – Digital Artist
  • Nicholas Chong – Digital Artist
  • Vincent Chua – Digital Artist
  • Roger Lee – Digital Artist
  • Lyon Liew – Digital Artist
  • Snowy Leo – Digital Artist
  • Pedro Pozo – Digital Artist
  • Ronald Samson – Digital Artist
  • Siau Yene Aug – Digital Artist
  • Sonny Sy – Digital Artist
  • Calvin Kuah Syhlin – Digital Artist
  • Pornthep Tom Wongkitigumjorn – Digital Artist
  • Ashley Gumyoung Kim – Digital Artist
  • Manuel Macha – Digital Artist
  • Alicia Chiang – Digital Artist
  • Raghuram Palasamudram – Digital Artist
  • Arild Anfinnsen – Digital Artist
  • Iiao Feng-l Leo – Digital Artist
  • Athena Yvette Portillo – Overseas Associate Producer
  • Aamir Ghani – Overseas Production Manager
  • Julia Ferguson – Production Coordinator
  • Bonnie Szeki Lin – Production Coordinator
  • Gulaya Leagnavar – Production Coordinator
  • Jennifer Tang Hl – Production Assistant
  • Jason Tucker – Editor
  • Nicolas Anastassiou – Associate Editor
  • Jules Beesley – Assistant Editor
  • Orlando Duenas – Music Editor
  • Robert Bonstin – Online Editor
  • Steven Scott – Supervising Digital Colorist
  • Susan Blu – Casting Director
  • Ellen Connell – Script & Casting Assistant Production Manager
  • David Gray – Asset Production Supervisor
  • Lewis Foulke – Design & Modeling Assistant Production Manager
  • Gray Scheppke – Production Coordinator
  • Hugh Hitchens – Additional Production Manager
  • Michele Yost – Story & Layout Production Supervisor
  • Trisha Brunner – Post Production & Editorial Supervisor
  • Lauren Balson – Animation & Retake Coordinator
  • Kristine Donovan – Lighting & Retake Coordinator
  • Cindy LeJuene – Production Accountant
  • Doc Jackson – Assistant Production Accountant
  • Gail Currey – Executive in Charge of Production
  • Jane Bay – Executive Assistant to George Lucas
  • Anne Merrifield – Assistant to George Lucas
  • Gregg Ricks – Production Support
  • Lynn Bartsch – Additional Production Support
  • Jenn Berry – Additional Production Support
  • Betsy Delis – Additional Production Support
  • Rob Gianino – Additional Production Support
  • Jann Moorhead – Additional Production Support
  • Norman Praught – Additional Production Support
  • Dina Smith – Additional Production Support
  • Heather Stewart – Additional Production Support
  • Nicole Vigil – Additional Production Support
  • Rob Wynn – Additional Production Support
  • Mark Evans – Scoring Mixer
  • Cameron Davis – Dialogue Recordist
  • Tyler Foster – Assistant Dialogue Recordist
  • Matthew Wood – Supervising Sound Editor
  • David Acord – Sound Designer
  • Juan Peralta – Re-Recording Mixer
  • Ellen Heuer – Foley Artist
  • Dennie Thorpe – Foley Artist
  • Jana Vance – Foley Artist
  • Frank Rinella – Foley Editor & Mixer
  • Sean England – Foley Recordist
  • Steve Slanec – ADR Spotting
  • Stephen Parker – Technical Director Pipeline
  • Angela Traeger – Look Development Technical Director
  • Chris Foreman – Software Engineer
  • Zoe Glynn – Software Engineer
  • Yoel Susanto – Software Engineer
  • Alan Trombla – Software Engineer
  • Jon Morley – Software Engineer
  • Stephan Steinbach – Software Engineer
  • Akanksha Sahu – Software Engineer
  • Rebs Guarina – IT Support
  • Ye Lynn Kyaw C.J. – IT Support
  • Joe Giller – IT Support
  • Pouchon Venerin – Assistant Technical Director
  • James E. Berkheimer – Assistant Technical Director
  • Eddy Piedra – Assistant Technical Director
  • David Stern-Gottfried – Assistant Technical Director
  • Grace Rante – Technical Assistant
  • Benjamin Thong – Technical Assistant
  • Mathias Hilger – Editorial Technician


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"Ambush" marked the series' debut on October 3, 2008. It brought in 3.96 million viewers,[6] and was Cartoon Network's most watched series premiere.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

"So we do things far better in a late episode in Season One than we did in the movie, for the theatrical release of Clone Wars. So I think there were some kind of juxtapositional episodes based on that. You know, we all liked the Yoda episode, 'Ambush in the Outer Rim', and I thought that we all felt that, you know, fans had never really seen something that was that Yoda-specific before, but um, you know, we all felt it would be a really strong way to start the series with a really fun episode about Yoda."
―Director Dave Filoni, during an interview[src]

The episode's original name was "Ambush in the Outer Rim."[8] Its title was first revealed by Henry Gilroy in an interview that featured in Star Wars Insider 103.[9]

The original moral of this episode was supposed to be, "Great leadership comes in all sizes."[1]

"Ambush" was originally not supposed to be aired as the first episode of Season One, but the episodes' order was changed very close to the series' premiere.[10][11]

Almost two years after the original airing of "Ambush," a prequel episode titled "Supply Lines" aired on September 24, 2010 as part of season three. It revealed the Republic's original purpose to use Toydaria as a staging ground to help the Twi'leks and supply them with food and medical supplies, which intertwined with the Ryloth Trilogy of episodes which aired later on in Season One.


Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: "Ambush" on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and "Bombad Jedi" in 22 BBY. As the events of "Ambush" take place between the two aforementioned media according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), it must also be set in the same year.
  3. IGN: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Our First Look
  4. TheForce.Net - Star Wars News From Dragon*Con
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) on Twitter: "216 116 T 301 303 101-115 117-121 201-203 217-219 204-214 220-222 305-307 302 304 308 122 309-311 215 312-322 S4 502-513 501 514-520 601-613" (backup link)
  6. 'Clone Wars' pulls in record ratings - Variety
  7. Clone Wars a force for Cartoon Network - Hollywood Reporter
  8. Force-Cast on TheForce.net
  9. Star Wars Insider 103
  10. Tom Hodges on Dark Horse message boards
  11. Databank title.png Rugosa in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)