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This article is about the Clone Wars episode. You may be looking for the similarly titled novel Cloak of Deception.

"Ignore your instincts at your peril."
―Moral[src]

"Cloak of Darkness" is the ninth episode in Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It is the ninth episode of the series overall and the second in a three-part storyline started with the previous episode, "Bombad Jedi."

Official description[]

Ahsoka and Jedi Master Luminara escort captured Viceroy Nute Gunray to trial, unaware that Count Dooku has dispatched his deadly apprentice assassin Asajj Ventress to free the prisoner and eliminate the Jedi.

Plot summary[]

Episode 9
CLOAK OF DARKNESS
Viceroy Gunray captured!
Senator Padmé Amidala has scored a
victory against the Separatist Alliance
on the remote world of Rodia, securing
the arrest of the diabolical Confederate
leader Nute Gunray.

The Jedi Council has dispatched Master
Luminara Unduli and Anakin Skywalker's Padawan
Ahsoka to escort the Viceroy to Coruscant
under heavy guard. Once there, he will
face trial for his many war crimes....

Viceroy Gunray has been transferred to the Tranquility under Luminara Unduli, where he was to be carefully taken to Coruscant to face trial for war crimes. Ahsoka and a number of Senate Commandoes under Captain Faro Argyus had also been transferred. Ahsoka does not think that all the extra security is necessary, but Master Unduli assures her that the Neimoidian is more dangerous than he looks. Unduli suggests that his allies could be conspiring against them.

Elsewhere, Darth Sidious informs Count Dooku that Gunray poses a significant danger to them and their plans if he is interrogated. Dooku tells him that he has already put a plan into motion. Dooku is sending his assassin and best agent Asajj Ventress, despite her previous failures, to either rescue or silence Gunray. Once Sidious is gone, Dooku impresses on Ventress the fact that failure is not an option.

Ventress in the engine room of Tranquility.

Back on the Tranquility, Unduli and Ahsoka interrogate the Viceroy. When they get nowhere and the Viceroy refuses to answer their questions, Ahsoka threatens him, only to be chastised by Unduli. Nonetheless, the threats coerce Gunray to start talking. Unfortunately for the two Jedi, a swarm of Vulture Droids escorting three Separatist boarding ships attack the Tranquility. Super battle droids assault the Cruiser and easily defeated the first wave of clones. After the shooting stopped, Ventress entered the hanger. She saw one clone who was still alive struggling to right himself. The clone spotted her and Ventress ignites her lightsaber and charged at him. Before the trooper could relay a message, Ventress decapitated the clone and stole his communications equipment off of his headless body so she could listen in on the clones’ movements. Commander Gree, a squad of Green Company, and Unduli go off to deal with the droids, leaving Ahsoka to guard Gunray. Ventress infiltrates the engine room and plants a number of thermal charges on the cruiser's generators before going to the brig. The Super Battle Droids are destroyed, leaving Ventress the last enemy on board. She duels Ahsoka for a short while before ironically locking her in Gunray's cell. Luckily, Unduli's timely arrival prevents Ventress from rescuing Gunray. Unfortunately, the assassin detonates the charges, rocking the ship before fleeing down the elevator shaft. Unduli goes after Ventress, confident that she can defeat the assassin, leaving Ahsoka again, in spite of the Padawan's insistence that Ventress is too dangerous for any one Jedi to combat. Argyus advises Ahsoka to do what she thinks is right, Gree tells her she should just follow orders, while Gunray simply states “All I know is I never risk my own skin if I don't have to.” to which Ahsoka, Gree, and Argyus all glare at him. Ahsoka goes to help Unduli.

In the generator room, Ventress and Unduli duel: Unduli is swiftly outmatched as Ventress, outraged because Unduli is taunting her fighting style as a sloppy, amateurish and unrefined imitation of Dooku's, overpowers Unduli and traps her under a number of collapsed pipes. Ahsoka makes a timely save only for Ventress to escape again. She then press a button that activates a signal. Back in the brig, Argyus receives the signal and betrays his fellow commandos and frees Gunray, revealing that he was bribed by Dooku to help rescue the viceroy. Commander Gree manages to overpower him after a brief fight. Gree asks Argyus why he's doing this. Argyus tells him "A clone like you wouldn't understand but I wanted a life filled with more than empty servitude." A disgusted Gree snarls, "And for that you'd betray the Republic." Argyus states "It's like I told the Padawan: Sometimes being a good soldier means doing what you think is right" and dives for his blaster. Gree intercepts him and knocks him out. Gree snarls, "You and I disagree on what makes a good soldier" and prepares to kill the turncoat only to be knocked out by Gunray. They make their escape on the docked Republic ship in the lower hangar, joined by Ventress, who uses an escape pod. Argyus gloats that he will take most of the glory in his report to Count Dooku, but Ventress impales him, killing the turncoat.

Later, Unduli and Ahsoka report to Yoda and Anakin Skywalker about the loss. They are told that they may be able to track the stolen ship. Ahsoka leaves to join Skywalker with Kit Fisto's fleet, but not before receiving an apology from Unduli for not having listened to her monition about Ventress.

Continuity[]

Dooku is wearing his cape during his conversation with Sidious, but when Ventress enters the room immediately afterwards, the cloak has disappeared.

When Ahsoka arrives, she is seen carrying Luminara's lightsaber, cuts Luminara free with it and then hands it back to her. All the while, her own lightsaber is not clipped to her belt, nor seen anywhere. However, when Ventress attacks them both, suddenly Ahsoka has her lightsaber.

Credits[]

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Cast Crew

Cast

Crew

  • George Lucas – Executive Producer
  • Catherine Winder – Producer
  • Dave Filoni – Director
  • Paul Dini – Writer
  • Henry Gilroy – Series Writer
  • Kevin Kiner – Composer
  • Sarah Wall – Associate Producer
  • Andrew Harris – CG & Lighting Supervisor
  • Paul Zinnes – Digital Set Supervisor
  • Jason Tucker – Editor
  • Russell Chong – Design & Concept Artist
  • Matt Gaser – Design & Concept Artist
  • Thang Le – Design & Concept Artist
  • Darren Marshall – Design & Concept Artist
  • Kilian Plunkett – Design & Concept Artist
  • Jackson Sze – Design & Concept Artist
  • Wayne Lo – Design & Concept Artist
  • John Dodelson – Design & Concept Artist
  • Matt Cioffi – Design & Concept Artist
  • Jon Childress Farmer – Design & Concept Artist
  • Punn Wiantrakoon – Design & Concept Artist
  • Justin Leach – Senior Rigger
  • Rick O'Conner – Rigger
  • Kiaran Ritchie – Rigger
  • Carlo Sansonetti – Rigger
  • Francis Hsu – Senior Texture Artist
  • Tim Brock – Texture Artist
  • Renee Binkowski – Texture Artist
  • Steve Ly – Texture Artist
  • Kristen Borges – Texture Artist
  • Mark Therrell – Character Consultant
  • Rob Coleman – Animation Consultant
  • Rónán Debrun – Animation Consultant
  • David Bullock – Story Artist
  • Steward Lee – Story Artist
  • Rick Morales – Story Artist
  • Justin Ridge – Story Artist
  • Bosco Ng – Story Artist
  • Le Tang – Story Artist
  • Sergio Paez – Story Artist
  • Ryan Heuett – Layout Lead
  • Jackie Huang – Layout Artist
  • Justin Mettam – Layout Artist
  • Ben Price – Layout Artist
  • Daniel Zizmor – Layout Artist
  • Jahkeeli Garnett – Layout Artist
  • Adam Schnitzer – Pre-Visualization Supervisor
  • Vincent Toscano – Technical Pre-Visualization Lead
  • 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
  • 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 LeJeune – Production Accountant
  • James Goldin – 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
  • Lynn Bartsch – Additional Production Support
  • Jenn Berry – Additional Production Support
  • Betsy Delis – Additional Production Support
  • Rob Gianino – Additional Production Support
  • Meagan Miller – Additional Production Support
  • Jann Moorhead – Additional Production Support
  • Athena Yvette Portillo – 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
  • Ivan C – CGCG Production Executive
  • Andy Tsao – CGCG Production Executive
  • Sareana Sun – CGCG Head of Production
  • Lucy Shih – CGCG Line Producer
  • Daisy Fang – Production Team
  • Daniel Cheng – Production Team
  • Jacky Cheng – Character Setup Director
  • Nicolas Chen – Asset Team
  • Kai-hung Hsiao – Asset Team
  • Bernie Huang – Asset Team
  • Nathan Kuo – Asset Team
  • Coco Lee – Asset Team
  • Eugene Ling – Asset Team
  • Jing-hui Lu – Asset Team
  • I-fu Wu – Asset Team
  • Terry Yu – Asset Team
  • Jesse Yeh – Animation Director
  • Kevin Jong – Animation Director
  • Adan Zhong – Animation Lead
  • Akira Chang – Animator
  • Ming-Wei Cheng – Animator
  • Pitt Hsu – Animator
  • Joanna Ku – Animator
  • Nelson Lin – Animator
  • Lisa Liou – Animator
  • Gordon Tang – Animator
  • Ego Wang – Animator
  • Feng-yi Hsiao – Lighting Lead
  • Ya-li Chiu – Lighting Artist
  • Coddy Hsieh – Lighting Artist
  • Sheng-lang Huang – Lighting Artist
  • Chia-ching Lin – Lighting Artist
  • Chin-san Lin – Lighting Artist
  • Li-ya Wu – Lighting Artist
  • Yu-zhe Zhou – Lighting Artist
  • Vincent Chou – Special Effects Lead
  • Kung-jen Liu – Special Effects Artist
  • Sam Wu – Special Effects Artist
  • Tonny Fang – CGCG R&D
  • Indigo Tang – CGCG R&D
  • Gene Lin – CGCG R&D
  • Kai-wei Tang – CGCG R&D
  • Alen Fang – CGCG System Administration
  • Tung-yuan Lu – CGCG System Administration
  • Basen Chen – CGCG System Administration
  • Wei-zhe Yang – CGCG System Administration
  • 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
  • Stephen Parker – Technical Director Pipeline
  • Angela Traeger – Look Development Technical Director
  • Alan Trombla – Software Engineer
  • Jon Morley – Software Engineer
  • Stephan Steinbach – Software Engineer
  • Akanksha Sahu – Software Engineer
  • Sean Whitacre – IT Support
  • Joe Giller – IT Support
  • Thomas Hendrickson – IT Support
  • David Stern-Gottfried – Assistant Technical Director
  • Pouchón Venerin – Assistant Technical Director
  • James Berkheimer – Technical Assistant
  • Eddy Piedra – Technical Assistant
  • Gregg Ricks – Technical Assistant
  • Mathias Hilger – Editorial Technician

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Characters

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Droid models

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Events

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Locations

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Organizations and titles

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Sentient species

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Weapons and technology

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Miscellanea

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