"A plan is only as good as those who see it through."

"Destroy Malevolence" is the fourth episode of Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It is the fourth episode of the series overall, and concludes a three-part storyline. It aired on October 17, 2008 on Cartoon Network. Its title was first revealed on Anthony Daniels' website.

Official description[]

Padmé Amidala and C-3PO are taken hostage by General Grievous, leaving Anakin and Obi-Wan to save the Senator and complete the destruction of the Malevolence. Anakin and Obi-Wan chase down the Malevolence, hoping to destroy it before it can escape. But when Padmé and C-3PO are captured and held hostage aboard, the Jedi are forced to hatch a new plan.

Plot summary[]

Episode 4
Grievous in retreat! Before the
battleship Malevolence could
destroy an Outer Rim clone
medical base, a Republic strike
force, under the command of
Jedi General Anakin Skywalker,
crippled the warship, disabling
its dreaded ion cannon.

Now the Jedi relentlessly pursue
the Malevolence....

During the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula, the Malevolence is left heavily damaged and trailed by three Star Destroyers. Unable to jump to hyperspace, Grievous is forced to buy time. Luckily for him, Darth Sidious and Count Dooku had arranged for Senator Amidala (with C-3PO in her company) to fly directly onto his ship, herself believing that she was heading for negotiations with the InterGalactic Banking Clan Supreme Executive. Once Padmé comes out of hyperspace, she is pulled into the warship via a tractor beam. She manages to contact the Republic forces, asking them to continue their attacks, regardless of her own safety. However, Anakin orders their ships to cease their attack.

Padmé rigs her ship's engines to explode so that when Grievous comes on board to capture her, the galaxy would be rid of him. Unfortunately, he survives the blast and has his droids search for her and Threepio. Anakin heads a rescue mission composed of him, Obi-Wan and Artoo to save her. The Twilight then latches onto the Malevolence by an emergency air lock and they board the ship and manage to contact the senator, who gives them her location. They set a rendezvous point at the warship's transportation system. They each get on separate trains. Anakin uses the Force to bring Padmé over to him because a super battle droid destroyed the rest of Padmé's track. Their train goes into a tunnel, where they enjoy a brief romantic moment alone; Obi-Wan tries to get Threepio, but he gets hit by another train in transit. As they are about to kiss, Anakin is contacted by Obi-Wan about Threepio.

Anakin plans on rescuing him, but Padmé informs the Jedi that the hyperdrive is close to finishing; Obi-Wan goes to destroy the hyperdrive. However, Grievous learns of this and sends droids down to guard the drive. Meanwhile, Anakin and Padmé reach the bridge when the ship is almost ready to jump to hyperspace. They quickly destroy all the droids and rig the ship's navicomputer. They then leave the bridge, hiding the broken droids before others could find out what happened.

Obi-Wan duels with Grievous after dispatching his droids and manages to avoid the cyborg's clutches. He reaches the Twilight along with the rest of the group and as they leave the ship, Grievous pursues in his starfighter. The droids on the warship then try to jump to hyperspace, only to discover that Anakin rigged the navicomputer to set a course right into the moon. Grievous watches in horror as the ship crashes into a nearby moon, then flees the system.

While Grievous was not killed on the Malevolence, his warship is finally destroyed and Senator Amidala is rescued from the ship. The loss hurts Grievous's credibility with Count Dooku, the former ending communications with the Count due to the shame of the ship being destroyed.


Some ideas from the original script of the episode included: Quarsh Panaka being captured alongside Padmé and being brutally murdered by Grievous; a lightsaber duel between Grievous and Plo Koon on the exterior of Malevolence in space; and Jedi sneaking aboard the Malevolence by freezing themselves in carbonite to get past droid bioscans and radiation beams.[4] While the first two ideas were eventually abandoned completely, the carbonite infiltration maneuver was later adapted into the stories of The Clone Wars: Shipyards of Doom and the Season 3 episode "The Citadel."

Additionally, Anakin's original plan of entering the Malevolence was a foolish hyperspace micro-jump to deploy the Twilight centimeters from the ship's hull. Padmé and C-3PO were also originally rushing to the battle site to aid in the evacuation of the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, but these were also changed after script revisions.

When General Grievous and his droids surround Obi-Wan near the hyperdrive, he says "Hello there." Obi-Wan would later repeat this line to the General in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and would even later say the line to R2-D2 during his debut appearance in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Anakin's comments about spinning "being a good trick" are references to his line in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

The final frame of the episode shows all these prequel characters (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padmé, C-3PO, and R2-D2) being depicted together for the first time (They were scattered across different planets in the films).

Behind the scenes[]

A preview snippet of this episode can be unlocked on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film) Blu-ray after playing a memory game.


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  • George Lucas – Executive Producer
  • Catherine Winder – Producer
  • Dave Filoni – Supervising Director
  • Brian Kalin O'Connell – Director
  • Steven Melching – Writer
  • Scott Murphy – Supervising Writer
  • Henry Gilroy – Staff Writer
  • Kevin Kiner – Composer
  • Sarah Wall – Associate Producer
  • Athena Yvette Portillo – Associate Producer
  • Andrew Harris – CG & Lighting Supervisor
  • Paul Zinnes – Digital Set Supervisor
  • Tim Brock – Design and Concept Artist, Texture Artist
  • Russell Chong – Design and Concept Artist
  • Matt Gaser – Design and Concept Artist
  • Thang Le – Design and Concept Artist
  • Kilian Plunkett – Design and Concept Artist
  • Alex Woo – Design and Concept Artist
  • John Dodelson – Modeler
  • Jon Childress Farmer – Modeler
  • Justin Leach – Senior Rigger
  • Rick O'Conner – Rigger
  • Kiaran Ritchie – Rigger
  • Francis Hsu – Senior Texture Artist
  • Steve Ly – Texture Artist
  • Renee Binkowski – Texture Artist
  • Kristen Borges – Texture Artist
  • Mark Therrell – Character Consultant
  • Rob Coleman – Animation Consultant
  • Steward Lee – Story Artist
  • Bosco Ng – Story Artist
  • Rick Morales – Story Artist
  • Justin Ridge – Story Artist
  • Le Tang – Story Artist
  • Sergio Paez – Story Artist
  • Ryan Heuett – Layout Lead
  • Justin Mettam – Layout Artist
  • Ben Price – Layout Artist
  • Daniel Zizmor – Layout Artist
  • Jackie Huang – Layout Artist
  • Adam Schitzer – Pre-Visualization Supervisor
  • Vincent Toscano – Technical Pre-Visualization Lead
  • Jason Tucker – Editor
  • Nicolas Anastassiou – Associate Editor
  • Jules Beesley – Assistant Editor
  • Orlando Duenas – Music Editor
  • Robert Bonstin – Online Editor
  • Steve Bowen – Supervising Digital Colorist
  • Ellen Connell – Script & Casting Assistant Production Manager
  • David Gray – Asset Production Supervisor
  • Gary 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
  • 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
  • Jann Moorhead – Additional Production Support
  • Norman Praught – 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
  • Peter Ou – Production Team
  • Jacky Cheng – Character Setup Director
  • Kai-hung Hsiao – Asset Team
  • Bernie Huang – Asset Team
  • Nicolas Ku – Asset Team
  • Nathan Kuo – Asset Team
  • Coco Lee – Asset Team
  • Eugene Ling – Asset Team
  • Cindy Liu – Asset Team
  • Jing-hui Lu – Asset Team
  • I-fu Wu – Asset Team
  • Terry Yu – Asset Team
  • Chun-chieh Wang – Layout Artist
  • John Lin – Layout Artist
  • River Lin – Layout Artist
  • Max Wang – Layout Artist
  • Kevin Jong – Animation Lead
  • Chen-ming Chen – Animator
  • Milk Wang – Animator
  • Yone Chang – Animator
  • Ray Lin – Animator
  • Alvin Chen – Animator
  • Hao Chang – Animator
  • Yi-ju Tsao – Animator
  • Lucifero Shin – Animator
  • Chun-Jung Chu – Animator
  • Ahen Chou – Animator
  • Shogna Chang – Animator
  • Special Shih – Animator
  • Gordon Tang – Animator
  • Ming-Wei Cheng – Animator
  • Ego Wang – Animator
  • Akira Chang – Animator
  • Lisa Liou – Animator
  • Mike Wang – Animator
  • Ted Chen – Animator
  • Joanna Ku – Animator
  • Tsung-tai Liu – Cloth Lead
  • James Hsieh &nash; Cloth Artist
  • Chien-fan Liu – Cloth Artist
  • Yao-cheng Wang – Lighting Lead
  • Chen-tung Chien – Lighting Artist
  • Chin-ling Chen – Lighting Artist
  • Chung-kai Hsueh – Lighting Artist
  • Young-pei Liu – Lighting Artist
  • Yi-kai Shieh – Lighting Artist
  • Kuo-ching Tseng – Lighting Artist
  • Yu-fang Yen – Lighting Artist
  • Hong-ming Uang – Lighting Artist
  • Clare Yang – Special Effects Lead
  • Ming-Chia Lee – Special Effects Artist
  • Leon Lin – Special Effects Artist
  • Fantry Yang – Special Effects Artist
  • Tonny Fang – 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
  • Tom Myers – Re-Recording Mixer
  • Juan Peralta – Re-Recording Mixer
  • Dennie Thorpe – Foley Artist
  • Ellen Heuer – 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
  • Akankshu Sahu – Software Engineer
  • Steven Steinbach – Software Engineer
  • Sean Whitacre – IT Support
  • David Stern-Gottfried – Assistant Technical Director
  • Pouchón Venerin – Assistant Technical Director
  • Eddy Piedra – Technical Assistant
  • Gregg Ricks – Technical Assistant
  • James Berkheimer – Technical Assistant
  • Mathias Hilger – Editorial Technician


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