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"The best confidence builder is experience."

"Rookies" is the fifth episode of Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It is the fifth episode of the series overall. It first aired on Cartoon Network on October 24, 2008. It was later shown on TNT, premiering on February 25, 2009.

Official description[]

Alone on a distant outpost, Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex must inspire the rookie clones to believe in themselves to stave off a Commando droid invasion.

Plot summary[]

Episode 5
Clone forces rally! As the war
escalates in the Outer Rim, the
Jedi Knights are spread thinly
across the galaxy. Many new
clones are rushed into service
to support their Jedi generals.
Unfortunately, because of the
relentless demands of battle,
many young clones must join
the struggle before their
intensive training has been
completed. These clones,
manning a vital network of
tracking stations, are all that
stand between the Republic
and invasion…

On the remote Rishi Moon, a small unit of rookie clones stationed there, including Hevy, Echo, Fives, Droidbait, and Cutup are restless and deprived of battle. Echo reads reg manuals while Hevy daydreams of being on the front lines when Sergeant O'Niner reminds them that their listening post is vital in keeping an eye on Separatist activities and making sure they do not try to slip past and launch a surprise attack on Kamino, the center of clone production and training. The Sergeant orders his men to prepare for an inspection by Captain Rex and Commander Cody, who are en route. Soon after, the station detects an incoming meteor shower and prompts it to raise its shields. But the meteors aren't all meteors—two of them are boarding ships carrying several droid commandos.

With brutal efficiency, the droids infiltrate the base and waste no time in executing Sergeant O'Niner along with three rookie clone troopers, forcing the remaining four clones to flee the base through the exhaust vent. The commando droids report their success to General Grievous. Pleased, Grievous contacts Asajj Ventress on Kamino, where she is making secret preparations for a Separatist invasion.

Hevy, Echo, Fives, and Cutup emerge from a maintenance tunnel into a deep crater below the outpost and plan their next move. Suddenly a massive Rishi eel silently emerges from one of the many caves in the crater, snatches Cutup in its jaws, and disappears back into its hole taking the other rookies by surprise. Just then Cody and Rex's shuttle flies in for a landing high above. Hevy, Fives, and Echo are unable to make contact by radio, so they decide to use a warning flare.

Up on the platform the clone officers are met by a peculiar "clone" who gestures awkwardly and talks like a droid. The "clone" tries to convince them that the base is in perfect condition, though Rex demands to see the sergeant in-command. When the "clone" responds with "Roger, roger," both officers become immediately suspicious before Rex spots the flare. Rex immediately shoots the impersonator, much to Cody's surprise. Rex tells Cody to relax, as he takes the helmet off, revealing it to be a droid commando. The remaining commando droids soon ambush the two officers; in the ensuing firefight, they manage to destroy one of them before the captain and another droid toss thermal detonators which destroy their ship. Under the cover of the explosion, Rex and Cody escape into the crater where they meet up with the rookie clones; unsure if they are droids or not, Rex demands they take off their helmets. They do so, reassuring Rex. The eel returns for a second attack, but Rex kills it before it can strike. The two officers then explain to the rookies that they need to take the base with the "shinies." Rex and Cody are determined to retake the base, and Hevy, Fives, and Echo are up for the task.

As they lack the weaponry to break through the blast doors, Rex comes up with an idea. Posing as a droid commando in disguise, he approaches the gate where three commando droids are standing guard. Unit 07 answers and notices that Unit 26's vocabulator is off, demanding to see his faceplate. Rex dives down and picks up Unit 26's droid head. Cody comments on how absurd the plan is, but Unit 07 takes the ruse and opens the gate. The three commando droids are surprised by Rex's appearance and are gunned down by the group. They later storm the command center and retake it from the commando droids.

Unfortunately, the Confederacy navy led by Grievous has arrived, and when he can't make contact with the commandos, Grievous sends down reinforcements. Not wanting the base to fall back into enemy hands, the clones resolve to blow it up with liquid tibanna, which would disrupt the all-clear signal, thereby alerting the Republic. As the other clones escape through the tunnels, Hevy tries to arm the explosives but the remote doesn't work, so he decides to activate it manually. In a heroic last stand, Hevy is wounded. The droids are unsure of what to do with him, asking each other if they take prisoners; Hevy defiantly says that he doesn't, and sets off the explosives. The base, along with Hevy, is destroyed. Alerted, the Republic fleet jumps into the system and Grievous is forced to retreat as he is outgunned.

When they return to the Resolute, Echo and Fives are granted medals and Rex inducts them in the 501st Legion. The rookies feel they don't deserve the honor, but Rex says they've earned it.


"What the hell was that?!"
―Hell being stated in the episode. — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

"Rookies" saw the word "Hell" uttered twice in the original TV broadcast

In the original showings of this episode on Cartoon Network, the word "Hell" was used as an expletive twice. During the replay on November 7, 2008, before "Downfall of a Droid" premiered, the word was censored due to complaints from parents. When broadcast in Canada, neither CTV nor the Space network censored it, however the series is rated 14A in Canada, roughly equivalent to PG-13. During its showings on TNT, the word was not censored. However, in the iTunes version, it was censored only once.

When the droid posing as Sergeant O'Niner tries to convince Cody that no inspection is necessary, it mimics Han Solo's lines "We're all fine here now, thank you" from A New Hope.

On the screen of the detonator used by Hevy to destroy the base, the words “ATTE RUL3Z SOME TEXT” can be found written in Aurebesh.

Almost two years after the original airing of "Rookies," a prequel episode and a sequel episode aired on Cartoon Network as the premiere of the third season on September 17, 2010.

In the shot where Rex removes the helmet of the disguised commando droid he just destroyed and he and Cody are subsequently attacked, the piece of Cody's armor that should be on his right thigh is missing.

When Rex is fighting the commando droid captain, he has a pistol in his left holster even though the clones only had enough blasters between them that Rex had to loan his other pistol to Cody so everyone would be armed.

When Fives and Echo are awarded their medals, the camera is behind Echo is just holding his hand out without a helmet, which only appears in a shot from in front of him. He's also seen without his binocs, but on the second scene he is seen with the binocs on his helmet.


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  • George Lucas – Executive Producer
  • Catherine Winder – Producer
  • Dave Filoni – Supervising Director
  • Justin Ridge – Director, Story Artist
  • Steven Melching – Writer
  • Henry Gilroy – Series Writer
  • Scott Murphy – Additional Writing
  • Kevin Kiner – Composer
  • Athena Yvette Portillo – Associate Producer
  • Sarah Wall – Associate Producer
  • Jason Tucker – Editor
  • Andrew Harris – CG & Lighting Supervisor
  • Paul Zinnes – Digital Set Supervisor
  • Tim Brock – Design and Concept Artist
  • Russell Chong – Design and Concept Artist
  • Matt Gaser – Design and Concept Artist
  • Thang Le – Design and Concept Artist
  • Darren Marshall – Design and Concept Artist
  • Kilian Plunkett – Design and Concept Artist
  • Wayne Lo – Design and Concept Artist
  • Mark Therrell – Character Consultant
  • Rob Coleman – Animation Consultant
  • Rónán Debrun – Animation Consultant
  • Steward Lee – Story Artist
  • Bosco Ng – Story Artist
  • Le Tang – Story Artist
  • Vincent Toscano – Story Artist
  • Nicolas Anastassiou – Associate Editor
  • Jules Beesley – Assistant Editor
  • Orlando Duenas – Music Editor
  • Robert Bonstin – Online Editor
  • Steven Scott – 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 Coordinator
  • Kristine Donovan – Lighting & Retake Coordinator
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Wong – Layout Artist
  • John Lin – Layout Artist
  • River Lin – Layout Artist
  • Max Wang – Layout Artist
  • Kevin Jong – Animation Director, Animation Lead
  • Jesse Yeh – Animation Director
  • Chen-ming Chen – Animator
  • Milk Wang – Animator
  • Yone Chang – Animator
  • Ray Lin – Animator
  • Alvin Chen – Animator
  • Hao Chang – Animator
  • Yi-ju Tsou – Animator
  • Lucifero Shin – Animator
  • Chun-Jung Chu – Animator
  • Ahen Chou – Animator
  • Shogna Chang – Animator
  • Special Shih – Animator
  • Gordon Tang – Animator
  • Ming-Wei Chen – Animator
  • Ego Wang – Animator
  • Akira Chang – Animator
  • Lisa Liou – Animator
  • Mika Wang – Animator
  • Ted Chen – Animator
  • Joanne Ku – Animator
  • Tsung-tai Liu – Cloth Lead
  • James Hsieh – Cloth Artist
  • Chien-fan Liu – Cloth Artist
  • Yao-cheng Wan – Lighting Lead
  • Chen-tung Chen – Lighting Artist
  • Chin-ling Chen – Lighting Artist
  • Chung-kai Hseuh – 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 Feng – 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
  • 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
  • Clayton Siemens – IT Support
  • Thomas Hendrickson – IT Support
  • David Stern-Gottfried – Assistant Technical Director
  • Pouchón Venerin – Assistant Technical Director
  • Eddy Piedra – Assistant Technical Director
  • James Berkheimer – Assistant Technical Director
  • Gregg Ricks – Technical Assistant
  • Regina Cachuela – Technical Assistant
  • Mathias Hilger – Editorial Technician


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