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"Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by themselves."

"Shadow of Malevolence" is the third episode of Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It is the third episode of the series overall, and is the second of a three-part storyline. It aired on Cartoon Network on October 10, 2008.

Official description[]

With the help of his Padawan Ahsoka and Jedi Master Plo Koon, Anakin utilizes new long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous' warship the Malevolence and its destructive weapon. As General Grievous uses the Malevolence to terrorize medical bases, the Jedi rush to defend Republic space. With help from his Padawan and Master Plo Koon, Anakin leads a bold strike mission into enemy territory.

Plot summary[]

Episode 3
A deadly weapon, unleashed!
The Separatist battleship ''Malevolence''
advances unopposed through Republic
space, tearing apart any ship that
stands in its path.

After a daring rescue and narrow escape,
Anakin Skywalker prepares a counterattack
on the enemy ship and its diabolical droid
commander, General Grievous....

Anakin Skywalker briefing Shadow Squadron on their attack against the Malevolence.

After several other attacks on Jedi fleet cruisers, all of which conducted by the Malevolence, Anakin Skywalker decides it is time to strike back. His plan is to use the new Y-Wing bombers to destroy the Separatist flagship's bridge, killing General Grievous and destroying the ship. However, both Plo Koon and Ahsoka think that his plan is too aggressive. Meanwhile, the Malevolence destroys another supply convoy, somewhere in the Outer Rim. After finishing off the final ships, Dooku contacts General Grievous and gives him a new target: the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center.

Admiral Yularen contacts the Kaminoan physician Nala Se on the Medical Center, warning her of a possible attack. However, she does not believe that they will have enough time to evacuate all of her 60,000 wounded patients.

Anakin and Ahsoka leave their Venator-class Star Destroyer with their squadron of Y-wing bombers, along with the Kel Dor Jedi Master Plo Koon serving as a fighter escort in his modified Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor. After a hyperspace jump, Anakin's Shadow Squadron of clone trooper pilots reach the Kaliida Nebula. While traveling through it, Master Plo is horrified to learn that they are taking the Balmorra Run.

Anakin Skywalker leading Shadow Squadron.

Before they can turn around, though, they fly into a nest of Neebrays. Shadow Squadron is able to navigate through it, although Matchstick's ship sustains damage to its port engine. Just as they reach the Kaliida Medical Center, the Malevolence comes out of hyperspace. After it fires its ion cannon at Shadow Squadron, Anakin loses almost half of his Y-wings to its disabling blast and is forced to make a new plan of attack. The Malevolence then prepares to target the medical center.

As its mega-ion cannon charges, Shadow Squadron opens fire on it, causing the ion cannon to backfire when General Grievous tries to unleash it once more on the medical station. The blast also damages the ship's hyperdrive, preventing it from escaping into hyperspace. With newly arrived Republic capital ships led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Yularen firing on him, Grievous orders the wounded flagship back to Separatist-held space. Anakin and the rest of Shadow Squadron then board the medical station, where they are congratulated by Nala Se. Anakin, however, mourns the losses of his men among Shadow Squadron, despite the great victory their lives had earned.

Behind the scenes[]

The moral of this episode was changed from the original on the television broadcast version to "Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by themselves.…" The moral was then reverted back to the original on the director's cut of the episode on the Season One DVD and Blu-ray.

When told to launch the ion cannons after Matchstick's death, the battle droid delivers the classic Star Wars line, "I have a bad feeling about this."

When Matchstick tells Plo Koon that the damage to his ship is "just a scratch", he is wearing a regular Shadow Squadron helmet, and not his custom painted one. A moment later, he is wearing his regular customized helmet again.

The unidentified Shadow Squadron pilot has the regular helmet as well when he is seen being killed. Later, during the talk about the medical transport attack, several pilots are seen wearing Matchstick's helmet.

The scene of the Malevolence's attack on the Venator-class star destroyer highly resembles the Leviathan's orbital bombardment of Taris in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Twice when the ion cannon is fired, the camera shows a close up of the inner section firing the blast. Both screens are an homage to the Death Star firing sequence, where instead of battle droids there are Imperial technicians.

The last scene in the episode, where Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and R2-D2 look into space aboard the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center is very similar to the final scene in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, R2-D2, and C-3PO look out into space on the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Redemption.

The episode reached 2.8 million viewers.


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Cast Crew



  • George Lucas – Executive Producer
  • Catherine Winder – Producer
  • Dave Filoni – Supervising Director
  • Brian Kalin O'Connell – Director
  • Stephen Melching – Writer
  • Henry Gilroy – Story Editor
  • Kevin Kiner – Composer
  • Sarah Wall – 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
  • Rick Morales – Story Artist
  • Justin Ridge – Story Artist
  • Bosco Ng – Story Artist
  • Le Tang – Story Artist
  • Sergio Paez – Story Artist
  • Ben Price – Layout Artist
  • Daniel Zizmor – Layout Artist
  • Justin Mettam – Layout Artist
  • Jackie Huang – Layout Artist
  • Adam Schnitzer – Pre-Visualization Supervisor
  • Vincent Toascano – Technical Pre-Visualization Lead
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kristine Donovan – 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Jong – Animation Director, Animation Lead
  • Jesse Yeh – Animation Director
  • Chen-ming Chen – Animator
  • Milk Wang – Animator
  • Yone Chang – Animator
  • Ray Lin – Animator
  • Akira Chang – Animator
  • Hao Chang – Animator
  • Yi-ju Tsou – Animator
  • Special Shih – Animator
  • Nelson Lin – Animator
  • Adan Zhong – Animator
  • Ego Wang – Animator
  • Lisa Liou – Animator
  • Mika Wong – Animator
  • Tsung-tai Liu – Cloth Lead
  • James Hsieh – Cloth Artist
  • Chien-fan Liu – Cloth Artist
  • Chu-Tzu Chiang – Lighting Lead
  • Hsin-che Chen – Lighting Artist
  • Shih-szu Chen – Lighting Artist
  • Char Ho – Lighting Artist
  • Feng-yi Hsiao – Lighting Artist
  • Cheng-shuan Huang – Lighting Artist
  • Darren Huang &ndash Lighting Artist
  • Meng-han Lee – Lighting Artist
  • Guo-wei Yang – Lighting Artist
  • Weili Lin – Special Effects Lead
  • Chia-hung Chu – Special Effects Artist
  • Chieh-Yuan Chuang – Special Effects Artist
  • Vincent 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
  • 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
  • Akanksha Sahu – 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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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: Shadow of Malevolence 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 "Shadow of Malevolence" 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 22 BBY.