"When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice."

"Water War" is the premiere episode for Season Four of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series. It aired on September 16, 2011 with the episode "Gungan Attack" as part of the season's one-hour premiere.

Official description[]

"When the king of Mon Cala is assassinated, talks break down between the Mon Calamari people and the Quarren, co-inhabitants of the aquatic world. To stop a civil war, the Republic sends Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, but unbeknownst to them, the Quarren are already being backed by the Separatists. Now the Jedi must protect Mon Cala's new leader, the young Prince Lee-Char, from the attack."[1]

Plot summary[]

"This civil war, is it inevitable?
"Sadly so, Master Yoda.
―Master Yoda, and Captain Ackbar[4]
Episode 1
Water wars! Tensions run high on the
ocean world of Mon Calamari, where two
separate peoples, the aggressive
squid-like Quarren and their peaceful
neighbor, the Mon Calamari, struggle
to maintain a fragile co-existence.
Adding to the strife, the king of the
Mon Calamari has been found mysteriously
murdered, leaving his young son, Prince
Lee-Char, to guide his people alone. But
the Quarren race will not accept the new
ruler as their king.

Senator Amidala and her Jedi bodyguard
have arrived to help resolve the matter
and to avoid plunging the planet into
civil war....

After the assassination of King Kolina of Mon Cala, the fragile peace between the Mon Cala and the Quarren begins to collapse, centering on the argument that the king's son, Prince Lee-Char is (as he himself feels) too young and inexperienced to maintain the tenuous co-existence between the two races. Riff Tamson, the ambassador of the Separatists, heats up the argument even further, while Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, sent by the Republic to mediate between the parties, are helpless to intervene. The Quarren leave the Mon Cala council hall, even though the Quarren chieftain Nossor Ri expresses genuine respect for the dead king to Lee-Char before he leaves.

Fearing that a civil war between the two races is imminent, the Jedi High Council dispatches a company of clone troopers equipped for underwater combat under the command of Kit Fisto and Ahsoka Tano, while Lee-Char and his military commander Captain Gial Ackbar try to rally their people. Unfortunately, the Quarren have long since prepared for war, even before the failure of negotiations, and they attack without forewarning, taking the Mon Cala by surprise. Anakin and Padmé fight side by side with the Mon Cala, but with the Separatists' reinforcements of AQ-series battle droids, the battle already seems lost. Fortunately, the Republic reinforcements arrive and the tide is turned, albeit with heavy losses. During the struggle, Tamson himself launches fierce assaults on the Prince, who's being guarded by Ahsoka, attempting to kill him and dispatching aqua droids into the city's tube system when Lee-Char seeks its protection, all of whom Ahsoka manages to destroy. After several assaults on the tube containing Lee-Char and Ahsoka by Tamson, the intervention of clone SCUBA troopers prevents Tamson from reaching the helpless prince. In the aftermath of the Republic attack, the Separatists and the Quarren are forced to temporarily retreat the besieged capital and regroup, allowing the Republic and Mon Cala forces time to plan a new strategy.

Eventually, the Quarren return, but with a horrible secret weapon: Hydroid Medusaes, gigantic jellyfish cyborgs with electrified tentacles from Tamson's homeworld of Karkaris, which prove resistant to the Mon Cala's hand weapons. Outmatched and their numbers decimated, the Republic forces are forced to retreat to a set of caves near the city. In the meantime, Count Dooku orders Tamson to round up the captive Mon Cala population to work in internment camps, effectively reducing them to slavery, an announcement which startles Ri, and causes him to protest, to no avail. Back in the caves, Lee-Char begins to despair over the situation and his own inexperience, but Ackbar and Ahsoka do their best to encourage him, reminding him that a true leader knows when to retreat, as well as when to attack. This last piece of advice convinces Lee-Char that there's still hope in the ongoing battle.


According to the official Facebook page for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the whole underwater battle, including the participation of thousands of marine creatures, was a peak in their animation, having raised heights.

Captain Ackbar's line of "It's an attack!" was an homage to his famous line in Return of the Jedi, "It's a trap!"

The design of the Mon-Cala city was intended to remind viewers of the Mon Calamari ships from Return of the Jedi, and in fact the towers were essentially landed and docked ship designs.

Lee-Char's name was a reference to the mascot of StarKist Tuna, Charlie the Tuna.

Kit Fisto's gunship artwork featured his likeness on the warhead of a cartoon bomb with Aurebesh writing that said "Service with a Smile," a reference to his famous grin in Attack of the Clones.


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