Downfall of a Droid

The Clone WarsWhile stationed in the Bothawui system, Anakin Skywalker conceives of a plan to outsmart General Grievous. The plan is a success, but Anakin’s starfighter is destroyed and R2-D2 is lost, unfortunately with vital Republic information still in his memory banks. Anakin, his padawan Ahsoka Tano and his new droid R3-S6 must locate the droid before he falls into the hands of the Separatists.

written by George Krstic
directed by Rob Coleman
music by Kevin Kiner / original Star Wars themes by John Williams

Cast: James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matthew Wood (Battle Droids / General Grievous), Dee Bradley Baker (Oddball / Captain Rex), Ron Perlman (Gha Nachkt), Tom Kane (Admiral Yularen / Narrator)

LogBook entry by Philip R. Frey

Notes:This episode begins a two-part adventure. It is production number #2.

Jedi Fortune Cookie: “Trust in your friends, and they’ll have reason to trust in you.”

As indicated by its production number, this episode was originally intended to air much earlier in the season. Changes brought about by the development of the Clone Wars theatrical film led to it being moved to a later point.

R3-S6 is only the third astromech droid seen serving Anakin Skywalker, after R2-D2 and R4-G4, who was destroyed in the Tartakovsky Clone Wars series.

Gha Nachkt is a Trandoshan, the race of bounty hunter Bossk from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

Ron Perlman is a well-known genre actor, with appearances in over a hundred and fifty productions. He first came to prominence on the television series Beauty and the Beast opposite Linda Hamilton. Other highlights include Alien: Resurrection, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, Star Trek: Nemesis, and Hellboy and its sequels and spin-offs. His voice work is also extensive, starting with Batman: The Animated Series and encompassing many more productions including Bonkers, Animaniacs, Aladdin, Superman: The Animated Series, Titan A.E., Kim Possible and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Rob Coleman was one of the first people attached to The Clone Wars. He serves the series as an animation consultant, as well as a director. His previous Star Wars work includes working as an animation director on all three of the prequel films, as well as cameo acting roles in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (as a Podrace spectator) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (as an Opera House Patron). Non-Star Wars work includes visual effects work on films such as Maverick, The Mask, Star Trek: Generations, Men in Black and Signs.

George Krstic has worked extensively on animated projects such as MTV’s Downtown and Megas XLR (where he also served as co-creator and story editor.)