Post Game: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS S3E18 "THE CITADEL"
TV Recap: STAR WARS: CLONE WARS S3E18
Jedi Even Piell, future Death Star commander Tarkin – this week's episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars features two new characters we've previously seen on the big screen. Not too shabby. The action-packed “Citadel” is the first of another three episode arc. The second half of the third season hasn't disappointed so far, and the great stories keep coming.
The ship arrives at the cracked, purple planet of Lola Sayu. The warden of the Citadel, Osi Sobeck, is on his toes. He knows the Jedi will come for their captured comrade. He seems eager at the thought of capturing more of them; breaking Jedi is the Citadel specialty. Obi-Wan and Anakin's ship manages to make it through the life form scanner though. Instead of going to the cargo bay as directed, they land the ship near the Citadel. The droids unfreeze everyone. As they shake off carbon sickness, Anakin realizes that Ahsoka is with them. She wasn't supposed to come on the mission. She says she talked to Plo Koon about coming but her story sounds thin. She reminds Anakin that she's learned to disobey orders from his examples anyways. Since she's there, Anakin includes her in the plan to break Master Piell out.
They take a closer look at the Citadel and realize that their original plan of using grappling hooks won't work. They have to climb straight up the side. Apparently, they get fantastic grip with their boots. They must have visited the rock climbing supply store on Coruscant. They manage to get in, but one of the troopers falls over the side at the last moment and sets off the alarms. Sobeck activates maximum security lockdown and sends out his special droid units.
Alarms echo throughout the prison, and the Jedi and clone troopers have to fight their way through battle droids and electrified walls to get to Master Piell. He's been tortured, but he didn't give in. He only has half of the necessary coordinates for the Nexus routes. When they were boarded, he had his captain memorize the other half. Piell figured that was safest in case either of them cracked under torture. He thinks the droid guards have the officers held in the same place. Time for a new plan.
Sobeck is so infuriated that he has come to the Citadel himself to capture all the Jedi. No one has ever escaped, and he doesn't want that record tarnished. While he stomps around, several of his droids are destroyed in an explosive diversion set by Obi-Wan's team. The distraction let Anakin's group to get away into an old, hidden part of the Citadel. Will they escape? What will Tarkin do? We'll have to wait for the next episode.
Trivia & Notes
The Citadel break-in was intended to parallel the break-in of the original Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope.
James Arnold Taylor (the voice of Obi-Wan) voiced the sadistic Osi Sobeck. The halting rhythms of Christopher Walken's voice influenced Taylor's performance of Sobeck.
In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader says of the carbonite freezing station "This facility is crude, but it should be adequate for freezing young Skywalker for his journey to the Emperor." Now there's a concrete reason for Anakin to be saying such a thing, as he's seen a more ideal facility.