Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Supply Lines   Rewatch 
November 18, 2016 1:48 PM - Season 3, Episode 3 - Subscribe

As Separatist forces seek to crush Twi'lek resistance on Ryloth, the Republic looks to the Toydarians to help establish supply lines to the beleaguered planet. Can Senator Bail Organa convince the Toydarian king to help the endeavor?

Episode Information

"Supply Lines" is the fourth episode in the chronological viewing order for The Clone Wars, following "Clone Cadets." For more information about "Supply Lines" check out the episode guide!

Official Synopsis
"Where there's a will, there's a way." Ryloth is under siege. Trapped on the surface, Jedi Master Di rallies the local forces with the help of Cham Syndulla. Desperate to save them, the Jedi Council dispatches Senator Bail Organa and Representative Jar Jar Binks to the planet Toydaria, where they are to convince the neutral regent, King Katuunko, to send aid to Ryloth. Bail and Jar Jar must convince Toydaria that their cause is just -- before it's too late. Trade Federation envoy Lott Dod attempts to prevent the Toydarians from giving up their neutrality. Katuunko follows his conscience and secretly aids the Republic, which Jar Jar is able to keep secret from the snooping Trade Federation agents with his inimitable distractions.
  • The prequel episode to the Ryloth Trilogy story arc, which concluded the first season of The Clone Wars, it established how King Katuunko was convinced enough to meet with Jedi Master Yoda in those episodes. In sequence, one should watch "Supply Lines," "Ambush," "Storm over Ryloth," "Innocents of Ryloth," and "Liberty on Ryloth."
  • The name of Jedi Master Di was deliberately chosen to foreshadow his grim fate. His full name, Ima-Gun Di is pretty straight forward. Slight less obvious is Admiral Dao, who's name is an anagram for D.O.A.
  • Master Di is a Nikto, a species first introduced in Return of the Jedi as underlings to Jabba the Hutt. The race re-appeared in Attack of the Clones numbering some of the Jedi who appear in the Geonosian arena at the end of the film.
  • Lott Dodd of the Trade Federation still claims the federation is neutral in the war, despite Nute Gunray's defection to the Separatist Alliance.
  • This was the first time a Separatist senate is referenced.
  • The ability of the Toydarians to fly is represented repeatedly in their environment full of hovering objects.
  • Admiral Dao's appearance was based on side-burn wearing British extras hired to play Imperial officers in the 1970s for Star Wars. His character was built using Admiral Yularen's body with a recycled head from a Mandalorian citizen modified with the custom hair-do.
  • Bail Organa's hip, the Tantive IV, is built to more precisely resemble the model used at the start of A New Hope, which was used by Princess Leia. As such, it's not the same ship that appeared in Revenge of the Sith, which was computer-generated with numerous architectural differences from the ANH version. Presently, that ship is now called the "Sundered Heart," and isn't meant to be the Tantive IV.
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The next episode in the chronological re-watch is "Ambush," Season 1, Episode one!
posted by Atreides (5 comments total)
Oh, yeah, this is a Jar Jar episode. -_-
posted by Atreides at 1:49 PM on November 18, 2016

The Jar Jar episodes were more watchable than The Phantom Menace. There were a couple where Ahmed Best actually voiced him, and got to play the role with more nuance and bite than the films allowed.

...but seriously? Ima-Gun Di?
posted by infinitewindow at 3:31 PM on November 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

...but seriously? Ima-Gun Di?

Running joke around here when this all was airing? "What would Savage Opress do?"
posted by mordax at 7:05 PM on November 18, 2016

The Jar Jar episodes were more watchable than The Phantom Menace. There were a couple where Ahmed Best actually voiced him, and got to play the role with more nuance and bite than the films allowed.

Jar Jar in The Clone Wars can be surprisingly tolerable, drifting back and forth between everything that was wrong with the character in The Phantom Menace to something a bit more insightful and surprisingly alert and clever. When he's doing tricks on the table near the end of the episode, we keep on waiting for him to drop the plates, i.e., typical clumsy Jar Jar...but he doesn't! It's this crazy tension built from anticipation, more of Jar Jar messing up than the Trade Federation peeps noticing Bail loading and sending off his ships in the background. It works.

The Clone Wars does this fantastic job of providing much needed depth to characters from The Phantom Menace or the prequel trilogy in general, and in this case, Jar Jar.
posted by Atreides at 5:05 PM on November 20, 2016

Ok show - are they twee-leks, or tw-eye-leks? Master Di swaps back and forth, so it's not just a dialect thing.

I hope someone got fired for that oversight.
posted by Kyol at 6:11 AM on April 17, 2023

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