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"When all seems hopeless, a true hero gives hope."
―Jedi Fortune Cookie[src]

"A Sunny Day in the Void" is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the ninety-ninth episode of the series overall. It was released on December 8, 2012 on Cartoon Network.

Premise

After a comet damages their shuttle, R2-D2, Colonel Gascon, and the other droids crash on a desolate planet where they must make their way across a bewildering expanse of emptiness to carry out their mission.

Synopsis

Colonel Gascon, R2-D2, QT-KT, and U9-C4 repair the terminated M5-BZ, and just as Beezee is fixed, WAC-47 joins them from the cockpit. Gascon asks Wac why he's not piloting the ship, and Wac tells the crew that the ship is flying right into a field of comets. Gascon quickly gets their ship out of hyperspace, and finds what Wac said to be true. Wac tries to evade the comets, but the ship's engines are taken out. The astromechs go into space to fix it, and are successful despite nearly being thrown off the ship. However, as the ship nears the end of the field, a comet takes out the left wing of the ship, forcing D Squad to crash-land on a planet near them.

After crashing, D Squad exits the ship and find themselves in a void, with nothing except the horizon in sight. Things are only made worse when there is revealed to be no information on Abafar, the planet they are stuck on. Gascon urges everyone to stay at the ship, but Artoo decides to head into the void, taking the encryption module with him. Gascon eventually decides to go with Artoo so he would still get credit for the mission's success. As D Squad travels through the void, a weary Gascon challenges Artoo's navigation, which gets him in an argument with Wac about how his training is supposedly superior to the droids' programming. However, Wac points out that drilling training into someone is basically the same as programming them. Gascon gets very angry, but then sees a ship in the distance. Thinking it is their ship, Gascon races to it, only to find that it is another ship with a skeleton of a person who also crash-landed, but unlike them stayed with his ship.

Gascon goes to the highest point of the wreckage to scope out any settlements or people. He sees nothing at first, but the weary colonel begins to make out a settlement. Ecstatic, Gascon races to the settlement, confusing the droids who see nothing. However, Gascon realizes that the settlement was just a mirage, and begins to break down mentally. Artoo and the other astromechs decide to abandon the loony Gascon, but Wac, not trusting anyone, stays with Gascon. After his lunatic frenzy, Gascon collapses to the ground, where he reflects on how both his training and Wac's programming failed to get them out of this void, and starts to reflect on life and death. Suddenly, the ground rumbles, and a swarm of Void Striders race past the two. Gascon, realizing that they need to follow the birds' instincts, is ecstatic, and he and Wac ride the birds to water. The Void Striders take them to the city of Pons Ora, where Gascon is joyful that the mission is saved, until he finds that Artoo and the other astromechs got there first. Wac shares Gascon's feelings, and because of their experiences in the Void, Gascon decides to promote Wac to Corporal. While Gascon gets a drink of water, Wac starts bossing the astromechs around, who refuse to take him seriously.

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"We do one episode called 'The Void,' which is basically a whole exploration of Mœbius and his artwork style, which is a big influence on Star Wars. So it's really abstract, and we were out on the edge. It was like the white room in THX. It was really experimental stuff."
―Dave Filoni, excerpt from The ForceCast at 1:36:08[src]

This episode was first mentioned as "The Void" at Celebration VI by Dave Filoni. Parts of this episode were based on the work of the comic artist Mœbius.

Trivia

  • In a brief sequence, when Meebur Gascon is walking away from the ruins of the shuttle, U9-C4 is missing, but in the next shot, he is present.
Episode Guide
Films
Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Nightsisters Trilogy | Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns
Season 1
"Ambush" | "Rising Malevolence" | "Shadow of Malevolence" | "Destroy Malevolence" | "Rookies" | "Downfall of a Droid" | "Duel of the Droids" | "Bombad Jedi"
"Cloak of Darkness" | "Lair of Grievous" | "Dooku Captured" | "The Gungan General" | "Jedi Crash" | "Defenders of Peace" | "Trespass" | "The Hidden Enemy"
"Blue Shadow Virus" | "Mystery of a Thousand Moons" | "Storm Over Ryloth" | "Innocents of Ryloth" | "Liberty on Ryloth" | "Hostage Crisis"
Season 2
"Holocron Heist" | "Cargo of Doom" | "Children of the Force" | "Senate Spy" | "Landing at Point Rain" | "Weapons Factory" | "Legacy of Terror" | "Brain Invaders"
"Grievous Intrigue" | "The Deserter" | "Lightsaber Lost" | "The Mandalore Plot" | "Voyage of Temptation" | "Duchess of Mandalore" | "Senate Murders" | "Cat and Mouse"
"Bounty Hunters" | "The Zillo Beast" | "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" | "Death Trap" | "R2 Come Home" | "Lethal Trackdown"
Season 3
"Clone Cadets" | "ARC Troopers" | "Supply Lines" | "Sphere of Influence" | "Corruption" | "The Academy" | "Assassin" | "Evil Plans" | "Hunt for Ziro"
"Heroes on Both Sides" | "Pursuit of Peace" | "Nightsisters" | "Monster" | "Witches of the Mist" | "Overlords" | "Altar of Mortis" | "Ghosts of Mortis" | "The Citadel"
"Counterattack" | "Citadel Rescue" | "Padawan Lost" | "Wookiee Hunt"
Season 4
"Water War" | "Gungan Attack" | "Prisoners" | "Shadow Warrior" | "Mercy Mission" | "Nomad Droids" | "Darkness on Umbara" | "The General" | "Plan of Dissent"
"Carnage of Krell" | "Kidnapped" | "Slaves of the Republic" | "Escape from Kadavo" | "A Friend in Need" | "Deception" | "Friends and Enemies" | "The Box"
"Crisis on Naboo" | "Massacre" | "Bounty" | "Brothers" | "Revenge"
Season 5
"Revival" | "A War on Two Fronts" | "Front Runners" | "The Soft War" | "Tipping Points" | "The Gathering" | "A Test of Strength" | "Bound for Rescue" | "A Necessary Bond"
"Secret Weapons" | "A Sunny Day in the Void" | "Missing in Action" | "Point of No Return" | "Eminence" | "Shades of Reason" | "The Lawless" | "Sabotage"
"The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" | "To Catch a Jedi" | "The Wrong Jedi"
Season 6
"The Unknown" | "Conspiracy" | "Fugitive" | "Orders" | "An Old Friend" | "The Rise of Clovis" | "Crisis at the Heart" | "The Disappeared, Part I" | "The Disappeared, Part II"
"The Lost One" | "Voices" | "Destiny" | "Sacrifice"
Legacy
Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir ("The Enemy of My Enemy" | "A Tale of Two Apprentices" | "Proxy War" | "Showdown on Dathomir")

Crystal Crisis on Utapau ("A Death on Utapau" | "In Search of the Crystal" | "Crystal Crisis" | "The Big Bang")
Star Wars: Dark Disciple ("Lethal Alliance" | "The Mission" | "Conspirators" | "Dark Disciple" | "Saving Vos, Part I" | "Saving Vos, Part II" | "Traitor" | "The Path")

Season 7
"The Bad Batch" | "A Distant Echo" | "On the Wings of Keeradaks" | "Unfinished Business" | "Gone with a Trace" | "Deal No Deal" | "Dangerous Debt" | "Together Again"
"Old Friends Not Forgotten" | "The Phantom Apprentice" | "Shattered" | "Victory and Death"
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