The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars

"The best confidence builder is experience."
―Jedi Fortune Cookie[src]

"Rookies" is the fifth episode of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the fifth episode of the series overall. It was released on October 24, 2008 on Cartoon Network.


Alone on a distant outpost, clone officers Rex and Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a Droid Commando invasion.


Far out on the Rishi Moon, a small group of clone troopers maintain a constant watch at a quiet listening post. During a meteor shower however, a number of Droid Commandos land on the moon by way of Pod Hunters and attack the base, killing a number of clones and forcing the rest to escape, all part of a plan constructed by General Grievous in order to attack Kamino unnoticed.

Meanwhile, during a routine inspection, Captain Rex and Commander Cody land on the moon to begin inspections. After a few awkward attempts by the droids to fool the two, Rex and Cody are attacked and meet up with the remaining clones from the outpost. With the situation worsened, Rex and Cody must inspire and help the small group of inexperienced clones, or "Shinies", to fight and take back the outpost.

When they return to the Resolute, Echo and Fives are granted medals and Rex inducts them in the 501st Legion. The rookies feel they don't deserve the honor, but Rex says they've earned it.





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Clone Wars

  • Battle of Rugosa (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Battle of the Rishi Moon (First appearance)


Behind the scenes

  • On the premiere and online versions of this episode, the word "hell" was used by the clones twice. This word was cut out in the reruns of the episode, due to complaints by parents. The word is only censored once in the iTunes version, and remains both times in the DVD version.
  • On the screen of the detonator used by Hevy to destroy the base, the words “ATTE RUL3Z SOME TEXT” can be found written in Aurebesh.

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