"Morality separates heroes from villains."
―Jedi Fortune Cookie[src]

"The Lawless" is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the hundred and fourth episode of the series overall. It was released on February 2, 2013 on Cartoon Network.


Using Duchess Satine as bait, Darth Maul lures Obi-Wan into a trap.


The Death Watch renegades and cadets are pursued by super commandos

Imprisoned in a jail cell, Duchess Satine is rescued by her nephew Korkie and her sister and traitor to Death Watch, Bo-Katan. With the help of cadets AmisSonieeLagos, and the other Death Watch traitors, Satine is able to escape but is pursued by Mandalorian commandos. Satine tries to contact the Jedi Council but Korkie explains that all transmissions are being blocked throughout Sundari . One commando shoots their getaway speeder and the group is forced to crash at the docks. Satine contacts the Council while Korkie stands guard, but he is knocked out by a commando and Satine is again arrested.

In the Jedi Temple War Room, Master Yoda and Master Ki-Adi-Mundi summoned Obi-Wan Kenobi, showing the message of Satine. Kenobi wants to help, but Mundi explains it is an internal affair of the Mandalorians. Yoda also adds that if the Republic can help, the Senate must approve, but Kenobi says they would do nothing to help a neutral system, thus leaving Yoda and Mundi no chose but to tell Kenobi he cannot intervene. 

In the throne room of the Sundari Royal Palace, Prime MinisterAlmec explains the situation to Darth Maul and Savage Opress that Satine had escaped with the help of the regenade Death Watch soldiers and that she managed to contact the Jedi. Maul sees this as a great opportunity that Mandalore is a neutral system and if the Jedi were to intervene, Kenobi would have to come alone. 

Maul watches as the Twilight begins to tear apart

Kenobi, in his Rako Hardeen armor, takes the battered Twilight to Mandalore. The ship malfunctions upon landing, and Kenobi apologizes to the commando who approaches him. Asking him for his landing permit, Kenobi tricks the commando into following him onboard and killing him, taking the armor as diguise. Unaware, Bo-Katan and the other regenades spy on him. Kenobi takes a skiff to the prison. When he reaches Satine's cell, she believes it is a commando until the Jedi reveals himself, pleasing Satine. Kenobi and Satine escape the prison together, being pursued by more commandos. The two finally manage to make it to the Twilight in time. The ship begins malfunctioning again but Kenobi is able to use the turrets to fire at the commandos. Maul and Savage then show up at the premise. The commandos are able to shoot the Twilight down with their rockets, and Satine and Kenobi are able to escape before the ship crashes. Kenobi is in disbelief when he sees Maul is the mastermind behind the takeover of Mandalore. Kenobi draw his lightsaber but Maul chokes him and disarms him. He then takes Kenobi and Satine to his palace.

At the throne room, Maul teases Kenobi that he should have joined the dark side while Force choking Satine. Out of his anger of being deserted for years, Maul draws the Darksaber and stabs Satine. In devastation, Kenobi runs over to her, where Satine tells him she always loved him. Kenobi is in too much shock that he is escorted to the jail. Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine senses a disturbance in the Force and tells Chairman Mas Amedda to prepare his shuttle. 

Bo-Katan rescues Kenobi

Upon arriving at the jail, Bo-Katan and the other former Death Watch soldiers take down the commandos and free Kenobi. Bo-Katan just tells Kenobi her name and what she's doing and hands him a jetpack. The pair quickly escapes the prison. At night, Darth Sidious arrives on Mandalore. After Force choking two commandos, he takes a skiff to the palace. Meanwhile, Kenobi, Bo-Katan, and the other renegades are pursued by commandos. After arriving at the docks, the team finds out the devastating battle between the commandos and the rebels. 

Sidious arrives at the palace, and Maul quickly bows before him. Sidious is impressed that Maul has survived his injuries, but betrays him by shoving him and Savage against windows. When he releases the pair, the Sith brothers pull out their lightsabers and a duel takes place. 

Before Kenobi escapes on a Mandalorian interceptor, Bo-Katan tells him to tell the Republic what's happening and that Mandalore was always strong when Kenobi explains there would be a Republic invasion of the system. Before leaving, he finds out Bo-Katan is Satine's sister and tells her he is sorry for their loss.

Sidious duels Savage and Maul

The duel between Maul, Savage, and Sidious leads outside the palace. Sidious is only caught off guard once, but to his advantage. Sidious overruns Maul and soon battles Savage alone. The Sith Lord then is able to stab and kill the Zabrak. He lets Maul rush over to his fallen brother, where green mist comes out of him and he returns to his normal form. Sidious tells him there can only be two, and that Maul was no longer his apprentice, and that he has been replaced. Maul pulls out the Darksaber and duels Sidious furiously, but the Sith master overruns him and throws Maul around then finally drops Maul in front of him. Maul begs for mercy, but Sidious tells him there is no mercy as he begins torturing him with Sith lightning. However, Sidious states that he would not kill him; he has other uses in mind for him.





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Behind the scenes

  • The Lawless, like the others of its arc, was adapted into the novel, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy.
  • This episode sees the return of the Twilight, the personal starship of Anakin Skywalker, after its three-season absence.

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  • This episode was dedicated to Ian Abercrombie, the voice actor of Darth Sidious, who passed away shortly after recording this episode.

See also

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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: Rise of the Bounty Hunters
"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: Secrets Revealed
"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: Battle Lines
"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 Lost Missions
"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"
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 Final Season
"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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