Clone Cadets

March 21, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

Season 3 Episode 1

“Brothers in arms are brothers for life.”


Five headstrong clones struggle to complete their training on Kamino. These cadets — Hevy, Cutup, Droidbait, Fives and Echo — seem to be a “bad batch” and are unable to work as a team. As Shaak Ti and drill instructors Bric and El-Les debate the cadets’ fate, the clones learn to work together and accept their destiny as soldiers.

Clone Cadets Commentary, Preview and Episode Guide.

Concept art and trivia

The design of the clone training armor was inspired by old battered leather football gear. For those keeping track, the Domino Squad team numbering is as follows: 1. Hevy (CT-782); 2. Droidbait (CT-00-2010); 3. Echo (CT-21-0408); 4. Cutup (CT-4040) 5. Fives (CT-27-5555).

The citadel challenge ordered by Commander Colt — version THX variable 1138 — is a not-so-subtle entry in the long history of THX 1138 references in Star Wars.


The designs for the clone barracks dates back to concepts developed for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which were explored by the concept design team back in 2000, but never finished.


The script initially described Bric as human, but his design instead was inspired by the “Brainee” alien spotted in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Episode IV. Likewise, El-Les is based on the “T-Head” alien from that scene. The Expanded Universe describes these species as Siniteen (an anagram of “Einstein”) and Arcona.


Shaak Ti’s Jedi robes.