Shadow of Malevolence

March 26, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

Season 1 Episode 3

“Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by themselves.”


With the help of his Padawan Ahsoka and Jedi Master Plo Koon, Anakin utilizes new long-range Y-wing bombers to lead a bold strike on General Grievous’ warship, the Malevolence, and its destructive weapon.

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Concept Art and Trivia



“I wanted to pay homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and the space station that exists today. If you look at the medical base top down, it’s actually the Republic symbol.” “The idea for the way ships dock at the base came from watching whales in the water swimming up and taking breaths. It looked really cool and I thought Jedi cruisers floating up into the base like that would be awesome.” – T. Le


General Grievous by Atsushi Takeuchi.

The “Crumb Bomber” — the Republic gunship with the Kowakian monkey lizard illustration on its side — was stationed within the Resolute hangar.

The four-legged power droid is called a plunk droid, and sure enough, that’s what it says as it shuffles about. It is named after TCW artist Kilian Plunkett, who who can also boast a character name-sake Admiral Kilian.

The chairs at the briefing are basic office chairs with casters, just like the chairs aboard the original Death Star.


Deep space leviathians within a dust cloud have been seen before in the expanded universe, in the novel Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka, with the massive Oswaft living within the ThonBoka nebula.

After Grievous callously beheads a battle droid gunner, there is a replacement one ready to take its place.

The script and earlier versions of this episode had the Jedi fortune cookie read: “Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by ego.”


The look of the Clone Wars-era Y-wing bombers stems directly from the design of the original Y-wing and speculation from Episode IV Visual Effects Art Director Joe Johnston that the Rebel Alliance Y-wing was a “chopped” version of an older craft. An earlier idea of a skinned or fully faired Y-wing appeared in the Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections book from DK, but that design differs from the final look of the Y-wing bombers seen in this episode, which more effectively bridges the design aesthetic of the prequel and original trilogies.