April 9, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

Season 1 Episode 15

“Arrogance diminishes wisdom.”


Arriving on the desolate ice world of Orto Plutonia, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate the disappearance of a clone security force stationed on a remote outpost. The Jedi, accompanied by Senator Riyo Chuchi and Chairman Cho of the nearby moon of Pantora, soon discover their clone troopers were attacked by a tribe of furry natives known as the Talz. Fierce beast-riding warriors, the Talz are very territorial and only want to be left alone. The Jedi manage to negotiate peace with the Talz chieftain, Thi-Sen, when greedy Chairman Cho breaks it by insisting the planet and the Talz are under his power. The resulting conflict escalates into war between the senator led clones and the Talz, with the Jedi in the middle.

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Concept Art and Trivia

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Senator Riyo Chuchi’s headdress was based on an unused handmaiden concept drawing.


Talz studies by Brian Kalin O’Connell, director.

A Talz was briefly glimpsed in A New Hope sipping a drink in the Mos Eisley cantina.


When Thi-Sen gives Kenobi the big hug, the other Talz in the background are silently laughing.

Chairman Cho makes reference to “The Convention of Civilized Systems,” the first such identification of this specific bill of rights in Star Wars storytelling.

C-3PO refers to Thi-Sen as “Son of Suns,” another artifact from old Star Wars scripts. Old drafts made reference to a prophesized hero being named “The Son of Suns,” but it never made it into any of the movies. Some Star Wars fans think the Skywalker / Chosen One prophecy might make mention of “Son of Suns,” but its casual use in Thi-Sen’s title suggests that’s not the case. Also, some fans mistakenly believe that the crowds during the Coruscant or Naboo celebrations in the movies shout out “the son of suns,” but this was debunked in 2007.

The Pantorans are either very light or Rex is quite strong.

Anakin’s dialogue when he calls Chuchi “most impressive” echoes a statement Darth Vader makes about Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.

The totem poles in the Talz village are carved of ice. Their huts are made of animal skin stretched over bones.


Talz totem pole by T. Le

The designs of the cold weather clones draws generously from early The Empire Strikes Back concept and costume art by Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston and John Mollo.


Early concepts of snow gear and Rex’s snow gear by Chong.

Given that the Freeco bikes only hold one passenger / pilot, C-3PO drives his own speeder. In the original script to the first Star Wars movie, Threepio once made reference to piloting speeders being one of his “30 secondary functions.”

The frigid wastes or Orto Plutonia were inspired by the landscape of Monument Valley in Utah. “We took Monument Valley and imagined it as ice. The trick was to make it look different from Hoth, so I focused on the ice. It’s really old ice that has sat around for hundreds if not thousands of years, so I added a lot of blue and stylized it.” Thang Le.