Tipping Points

June 21, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

#92 Season 5 Episode 5

“Disobedience is a demand for change.”


As a full-scale revolt embroils Onderon, the rebels strike a decisive blow against the planet’s Separatist-aligned king. Unfortunately for the rebels, such victory comes at a high price.

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Original Airdate: 27 October 2012

Writer: Chris Collins

Director: Bosco Ng

Concept Art and Trivia

An unscripted response from the lead droid gunship mechanically intones “by your command,” a nod to the classic Cylons from the original Battlestar Galactica series.


Did you notice: One of the Weequays that greets Anakin upon his arrival to Florrum is armed with a slingshot.


If you’re wondering what Hondo says to Steela: it’s a flirtatious, “You can be my new favorite spice.”

Hondo’s yacht is named the Fortune and Glory, a nod to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, wherein Indy and Short Round talk about seeking out “fortune and glory.” Ship concept art by Wayne Lo.


When Lux points out to Ahsoka that Steela’s courage is all well and good but, “What good would that do us if she gets herself killed,” it’s a deliberate echo of a line Luke Skywalker delivers about Han Solo in Episode IV.

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The saucer-shaped droid gunships were first seen over Kashyyyk in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The design of the droid gunship stems from the saucer shapes used in the development of the Trade Federation vessels seen in Episode I. In the script for this episode, they are called HMP Predators. Episode III concept art by TJ Frame.


The rebel base nickname of “the nest” is appropriate, as it is situated on the cliff-face alongside giant ruping nests. Illustration by David LeMerrer.


During the development of the episode, an Onderonian narglatch was designed and modeled for use by the rebels, but it never made it to final animation. Supervising director Dave Filoni reasoned that the rebels would use more practical beasts of burden like dalgos and rupings for transportation, rather than a ferocious jungle cat.