Front Runners

June 19, 2013 in Episode Guides by Firebird

#90 Season 5 Episode 3

“To seek something is to believe in its possibility.”


Supervised by Ahsoka, the Onderon rebels infiltrate the capital and carry out a series of strikes on targets throughout the city. As the Separatist-aligned king comes under increasing pressure to deal with the growing rebellion, the rebels choose a new leader.

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Original Airdate: 13 October 2012

Writer: Chris Collins

Director: Steward Lee

Concept Art and Trivia

The script refers to the explosives the insurgents use as IEMD — improvised electromagnetic devices.

A popular landspeeder design seen in Iziz matches the shape and lines of the airspeeder used by Bail Organa in Revenge of the Sith, which in turn resembles the yellow speeder used by Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones. Art by Russell Chong and Kilian Plunkett.


Dono, a female rebel seen briefly in “A War on Two Fronts,” has a larger role in this episode as she drives the speeder used to block off the street during the insurgent attack. Her character model features a reuse of Boba Fett’s long hair from Season Two. Dono’s name derives from longtime Lucasfilm Animation staffer Kris Donovan.

As is evident in this episode, the design of Iziz draws heavily from ancient Rome. King Sanjay Rash’s design heavily features Roman influences, including a headband that suggests gilded laurel leaves at his temples.


The fountain in the center of the plaza depicts an Onderonian guard on dalgo-back, atop a pedestal of water-spewing falumpasets. Artwork by Wayne Lo.


Okalin, the aide to the king, is the same species as Dr. Sionver Boll, the well-intentioned but shortsighted scientist from the Zillo Beast episodes in Season Two. Okalin is named for The Clone Wars episodic director Brian Kalin O’Connell.

The droid watchtower seen in Iziz resembles a similar platform used by Rebel sentries on Yavin 4 in A New Hope, except these are elevated by repulsorlift technology as opposed to mounted on a physical stalk. Artwork by JP Balmet.

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Among the paintings hanging in the throne room of Iziz is a portrait of King Dendup from his younger days. Painting by Kilian Plunkett.