Look no further! Since all the old episode threads are buried, I think we could use one general thread for discussing older episodes. If you want to discuss an old episode and don't want to dig up the specific thread, come here. I recently checked my DVR and to my surprise it was almost full. I saw a huge folder of like 40 TCW episodes and realized I forgot to alter my settings for TCW. I was just going to delete them all, but I saw a few gems and a few I had no memory of so I decided to have a mini-marathon to see how I would respond. Fortunately for me, I have a local channel that broadcasts old TCW episodes, mostly stuff from S1. The oldest episode I had was "Rookies", so that's what I started with. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Here are my ramblings: The first thing that jumped out at me is how much it felt like a war. I don't know what it was, maybe it's because the war was still relatively young, but I think it's because of the detail and focus. All the characters are just really tense, in later episodes our heroes kinda just go through the motions, like they were a cast doing the 1000th performance of the same play. Grievous' voice stood out as at least somewhat normal, as if the VA was playing it straight instead of hamming it up as he does later. The Commando Droids - what a fantastic debut. They come out looking very intimidating and perform very efficiently. They actually come off as fairly intelligent, showing actual reasoning and awareness of the situation. The droids actually do a decent job of trying to stall Cody and Rex, it's just that there was no dissuading them. After Rex and Cody land and the droids' cover is blown, the droids almost immediately blow up the clones' shuttle with grenades....you know, like actual commandos. That kind of logic, destroying the enemies ship so they can't escape and blow your plans, may seem simple but it's leaps ahead of what we usually see. After the Commandos blow it, the B1s are sent in and, surprise, aren't completely helpless. The B1s show up, discover the clones....and what does the leader say? "Clones! Get'em!" As he should. The B1s simply march on the clones, overwhelm them with numbers and force the clones to close the blast doors and retreat. Once the droids are through the doors, they open fire immediately and once again overwhelm the clones with sheer numbers and force them to retreat. THIS IS PERFECT. Many droids are lost, but they just keep coming. The droids miss a lot, but to be fair they are the bad guys and the good guys often have character shields. This is how you do battle droids. The clones were suitably hardcore in this episode, but it's so nice when the droids put up a fight. I'd like to bring up one last thing that may slip by most, and that's Grievous' standard retreat. At first glance, you might think he's just a coward, but I saw a lot more. When the fleet of Venators show up, Grievous says "We're outgunned" before he calls for the retreat. Despite the fact that Grievous had more ships, he was actually right, he was outgunned because though he had the numerical advantage the Republic had the advantage in strength due to the Venator's being significantly more powerful than the Munificent-class frigates Grievous had with him. On top of being outgunned, the CIS offensive was based on surprise, that's why they took the Rishi outpost in the first place. With the element of surprise completely blown and momentum lost, there was no reason to push the engagement. Grievous wasn't being cowardly, he made the proper decision. I could also point out that on Earth that "preserve the fleet" has been the first rule for Admirals for hundreds of years now. For centuries, navies have been extremely cautious, hoping to avoid major engagements and instead focus on sea denial, blockading, commerce raiding and the like. But in Star Wars massive battleships seem to be relatively disposable, so I guess this line of thinking need not apply. Remember: Even the great Admiral Ackbar immediately thought to retreat upon falling into the Empire's trap at Endor. If Calrissian hadn't insisted, Ackbar would have retreated. Was Ackbar a coward? The only remotely critical thing I have to say about this episode is that the one liners were kinda cheesy (but not awful) and I'm not a fan of spamming classic Star Wars lines like "I've got a bad feeling about this". "Rookies" imo deserves a 10/10. /wall of text MODS: If there's already a thread for this, go ahead and drop the link and lock. I know we have the TCW general discussion thread, but that's more dedicated toward current news. Old episodes are pretty much never discussed there.