Expanding the Clone Wars – D-Squad Arc

In this edition of Expanding the Clone Wars, we explore how the latest arc of The Clone Wars fit in with existing Star Wars Expanded Universe canon. In Episodes 5.10 “Secret Weapons”, 5.11 “A Sunny Day in the Void”, 5.12 “Missing in Action”, and 5.13 “Point of No Return”, a group of droids led by R2-D2 and the diminutive Colonel Meebur Gascon are tasked to obtain an encryption module from a Separatist dreadnaught and must overcome challenges while receiving the help of an amnesic Republic Commando.

You can find We Talk Clones’ review of all three episodes on our sister site, SoloSound.net.

Republic Commando

The Republic Commando Gregor made an appearance in Episode 5.12 “Missing in Action” as an amnesic Clone reported MIA during the Battle of Sarrish and became a dishwasher in a diner on the remote world of Abafar.

Republic Commandos are originally from the 2005 video game of the same name and were explored in deeper detail in the novels by Karen Traviss. Delta Squad, which were the stars of the game, appeared briefly in the third season of The Clone Wars after a mission to Devaron to search for survivors and only recovering the bodies of two dead Jedi. It’s interesting to note that the droids in this arc of the show were giving the name ‘D-Squad’ assuming in reference to being a squad of droids but it could also be a nod to the Republic Commando elite Delta Squad.

Gregor was bred as CC-5576-39 and referred to by Colonel Gascon as a Clone Commando, not a Republic Commando. The term clone commando was also used in the novel The Cestus Deception to incorrectly describe a squad of ARCs while in Jedi Trial, it was portrayed that Clone Commandos were deployed in waves led by an ARC trooper rather than in ‘pods’ or groups of four that we have seen in most Clone Wars media.

Most commandos in the Expanded Universe have had a ‘RC’ callsign followed by a four digit number, examples being RC-1138, RC-3222, and RC-8028. Gregor, also known as CC-5576-39, didn’t have the ‘RC’ callsign and had a four digit number followed by two extra digits. Why didn’t he have an ‘RC’ callsign and what were those two extra digits?

Colonel Gascon could have misread the file on Gregor and quoted ‘CC-5576-39’ while Gregor was actually ‘RC-5576-39’ which would fit a bit better with current Clone Wars continuity but it doesn’t explain why all official sources regarding Gregor have the ‘CC’ designation. Delta Squad’s Boss, also known as RC-1138, can’t alternate to a ‘CC’ designation because CC-1138 is actually the call sign for Commander Bacara, a Clone Commander who received ARC training during the war in Alpha-17’s program.

There are only a couple known Republic Commandos that don’t have the average ‘RC’ designation but they were all Clones reconditioned or were trained Commando techniques. CT-19/39 ‘Green Wizard’ was a cross-trained trooper first introduced in the novel Jedi Trial while CT-5108/8843 ‘Corr’ from Republic Commando: Triple Zero, was a Clone that was trained by Kal Skirata and renamed to RC-5108/8843 after his training.

The only other Clones with a ‘CC’ designation were Clone Trooper Commanders that led regiments of 2,304 clones into battle and received flash-training during the war to become field commanders. It could be that Gregor wasn’t trained from birth to be a Republic Commando but was in fact trained as a Clone Commander but sometime during the war went through the Republic Commando training under the approval of Arligan Zey, Director of Special Forces, and became a Republic Commando but never changed his call sign.

Outer Rim Sieges

The Battle of Sarrish was briefly mentioned by Gregor and this was a battle that originally took place in the 2006 comic Routine Valor. The battle was fought during the Outer Rim Sieges shortly after the Battle of Duro that was mentioned in The New Essential Chronology. The Republic Commando Gregor implied that the Battle of Sarrish was a devastating Republic loss while the events in Routine Valor had it seem to be a Republic victory after Commander Cody took out a massive anti-aircraft gun.

The Outer Rim sieges has been listed in The Essential Atlas to have started approximately from 20 to 19 BBY and the comic Darth Maul – Death Sentence 1 put “Missing in Action” around 20 BBY. There has yet to be any official word from Lucasfilm on the new placement of the Outer Rim Sieges in a timeline.

Carida

Carida was the site of a major Imperial training facility that was first mentioned in the novel Dark Apprentice. In Clone Wars: Wild Space, Carida fell under Separatist control early in the war but by the time of this arc in The Clone Wars it had clearly changed hands and returned back to the Republic as it was the site to a Republic strategy conference.

We have to assume that since the Empire would use Carida as one of their most important Stormtrooper training centers, the Republic used the world to train Clone Troopers during the war. The Valor space station that orbited Carida was based on the station featured in Disney’s Star Tours: The Adventure Continues ride as mentioned in Insider 138.

More Expanded Universe

D-Squad led by Meebur Gascon was assembled and debriefed in the Jedi Temple Communication Center by various Jedi Masters including the first Anx Jedi Master in The Clone Wars, Thongla Jur. Anx Jedi are rare members of the Jedi Order and the earliest recorded Anx Jedi was the Coruscant Jedi Temple’s battlemaster in the years proceeding the Ruusan Reformations, Master Skarch Vaunk from The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force.

The Jedi Temple Communication Center was built before 1,000 BBY and it was responsible for receiving and transmitting communication to far off governments and Jedi on the field. Many Jedi would use it several times throughout the Expanded Universe but some notable events include during Operation Knightfall in Battlefront II where Darth Vader secured the beacon chamber and hunted Cin Drallig and Serra Keto in the center. The comm center would then be heavily guarded by clone assassins that first appeared in the Revenge of the Sith video game.

The astromech QT-KT was created as a stand in for R2-KT, a droid that has made appearance in the Clone Wars before but was created for the real life 501st Legion. The crew of the show didn’t want any confusion with R2-D2 and renamed R2-KT to QT-KT.

Finally, the pit droid WAC-47 was a DUM-series pit droid manufactured by Serv-O Droid Inc. Commander Neyo escorted WAC-47 into the Jedi Communication Center and WAC-47 had been assisting the 91st Reconnaissance Corps, a regiment that was first mentioned in the Order 66: Destroy All Jedi article from Insider 87.

That’s all we have for this edition of Expanding the Clone Wars where we take current stories from the Expanded Universe and see how they fit in with the new continuity created by The Clone Wars TV series! If there is any Expanded universe connection we missed in the Droid Arc, let us know in the comments below! Make sure to join us next time when we explore Darth Maul and the Mandalorians!

Sources

Routine Valor, Darth Maul – Death Sentence 1, The Essential Atlas, Republic Commando (Video Game), The Cestus Deception, Jedi Trial, Republic Commando: Triple Zero, Clone Wars: Wild Space, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Dark Apprentice,The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, Battlefront II, Revenge of the Sith (Video Game), Order 66: Destroy All Jedi.

About the Author

Andy Ury joined EUCantina in 2012 as a columnist of the weekly Expanding The Clone Wars column, exploring the current Expanded Universe and fitting it in with the new continuity brought about with The Clone Wars TV series. Andy has been a huge Star Wars fan since first viewing the VHS Special Edition of the Original Trilogy in 2002, and since then he has poured over every detail of the SWEU. Andy believes every aspect of the Star Wars Expanded Universe can somehow be retconned into one cohesive continuity, including Lil’ Maul and Skippy the Jedi Droid.