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Here it is, the 9th Edition Chronology Project.

I’m opening this edition up to input from readers in order so that we can all discuss our observations and weigh facts and clues in order to determine placement for forthcoming (and possibly past) episodes. I’m also conducting the project at The Clone Wars’ imdb forum, found here.

I’ve talked about my methods for determining such placements in light of ambiguous or contradictory evidence, but I’ll outline some of them again:

#1: Don’t move an episode from it’s air date order unless there’s specific evidence to do so.

#2: Be prepared to constantly re-evaluate episode placement in light of new evidence.

#3: If some evidence contradicts other evidence, weigh both and accept that there may be a perceived continuity error somewhere.

#4: What seem like continuity errors may get explained in future episodes.

#5: Evidence can come from episodes themselves, the Season 1 to 3 Web Comics or official statements from The Clone Wars staff (the key word is “official”).

#6: Evidence appearing IN an actual episode (or S1 to S3 Web Comic) trumps evidence from official statements if there is an apparent contradiction.

Those are basically the rules I’ve followed to this point. Since I’m opening it up to discussion, I’ll add one more:

#7: If there’s disagreement, I’ll make the call as to how it appears in the 9th Edition of the Chronology here. (This may seem ultimately undemocratic, but the trade-off is that you are free to use and modify my Chronology for your personal use. I won’t take offence if you disagree and decide to maintain your own chronology or timeline. If you post your own online, please credit me in part if it was based on any of my previous editions).

I think these guidelines are a good place to start and set reasonable parameters for examining the series. They’ve worked for me for the last few years. You’ll note I’ve not included books, video games, RPGs or printed comics as viable sources, mostly because there are so many and it would take forever to read them all, and because as things like the books progress, they present their own continuity problems between themselves and the rest of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The only reason the Web Comics were allowed as references was because they began as direct tie-ins to specific Clone Wars episodes, rather than separate off-shoots. Yes, there are books that tie into the series, but it becomes a muddy issue to include some and not others. Since the Web Comics are no longer produced, since the end of Season 3, it’s easy to draw the line between them and other EU literature and games.

Now, you’ll note some changes from the 8th Edition. The biggest was separating the Ryloth Heptalogy. It broke my heart to do it, because seeing a 7-episode arc, augmented by specific web comics, was a thing of beauty for me and I was very proud of it. Re-examination of the significance of the web comic “Procedure” forced my hand and I moved The Battle Of Ryloth arc back to its place later in Season 1. I know believe it makes more sense this way, that the planning of the assault to liberate Ryloth justifies the delay in launching that offensive. Plus, the Y-wings that appear weren’t in regular service until after “Procedure.” It also places the Twileck Numa as an orphan for a bit longer, which adds to her drama, and it give freedom fighter Cham Syndulla ample opportunity to engage in the battle recounted in the web comic “The Song of Cham Syndulla,” which I now realize he wouldn’t have had time to engage in if the Republic charge on Ryloth took place so soon after its fall.

For Season 5, I think most of the discussion will centre on the episodes we’re about to see. You’ll see I’ve made notes about the placement of the episodes we’ve seen so far, partly because they’re my actual notes about these episodes and partly to spark discussion.

[Update 02/11/12: The recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney has brought a wave of uncertainty and speculation about the future of Star Wars. Disney has proposed at least three new films, Episodes VII, VII and IX, with the possibility of more after that. The continuation of The Clone Wars, however, is another story. Its fate rests on whether Disney finds a new home for it in the US after the contract with the Turner-owned Cartoon Network is up at the end of Season 5. It could move to Disney XD, a more age-appropriate channel, or be cancelled so that the resources it uses can be directed to the new films. As of this writing, no one is entirely sure what will happen next. It’s safe to assume Season 5 will run its course, but at the moment, anything past that is a big question mark. The 9th Edition Chronology Project will continue in the meantime.]

I think that’s about it for the preamble. Let the project begin!

STAR WARS CHRONOLOGY (9th EDITION)

Star Wars: Episode I “The Phantom Menace”
Star Wars: Episode II “Attack Of The Clones”
Clone Wars Volume 1: Episodes 1 to 20
Clone Wars Volume 2: Episode 21

*** ROOKIES TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 1 “Clone Cadets”
WCS1#5 “Mouse Hunt”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 5 “Rookies”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 2 “ARC Troopers”

*** ZILLO BEAST 2-PARTER
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 18 “The Zillo Beast”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 19 “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back”

*** CHRISTOPHSIS + MOVIE
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 16 “Cat And Mouse”
WCS1#16 “Shadowed”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 16 “The Hidden Enemy”
Star Wars: The Clones Wars

***THE FALL OF RYLOTH TETRALOGY
WCS1#6 “The Fall Of Falleen”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 6 “Downfall Of A Droid”
WCS1#7 “Discount”
WCS1#18 “Covetous”
WCS1#19 “Curfew”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 3 “Supply Lines”
WCS1#1 “Prelude”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 1 “Ambush”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 7 “Duel Of The Droids”

*** MALEVOLENCE TRILOGY
WCS1#2 “Shakedown”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 2 “Rising Malevolence”
WCS1#3 “Procedure”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 3 “Shadow Of Malevolence”
WCS1#4 “Agenda”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 4 “Destroy Malevolence”

*** NUTE GUNRAY TRILOGY
WCS1#8 “Departure”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 8 “Bombad Jedi”
WCS1#9 “Transfer”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 9 “Cloak Of Darkness”
WCS1#10 “The Dreams Of General Grevious”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 10 “The Liar Of Grevious

*** HONDO 2-PARTER
WCS1#11 “Bait”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 11 “Dooku Captured”
WCS1#12 “Switch”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 12 “The Gungan General”

*** AALYA SECURA 2-PARTER
WCS1#13 “Headgames”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 13 “Jedi Crash”
WCS1#14 “Neighbors”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 14 “Defenders Of The Peace”

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WCS1#15 “Cold Snap”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 15 “Trespass”

*** VIRUS 2-PARTER
WCS1#17 “The Valley”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 17 “Blue Shadow Virus”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 18 “Mystery Of A Thousand Moons”

***THE BATTLE OF RYLOTH
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 19 “Storm Over Ryloth”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 20 “Innocents Of Ryloth”
WCS1#20 “The Ballad Of Cham Syndulla”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 21 “Liberty Of Ryloth”

***
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 17 “Bounty Hunters”

*** CAD BANE TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 1 “The Holocron Heist”
WC “Act On Instinct” Parts 1 to 3
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 2 “Cargo Of Doom”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 3 “Children Of The Force”
WC “Act On Instinct” Part 4

*** GEONOSIS TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 4 “Senate Spy”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 5 “Landing At Point Rain”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 6 “Weapons Factory”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 7 “Legacy Of Terror”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 8 “Brian Invaders”

*** GRIEVOUS ARC
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 9 “Grievous Intrigue”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 10 “The Deserter”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 11 “Lightsaber Lost”
WC “Act On Instinct” Parts 5 to 15
WC “The Valsedian Operation” Parts 1 to 15

*** DUCHESS SATINE TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 12 “The Mandalore Plot”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 13 “Voyage Of Temptation”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 14 “Duchess Of Mandalore”

*** BOBA FETT TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 20 “Death Trap”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 21 “R2 Come Home”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 22 “Lethal Trackdown”

*** AHSOKA TANO ARC
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 4 “Sphere Of Influence”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 5 “Corruption”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 6 “The Academy”

***ZIRO THE HUTT TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 7 “Assassin”
WCS1#21 “Invitation Only”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 8 “Evil Plans”
The Clone Wars Season 1: Episode 22 “Hostage Crisis”
WC “Hunting The Hunters I”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 9 “The Hunt For Ziro”
WC “Hunting The Hunters III”

***SENATE TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 10 “Heroes On Both Sides”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 11 “Pursuit Of Peace”
WC “Hunting The Hunters II”
The Clone Wars Season 2: Episode 15 “Senate Murders”

***THE NIGHTSISTERS TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 12 “Nightsisters”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 13 “Monster”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 14 “Witches Of The Mist”

*** MORTIS TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 15 “Overlords”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 16 “Altar Of Mortis”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 17 “Ghosts Of Mortis”

*** CITADEL TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 18 “Citadel”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 19 “Counter Attack”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 20 “Citadel Rescue”

*** AHSOKA KIDNAPPED TWO-PARTER
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 21 “Padawan Lost”
The Clone Wars Season 3: Episode 22 “Wookiee Hunt”

***
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 4: “Shadow Warrior”

***MON CALA TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 1: “Water War”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 2: “Gungan Attack”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 3: “Prisoners”

*** DROIDS TWO-PARTER
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 5: “Mercy Mission”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 6: “Nomad Droids”

*** UMBARA TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 7: “Darkness On Umbara”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 8: “The General”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 9: “Plan Of Dissent”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 10: “Carnage Of Krell”

*** SLAVES OF THE REPUBLIC TRILOGY
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 11: “Kidnapped”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 12: “Slaves Of The Republic”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 13: “Escape From Kadavo”

***
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 14: “A Friend In Need”

*** PRISON BREAK TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 15: “Deception”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 16: “Friends And Enemies”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 17: “The Box”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 18: “Crisis On Naboo”

*** THE ASAJJ VENTRESS TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 19: “Massacre”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 20: “Bounty”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 21: “Brothers”
The Clone Wars Season 4: Episode 22: “Revenge”

*** ONDERON TETRALOGY
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 2: “A War On Two Fronts”
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 3: “Front Runners”
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 4: “The Soft War”
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 5: “Tipping Points”
(Originally, this arc was to be the opening of Season 5, but was switched with “Revival,” noted in Star Wars Insider)

*** YOUNG JEDI TETRALOGY [Updated 03/11/12]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 6: “The Gathering”
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 7: “A Test Of Strength” [Updated 12/11/12]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 8: “Bound For Rescue” [Updated 18/11/12]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 9: “A Necessary Bond” [Updated 27/11/12]
(“The Gathering shows clips of the Onderon arc in its intro, positioning it after that tetralogy) [Update end 03/11/12]
(The previously noted “placeholder episode” for the droid attack on Florrum is now known to be “A Necessary Bond,” so the placeholder has been removed) [Updated 27/11/12]

***
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 1: “Revival”
(Takes place at some point after the attack on Hondo’s base in “A Necessary Bond.” “Revival” will be left in this position until/unless further information is known.) [Updated 27/11/12]

*** DROID MISSION TETRALOGY [Updated 01/12/12]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 10: “Secret Weapons” [Updated 01/12/12]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 11: “A Sunny Day In The Void” [Updated 15/01/13]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 12: “Missing In Action” [Updated 15/01/13]
The Clone Wars Season 5: Episode 13: “Point Of No Return” [Updated 15/01/13]

***
Clone Wars Volume 2: Episodes 22 to 25
Star Wars: Episode III “Revenge Of The Sith”

*** The Trigon Tetralogy
Droids: Episode 1“The White Witch”
Droids: Episode 2 “Escape Into Terror”
Droids: Episode 3 “The Trigon Unleashed”
Droids: Episode 4 “A Race To The Finish”

*** The Mon Julpa Pentalogy
Droids: Episode 5 “The Lost Prince”
Droids: Episode 6 “The New King”
Droids: Episode 7 “The Pirates Of Tarnoonga”
Droids: Episode 8 “The Revenge Of Kybo Ren”
Droids: Episode 9 “Coby And The Starhunters”

*** The Mungo Beobab Pentalogy
Droids: “The Great Heep”
Droids: Episode 10 “Tail Of The Roon Comets”
Droids: Episode 11 “The Roon Games”
Droids: Episode 12 “Across The Roon”
Droids: Episode 13 “The Frozen Citedal”

Ewoks Season 1: Episode 1 “The Cries Of The Trees”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 2 “The Haunted Village”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 3 “Rampage Of The Phlogs”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 4 “To Save Deej”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 5 “The Travelling Jinda”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 6 “The Tree Of Light”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 7 “The Curse Of The Jindas”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 8 “The Land Of The Gupins”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 9 “Sunstar vs Shadowstone”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 10 “Wicket’s Wagon”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 11 “The Three Lesson:
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 12 “Blue Harvest”
Ewoks Season 1: Episode 13 “Asha”

Star Wars: The Ewok Adventure (AKA Caravan Of Courage)
Star Wars: The Battle For Endor

Ewoks Season 2: Episode 1 “The Crystal Cloak”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 2 “The Wish Plant”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 3 “Home Is Where The Shrieks Are”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 4 “Princess Latara”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 5 “The Raich”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 6 “The Totem Master”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 7 “A Gift For Shodu”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 8 “Night Of The Stranger”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 9 “Gone With The Mimphs”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 10 “The First Apprentice”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 11 “Hard Sell”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 12 “A Warrior And A Lurdo”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 13 “The Season Scepter”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 14 “Prow Beaten”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 15 “Baga’s Rival”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 16 “Horville’s Hut Of Horrors”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 17 “The Tragic Flute”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 18 “Just My Luck”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 19 “Bringing Up Norky”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 20 “Battle For The Sunstar”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 21 “Party Ewok”
Ewoks Season 2: Episode 22 “Malani The Warrior”

Star Wars: Episode IV “A New Hope”
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Star Wars: Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back”
Star Wars: Episode VI “Return Of The Jedi”

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