So I was watching the Clone Wars Season 2 episode 16 titled "Cat and Mouse". In this episode, the senator Bail Organa has been trapped on the planet Christophsis by a Seperatist blockade lead by Admiral Trench. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan are sent to help the senator.
Now at some point after the first encounter, Admiral Trench commands two droids to "Recycle the shields...".
What does that even mean? Does he mean charge the shields, 'cause that would make more sense. And how do shield systems work in Star Wars, because a few moments after lowering the ship's thermal shields, Trench, now worried of an incoming Anakin (and a couple locked-on torpedoes), commands his tactical droid to raise the shields, to which the droid replays "We cannot, the shields are still recharging". So does this mean that the shields have to fully recharge before they can be turned on again? Does that make sense? Why not allow a ship to turn on a partially charged shield, you know, to save their lives!
OK, so my questions are:
- What does the phrase "recycle the shields" mean? And is this phrase used anywhere else in any Star Wars material (canon and/or legends).
- How do shields work in terms of recharging after use? Is there a cooldown time? And how is this cooldown applied when the ship lowered the shields intentionally (That is, the shields didn't go down because of taking too many shots).