“The winding path to peace is always a worthy one, regardless of how many turns it takes.”
Julie Siege, Scott Murphy and Henry Gilroy pen this episode, Dooku Captured, that first aired on 2 January, 2009.
Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) go after Count Dooku (Corey Burton), with an elaborate plan that involves Anakin being captured. A chase ensues, ending in a crash, but on approaching Dooku’s ship they discover that he’s gone, and their pursuit leads them to find he has already been captured by pirates, led by Hondo Ohnaka (Jim Cummings).
This is the first time in the Star Wars universe that we see what a gundark looks like. Obi-Wan and Anakin encounter one in their pursuit of Dooku, trapped in a cave complex, while Hondo absconds with Dooku.
Hondo reaches out to the Republic about offering the Sith Lord up for a price, and the duo set off in Anakin’s ship the Twilight, and soon find themselves in a hive of scum and villainy and a fun adventure.
But the Jedi must realize that no matter what happens, they can’t trust the pirates… right?
The episode concludes with the Republic sending out a representative to ferry the ransom, and the two Jedi enjoying a beverage in Hondo’s enclave, leading us directly into the next episode…
“Fail with honor rather than succeed by fraud.”
The same writing team penned the follow-up episode which aired on 9 January, 2009.
After Ob-Wan and Anakin are captured by Hondo, Jar Jar Binks (B.J. Hughes) arrives as the Republic representative, and he may be their only hope as the two Jedi must join forces with the Sith in order to find a way to escape.
As the trio attempt to find a way to escape, working in concert with one another, Jar-Jar and a cadre of clones arrive on the planet and plan a rescue attempt/pay the ransom for Dooku.
Sadly, Binks is still an incredibly silly character and even as he comes up with some good ideas, it’s impossible to respect him given his history. The banter between Jedi and Sith as they are forced to work together is much more enjoyable.
It doesn’t help Hondo’s case that some of his own men can’t be trusted and are trying to make their own deal, and of course, Dooku will betray the Jedi at his first opportunity. So, inevitably, Dooku escapes, and Jar-Jar arrives just in time to see Obi-Wan and Anakin save themselves, leaving Hondo in peace, now that there is no threat and nothing to bargain with.
As an aside, watch Senator Kharrus’ (also Burton) walking stick… it’s the Staff of Ra.
A solid episode that is tainted somewhat by Jar-Jar.
“Greed and fear of loss are the roots that lead to the tree of evil.”
Katie Lucas pens this episode with Murphy and Gilroy. It debuted on 16 January, 2009, and sees Anakin and Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) coming to the aid of Jedi Master Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale).
The Separatists send Supper Battle Droids against Secura and her beleaguered Republic cruiser. During the battle, Anakin is injured and Ahsoka crashes their ship on the neutral world of Maridun.
On the remote planet, where they are struggling to survive and discovering all manner of local inhabitants, they encounter the Lurmen a peaceful race, who refuse to take sides in the galactic conflict. But just because they won’t take sides doesn’t mean the Separatists won’t wipe them out given the opportunity.
There are some important themes and messages in the series, and this one ranks up there… peace, peacekeeping, freedom, and war. Something that will have to be investigated next week as the episode leaves our characters there injured, worried, and contemplating the things the Lurmen have told them.
The battle rages on next week as Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues in a galaxy far, far away…