“Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendships.”
This episode, Bounty Hunters, is dedicated to the memory of the wonderful Akira Kurosawa, and was written by Drew Z. Greenberg. It first aired on 2 April, 2010.
After an encounter with some Separatist forces, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) crash land on the planet, Felucia.
While there they learn that the pirate, Hondo Ohnaka (Jim Cummings) is terrorizing a local village. A village that is being defended by four bounty hunters, and now, reluctantly, the three Jedi…
Sound familiar, it’s a play on Kurosawa’s classic, The Seven Samurai.
The group start to work together not only to defend the village, but to prepare the villagers to defend themselves. The Jedi walk a fine line, knowing that their mandate isn’t to interfere with the local affair, but also to defend the innocent, and those who need it.
It’s cool that they didn’t create a new enemy for this story, but brought back Hondo as the baddie. He’s not a completely unlikable character and that makes the conflict all the more enjoyable.
I think Hondo gives up a little too easily, and it’s too bad that they didn’t spread it out over a couple of episodes, but still, it’s a fun tale.
“Choose what is right, not what is easy.”
Craig Titley and Greenberg pen this episode, The Zillo Beast, that also pays homage to the monster films of yesteryear, and one of the most iconic beasts of all time. Airing on 9 April, 2010, another familiar story plays out in this episode.
As the war rages on the planet of Malastare, a unique electro-proton bomb is set off by the Republic in an effort to stop the advancing droid forces. The bomb wakes a long dormant, and powerful creature, known as the Zillo beast.
Sound a little familiar?
It should, it’s the Star Wars riff on Gojira, or Godzilla as he is known to North American audiences. In fact the sounds the Zillo beast are meant to emulate those used by Gojira, though the design is not.
So it seems the Jedi will have their hands full, because this ancient beast seems unstoppable, blasters, sabers, nothing seems to work…
The Dugs of Malastare insist the beast be destroyed, and they argue that if the Republic wants the fuel they offer, then the Jedi will destroy the beast. Anakin comes up with a plan to capture the creature, and take it from Malastare, preserving it’s unique life, and honoring the requirements (in theory) of the treaty.
As they capture the beast, it sets up the second episode, because you know things aren’t going to go smoothly if the Republic goes through with its plan.
“The most dangerous beast is the beast within.”
The Zillo Beast Strikes Back was written by Steven Melching and Greenberg, and debuted on 16 April, 2010.
So under Chancellor Palpatine’s (Ian Abercrombie) orders Republic forces led by Anakin and Mace Windu (Terrence Carson) bring the Zillo beast to Coruscant to be used for research for the science division of the Republic in the hopes of improving armaments and weapons.
We all know this is a bad decision, and it doesn’t take long for the beast to get loose, and begin going Gojira on the city planet.
And it’s up to our Jedi heroes to capture the creature, hopefully alive, and deliver it to a new home… or will they have to kill the creature for the planet to survive?
It plays out as a kaiju monster movie should, and for those viewers who aren’t familiar with such films, this is a fun Star Wars themed introduction to it.
Next week, The Clone Wars continue in a galaxy far, far away…