Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E17 "Bounty Hunters"

"Courage makes heroes, but trust builds friendship."

This is the recap page of a Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode. You might be looking for the Bounty Hunter trope, or the series' page for bounty hunter characters

After the Republic lost contact with a medical centre above Felucia, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka are sent to investigate. Soon they discover that the centre was destroyed by the Separatists, and they fall under attack from Vulture droids left behind as patrol units. The Jedi's ship is shot down, and they're forced to crash-land on Felucia. Stranded, they ask help from villagers, who have their own problems: Hondo Ohnaka's pirate gang is extorting them for the valuable medical herbs they're harvesting.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Badass Normal: Hondo proves he is this, when he stands up to Anakin and survives a fight against him, using an Electro staff.
    • All of the Bounty hunters.
  • Bounty Hunters: Sugi, Seripas, Embo and Rubi Paramitia.
  • Captain Crash: Once again, a ship is crashed under Anakin's command. Lampshaded by Ahsoka:
    Ahsoka: How come every time you fly, we crash?
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Jedi Knights and Bounty Hunters vs Space Pirates!
  • Creator Cameo: Embo is voiced by Supervising director Dave Filoni.
  • Flying Saucer: Hondo's ship.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Seripas' Mini-Mecha had these.
  • Homage: To the Seven Samurai. Ironically it also pays tribute to The Magnificent Seven, which was itself a remake of the Seven Samurai.
  • Horned Humanoid: Sugi is a Zabrak.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When they first met, Seripas called Ahsoka a "knee-high". A little bit later we find out, that he's a small frog-sized alien, using a Mini-Mecha.
  • In Memoriam: This episode is dedicated to Akira Kurosawa, which is fitting, as it's essentially a sci-fi remake of his most famous movie, Seven Samurai.
  • Killed Off for Real: The fate of Rubi Paramitia was left a bit ambiguous, until Filoni confirmed her death in a Q&A video. A bunch of pirates, and a few villagers also lost their lives in the battle.
  • Killer Rabbit: During the battle against the pirates, Seripas' armor was quickly destroyed. After escaping from it, he still managed managed to take out one of the pirates, despite being the size of a larger frog.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Well three space samurai-monks, and four Bounty Hunters.
  • Mini-Mecha: Seripas used one. It was rather useless.
  • Neck Snap: Embo kills the pirate scout this way.
  • Nice Hat: Embo has one that doubles as a reference to the traditional Japanese kasa, but also, being made of metal, acts as armor against blaster fire. Then he goes and uses it as a weapon, like Captain America's shield.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Sugi refused Hondo's offer of paying the double of what the villagers offered for her gang's protection, if they stepped aside, claiming that they don't break deals.
  • Simple Staff: Hondo used an electro-staff in his duel against Anakin.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Hondo and his gang are threatening the villagers, because they want to become rich with the herbs the villagers harvest.
  • Space Pirates: Hondo's gang makes it's second appearance.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The villagers, after the Jedi decided to go...
  • Wronski Feint: Anakin pulled one on the Vulture droids chasing their hurtling shuttle. Rather than exploiting any superior mobility of their crippled ship, he aims for a rocky outcropping and allows the ship to crash into it, ejecting at the last second.