Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E19 "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"

The most dangerous beast is the beast within.

Following on from the previous episode, the Zillo Beast is brought to Coruscant for military study. When the creature breaks free of captivity, the Jedi must decide between saving millions of lives or killing a creature that is the last of its kind.


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  • Alas, Poor Villain: The Jedi are saddened by the Zillo Beast's death, as if it hadn't been brought to Coruscant it wouldn't have needed to be killed in the first place.
  • Anachronic Order: This two-parter takes place before the Geonosis arc earlier in the season.
  • Call-Forward: Rex's comment about how "a lot of [Anakin's] plans involve falling", given that this episode takes place before the Geonosis arc, in which Rex is at one point involuntarily dropped off a high wall by Anakin and Ahsoka.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Malastare fuel. In the previous episode, it was stated to be toxic to Zillo Beasts. In this episode, missiles containing the stuff are used to kill the creature.
  • Disney Villain Death: Fatally poisoned, the Zillo Beast falls to its death from the roof of the Senate office building.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Dr. Sionver Boll. Despite being a part of Palpatine's staff, she treats the Zillo Beast with respect, stops procedures that are clearly causing it pain and is sickened by Palpatine's orders to euthanise the creature.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Word of God has it the Zillo Beast so adamantly pursues Palpatine because it senses what he truly is.
  • It Can Think: The Zillo Beast is clearly much more intelligent than people give it credit for. Dr. Boll even openly states that the creature is potentially sentient. When Palpatine derisively dismisses the creature as an animal, it growls angrily at the remark, having clearly understood. When it gets loose, it makes killing Palpatine a priority; speculation continues as to whether it just wants revenge on the man who gave the order to kill it, or if it is intelligent enough to see Palpatine for what he really is.
  • It's All My Fault: Anakin invokes this at the episode's end, noting that the Zillo Beast lost its life because of their mistakes.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Palpatine, Anakin, Padmé and R2-D2's reaction when they see the Zillo Beast staring at them through the window.
  • Mighty Roar: The Zillo Beast had one of these.
  • Motherly Scientist: Dr. Boll really cares about the Zillo Beast, and when ordered to kill it tries to do so as painlessly as possible.
  • The Needs of the Many: How Palpatine justifies euthanising the Zillo Beast, rationalising that killing the creature will be worth the sacrifice if its hide can provide the military advantage needed to secure victory for the Republic.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Zillo Beast is not evil, just frightened, in unfamiliar surroundings and being mistreated by its captors. It's not surprising that it lashes out the way it does, and it's hard not to feel sorry for it when it finally dies.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: For Palpatine and his acolytes, Padmé is definitely this in her attempts to prevent them euthanising the Zillo Beast behind closed doors.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • C-3P0's reaction when he realises the Beast is coming right at him.
    C-3P0: OH NO!
    • Also Dr. Boll when she sees the escaped Beast is heading straight for the centre of Coruscant.
    • We also get this from Palpatine — an extremely rare occasion — when the Zillo Beast glares into his office window. It's probably then that Palpatine realizes the Beast is onto him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It seems not even the Dark Lord of the Sith is powerful enough to deal with a rampaging Kaiju, and he knows it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Zillo Beast goes on one.
  • Running Gag: The old "I've got a bad feeling about this" shows up, this time from Palpatine.
  • Sad Battle Music: The soundtrack as Republic gunships blast the Zillo Beast with poison gas bombs and the poor creature, confused and in pain, succumbs to the toxin is a real Tear Jerker.
  • Sequel Hook: Palpatine gives Dr. Boll orders to clone the Zillo Beast.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Zillo Beast's eye appearing in the window of Palpatine's office is reminiscent of Jurassic Park.
    • The Zillo Beast's death brings to mind similar scenes in King Kong and Godzilla (1998).
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The Jedi are clearly distraught as they reluctantly watch the Zillo Beast die.
  • We Need a Distraction: Yoda and Aayla Secura provide one, jumping onto the Zillo Beast's back and keeping its attention on them as opposed to Palpatine.
  • Wham Line: "You want me to clone the Beast?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The show's cancellation prevented the creators from being able to follow up on the Beast's story and the Sequel Hook at the end. It was revealed at Celebration 2017 that the planned story involving Ahsoka, Anakin and Obi-Wan journeying into the lower levels of Coruscant to investigate a Sith temple far below the Jedi Temple would have involved, among other things, the Zillo Beast, or possibly its clone, fighting giant monsters, fulfilling a promise made in the Season 2 DVD commentary that they planned to follow up on the Beast's story in Season 7.


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