Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S3E21 "Padawan Lost"

"Without humility, courage is a dangerous game."

During an assault on a Separatist outpost on Felucia, Ahsoka is ambushed and kidnapped by Trandoshan sport-hunters, who transport her and other captives to Wasskah, the moon of their home planet. There they will be released as prey for the hunt.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Children being kidnapped and killed.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Seriously, a group of hunters (predators) kidnapping Jedi younglings (children), because Knights (adults) are too strong for them?!
  • Downer Ending: Kalifa is dead, Ahsoka is still trapped on Wasskah, and she is being hunted by Garnac for killing his son, Dar (in self defense). The final shot of the episode is Anakin alone and sad at the Jedi Temple, still unsuccessful in locating Ahsoka, possibly to the point of giving up and abandoning her, despite his protestations to Plo Koon.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: The Trandoshans' reason for kidnapping and slaughtering sentients? So they can mount them on their walls and brag about killing them.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence/Family-Unfriendly Death: The brutality of the Trandoshan hunters, the number of murders, Kalifa nearly strangling a Trandoshan to death, Dar's and Kalifa's deaths, the trophy room with mounted Gungan heads and Wookiee pelts ... yeah, this is one of the most violent episodes of the series.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Okay, if the Republic and the Separatists are at it on Felucia, shouldn't the planet be surrounded by both of their fleets, or at least the space be monitored for ships entering and exiting orbit? Then how do the Trandoshans get past them unnoticed?
  • Hope Bringer: Ahsoka, for the younglings, who had nearly given up any hope of rescue or the will to do anything besides run and hide.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Subverted. While Garnac and his gang do kidnap sentient beings, Jinx points out that they are savvy enough to not bring actual Jedi Knights into their game.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ahsoka stops Kalifa from murdering one of the Trandoshans out of hatred, because it's not the Jedi way.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Garnac's son Dar is impaled by a giant thorn when Ahsoka throws him off the branch they are fighting on.
  • It's Personal: Dar's death makes the hunt for Ahsoka personal for Garnac.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Kalifa to Ahsoka.
  • Jetpack: Plo Koon's troops use them to get past the Separatist outpost's wall.
  • Lizard Folk: The Trandoshans.
  • Last Request: Kalifa asks Ahsoka to take care of the others.
  • Moral Myopia: Garnac's gang kidnaps and murders sentient beings, including Jedi younglings, for sport, but he is outraged and swears revenge when Ahsoka kills his son in self-defense.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Trandoshan hunters.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The convoree, the small bird like creatures who live in front of the younglings' hideout.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Jinx is a Twi'lek, and O-mer is a Cerean.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Kalifa is killed at the end of the episode, establishing that even children are not safe.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The premise is an homage to Predator.
    • The Trandoshan relief call is the same as the Velociraptor's relief call in Jurassic Park.
  • Skewed Priorities: After witnessing the Trandoshans killing two prisoners who were brought to the island with her, Ahsoka decides to take a more active role instead of running and hiding. Her reason? She thinks Anakin wouldn't forgive her if she did that!
  • Tempting Fate: Before the battle Anakin warns Ahsoka that scaling the backwall won't be easy, to which she responds that he has taught her well, and she can handle anything. A few minutes later she's captured and kidnapped, deprived of her lightsabers and communicator.
  • Trophy Room: The main hall of the Trandoshan gang's base is full of trophies, including several Wookiee hides, and the stuffed heads of a rancor, a ronto, and a variety of sentient beings.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Kalifa Force-choking one of the hunters with an expression of intense hatred on her face.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Garnac goes a bit crazy after Ahsoka kills Dar in self defense, shooting wildly at Ahsoka and Kalifa and repeatedly swearing revenge.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: Kalifa is killed at the end of the episode.

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