Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S5E9 "A Necessary Bond"

Choose your enemies wisely, as they might be your last hope.

While Ahsoka and the younglings are trying to escape the pursuing pirates, General Griveous arrives on Florrum to exact Dooku's revenge on Hondo for taking him prisoner and trying to ransom him out to the Republic...


Tropes:

  • Another Story for Another Time: At the end of the episode Huyang mentioned that the last youngling who had such an adventure while crafting his first lightsaber was Yoda. Hearing this, the younglings immediately start to demand the story, but Obi-Wan puts them down, claiming that it will have to wait.
  • Badass Biker: Grievous engages Ahsoka while riding a combat speeder bike.
  • Call-Back:
    • Dooku orders Grievous to destroy Hondo's base and fleet and to arrest the pirates, because he wants to avenge when they took him prisoner and attempted to ransom him to the Republic back in 'Dooku Captured'/'The Gungan General'.
    • The Slave I crashed on Florrum in the Season 2 finale, when Ahsoka damaged it to prevent Aurra Sing from escaping. In the Season 3 episode "Assassin" Aurra mentioned that Hondo pulled her out of the wreckage. Guess which ship Hondo uses to escape with his men and the younglings?
  • Call-Forward: The Slave I's new paintjob is its The Empire Strikes Back design.
  • Chain of People: Ganodi is able to hold Byph, Gungi, Zatt and Katooni for several minutes while they are hanging from the boarding ramp of a weaving starship, despite being the smallest and most frail of the younglings. She may be getting extra help from the Force . . .
  • Combat Pragmatist: Subverted; during his duel with Ahsoka, Grievous catches Ahsoka's head, using the toes of his legs, and slams her to the ground, instead of simply killing her while she's defenceless.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Katooni guilt-trips Hondo into rescuing Ahsoka and the other younglings.
  • Cool Bike: Griveous rides a pretty badass-looking speeder bike, while chasing Hondo and the younglings.
  • Enemy Mine: Ahsoka and the younglings form an alliance with Hondo's gang against Grievous' droid army.
  • Feet-First Introduction: As Ahsoka enters Hondo's cell, the camera first focuses on her boots (and the slain droids at her feet) then pans to her face.
  • Motivational Lie: Hondo motivates Katooni to finish her lightsaber by framing it as payment for their escape from Florrum. Once she's succeeded, Ahsoka points out that he had no other choice but to ally with the Jedi to escape the Separatist army.
  • Noodle Incident: See Another Story for Another Time.
  • Odd Friendship: Hondo Ohnaka, an Affably Evil veteran pirate captain, and Katooni, a Jedi youngling.
  • Run or Die: When cornered by Grievous, Ahsoka and the younglings prepare to fight, but in the last second Hondo and Katooni arrive with the Slave I to extract them. Ahsoka instructs the younglings to run, while she holds up Grievous. Once the younglings are safe, Ahsoka too abandons the fight, knowing that she has no chance of winning.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Hondo wields a vibro-scimitar against the droids.
  • Team Hand-Stack: A Jedi version involving lightsabers at the end of the episode. For extra symbolism points, there are eight lightsabers involved (the six younglings, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan), just as there are eight spokes on the symbol for the Galactic Republic, which also represents the unity of the galaxy through the Force.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Grievous is very eager to gets his hands on the younglings' newly crafted lightsabers, which means he is perfectly fine with killing them.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Ahsoka holds up Grievous while the younglings escape onto Slave I, commandeered by Hondo.


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