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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1E22 "Hostage Crisis"

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A secret shared is a trust formed.

A band of Bounty Hunters led by Cad Bane infiltrate the Senate and take several Senators hostage. Due to circumstances, Anakin is forced to deal with them without his lightsaber.


  • Anachronic Order: This episode takes place after the Holocron Arc (and thus after "Bounty Hunters", which predates "Holocron Heist"), the Boba Fett trilogy, the season three episodes "Assassin" and "Evil Plans", and is followed up by "Hunt for Ziro".
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Shahan Alama informs Cad Bane that the Jedi loose in the Senate building is unarmed because the assassin droid that he destroyed didn't have any lightsaber cuts.
  • Boom, Headshot!: This is how Aurra Sing executes a Senate guard who survived Bane's grenade.
  • Bounty Hunters: Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, Robonino, and Shahan Alama.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Anakin is this without his lightsaber. Lampshaded by Bane:
    Cad Bane: Young Skywalker, not so impressive without your lightsaber, are you?
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  • Call-Back:
    Anakin: When I finished constructing my lightsaber, Obi-Wan said to me: "Anakin, this weapon is your life."
  • Cold Sniper: Aurra Sing.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Ziro the Hutt complains right after being released from prison because it's too bright out and he would have preferred the breakout to have occurred at night.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Speaker: Attention! Attention! This is a restricted area! No landing is permitted without permission!
  • "Die Hard" on an X: Anakin channels John McClane when he's forced to deal with the invading bounty hunters without his lightsaber.
  • Dramatic Irony: This installment has plenty of it under normal circumstances, but the fact that Cad Bane has worked for Darth Sidious before gives the scene where Bane issues his demands to Palpatine a particular level of irony.
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  • Frantic Object Concealment: Anakin has just given Padmé his lightsaber to hold when they hear C-3PO attempting to stall Bail Organa from entering Padmé's office, which prompts a panicked scramble leading to Anakin hiding under the desk and Padmé hiding Anakin's lightsaber up her sleeves.
  • Funny Background Event: When Ziro is brought out of the prison and is complaining about the sunlight, one of the escorting Clone Troopers can be heard uttering a disbelieving "Oh my god!" under his breath.
  • Hostage Situation: Given the title, what did you expect?
  • I Lied: After escaping, Cad Bane blows up the hall where he has trapped the Senators despite claiming that he wouldn't if no one attempted to stop them.
  • Insert Grenade Here: Subverted. Cad Bane throws a "cooked" grenade after the Senate guards who have just entered the lobby after their shift.
  • In the Back: Cad Bane kills a senator who attempts to walk out by offhandedly shooting him in the back.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Anakin uses a nonverbal one on Shahan Alama so he thinks he needs to search another floor.
  • Moment Killer: The episode begins with Anakin and Padmé having a romantic moment in her office that is interrupted by the arrival of Bail Organa, forcing Anakin to hide under Padmé's desk to avoid unwanted questions.
  • Neck Snap: This is how Cad Bane kills the captain of the Senate guards.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Padmé hides Anakin's lightsaber up her sleeve when Bail Organa comes into her office. She is then forced to hide it throughout the hostage-taking, as questions would certainly be asked if people knew she had it.
  • Prisoner Exchange: Bane's plan is to capture a number of Senators and cut the Senate building off the communication lines in order to force Chancellor Palpatine to order the release of Ziro the Hutt. It works perfectly.
  • Refuge in Audacity: It takes serious guts to hold the Senate hostage as part of a plan to get a not-particularly-impressive, irritating Hutt crimelord sprung out of jail.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It is implied that Bail has suspicions about the real reason Padmé came to be holding Anakin's lightsaber instead of the excuse she gave that she found it where he'd dropped it on the floor.
  • Super Window Jump: Several Coruscant Guard Clone Troopers swing into Palpatine's office via the window.
  • Visual Innuendo: Anakin tries to prove his love to Padmé by giving his lightsaber to her.


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