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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 group 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 (2:01-03), the Boba Fett arc (2:20-22), "Assassin" (3:07), and "Evil Plans" (3:08). This episode is also followed up by "Hunt for Ziro" (3:09).
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Shahan Alama informs Cad Bane that the Jedi loose in the Senate building is unarmed because the assassin droid that he destroys does not have any lightsaber cuts.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Cad Bane and his team succeed in getting Ziro the Hutt freed then escape.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Aurra Sing disarms Anakin this way after he uses the Force to take Shahan Alama's blaster.
  • Body Language: While Cad Bane was busy ‘admiring” Padme’s looks and youth, she shot but a minuscule glance at Anakin hiding on the upper floors. A tiny glance that Bane did not miss and found Skywalker as a result.
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  • 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?
  • Call-Back:
    Anakin: When I finished constructing my lightsaber, Obi-Wan said to me: "Anakin, this weapon is your life."
  • Cliffhanger Wall: The cliffhanger at the ending of this episode isn't continued until Season 3, with Season 2 beginning with Cad Bane in a completely different conflict with the heroes.
  • Cold Sniper: Aurra Sing is shown to be this when she is shooting the Senate guards.
  • 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. He then complains about being driven to the Senate to pick up Cad Bane and the bounty hunters, insisting he wants to leave Coruscant altogether ASAP.
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  • 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: The series 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Anakin badgering Padmé about going away with him, insistently asking if she feels her work is more important than her feelings for him, bears strong resemblance to abuser tactics, trying to isolate their partner and making themselves the only person in their lives. It definitely shows that Anakin is disregarding the things important to her and focusing on himself, and his attachment to her is unhealthy.
  • 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.
  • Futureshadowing: Cad Bane recognizes Anakin; the details of their first encounter would be revealed in the following story arc thanks to the series' Anachronic Order.
  • Hostage Situation: Given the title of this episode, what did you expect?
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: It's not given much attention, but Cad Bane seems a bit taken with Padmé.
  • I Lied: After escaping, Cad Bane blows up the hall where he has trapped the Galactic 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.
  • Irony: The below-mentioned Moment Killer instance? Senator Organa is calling on Senator Amidala to vote on a “privacy invasion bill”
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Anakin uses one on Shahan Alama so he thinks he needs to search another floor. Notably, he does so without a clear line-of-sight, something not scene very often.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cad Bane's first note  appearance featured him in the employ of Darth Sidious. Here, Palpatine now finds himself on the opposite end of the bounty hunter's services.
  • 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.
  • Not So Great Escape: Anakin is spending the first bit of his two-week leave flirting with his secret wife Padmé in her office at the Senate only for Bail to interrupt, so Anakin has to duck beneath her desk to avoid detection while the Senators talk.
  • Plausible Deniability: After killing the Senate Commandoes and taking their Armor, Bane’s goons respond to a call about the chaos by claiming they were shooting war protestors.
  • 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 crime lord 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 gives that she found it where he'd dropped it on the floor.
  • Super Window Jump: Several Coruscant Guard 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.