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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E11 "Lightsaber Lost"

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Easy isn't always simple.
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Anakin and Ahsoka are in the slums of Coruscant searching for Car Affa, an arms dealer selling Republic weapons to the Separatists. They arrive at a bar where Affa is hiding, and Anakin instructs Ahsoka to wait outside while he apprehends the fugitive. When the patrons storm out of the bar, Ahsoka is jostled by the crowd and her lightsaber gets stolen. She wants to keep the loss secret from her mentor, so she goes to the library to try and track down the thief on her own, and ends up partnering with an elderly Jedi Master, Tera Sinube, who has decades of experience with Coruscant's criminal underworld.


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  • An Aesop: "The value of moving slowly is that you can always see the way ahead."
  • Alliterative Title: "Lightsaber Lost".
  • Call-Forward:
    • Ahsoka and Master Jocasta Nu are still on good terms from Ahsoka's brief stint as library security.
    • Among the pictures of criminals on the computer are bounty hunters Aurra Sing and Robonino, as well as Brea Tonnika, one of the patrons of Chalmun's Cantina on Tatooine during the events of A New Hope.
    • Sinube's line of "Help you? Hmm?" calls forward to one of Yoda's first lines to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Continuity Nod: Ahsoka mentions that Anakin is always telling her that her lightsaber is her life.
  • Evil Duo: Cassie and Ione, with a side order of Interspecies Romance and neither of them possessing the brains.
  • Granny Classic: While there's nothing on her cooking skills, Jocasta Nu is glad to go out of her way to help Ahsoka try to track down the pickpocket, and help her hide that she's lost her saber from Anakin. When her own search is going too slowly, she quickly points Ahsoka in the direction of someone who is an expert on the criminal underworld Ahsoka is looking through and who has a lot of time on their hands. She is in effect the exact opposite of the Scary Librarian.
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  • Hostage Situation: Cassie takes a Twi'lek mother and son hostage on the train to try and prevent Ahsoka from coming after her.
  • Idiot Ball: It’s presented several times during Ahsoka’s pursuit of Cassie. Ahsoka could've retrieved her lightsaber using the Force. And yet instead, she chooses to chase Cassie all over Coruscant's busy skyline.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: This is how we're introduced to the elderly Master Sinube. He learns that the pickpocket was from an aquatic world and immediately realizes that Ahsoka sensed something fishy about him. Ahsoka is not impressed.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: The tracker Master Sinube plants on Ione is large and has a flashing light on it. It's a wonder Cassie didn't notice it earlier.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ione is in two. She's the girlfriend of Trandoshan Nack Movers, and is also in a relationship with Terrelian Jango Jumper Cassie Cryar. Her species is unknown, but it's neither of those.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Tera laughs after making a pun about Ahsoka saying there was something fishy about the thief.
  • Meaningful Background Event: See Suspiciously Specific Denial.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ahsoka, when she realizes that someone in the crowd of people who pushed past her stole her lightsaber.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: This is how Bannamu steals Ahsoka's lightsaber. There were multiple people running by her and bumping into her, so she didn't take particular notice of him.
  • Prepare to Die: Subverted and Played for Laughs when Cassie pulls out the lightsaber, says this trope almost word for word, and tries to activate it... but she can't figure out how to turn it on.
  • Pull the Thread: Sinube realizes there's something odd about the tale of the young woman in Nack Movers' apartment, so he begins probing to see what's going on.
  • Roof Hopping: Ahsoka ends up chasing Terrelian Jango Jumper thief Cassie Cryar across the rooftops of Coruscant.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Cassie pulls one of these when she can't figure out how to turn the lightsaber on, and she and Ione try to run away from Tera and the droids... but it turns out that he's predicted them.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Tera falls asleep while reading, and claims he was just resting his eyes when woken.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: During the rooftop chase to recover her lightsaber, Ahsoka ends up in midair, clinging to the face of a huge billboard of Chancellor Palpatine denying that the Jedi started the Clone Wars in order to gain more power over the Republic. Obviously, it's not true... but this is Palpatine we're talking about. It’s double triple reverse psychology and all that. It doubles as a Call-Forward to Palpatine accusing the Jedi of attempting a coup to justify their outlawing and extermination and the reformation of the Republic into the Empire in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Sword Cane: It turns out that Master Sinube's lightsaber is the handle of his cane.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cassie believes that because she has a lightsaber, she's as powerful as a Jedi. It's actually the other way round.
  • Tracking Device: Master Sinube plants one on Ione Marcy to follow her and Cassie.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Ione thinks of Sinube as a slightly crazy old Jedi and not much of a threat. Then, he figures out her secret, tracks her to the train station, anticipates her arrival at the next platform, and disarms her in under five seconds flat. Ahsoka has much the same reaction when they first meet.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode is based on the classic Akira Kurosawa film Stray Dog, with Ahsoka in the Murakami role and Sinube as an Expy of Sato.


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